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

 

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April 13-14, 2012 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

AGENDA
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FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
April 13-14, 2012
Natural Resources Building - First Floor, Room 172
1111 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, Washington 98501

Times are approximate and subject to change.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

8:30 A.M.

1. Call to Order

  1. Commissioners' Discussion
  2. Director's Report (Phil Anderson)
    • Wolf Plan Updates
    • Legislative Update
    • Budget Update (Joe Stohr)
Director's Report - PDF format (396 KB)
9:30 A.M.

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.

10:00
A.M.
BREAK
10:15
A.M.

3. Capital and Assess Management Program (CAMP) - Briefing
Department staff will provide the Commission with an overview that includes the program’s organizational structure, personnel makeup, external authorizing environment, budget breakdown, and geographical distribution of staff.

- Summary - PDF format (0.1 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (22.0 MB)

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

10:45 A.M.

4. Technology and Financial Management Overview - Briefing
Department staff will provide the Commission with an overview that includes the program’s organizational structure, personnel makeup, external authorizing environment, budget breakdown, and geographical distribution of staff. The briefing will include the Human Resource and Public Affairs programs as well.

- Summary - PDF format (1.8 MB)
- Presentation - Part 1 - PDF format (1.3 MB)
- Presentation - Part 2 - PDF format (8.5 MB)

Staff:
David Giglio, Assistant Director, Technology and Financial Management
Michael DeAngelo, Chief Information Officer

11:55
A.M.

5. Enforcement WAC Expedited Rule Changes - Decision
The Department will brief the Commission on the current WAC overhaul and request technical amendments for the following WACs.

- Summary - PDF format (0.5 MB)

Amend:
WAC 220-12-010 Food Fish - Classification
WAC 220-12-020 Shellfish - Classification
WAC 220-16-211 Geographical definitions – Puget Sound Tributaries
WAC 220-20-015 Lawful and unlawful acts - Salmon
WAC 220-20-051 Vessel designation requirements
WAC 220-20-065 Commercial licensing – Business organizations – Operator designation
WAC 220-88-020 Experimental fishery permits
WAC 220-88-040 Trial commercial fishery permits
Repeal
WAC 232-14-010 Hydraulic code guidelines

Staff:
Joanna Eide, Administrative Regulations Analyst, Enforcement Program

12:10 P.M.
LUNCH BREAK
1:10
P.M.

6. Proposed 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:

- Summary - PDF format (3.2 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (2 MB)

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

1:25
P.M.

7. Marijuana Eradication on Agency Lands - Briefing
The Enforcement Program will brief the Commission on the rise in illegal marijuana cultivation on WDFW and other public lands and the negative impacts to the environment and public safety and what tactics they are using to address the issue.

- Summary - PDF format (0.1 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (8.6 MB)

Staff Report: 
Captains Rich Mann and Chris Anderson, Enforcement Program

1:55
P.M.

8. Fish Passage Program - Overview
Department staff will provide an overview of the fish passage efforts in the Habitat Program. 

- Summary - PDF format (114 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (4.4 MB)

Staff: 
Julie Henning, Fish Passage Section Manager, Restoration Division, Habitat Program

2:25
P.M.
BREAK
2:40
P.M.

9. Regional Listing/Delisting of Wolves - Commission Blue Sheet Request - Briefing
Department staff will provide an analysis on what would be needed to make changes to the threatened and endangered WAC in order for the Commission to consider regional delisting of wolves.

- Summary - PDF format (0.1 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (9.4 MB)

3:10
P.M.

10. Commission's Position Statement "Wolves in Washington" - Decision
The Commission will discuss a draft wolf position statement.

- Summary - PDF format (0.2 MB)

4:10
P.M.

11. Executive Session
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i), the Commission will meet 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. No action will be taken in executive session, and the public is not permitted to attend the executive session. 

5:00 P.M.

RECESS

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012

8:30
A.M.

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.

9:00
A.M.

13. Hunting Practices - Rule Action
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments regarding hunting practices.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 9-10, 2012, meeting in Moses Lake.

Amendments:
WAC 232-12-047 Unlawful methods for hunting
WAC 232-12-054 Archery requirements –archery special use permits
WAC 232-12-257 Use of decoys and calls
WAC 232-12-264 Baiting of game birds –unlawful

- Summary - PDF format (1.2 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (0.6 MB)

Staff Report: 
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program
Don Kraege, Waterfowl Section Manager, Wildlife Program

9:40
A.M.

14. 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 Small Game Seasons – Rule Action
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments regarding small game seasons.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 9-10, 2012, meeting in Moses Lake.

Amend:
WAC 232-28-342 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 Small game seasons

- Summary - PDF format (1 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (0.2 MB)

Staff Report:
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program
Don Kraege, Waterfowl Section Manager, Wildlife Program

9:55
A.M.

15. Landowner Hunting Permits – Rule Action
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments regarding landowner hunting permits. The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 9-10, 2012, meeting in Moses Lake.

Adopt:
WAC 232-28-296 – Landowner hunting permits
Repeal:
WAC 232-28-295 – Landowner hunting permits

- Summary - PDF format (1 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (3.4 MB)

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

10:05
A.M.

16. 2012-2014 Moose, Bighorn Sheep, and Mountain Goat Seasons and Permit Quotas – Rule Action
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments regarding moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat seasons and permit quotas.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 9-10, 2012, meeting in Moses Lake.

Amend:
WAC 232-28-273 Moose, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat seasons and permit quotas

- Summary - PDF format (0.9 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (1.3 MB)

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

10:25
A.M.

17. 2012-2015 Cougar Seasons and Regulations  and Public Safety Cougar Removals – Rule Action
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments regarding cougar seasons and regulations and public safety cougar removals.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 9-10, 2012, meeting in Moses Lake.

Amend:  WAC 232-12-243 Public safety cougar removal
Adopt:  WAC 232-28-297 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015 Cougar hunting seasons and regulations
Repeal:  WAC 232-28-287 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 Cougar permit seasons and regulations
WAC 232-28-272 2009 Black bear and 2009-2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 Cougar hunting seasons and regulations.

- Summary - PDF format (1 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (1.8 MB)

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

10:55
A.M.
BREAK
11:25
A.M.

18. 2012-2015 Black Bear Seasons and Regulations Rule Action
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments regarding black bear seasons and regulations.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 9-10, 2012, meeting in Moses Lake.

Amend:
WAC 232-28-286 2012-2014 Fall black bear hunting seasons and regulations
WAC 232-28-288 2013, 2014, 2015 Spring black bear seasons and regulations

- Summary - PDF format (1 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (1.0 MB)

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

11:45
A.M.

19. Deer and Elk Boundaries – Rule Action
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments regarding deer and elk boundaries.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 9-10, 2012, meeting in Moses Lake.

Amend:
WAC 232-28-337 Deer and elk area descriptions

- Summary - PDF format (1 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (0.5 MB)

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

10:55
A.M.

20. 2012-2014 Deer General and Special Permit Seasons – Rule Action
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments regarding deer general and special permit seasons.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 9-10, 2012, meeting in Moses Lake.

Adopt:
WAC 232-28-357 2012-2014 Deer general seasons and definitions
WAC 232-28-359 2012 Deer special permits
Repeal:
WAC 232-28-351 2009-2011 Deer general seasons and definitions
WAC 232-28-355 Deer special permits

- Summary - PDF format (1.3 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (0.7 MB)

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

12:25
A.M.

21. 2012-2014 Elk General and Special Permit Seasons – Rule Action
The Commission will consider adoption of permanent rule amendments regarding elk general and special permit seasons.  The Commission held a public hearing on the proposals at its March 9-10, 2012, meeting in Moses Lake.

Adopt:
WAC 232-28-358 2012-2014 Elk general seasons and definitions
WAC 232-28-360 Elk special permits
Repeal:
WAC 232-28-352 2009-2011 Elk general seasons and definitions
WAC 232-28-356 Elk special permits

- Summary - PDF format (14.4 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (2.0 MB)

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

12:55
A.M.

22. Miscellaneous and Meeting Debrief
The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.

1:10 P.M.
ADJOURN

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Email: commission@dfw.wa.gov