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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 1-2, 2012 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

REVISED Meeting Agenda
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FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
June 1-2, 2012
Natural Resources Building - First Floor, Room 172
1111 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, Washington 98501

Times are approximate and subject to change.

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

8:30 A.M.

1. Call to Order

  1. Commissioners' Discussion
8:45 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.

9:15
A.M.

3. Director's Report
The Director will brief the Commission on various items.

Staff Report: Phil Anderson, Director

10:25
A.M.
BREAK
10:40 A.M.

4. Regional Fish Enhancement Groups
Staff from various Regional Fishery Enhancement Groups (RFEGs) will present the history of the RFEG program, highlighting ties to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife & the Fish and Wildlife Commission as well as showcasing a variety of projects and programs from around the state.  The briefing will cover the program in general, community involvement, funding, leveraging, and take a closer look at project and program accomplishments in several different regions.

- Presentation - PDF format (4.3 MB)

Staff:
Dave Price, Restoration Division Manager, Habitat Program
Guest:  Joe Williams, Coalition President

11:25
A.M.

5. Public Records Rules Updates – Briefing & Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission on the proposed Public Records Rules update that was filed on March 21, 2012 in conjunction with the WAC overhaul project.

- Summary - PDF format (5.7 MB)

Staff:
Joanna Eide, Administrative Regulations Analyst, Enforcement Program
Carol Turcotte, Public Affairs Office

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
11:55 A.M.
LUNCH BREAK
1:00
P.M.

6. Stewardship of WDFW Lands - Briefing
Staff will provide a briefing to the Commission outlining the current status of operations and maintenance of the Department’s lands.

- Summary - PDF format (742 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (7.7 MB)

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

2:00
P.M.

7. 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:

  • Proposed easement of 40 acres in Okanogan County
  • Proposed easement of 160 acres in Okanogan County
  • Proposed acquisition of 51.57 acres in Clallam County
  • Proposed transfer of properties in Pacific County

- Summary - PDF format (2.3 MB)
- Presentation - PDF format (2 MB)

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

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
2:30
P.M.

8. Energy/Major Projects - Briefing
Staff will brief the Commission on the Habitat Energy/Major Projects Program and provide an overview of work that has been accomplished through a collaborative approach involving the project proponent and in consultation with tribal, federal, state and local experts.

- Summary - PDF format (15 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (1.8 MB)

Staff: 
Travis Nelson, Energy/Major Projects Section Manager, Habitat Program

3:00
P.M.
BREAK
3:15
P.M.

9. Dangerous Wildlife Interaction & the Karelian Bear Dog Program - Briefing
Staff will provide the Commission with an overview of the Karelian Bear Dog Program and describe the history and structure of the program as well as the accomplishments, future needs and what is being done in regards to public outreach. 

- Summary - PDF format (94 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (7.9 MB)

Staff Report:
Captains Hebner & Whorton, Enforcement Program

3:55
P.M.

10. Commercial Sea Cucumbers/Sea Urchins - Rule Briefing & Public Hearing
Staff will brief the Commission on the commercial license buy-back program for the sea cucumber and sea urchin fishery and the recommendation to increase the maximum bid prices for permits.

- Summary - PDF format (31 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (1.2 MB)

Staff Report: 
Rich Childers, Shellfish Policy Manager, Fish Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)
4:15
P.M.

11. Comprehensive Review of Puget Sound Shrimp Fishery & Commission Policy - Briefing
In response to a Commission request Staff will provide an overview of the Puget Sound shrimp fishery management.

- Summary - PDF format (461 KB)
- Presentation - PDF format (1.6 MB)

Staff Report: 
Rich Childers, Shellfish Policy Manager, Fish Program

5:30 P.M.

RECESS

SATURDAY, June 2, 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.

13. Puyallup Trout Hatchery Partnership - ITEM REMOVED FROM AGENDA

9:00
A.M.

14. Wolf Plan Implementation and Follow-up
Staff will provide the Commission with updates on current and planned activities regarding the Wolf Plan Implementation.

- Presentation - PDF format (5.9 MB)

Staff Report:
Phil Anderson, Director
Dave Ware, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program

9:30
A.M.
BREAK
9:45
A.M.

15. Strategic Plan - Briefing
Staff will provide a briefing on the process and the framework being used for the strategic plan model.

Staff Report: 
Joe Stohr, Deputy Director
Jair Reitsma, Performance and Accountability Manager

10:00
A.M.

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

10:30
A.M.

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.

  • Colville Trout Hatchery Partnership – Briefing
11:00 A.M.
ADJOURN

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