WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

July 27, 2009
Contact: Susan Yeager, (360) 902-2267

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Commission to set waterfowl hunting rules;
hear comments on director search Aug. 6-8 in Colville

OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will accept public testimony and take action on waterfowl-hunting rules, take public comments on the search for a new director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and hear briefings on wolf management and other topics at a meeting Aug. 6-8 in Colville.

The commission, a nine-member board appointed by the governor, sets policy for WDFW.

The meeting begins at 2 p.m., Aug. 6, at the NE Washington Fairgrounds, Ag/Trade Center, 317 W. Astor St. in Colville, where commissioners will discuss the search for a new WDFW director with state Department of Personnel staff and take public input on that process. An executive session is scheduled for the rest of the afternoon, followed by a no-host buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The dinner is open to the public, but no public input will be taken.

The meeting continues at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 7, at the Sheriff’s Ambulance Training Center, 425 North Highway 395 in Colville, with briefings by WDFW staff on 2010 supplemental budget proposals, current status of wolf conservation and management, department legislative proposals for 2010 and the status of WDFW lands management and public-conduct rules.

The commission will discuss local fish and wildlife issues with elected officials, hear a briefing and public testimony on rules that implement legislative changes to the Master Hunter permit program, hear public comments, and discuss and act on 2009-10 waterfowl hunting rule proposals during the afternoon.

The meeting is scheduled to re-convene at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 8, for additional briefings, including a report by the Colville Confederated Tribes on the results of a fishing gear use survey, Commission committee reports, and open public input on any fish and wildlife topic.

For the complete agenda, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings/2009/08/agenda_aug0609.html.