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Phone: 360-902-2267
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Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Chair
Larry Carpenter, Vice Chair

 

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April 14-15, 2017 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

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FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
April 14-15, 2017

Red Lion River Inn – Spokane
700 N. Division – Spokane, WA 99202 – Shoreline Ballroom
https://www.redlion.com/river-inn-spokane/map-directions

FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017

8:30 AM 1. Call to Order

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  1. Commissioners’ Discussion
  2. Meeting Minute Approval
8:45 AM 2. Open Public Input

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The Commission is a direct link between the 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 do not already have public input time on the agenda.

9:05 AM 3. Director’s Report

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The Director will brief the Commission on various items.

- Director's Report - PDF Format (574 Kb)

9:35 AM 4. The Rewilding of Washington State - Presentation

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The Reardan FFA Chapter Agricultural Issues team has developed a presentation about the rewilding of Washington State. The rewilding argument is based on three main principles – the students refer to them as the 3 C's of rewilding - Cores, Corridors and Carnivores.

- Presentation - PDF Format (7 Mb)

Presentation by:  Reardan FFA Chapter Agricultural Issues Team

10:15 AM 5. Land Transactions – Briefing, Public Hearing and Decision

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The Commission will consider approval of various land transactions recommended by the Department for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat and enhancement of public recreation opportunities.

- Summary - PDF Format (9 Mb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (6 Mb)

Staff Report:   Julie Sandberg, Real Estate Section Manager, Wildlife Program

PUBLIC INPUT (This item only)

10:35 AM 6. Operation and Maintenance on Wildlife Area Lands and Access Sites – Briefing

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Department staff will provide a briefing on the funding, resources, and costs of operation and maintenance of WDFW wildlife areas and access sites.

- Summary - PDF Format (19 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (3 Mb)

Staff Report: Paul Dahmer, Wildlife Area Section Manager, and Cynthia Wilkerson, Lands Division Manager, Wildlife Program

11:05 AM 7. Grazing on WDFW Lands – Briefing

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Department staff will provide a briefing on rules and commission policies regarding grazing on department lands.

- Summary - PDF Format (19 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (1 Mb)

Staff Report:   Paul Dahmer, Wildlife Area Section Manager, and Jeff Burnham, Range Specialist, Wildlife Program

11:35 AM 8. Deer Areas, Elk Areas, Special Closures and Firearm Restrictions – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on proposed amendments to deer and elk area descriptions and firearm restrictions.

- Summary - PDF Format ( 2 Mb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (3 Mb)

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

11:50 AM 9. Deer General Seasons and Definitions, Deer  and Elk Special Permits – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on deer general seasons and definitions, and deer and elk special permits.

- Summary - PDF Format (2 Mb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (2 Mb)

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

1:30 PM 10. Moose Seasons, Permit Quotas and Areas – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on the proposed updates and amendment to moose seasons, permit quotas, and hunt areas.

- Summary - PDF Format (847 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (525 Kb)

Staff Report:   Rich Harris, Ph.D., Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

1:45 PM 11. Bighorn Sheep Seasons, Permits and Quotas – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on proposed amendments to bighorn sheep permit levels and opportunities.

- Summary - PDF Format (800 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (1 Mb)

Staff Report:   Rich Harris, Ph.D., Special Species Section Manager, Wildlife Program

2:05 PM 12. Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on the proposed updates and amendments to migratory bird hunting seasons and regulations.

- Summary - PDF Format (836 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (4 Mb)

Staff Report:   Kyle Spragens, Waterfowl Section Manager, Wildlife Program

2:40 PM 13. Landowner Hunting Permits and Small Game and Other Wildlife Seasons and Regulations – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on proposed date adjustments to the landowner hunting permits seasons for 2017 and changes to the wildlife area names.

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- Presentation - PDF Format (1 Mb)

Staff Report: Anis Aoude, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program

2:55 PM 14. Special Hunting Season Permits – Decision

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Department staff will request approval from the Commission on proposed changes to the special hunting season permits regarding point restoration.

- Summary - PDF Format (773 Kb)
- Presentation - PDF Format (443 Kb)

Staff Report:   Anis Aoude, Game Division Manager, Wildlife Program

3:05 PM 15. Open Public Input

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The Commission is a direct link between the 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 do not already have public input time on the agenda.

3:35 PM Recess

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017

8:30 AM 16. Open Public Input

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The Commission is a direct link between the 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 do not already have public input time on the agenda.

9:00 AM 17. Website Replacement Project, Outreach and Marketing – Briefing

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Department staff will brief the Commission on the project to replace the current site with one that better meets the public's need for well-organized information; complies with state and federal accessibility requirements; and is fully functional for all devices, including smart phones and other mobile platforms. Staff will also discuss the department's collaborative community outreach and license marketing efforts.

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- Presentation - PDF Format (6 Mb)

Staff Report: Bruce Botka, Public Affairs and Community Outreach Manager and Peter Vernie, Licensing Division Manager

10:00 AM 18. Enforcement Program Update – Briefing

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Region 1 Enforcement Program staff will provide an overview of how they have focused on the agency goals through achieving the program's strategic objectives and list detailed accomplishments.

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- Presentation - PDF Format (7 Mb)

Staff Report: Captain Dan Rahn, Region 1

10:30 AM 19. Miscellaneous and Meeting Debrief

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The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.
10:45 AM Adjourn


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

Persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the public meeting are invited to contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.govl). Reasonable accommodation requests should be received at least three (3) business days prior to the meeting to ensure availability. Please provide two (2) weeks’ notice for requests for ASL/ESL interpretation services. For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.