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Olympia, WA 98501-1091

Phone: 360-902-2267
Fax: 360-902-2448
commission@dfw.wa.gov

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

 

Meeting Minutes & Agendas

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March 4-5, 2011 Agenda | Meeting Minutes| Audio Transcripts

Preliminary* AGENDA

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
March 4-5, 2011
Spokane Convention Center
Second Floor, Room 206 a/b
334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201

*Agenda is subject to change.

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

8:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes
  2. Commissioners' Discussion
  3. Director's Report & Legislative Update (Phil Anderson)
  4. Budget & Operations 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. 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 recreation opportunities and address responsible property management.

  • Proposed acquisition of 77.9 acres in Grays Harbor County
  • Proposed acquisition of 473.11 acres in Douglas County; and
  • Proposed conservation easement on 320 acres in Okanogan County

- Summary - PDF format (1.2 MB)

Staff Report:
Dan Budd, Real Estate Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

4. PUGET SOUND RECREATIONAL CLAM AND OYSTER SEASONS - RULE ACTION:
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to WAC 220-56-350 Clams other than razor clams, mussels–Areas and seasons, and WAC 220-56-380 Oysters–Areas  and seasons.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its February 4-5, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (697 KB)

Staff Report: 
Jim Scott, Assistant Director, Fish Program

5. 2011 SALMON FORECASTS, CONSERVATION NEEDS AND FISHING OPPORTUNITIES - BRIEFING:
As requested by the Commission, Department staff will present a summary of the 2011 salmon abundance forecasts and discuss implications for addressing conservation of stocks and fisheries planning through the North of Falcon process, including outcomes of discussions with stakeholders at the first 2011 North of Falcon public meeting; March 1, 2011, in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (10 KB)

Staff Report: 
Jim Scott, Assistant Director, Fish Program

11:40 AM
LUNCH BREAK
1:00 PM

6. HUNT TAG DRAWINGS, STATUS REVIEW – BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will provide a briefing on results from rules implemented last year that created new categories for permit hunts.

- Summary - PDF format (95 KB)

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

7. PUBLIC CONDUCT ON PRIVATE LANDS UNDER COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT-UNLAWFUL ACTS — RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-13-160 Public conduct on private lands under cooperative agreement with the Department-Unlawful Acts, creating a new section to allow enforcement of private lands access rules that are mutually agreed to by the landowner and the Department. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 8-9, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (699 KB)

Staff Report: 
Mick Cope, Upland Game Section Manager, Wildlife Program
PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

8. LANDOWNER HUNTING PERMITS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-295 Landowner hunting permits, which would help increase hunter access and address damage issues.  The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 8-9, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (952 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

9. BALD EAGLE PROTECTION - RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-12-292 Bald eagle protection rules, which would remove the requirement for a Bald Eagle Management Plan unless the bald eagle is federally or Washington state listed as endangered or threatened, and shifting responsibility for bald eagle management to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

- Summary - PDF format (813 KB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (31 KB)

Staff Report: 
Greg Schirato, Region 6 Wildlife Program Manager

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
 
 
BREAK:
 

10. ELECTED OFFICIALS – INVITED PANEL DISCUSSION:
The Commission has invited various local elected officials to discuss issues of importance to their constituents relating to the management of this state’s fish and wildlife resources.

11. COMMISSION WILDLIFE COMMITTEE REPORT:
The Commissioners will discuss recent activities of the Commission’s wildlife committee. 

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.

4:55 P.M.

RECESS

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

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. SPRING 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. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 8-9, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (728 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

15. MOOSE, BIGHORN SHEEP, AND MOUNTAIN GOAT SEASONS AND PERMIT QUOTAS – 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. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 8-9, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (1.1 MB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

16. BOUNDARY REGULATIONS , GAME MANAGEMENT UNITS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to boundary descriptions that would simplify the descriptions, reduce verbiage, update road name changes or usage, and close known gaps in boundaries. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 8-9, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

WAC 232-28-331 Game management units (GMUs) boundary descriptions – Region one;
WAC 232-28-332 Game management units (GMUs) boundary descriptions – Region two;
WAC 232-28-333 Game management units (GMUs) boundary descriptions – Region three;
WAC 232-28-334 Game management units (GMUs) boundary descriptions – Region four;
WAC 232-28-335 Game management units (GMUs) boundary descriptions – Region five;
WAC 232-28-336 Game management units (GMUs) boundary descriptions – Region six; and
WAC 232-28-337 Deer and elk areas.

- Summary - PDF format (7.4 MB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (30 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
 
BREAK
 

17. DEER GENERAL SEASONS AND DEER AND ELK SPECIAL PERMIT REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to deer general season and deer and elk special permit regulations that would address crop and property damage problems, changes in population levels due to environmental conditions or disease outbreaks and to balance harvest levels with established population objectives.  The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments at its April 8-9, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

WAC 232-28-351, 2009-2011 Deer General seasons and definitions; 
WAC 232-28-355, 2011 Deer special permits; and
WAC 232-28-356, 2011 Elk Special Permits. 

- Summary - PDF format (4.5 MB)
- Supplemental - deer - PDF format (32 KB)
- Supplemental - elk - PDF format (35 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

18. 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.

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

12:40 P.M.
ADJOURN

*Agenda is subject to change.

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