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Miranda Wecker, Chair
Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Vice Chair

 

Meeting Minutes & Agendas

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June 4, 2010 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

MEETING MINUTES

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
June 4, 2010

OLYMPIA
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St. SE
First Floor, Room 172
Olympia, Washington 98501

SPOKANE
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Eastern Region (Reg. 1) Office
2315 North Discovery Place
Spokane Valley, WA

ATTENDANCE:
Commission
Public
OLYMPIA
OLYMPIA
Miranda Wecker, Chair
George Ziegltrum, WA Forest Practice Assn
Ken Chew
Ken Miller, WA Farm Foresters Assn
Conrad Mahnken
Rob Kavanaugh
Brad Smith
Brian Kellogg, WA Falconers Assn
Brad Wood, WA Falconers Assn
SPOKANE
Steve Herman
Lydia Ash, WA Falconers Assn
Gary Douvia, Vice Chair
Dan Pike, WA Falconers Assn
Rollie Schmitten
Geoff Hirschi, WA Falconers Assn
George Orr
Sarah Coven, WA Falconers Assn
Chuck Perry
John Prucich, WA Falconers Assn
Simone Cook, WA Falconers Assn
Commission Staff:
Paul DeBruyen
OLYMPIA
I. Kellogg
Susan Yeager, Executive Assistant
SPOKANE
Darlene Bartlett, Administrative Asst.
Jim Sutton, Inland Northwest Wildlife Council
Department Staff
Tony Delgado, Stevens Co Fish & Wildlife Advisory Council
OLYMPIA
Al Martz, Northeast Washington Wildlife Mgmt Group
Freddie Giannecchini, Stevens Co Fish & Wildlife Adv Council/NE WA Wildlife / GMAC
Phil Anderson, Director
Bud Hamilton
Joe Stohr, Deputy Director
Wanda Clifford, Inland Northwest Wildlife Council
Dave Ware, Division Mgr Game
Larry Guenther, Stevens County
Eric Cummins, Section Mgr
Larry Ray, WA Falconers Assn
Dan Budd, Real Estate Mgr
Dale Magert, NE WA Wildlife Group / Stevens Co Fish & Wildlife Advisory Council
Dave Brittell, Special Assistant
B J Thorniley, WA Trappers Assn
Nate Pamplin, Deputy Asst Dir Wildlife Program
Jim Nelson
Don Kraege, Waterfowl Section Mgr
Lester Boyd
Rocky Beach, Division Mgr Wildlife
David Baker, WA Falconers Assn
Margaret Ainscough, Public Affairs
Allen Gardner, WA Falconers Assn
Jim Scott, Asst Director Fish Program
Doug Pineo
Bill Joplin, Division Mgr Licensing
Gary Starr
Jo Wadsworth, Deputy Asst Dir Fish Program
Craig Burley, Division Mgr Fish Mgmt
Bill Frymire, AGO
Robert Palmer, AGO

Chair Wecker called the meeting to order at 8:35 a.m.

1a. APPROVAL of Meeting Minutes
Commissioner Chew moved, seconded by Commissioner Schmitten, to approve minutes of the April 9-10, 2010 Commission meeting as presented. The motion carried unanimously.

1b. COMMISSIONERS’ Discussion
Commissioners discussed the possibility of changing its August meeting dates to accommodate a state temporary layoff day designated by 2010 legislation.  Due to complications related to adequate notice and securing facilities on alternative dates, the meeting will take place as initially filed with the Code Reviser.  Director Anderson will request an exemption for necessary staff.

The Commission also discussed changing the location of its October 1-2, 2010, meeting from Bellingham to Olympia in order to reduce travel and other meeting associated costs.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to change the location of its October 1-2, 2010, meeting from Bellingham to Olympia. The motion carried unanimously.

1c. DIRECTOR’S Report  
Director Anderson reviewed significant reviewed Department issues and activities, followed by Commissioners’ questions and discussion on various items, including:

  • Assistant Director in the Wildlife Program
  • Sea lions
  • 2010 salmon fisheries
  • Columbia River Spring Chinook fishery update
  • Governor’s Cabinet work session meetings
  • Temporary layoff days

1d. Operations and Budget Update
Deputy Director Stohr provided an update to the Commission on the Department’s budget and the state budget forecast process.

2. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT

OLYMPIA

  • Ken Miller (Olympia) – Bear/wildlife damage
  • Rob Kavanaugh (Olympia) – Livestock grazing permits

SPOKANE

  • Jim Sutton (Spokane) – Lighted nock exception
  • Tony Delgato (Loon Lake) – Hunting issues
  • Al Matrz (Chewelah) – Deer herds in Stevens County, 4 pt. restriction, wolves
  • Freddie Giannecchini (Chewelah) – Whitetail management
  • Dale Magart (Deer Park) – Point restriction, cougar population, fish pens
  • Larry Guenther (Nine Mile Falls) – Department compliments, whitetail plan, wolves
  • Bud Hamilton (Prosser) – Wildlife interaction rules and damage, private lands, Hanford area hunting

3.  Proposed WILDLIFE INTERACTION RULES – rule action
Dave Ware presented for approval permanent Wildlife Interaction Rules postponed from the May 7, 2010, meeting via conference call to this meeting. The Commission held a public hearing on the policy updates at its April 9-10, 2010, meeting in Leavenworth.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Perry, to approve the permanent adoption of WAC chapter 232-36, Wildlife Interaction Regulations,  as proposed and repeal WACs 232-12-086 and 232-12-423 and including staff presented floor changes.
The motion carried unanimously.

4.  PROPOSED LAND TRANSACTION – DECISION
Dan Budd presented for approval various land transactions recommended by the Department for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat, to provide public recreational opportunity and to address responsible property management:

  • Proposed acquisition of a 99.34-acre property in Grays Harbor County,
  • Proposed acquisition of a 748-acre property in Okanogan County,
  • Proposed conservation easement on 448.16 acres in Kittitas County, and
  • Proposed acquisition of a 2.14-acre property in Snohomish County.

No one signed up to provide oral testimony on the above proposals during this portion of the meeting.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioners Smith, to approve the proposed land transactions as presented.
The motion carried unanimously.

5. Falconryrule briefing & public hearing:
Eric Cummings briefed the Commission on proposed rule amendments to WAC 232-30, Falconry regulations. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rules at its August 6-7, 2010, meeting in Olympia.  Several people provided oral testimony on the above rule proposals during this portion of the meeting:

OLYMPIA

  • Lydia Ash (Kirkland)
  • Brad Wood (Yelm)
  • Steve Herman (Yelm)
  • Dan Pike (Lynden)
  • Steve Layman (Clinton)
  • Paul DeBryun  (Bellingham)
  • Simon Cook (Seattle)

SPOKANE

  • Larry Ray (Spokane)
  • Lester Boyd (Pomeroy)
  • Dan Pineo (Spokane)
  • Garrett Starr (Medical Lake)
  • Jim Nelson (Kennewick)
  • Dave Baker (Farmington)

6. Non-toxic shot requirements – rule briefing and public hearing:
Don Kraege and Nathan Pamplin provided updated information to the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-12-068, Nontoxic shot requirements, which would add two areas to the list of Department-owned lands where only non-toxic shot is allowed.  The Commission will consider final action on the proposals at its August 6-7, 2010 meeting in Olympia.

No one signed up to provide oral testimony on the above rule proposals during this portion of the meeting.

7. Bayview game reserve – rule briefing and public hearing:
Don Kraege updated the Commissioners on the proposed rule amendments to WAC 232-16-690, Bayview Game Reserve, to increase access to shore areas and enhance user opportunities. The proposed changes are consistent with 2010 legislation. The Commission will consider adoption of these permanent rules at its August 6-7, 2010 meeting in Olympia. 

No one signed up to provide oral testimony on the above rule proposals during this portion of the meeting.

8.  INVITED DISCUSSION – LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS
Stevens County Commissioner Larry Guenther presented information about various fish and wildlife issues pertinent to Stevens County constituents.  Additional invited local elected officials were unable to attend this meeting.

9. SUMMARY OF COMMISSION REQUESTS
The review of existing requests was postponed to the June 18, 2010, Commission meeting via conference call.

10. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT
One person had signed up to testify for this item but was unable to stay for the duration of the meeting. A document was left for the Commissioners’ information.

11. MISCELLANEOUS

NEW COMMISSION REQUESTS TO THE DEPARTMENT:

Commissioner Schmitten moved, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to request that the Department prepare a report on Spring Chinook presentation due by October.  The motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Perry moved, seconded by Commissioner Schmitten, to request that the Department prepare a report on a detailed step-by-step description of
the Department’s Lands 20/20 process due by late winter. The motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Orr suggested that the Commission’s wildlife committee review and consider recommending increasing the penalty for killing swans and loons.

Chair Wecker adjourned the meeting at 4:12 p.m.