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Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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

 

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April 8-9, 2011 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

Audio Transcripts

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
April 8-9, 2011
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St SE
First Floor, Room 172
Olympia, Washington 98501

FRIDAY, APRIL 8

8:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER

a. Approval of Meeting Minutes
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b. Commissioners' Discussion & c. Director's Report (Phil Anderson)
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d. Legislative Update (Ann Larson)
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e. Budget & Operations Update (Joe Stohr)
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2. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT

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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.

 

3. LAND TRANSACTIONS - DECISION:

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The Commission will consider approval of various proposed land transactions recommended by the Department for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat, provide public recreation opportunities and address responsible property management.

  1. Proposed acquisition of 55.81 acres in Wahkiakum County
  2. Proposed acquisition of 33.54 acres in Okanogan County
  3. Proposed acquisition of 230.66 acres in Okanogan County
  4. Proposed acquisition of 40 acres in Okanogan County
  5. Proposed acquisition of 92.43 acres in Okanogan County
  6. Proposed lease/purchase of 120 acres of WDNR land in Whatcom County; and
  7. Proposed lease/purchase of 2,543 acres of WDNR land in Chelan County

- Summary - PDF format (11.5 MB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

4. COMMERCIAL SHELLFISH POT GEAR ESCAPE MECHANISMS - RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:

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Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 220-52-035, Commercial shellfish pot gear-escape mechanism required, which would help ensure escape mechanisms work as intended. The Commission will take public comment at this meeting and also at its conference call meeting on April 15, 2011. The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to this rule at its April 15, 2011, conference call meeting.

- Summary - PDF format (606 KB)

Staff Report: 
Heather Reed, Coastal Marine Resources Policy, Intergovernmental Resource Management (IRM)

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

5. BALD EAGLE PROTECTION - RULE ACTION:
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent 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 shift responsibility for bald eagle management to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 4-5, 2011, meeting in Spokane.

- Summary - PDF format (661 KB)

Staff Report: 
Greg Schirato, Wildlife Program Manager, Region 6

1:30 PM

6. PUBLIC CONDUCT ON PRIVATE LANDS Under COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT-UNLAWFUL ACTS — Rule ACTION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of permanent 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 held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 4-5, 2011, meeting in Spokane.

- Summary - PDF format (283 KB)

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

7. LANDOWNER HUNTING PERMITS – RULE ACTION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to WAC 232-28-295 Landowner hunting permits, which would help increase hunter access and address damage issues.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 4-5, 2011, meeting in Spokane.

- Summary - PDF format (303 KB)

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

8. SPRING BLACK BEAR SEASONS AND REGULATIONS - RULE ACTION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to
WAC 232-28-286 2010, 2011, and 2012 Spring Black Bear Seasons and Regulations. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 4-5, 2011, meeting in Spokane.

- Summary - PDF format (313 KB)

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

9. MOOSE, BIGHORN SHEEP, AND MOUNTAIN GOAT SEASONS AND PERMIT QUOTAS – RULE ACTION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to
WAC 232-28-273 2009-2011 Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat Seasons and Permit Quotas. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 4-5, 2011, meeting in Spokane.

- Summary - PDF format (479 KB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (31 KB)

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

10. BOUNDARY REGULATIONS , GAME MANAGEMENT UNITS – RULE ACTION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of permanent 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 held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 4-5, 2011, meeting in Spokane.

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.

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- Supplemental - PDF format (28 KB)
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Staff Report:
Jerry Nelson, Ph.D., Deer and Elk Section Manager, Wildlife Program

11. DEER GENERAL SEASONS AND DEER AND ELK SPECIAL PERMIT REGULATIONS – RULE ACTION:

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The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to deer general season and deer and elk special permit regulations to 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 held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 4-5, 2011, meeting in Spokane.

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 (3.3 MB)
- Supplemental - PDF format (34 KB)

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

12. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT

Open Public Input (None)
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Montana Wolf Case Settlement Proposal - Briefing
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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.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i), the Commission will convene in executive session to discuss with legal counsel representing the agency litigation or potential litigation to which the agency is, or is likely to become, a party.  The public is not permitted to attend the executive session.

5:15 P.M.

RECESS

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

8:30 AM

13. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT

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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. CAPITAL PROGRAM ACTION PLAN UPDATE - BRIEFING:

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At the request of the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on the annual Capital Management Review as outlined in the “Berk Report,” including top priority projects, status of project management and development of cost accounting.

- Summary - PDF format (1.7 MB)

Staff Report: 
Bill Phillips, Assistant Director, Capital Asset Management Program

15. ESTUARY AND SALMON RESTORATION PROGRAM - BRIEFING:

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Department staff will brief the Commission on activities of the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, which is part of the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP).  The Commission received a briefing on PSNERP during the August 5, 2010, Commission special meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (1.4 MB)

Staff Report: 
Betsy Lyons, Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program Manager, Habitat Program

 

16. PUGET SOUND FORAGE FISH UPDATE - BRIEFING:

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Department staff will provide information on forage fishes in Puget Sound, including the current Commission Forage Fish Management Policy (C-3012), status of forage fish stocks for principal species, spawning habitat mapping and protection efforts, fisheries management and current threats and concerns.

- Summary - PDF format (1 MB)

Staff Report: 
Wayne Palsson, Research Scientist, Fish Program

17. SUMMARY OF COMMISSION REQUESTS:

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The Commission will review the current list of Commission requests to the Department and may consider new requests.

18. COMMISSION COMMITTEE REPORTS:

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The Commissioners will discuss recent activities of the various Commission committees.

19. OPEN PUBLIC INPUT

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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.

20. PREPARATION FOR ANNUAL MEETING WITH THE GOVERNOR:

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The Commission will discuss plans for its annual meeting with the Governor.

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

1:15 P.M.
ADJOURN

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