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Olympia, WA 98501-1091

Phone: 360-902-2267
Fax: 360-902-2448
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Miranda Wecker, Chair
Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Vice Chair

 

Meeting Minutes & Agendas

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March 12-13, 2010 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

Revised* AGENDA

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
March 12-13, 2010
Natural Resources Building
First Floor, Room 172
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, Washington 98501

* Revised 3/10/2010
Agenda is subject to change.

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010

8:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes
  2. Commissioners' Discussion
  3. Director's Report (Phil Anderson)
  4. Legislative Session Update (Tom Davis)
  5. Budget & Operations Update (Joe Stohr)

2. PACIFIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS - DISCUSSION:
The Commission and Jon Kaino, Chairman of the Pacific County Board of Commissioners, will discuss Columbia River Fisheries issues of concern outlined in the County’s January 5, 2010, letter to the Governor.

- Pacific County correspondence - PDF format (133 KB)

3. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
The Commission is a direct link between citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting. NOTE: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on issues not on the agenda for action.

  BREAK
 

4. DERELICT FISHING GEAR REMOVAL PROJECT – BRIEFING:
Department staff, along with representatives from the Northwest Straits Initiative, will brief the Commission on cooperative efforts to remove derelict fishing nets in Puget Sound.

- Summary - PDF format (15 KB)

Staff Contact:
Craig Burley, Division Manager, Fish Program

Guest Presenters:
Ginny Broadhurst, Northwest Straits Commission
Jeff June, Derelict Gear Field Manager, NW Straits Foundation; and Tom Cowan, Project Manager, Northwest Straits Foundation

5. FIREAREM SAFETY AWARDS:
Department staff will announce this year’s recipient of the annual Terry Hoffer Memorial Firearm Safety Award, which goes to a volunteer hunter education instructor who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to firearm safety and hunter education training during the last year. The Department will also recognize Fred Burr for his five decades of service with this state’s hunter education instructor associations.

- Summary - PDF format (110 KB)

Staff Report:
Chief Bruce Bjork, Assistant Director, Enforcement Program

12:00 P.M. LUNCH BREAK:
1:30 P.M.

6. PROPOSED LAND TRANSACTIONS – DECISION:
The Commission will consider approval of various land transactions recommended by the Department for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat, provide public recreational opportunity and address responsible property management:

- Proposed relinquishment of conservation easement in Pierce County;;
- Proposed conservation easement in Okanogan County;
- Proposed acquisition of a xx-acre property in Okanogan County;. and
- Proposed acquisition of a xx-acre property in Okanogan County
Staff Report:
Dan Budd, Real Estate Manager, Wildlife Program 10 mins.
PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

7. LANDS 20/20 ACQUISITION PROCESS UPDATE – BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on the current status of the Lands 20/20 process, which was established in 2006 to help protect critical habitats and recreational access sites. The briefing will include a review of a list of projects under consideration for grant submittal and a report on the Annual State Land Acquisition Coordinating Forum held last month.

Staff Report:
Jennifer Quan, Lands Division Manager, Wildlife Program

8. WILDLIFE INTERACTION RULES – RULE BRIEFING**:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed regulations, Chapter 232-36 Wildlife interaction rules, which would help address wildlife property damage and other human/wildlife conflicts as authorized by 2009 legislation (SHB 1778). Public comments are welcome at this meeting following the briefing and Commissioner discussion. The official public hearing on these proposals will be held during the Commission’s April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth. The Commission will consider final action on the rule proposals at its May 7, 2010, meeting via conference call.

Proposed Rule Changes

Staff Report:
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
  BREAK
 

9. 2010 SALMON FORECASTS, CONSERVATION NEEDS AND FISHING OPPORTUNITIES – BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will present a summary of the 2010 salmon abundance forecasts and discuss implications for addressing conservation of stocks and fisheries planning through the North of Falcon process.

- Summary - PDF format (16 KB)

Staff Report:
John Long, Statewide Anadromous Fishery Manager, Fish Program; and
Pat Pattillo, Special Assistant to the Director

10. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
The Commission is a direct link between citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting.

4:45 P.M.

RECESS

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010

8:30 AM

11. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
The Commission is a direct link between citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting. NOTE: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on issues not on the agenda for action.

12. COLUMBIA RIVER SUMMER CHINOOK FISHERIES POLICY– DECISION:
he Commission will consider adoption of updates to Policy C-3618, Mainstem Columbia River Summer Chinook Allocation for Non-Indian Fisheries below Priest Rapids Dam. The Commission held a public hearing on the policy during its February 4-5-6, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (119 KB)

Staff Report:
Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River Policy Coordinator, IRM
Bill Tweit, Columbia River/Distant Waters Policy Lead

  BREAK
 

13. SPECIAL HUNTING SEASON PERMITS AND DEALER FEES – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-291 Special Hunting Season Permits and WAC 220-55-115 Recreational License Dealer Fees, which would accommodate changes to special permit drawings. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth.

- Summary - PDF format (1.05 MB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (410 KB)

Proposed Rule Changes

Staff Report:
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

14. ELK GENERAL SEASONS AND SPECIAL PERMIT REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-352 2009-2011 Elk General Seasons and Definitions; WAC 232-28-356, 2010 Elk Special Permits; and repeal of WAC 232-28-354 2009 Elk Special Permits. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth.

- Summary - PDF format (2.4 MB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (399 KB)

Proposed Rule Changes

Staff Report:
Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

*ADDED 3/10/2010
PETITION FOR RULE CHANGE – DECISION:
Pursuant to Pursuant to RCW 34.05.330, the Commission will discuss and consider a petition for rule change submitted by Stevens County Commissioners and related to the next agenda item (#15). The Commission may either (a) deny the petition in writing, stating (i) its reasons for the denial, specifically addressing the concerns raised by the petitioner, and, where appropriate, (ii) the alternative means by which it will address the concerns raised by the petitioner, or (b) initiate rule-making proceedings.

15. DEER GENERAL SEASONS AND SPECIAL PERMIT REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-351 2009-2011 Deer General Seasons and Definitions; WAC 232-28-355 2010 Deer Special Permits; and Repeal WAC 232-28-353 2009 Deer Special Permits. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth.

- Summary - PDF format (2.6 MB)
- Stevens County Petition - PDF format (1.3 MB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (65 KB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (133 KB)

Proposed Rule Changes

Staff Report:
Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

16. DEER AND ELK AREA DESCRIPTIONS, SPECIAL CLOSURES, AND FIREARM RESTRICTIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-337 Deer and Elk Area Descriptions and WAC 232-28-248 Special Closures and Firearm Restriction Areas. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth.

- Summary - PDF format (2.8 MB)

Proposed Rule Changes

Staff Report:
Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
12:20 P.M. LUNCH BREAK:
1:30 P.M.

17. HUNTING EQUIPMENT RULES – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed rule amendments that would allow hunters to possess a handgun for personal protection during archery and muzzleloader seasons. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth.

- WAC 232-12-047 Unlawful Methods for Hunting;
- WAC 232-12-051 Muzzleloading Firearms: and
- WAC 232-12-054 Archery Requirements – Archery Special Use Permits.

- Summary - PDF format (1.1 MB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (38 KB)

Proposed Rule Changes

Staff Report:
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

18. MOOSE, BIGHORN SHEEP AND MOUNTAIN GOAT REGULATIONS - HUNTING REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-273 2009-2011 Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat Seasons and Permit Quotas and WAC 232-12-284 Bighorn Sheep – Marking Requirements. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth.

- Summary - PDF format (1.4 MB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (123 KB)

Proposed Rule Changes

Staff Report:
Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer, and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

19. BLACK BEAR SEASONS AND REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-286 2010, 2011, and 2012 Spring Black Bear Seasons and Regulations and WAC 232-28-288 2010-2011 Fall Black Bear Hunting Seasons and Regulations. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth.

- Summary - PDF format (927 KB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (29 KB)

Proposed Rule Changes

Staff Report:
Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer, and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

20. COUGAR PERMIT SEASONS AND REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-285 2010-2011 Pilot Cougar Hunting Seasons with the Aid of Dogs and WAC 232-28-287 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 Cougar Permit Seasons and Regulations. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth.

- Summary - PDF format (1.3 MB)

Proposed Rule Changes

Staff Report:
Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer, and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
  BREAK
 

21. RAFFLE AND AUCTION HUNTS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-290 Washington Raffle Hunts and WAC 232-28-292 Washington Auction Hunts. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth.

- Summary - PDF format (967 KB)

Proposed Rule Changes

Staff Report:
Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer, and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

22. DAMAGE PREVENTION AND LANDOWNER PERMIT HUNTS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments that would allow greater flexibility for the use of turkey and elk damage prevention permits and public hunting access to private lands for addressing damage concerns. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth.

WAC 232-28-266 Damage Prevention Permit Hunts; and
WAC 232-28-295 Landowner Hunting Permits.

- Summary - PDF format (1.1 MB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (111 KB)

Proposed Rule Changes

Staff Report:
Mick Cope, Upland Game Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

23. SMALL GAME HUNTING SEASON REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-342, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 Small game seasons, which would allow greater opportunity for turkey hunters while moderating the harvest. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth.

- Summary - PDF format (1.2 MB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (399 KB)

Proposed Rule Changes

Staff Report:
Mick Cope, Upland Game Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

24. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
The Commission is a direct link between citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting. NOTE: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on issues that are not on the agenda for action.

25. COMMISSION COMMITTEE REPORTS:
The Commissioners will discuss activities of the various Commission committees.

26. SUMMARY OF COMMISSION REQUESTS:
The Commission and Department staff will review the current status of Commission Requests to the Department, and the Commission may consider new requests.

- Summary - PDF format (55 KB)

27. MISCELLANEOUS AND MEETING DEBRIEF:
The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.

5:35 PM

ADJOURN

*Revised 3/10/2010
Agenda is subject to change.

Directions and Access to the Natural Resources Building: From I-5, take State Capitol exit (105). The exit puts you on 14th Avenue. Go through the tunnel and turn right onto Capitol Way. Turn right onto 11th Avenue. Turn right onto Washington. Turn left into the parking lot. Visitor parking is on the P-1 level of the building.

Public access to the Natural Resources Building after 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday will be available only through the rotunda doors located on the west end of the building.

Contact the Fish and Wildlife Commission Office for further information:
Phone (360) 902-2267
Email: commission@dfw.wa.gov