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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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August 5-6, 2011 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

AGENDA*
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FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
August 5-6, 2011
Natural Resources Building
First Floor, Room 172
1111 Washington St SE
Olympia, Washington 98501

*Agenda is subject to change.

NOTE: On Thursday, August 4, 2011, the Commission will hold a special meeting to receive Department briefings and discuss the final Environmental Impact Statement /Recommended Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. Following the briefing and Commission discussion, there will be an opportunity for public input. 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5

8:30 AM

1. CALL TO ORDER

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes
  2. Commissioners' Discussion
  3. Director's Report & Legislative Report (Phil Anderson)
    - Summary - PDF format (110 KB)
  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. PROPOSED 2012 DEPARTMENT SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING BUDGET REQUEST – BRIEFING AND DECISION:
Department staff will brief the Commission on the proposed supplemental operating budget for 2012. Following the public input opportunity, the Commission will consider approval of the request package for submittal to the Governor’s Office.

- Summary - PDF format (110 KB)
- 2012 Supplemental Operating Budget Request Summary - PDF format (117 KB)

Staff Report:
David Giglio, Assistant Director, Technology & Financial Management
PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

4. PROPOSED 2012 DEPARTMENT SUPPLEMENTAL CAPITAL BUDGET REQUEST – BRIEFING AND DECISION:
Department staff will brief the Commission on the proposed supplemental capital budget for 2012. Following the public input opportunity, the Commission will consider approval of the request package for submittal to the Governor’s Office.

- Summary - PDF format (60 KB)
- 2012 Captial Budget Request Proposal - PDF format (119 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
12:00 PM
LUNCH BREAK
1:30 PM

5. PROPOSED 2012 DEPARTMENT REQUEST LEGISLATION - BRIEFING AND DECISION
Following a briefing by Department staff and opportunity for public input, the Commission will consider approval of the Department’s proposed 2012 request legislation package for submittal to the Governor’s Office.

- Summary - PDF format (111 KB)

Staff Report: 
Ann Larson, Legislative Liaison, Director’s Office.

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

6. DISCOVER PASS IMPLEMENTATION - BRIEFING
Department staff will brief the Commission on the Discover Pass, created through the passage of legislation this year.  The briefing will include coordination between state agencies, public outreach, communications and marketing, tribal issues, accounting and accountability. .

- Summary - PDF format (16 KB)

Staff Report: 
Jennifer Quan, Lands Division Manager, Wildlife Program.

7. PROPOSED LAND TRANSACTION - DECISION:
The Commission will consider approval of various land transactions, including a proposed easement along 720 feet of highway north of Wenatchee in Chelan County to ensure responsible property management and public safety. 

- Summary - PDF format (452 KB)
- Supplemental material - PDF format (732 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
 
BREAK:
 

8. PUGET SOUND KEY GROUNDFISH SPECIES TREND ANALYSIS  – BRIEFING:
As a follow-up to a Commission request and memo from the Director, staff will brief the Commission on the status of specific groundfish species in Puget Sound.

- Summary - PDF format (393 KB)

Staff Report: 
Theresa Tsou, Senior Research Scientist, Fish Program; and
Craig Burley, Fish Management Division Manager, Fish Program

9. COUGAR SEASONS AND REGULATIONS – RULE BRIEFING, PUBLIC HEARING & RULE ACTION:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC rules to manage harvest guidelines as outlined in the Game Management Plan, increase recreational opportunities and address public safety issues related to human-cougar interactions.  Following public input, the Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments.

WAC 232-28-272 Black bear and cougar hunting seasons and regulations
WAC 232-28-287 cougar permit hunting seasons and regulations; and
WAC 232-12-243 Public safety cougar removals

- Summary - PDF format (853 KB)
- Supplemental material - PDF format (86 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

10. 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.

5:10 P.M.

RECESS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6

8:30 AM

11. 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.

12. GAME RESERVES AND WATERFOWL CLOSURES – RULE ACTION:
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments to WAC 232-16-700 Swinomish Spit Game Reserve, and repeal of WAC 232-16-130 Ellensburg Game Farm Reserve and WAC 232-16-360 South Tacoma Game Farm Reserve to update the list of game reserves and clarify boundary descriptions.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its June 3-4, 2011, meeting in Olympia.

- Summary - PDF format (568 KB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
 
BREAK
 

13. MIGRATORY WATERFOWL SEASONS – RULE BRIEFING, PUBLIC HEARING & RULE ACTION:
Department staff will brief the Commission on proposed amendments to WAC 232-28-435, 2011-2012 Migratory waterfowl seasons and regulations; and proposed repeal of WAC 232-28-434, 2010-11 Migratory waterfowl seasons and regulations, and WAC 232-28-433, 2009-10 Migratory waterfowl seasons and regulations. Following the public input opportunity, the Commission will consider adoption of permanent amendments.

- Summary - PDF format (732 KB)
- Supplemental material - PDF format (297 KB)

Staff Report:
Don Kraege, Waterfowl Section Manager, Wildlife Program; and
Bill Hebner, Region 4 Captain, Enforcement Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

14. POTENTIAL 2012 COMMISSION MEETING DATES – DISCUSSION:
The Commission will discuss potential dates for setting its 2012 meeting calendar. The Commission will consider final approval of a 2012 meeting calendar during its August 19 or September 2, 2011, conference call meetings.

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

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 (76 KB)

16. 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.

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

12:10 P.M.
ADJOURN

*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.

Public access to the Natural Resources Building after 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday will be available only through the rotunda doors located on the west end of the building.

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