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

 

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August 6-7, 2010 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

AGENDA*

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
August 6-7, 2010
Natural Resources Building
First Floor, Room 172
1111 Washington Street SE
Olympia, Washington 98501

*Agenda is subject to change.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 2010

8:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes
    - December 4-5, 2009 draft minutes - PDF format (2.5 MB)
  2. Commissioners' Discussion
  3. Director's Report (Phil Anderson)
  4. Operations & Budget Update (Joe Stohr)

2. 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 decision action.

  BREAK
 

3. FALCONRY REGULATIONS – RULE ACTION:
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments to update, amend and align the state’s falconry regulations with new federal regulations, meet changing conservation needs, and correct and simplify wording. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its June 4, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

NEW SECTIONS
WAC 232-30-100, Falconry and captive propagation of raptors permitted;
WAC 232-30-110, Revocation, modifications, or suspension of falconry permits;
WAC 232-30-120, Falconry definitions;
WAC 232-30-130, Permits to practice falconry;
WAC 232-30-140, Reporting falconry activities;
WAC 232-30-151, Apprentice falconer classes of permit and permitted raptors;
WAC 232-30-152, General falconer classes of permit and permitted raptors;
WAC 232-30-153, Master falconer classes of permit;
WAC 232-30-160, Reinstatement of an expired falconry permit;
WAC 232-30-171, New Washington residents from outside the United States;
WAC 232-30-172, Nonresident falconers in Washington;
WAC 232-30-173, Falconers moving to Washington;
WAC 232-30-174, Falconers moving out of Washington;
WAC 232-30-175, Transport of raptors out of state;
WAC 232-30-210, Take from the wild;
WAC 232-30-215, Capture of marked raptors;
WAC 232-30-220, Designation as a wild raptor;
WAC 232-30-222, Take of nestling at nest site;
WAC 232-30-224, Raptors injured due to falconer trapping efforts;
WAC 232-30-230, Acquisition, transfer, release, loss, or rebanding of a raptor;
WAC 232-30-232, Acquiring a bird for falconry from a permitted rehabilitator;
WAC 232-30-240, Flying a hybrid raptor in falconry;
WAC 232-30-242, Releasing a falconry bird to the wild permanently;
WAC 232-30-244, Transfer, selling, or trading raptors under a falconry permit;
WAC 232-30-250, Provisions for accidental take by falconers;
WAC 232-30-260, Closed areas for raptor trapping and practicing falconry;
WAC 232-30-310, Banding or microchip tagging raptors used in falconry;
WAC 232-30-410, Inspections;
WAC 232-30-420, Facilities are required for possession of falconry or abatement raptors;
WAC 232-30-430, Falconry facilities on property not owned by falconry permittee;
WAC 232-30-440, Facilities and care requirements and guidelines;
WAC 232-30-450, Required equipment;
WAC 232-30-460, Facilities for a raptor when in transport, using it for hunting, or are away from facilities, and temporary housing;
WAC 232-30-470, Care of falconry raptors by another person;
WAC 232-30-510, Captive propagation of raptors;
WAC 232-30-520, Hacking of falconry raptors;
WAC 232-30-530, Abatement activities with captive raptors;
WAC 232-30-540, Use of falconry raptors in education programs;
WAC 232-30-550, Other uses of falconry raptors;
WAC 232-30-560, Falconers assisting in rehabilitation of raptors to prepare them for release;
WAC 232-30-570, Feathers molted by falconry raptors; and
WAC 232-30-580, Disposition of carcasses of falconry birds that die.

REPEALER
WAC 232-12-101, WAC 232-12-104, WAC 232-12-106, WAC 232-12-107, WAC 232-12- 114, WAC 232-12-117, WAC 232-12-121, WAC 232-12-124, WAC 232-12-127 and WAC 232-12-129.

- Summary - PDF format (1.6 MB)
- Supplemental materials - PDF format (21 KB)

Staff Report:
Eric Cummins, Falconry Section Manager, Wildlife Program

4. BAYVIEW GAME RESERVE – RULE ACTION:
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to WAC 232-16-690 Bayview Game Reserve, to increase access to shore areas and enhance user opportunities. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals during its June 4, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (1.3 MB)

Staff Report:
Don Kraege, Waterfowl Section Manager, Wildlife Program

5. NON-TOXIC SHOT REQUIREMENTS – RULE ACTION:
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to WAC 232-12-068, Nontoxic shot requirements, which would add two areas to the list of Department-owned lands where only nontoxic shot is allowed in order to avoid potential lead shot poisoning of wildlife. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its June 4, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (1.3 MB)
- Supplemental materials - PDF format (21 KB)

Staff Report:
Don Kraege, Waterfowl Section Manager, Wildlife Program

6. MIGRATORY WATERFOWL SEASONS – RULE BRIEFING, PUBLIC HEARING & RULE ACTION:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-434, 2010-11 Migratory waterfowl seasons and regulations, and repeal of WAC-28-433, 2009-10 Migratory waterfowl seasons and regulations. Following the public hearing opportunity, the Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments.

- Summary - PDF format (864 KB)
- Supplemental materials - PDF format (87 KB)

Staff Report:
Don Kraege, Waterfowl Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
12:45 P.M. LUNCH BREAK:
2:00 P.M.

7. BAITING OF GAME BIRDS – RULE BRIEFING, PUBLIC HEARING & RULE ACTION:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-12-264, Baiting of game birds – Unlawful, to bring state rules in line with Federal USFWS regulations prohibiting waterfowl baiting. The changes would also provide the Department with more effective tools for identifying violations. Following the public hearing opportunity, the Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments.

- Summary - PDF format (842 KB)

Staff Report:
Don Kraege, Waterfowl Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

8. IMPORTATION OF DEAD NONRESIDENT WILDLIFE – RULE BRIEFING, PUBLIC HEARING, AND RULE ACTION:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-12-021, Importation and retention of dead nonresident wildlife, to establish restrictions on the importation of deer, elk, and moose from states known to harbor chronic wasting disease in wild populations and thus reduce the disease risk for native deer, elk, and moose populations in Washington.

- Summary - PDF format (835 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

9. TRAPPER REPORTING – RULE BRIEFING, PUBLIC HEARING, AND RULE ACTION:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-12-134, Report required of licensed trappers, that would provide consistency with the report deadline for wildlife control operators authorized in another existing WAC rule. Following the public hearing opportunity, the Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments.

- Summary - PDF format (832 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

10. 2011 COMMISSION MEETING CALENDAR – DISCUSSION:
The Commission will discuss potential meeting dates and locations for its 2011 meeting calendar and accept public testimony. The Commission may consider final approval of its 2011 calendar during an upcoming Commission meeting via conference call.

- Draft 2011 calendar - PDF format (129 KB)

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
  BREAK
 

11. SUMMARY OF COMMISSION REQUESTS:
Commissioners will review the current list of Commission requests to the Department and may consider new requests.

- Summary of Commission requests - PDF format (69 KB)

12. 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 decision action.

 

RECESS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010

8:30 AM

13. 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 decision action.

14. 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.

Staff Report:

- Summary - PDF format (3.5 MB)
Dan Budd, Real Estate Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

15. HYDRAULIC PERMITTING APPROVAL (HPA) ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS BOARD PROCESS – RULE BRIEFING, PUBLIC HEARING & RULE ACTION:
The Commission received a briefing on the proposals during its July 2, 2010, meeting via conference call. Following the public hearing opportunity, the Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments.

- Summary - PDF format (682 KB)

Staff Report:
Lisa Wood, HPA Appeals Coordinator, Habitat Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
  BREAK
 

16. COMMISSION POLICY C-3609 REVIEW, PUGET SOUND CRAB FISHERY – BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed changes to Commission Policy C-3609, Puget Sound Crab Fishery. The Commission will consider final action on proposed policy changes at its October 1-2, 2010, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (515 KB)
- Supplemental materials - PDF format (555 KB)

Staff Report:
Rich Childers, Puget Sound Shellfish Manager, Fish Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
12:00 PM LUNCH BREAK
1:00 PM

16. (Continued) COMMISSION POLICY C-3609 REVIEW, PUGET SOUND CRAB FISHERY – BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:

17. 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 decision action.

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

3:30 PM

ADJOURN

*Agenda is subject to change.

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