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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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June 3-4, 2011 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

2nd Revised** AGENDA
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FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
June 3-4, 2011
Natural Resources Building
First Floor, Room 172
1111 Washington St SE
Olympia, Washington 98501

**REVISED 6/1/11
Agenda is subject to change.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3

8:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes
    - Draft minutes - PDF format (133 KB)
    - Supplemental materials - PDF format (75 KB)
  2. Commissioners' Discussion
  3. Director's Report & Legislative Report (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. ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT OVERVIEW - BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on the state endangered species process to list and delist species.  The presentation will cover the process, from identifying candidate species for listing through the process steps identified in WAC 232-12-097 to list and delist species in Washington. 

- Summary - PDF format (21 KB)

Staff Report:
Harriet Allen, Endangered Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

 

11:35 AM
LUNCH BREAK
 

COMMISSION'S ANNUAL MEETING WITH THE GOVERNOR
**NOTE: Item revised 6/1/2011. The Commissionís annual meeting with Governor Gregoire has to be postponed, due to a change in the Governorís schedule.†

12:30 PM

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.

2:00 PM

4. CONSERVATION AND REBUILDING OF DEPRESSED SALMON AND STEELHEAD STOCKS – BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on the status of salmon, progress in salmon recovery and the Department’s role. 

- Summary - PDF format (339 KB)

Staff Report:
Erik Neatherlin, Research and Monitoring Coordinator, Fish Program

5. OVERVIEW OF STATE HATCHERY SYSTEM, PART 3 – BRIEFING
Department staff will continue briefing the Commission on the history of fish hatcheries in Washington State, including Federal ESA Listings and status of implementing hatchery reform.  Part 2 was presented during the January 7-8, 2011, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (66 KB)

Staff Report:
Heather Bartlett, Hatcheries Division Manager, Fish Program; and
James Dixon, Hatcheries Division, Fish Program

 
BREAK:
 

6. 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, enhancement of public recreation opportunities and responsible property management:

  • Proposed conservation easement on 480 acres in Okanogan County,
  • Proposed acquisition of 39.10 acres in Grays Harbor County,
  • Proposed acquisition of 1.32 acres in King County,
  • Proposed easement exchange for lake access in Skagit County,
  • Proposed lease/purchase in Okanogan County, and
  • Proposed underground utility permit on access site in Clallam County. 

- Summary - PDF format (7.74 MB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

7. 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.

4:40 P.M.

RECESS

SATURDAY, JUNE 4

8:30 AM

8. 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.

9. COASTAL FORAGE FISH OVERVIEW – BRIEFING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on the management approach for coastal forage fish under the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries Management Plan. The Commission received a briefing on Puget Sound forage fish at the April 8-9, 2011, Commission meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (17 KB)

Staff Report: 
Michele Culver, Region 6 Director; and
Lorna Wargo, Coastal Marine Fisheries Biologist, Fish Program

10. GAME FARM RESERVES AND WATERFOWL CLOSURES – RULE BRIEFING & PUBLIC HEARING:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to game farm reserves and waterfowl closure rules to update the list of game reserves and clarify boundary descriptions.  The Commission will consider final adoption at its August 5-6, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

AMENDMENTS
WAC 232-16-700 Swinomish Spit Game Reserve

REPEALERS
WAC 232-16-130 Ellensburg Game Farm Reserve, and
WAC 232-16-360 South Tacoma Game Farm Reserve

- Summary - PDF format (511 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

11. COUGAR CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT – BRIEFING:
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on cougar management issues associated with the Department’s Game Management Plan, including the status of public outreach efforts.

- Summary - PDF format (16 KB)

Staff Report: 
Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program; and  
Rich Beausoleil, Bear-Cougar Specialist, Wildlife Program

 
BREAK
 

12. PREDATOR POPULATION TRENDS AND PREDATOR-PREY MANAGEMENT – BRIEFING :
At the request of the Commission, Department staff will brief the Commission on predator-prey issues associated with the Department’s Game Management Plan, including population trends and public outreach efforts.  This briefing will include a timeline for completion of an agency white paper that will be summarized at a future Commission meeting.

- Summary - PDF format (14 KB)
- Supplemental Materials - PDF format (74 KB)

Staff Report: 
Nate Pamplin, Assistant Director, Wildlife Program; and
Donny Martorello, Ph.D., Carnivore, Furbearer and Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

12:55 PM
LUNCH BREAK
1:30 PM

13. DRAFT WOLF MANAGEMENT & CONSERVATION PLAN PROCESS UPDATE - BRIEFING:
NOTE: item added 5/24/2011
Department staff will brief the Commission on the status of edits to the draft Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. 

- Summary - PDF format (21 KB)

Staff Report: 
Nate Pamplin, Assistant Director, Wildlife Program

14. 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.

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

- Summary - PDF format (82 KB)

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

3:00 P.M.
ADJOURN

*REVISED 6/1/11
Agenda is subject to change.

Directions and Access to the Natural Resources Building: From I-5, take State Capitol exit (105). The exit puts you on 14th Avenue. Go through the tunnel and turn right onto Capitol Way. Turn right onto 11th Avenue. Turn right onto Washington. Turn left into the parking lot. Visitor parking is on the P-1 level of the building.

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