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September 25, 1997
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360)902-2256

Colville hunting, budget and license simplification to highlight October 3 commission meeting

OLYMPIA -- Consideration of principles for a proposed agreement with the Colville Tribe, license simplification efforts and briefings on the Department of Fish and Wildlife's 1997-99 budget and top priorities highlight the agenda for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting on Oct. 3 in Ellensburg.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in the Great Northern Room of the Best Western Ellensburg Inn, 1700 Canyon Road.

The Colville issue focuses non-Indian hunting and fishing opportunities on the tribe's reservation.

WDFW Director Bern Shanks also is scheduled to make presentations on the highlights of the department's 1997-99 budget and its top five priorities for the biennium.

Other items on the agenda include:

  • Consideration of a simplified and automated system for selling hunting and fishing licenses as well as the issuance of more durable license documents
  • A staff briefing on the status of the development of the state's Wild Salmonid Policy
  • Consideration of an amendment to the Hunter Education Training Program that would clarify and simplify requirements for purchasing a hunting license
  • A legislative update
The commission also is scheduled to receive staff reports on improving its policy-making process, a conflict of interest policy and suggested dates and places for future commission meetings.