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

MEETING MINUTES

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
March 4-5, 2010

Spokane Convention Center
334 West Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, Washington

ATTENDANCE:
Commission
Public (cont.)
Miranda Wecker, Chair
Jeb Race
Gary Douvia, Vice Chair
tony Wylie
Brad Smith
Eric Dinges
Rollie Schmitten
Jerry Barron, Northwest Sportsmans Club and WWC
Connie Mahnken
Cathy Barron
David Jennings
Vince Janson
George Kirwin
Commission Staff:
Jim Culverwell
Susan Galloway
Jan Calson
Darlene Bartlett
Al Martz, Northeast Washington Wildlife Group
John Magart, Northeast Washington Wildlife Group
Department
Michael B. Wisor
Phil Anderson, Director
Clyde Cramer
Joe Stohr, Deputy Director
Brian Cramer
Jim Scott
Chris McCarthy
Nate Pamplin
Kyle Walker
Dan Budd
Matt Mimnaugh
Dave Ware
Dale Magart
Mick Cope
David Miller
Greg Schirato
Matt Alwine
Donny Martorello
Dick Donley
Jerry Nelson
Tim Chestnut
Steve Pozzanghera
Larry J. Walker
Bill Frymire, AGO
Dave Murphy
Kevin Robinette
Fred Zitterkopt
Madonna Luers
John Bruce
Woody Myers
Tony Delgado
Dennis Beich
Mike Mann
Mike Whorton
C.K. Citts
John Whalen
Ken Hoff
Brian Trickel
Dave Colton
Joey McCanna
Lothar Walner
Freddie Giannecchini
Public
Tony Johnson
George Orr
Mike Jones, Mule Deer Foundation
Kim Thorburn
Lynette Miller
B.J. Thorniley, WA State Trappers Assn.
Bruce Vails
Shelia Stalp, foe Congresswoman McMorris-Rodgers
Wanda Clifford, Inland Northwest Wildlife Council
Don Dashiell, Stevens County Commissioner
Carlos Enriquez
Joey J. McCanna
Pam Douvia
John Bigley
Chuck Potter
Rich Landers, Spokesman Review
Paul Weekley
Jim Sutton
Ed Pohle
LaFawn Sutton
Jim Phillip
Mike Poulson, for Congresswoman McMorris-Rodgers
Emily Phillip
Vivian Adams
Jason Prince
Marc Gauthier
 

FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2011

Chair Wecker called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.

1a. APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES:
The Commission continued this item to its March 18, 2011, meeting via conference call.

1b. COMMISSIONERS’ DISCUSSION:
Commissioners discussed recent activities and items of general interest, recognized Commissioner George Orr for his contribution to the Fish and Wildlife Commission and the State of Washington.

1c. DIRECTOR’S REPORT AND LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
Director Anderson reviewed significant Department issues and activities, including:

  • Department request legislation status
  • Puget Sound Chinook Harvest Management Plan and Orca’s
  • Federal budget issues
  • State budget issues
  • License revenue data

1d. OPERATIONS AND BUDGET UPDATE:
Director Anderson provided an update to the Commission on the Department’s budget and operational issues.

2. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT:
Two individuals testified on issues of concern during this portion of the meeting:

  • Kim Thorburn (Spokane) – Legislation affecting the Fish and Wildlife Commission
  • George Orr (Spokane) – Whitetail deer study and point restriction

3. PROPOSED LAND TRANSACTIONS – DECISION:
Dan Budd presented to the Commission for approval three land transactions recommended by the Department for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat, to provide public recreational opportunity 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

No public signed up to testify on the proposals during this portion of the meeting.

Commissioner Jennings moved, seconded by Commissioner Schmitten, to approve the land transactions as presented. The motion carried unanimously. 

4. PUGET SOUND RECREATIONAL CLAM AND OYSTERS SEASON – RULE ACTION:
Jim Scott presented to the Commission 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.

Commissioner Mahnken moved, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to approve permanent amendments as presented. The motion carried unanimously. 

5. 2011 SALMON FORECASTS, CONSERVATION NEEDS AND FISHING OPPOTUNITIES – BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Jim Scott provided 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 that was held March 1, 2011, in Olympia.

6. HUNT TAG DRAWINGS STATUS REVIEW - BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Dave Ware provided a briefing on results from rules implemented last year that created new categories for permit hunts.

7.PUBLIC CONDUCT ON PRIVATE LANDS UPDER COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT -UNLAWFUL ACTS – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Mick Cope briefed 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.

No public signed up to testify on these proposals during this portion of the meeting.

8. LANDOWNER HUNTING PERMITS –  RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Mick Cope provided the Commission with information 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.

No public signed up to testify on these proposals during this portion of the meeting.

9. BALD EAGLE PROTECTION –  RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Greg Schirato 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

No public signed up to testify on these proposals during this portion of the meeting.

10. ELECTED OFFICIAL – PANEL DISCUSSION:
Senator Cathy McMorris Rodger’s Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Director, Mike Poulson and Stevens’ County Commissioner Don Dashiell presented information about various fish and wildlife issues pertinent to their constituents with the Commission.

11. WILDLIFE COMMITTEE REPORT:
Commissioners discussed recent activities of the Commission’s wildlife committee.

12. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT:
The following individuals testified on issues of concern during this portion of the meeting:

  • Jim Sutton (Spokane) – Lighted nocks
  • LaFawn Sutton (Spokane) – Lighted nocks
  • Marc Gauthier (Spokane) – Wolf management and wilderness areas
  • Derrick Knowles (Spokane) – Wilderness areas and conservation

Chair Wecker recessed the meeting at 4:50 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011:

Chair Wecker called the meeting back to order at 8:33 a.m.

13. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT:
The following individuals testified on issues of concern during this portion of the meeting:

  • Paul Weekley (Spokane) – Lighted nocks
  • Ed Pohle (Veradale) – 4 point rule
  • Vince Jansen (Deer Park) – 4 point deer management and baiting
  • Jim Culverwell (Chewelah) – Deer and elk numbers
  • Al Martz (Chewelah) – Antler point restriction
  • John Magart (Valley) – Predation on deer and elk
  • Dale Magart (Deer Park) – Wolf recovery
  • Matt Alwine (Chewelah) – Deer baiting

14. SPRING BLACK BEAR SEASONS AND REGULATIONS - RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Donny Martorello briefed 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.

Three individuals provided oral testimony on the above rule proposals during this portion of the meeting:

  • Matt Alwine (Chewelah)
  • Don Dashiell (Hunters)
  • John Magart (Valley)

15. MOOSE, BIGHORN SHEEP AND MOUNTAIN GOAT SEASONS AND PERMIT QUOTAS - RULE BRIEFING AND 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.

Two individuals provided oral testimony on the above rule proposals during this portion of the meeting:

  • Matt Mimnaugh (Clayton)
  • Freddie Giannecchini (Chewelah)

16. BOUNDARY REGULATIONS, GAME MANAGEMENT UNITS – RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Jerry Nelson briefed 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.

No public signed up to testify during this open public input portion of the meeting.

17. DEER GENERAL SEASONS AND DEER AND ELK SPECIAL PERMIT REGULATIONS –  RULE BRIEFING AND PUBLIC HEARING:
Jerry Nelson briefed 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 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. 

Twenty-four individuals provided oral testimony on the above rule proposals during this portion of the meeting:

  • Mike Jones (Spokane)
  • Paul Weekley (Spokane)
  • Jeb Race (Spokane)
  • Vince Janson (Deer Park)
  • Dale Magart (Deer Park)
  • Chris McCarthy (Spokane)
  • Matt Alwine (Chewelah)
  • David Miller (Spokane)
  • Dick Donley (Cheney)
  • Tim Chestnut (Spokane)
  • Dave Murphy (Spokane)
  • Fred Zitterkopt (Spokane)
  • Tony Delgado (Loon Lake)
  • John Magart (Valley)
  • Al Martz (Chewelah)
  • John K. Smith (Spokane)
  • Dave Colton (Spokane)
  • Ken Hoff (Colbert)
  • Lothar Wallner (Deer Park)
  • Don Dashiell (Hunters)
  • Tony Johnson (Valley )
  • Brian Cramer (Spokane)
  • Bruce Vails (Spokane)
  • Freddie Giannecchini (Chewelah)

18. MISCELLANEOUS AND MEETING DEBRIEF:
The Commission discussed items that arose immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda was published.

Commissioner Schmitten moved, seconded by Commission Smith, to brief the Commission with a cougar conservation and management overview briefing; including status of ongoing cougar research, current population assessment and trends, cougar harvest (boot and hound), and outline the process for handling nuisance animals and reporting, and   review findings from “Cougar Outreach and Education in Washington State.” The motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commission Smith, to provide a private lands program overview briefing to the Commission; including focus areas, funding sources and opportunities, and examples of improvements to habitat, hunter access and watchable wildlife opportunities. The motion carried unanimously.

Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commission Schmitten, to brief the Commission on setting ungulate population objectives; including an overview of science and other factors used to establish population objectives of ungulates, particularly deer and elk & Mountain Goat. The motion carried unanimously.

Chair Wecker adjourned the meeting at 12:20 p.m.