June 14, 2019 audio transcript

FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
June 13-15, 2019

Friday, June 14, 2019
Red Lion Hotel – 221 N. Lincoln – Port Angeles, WA 98362
Olympic Room unless otherwise noted

Livestream video

8:30 a.m.

1. Call to Order

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- Commissioners' Discussion

- Meeting Minute Approval

 - Committee Reports if available

8:45 a.m.

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.

9:45 a.m.

3. Director's Report

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The Director will brief the Commission on various items.

- Director's Report

10:15 a.m.

4. Land Transactions – Briefing, Public Hearing and Decision

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

- Summary

- Presentation

Staff Report: Julie Sandberg, Real Estate Section Manager

Public Hearing –  This Item Only

10:45 a.m.

5. Update on Skagit Elk – Briefing and Public Comment

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Department staff will provide an overview of 2018 and discuss planning for 2019.

- Summary

- Presentation

Staff Report: Amy Windrope, Region 4 Director and Fenner Yarborough, Region 4 Wildlife Program Manager

Guests:  Will Honea, Prosecuting Attorney, Skagit County, Ron Wesen, Skagit County Commissioner, Mark Streuli, Cattleman's Association and Frank Bob, Lummi Nation, Tino Villaluz, Swinomish Tribe of Indians, Jesse Pecor, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Public Comment –  This Item Only

1 p.m.

6. * Periodic Status Review and Recovery Plan (Tufted Puffins) – Briefing, Public Hearing and Decision

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Department staff will brief the Commission and request approval on the Periodic Status Review compiled for the Tufted Puffin in accordance with WAC 220-610-110.

- Summary
- Presentation

- Periodic Status Review and Recovery Plan for Tufted Puffins

Staff Report:  Scott Pearson, Senior Research Scientist, Wildlife Program

Public Hearing –  This Item Only

1:20 p.m.

7. * Periodic Status Review (Oregon Silverspot Butterfly) - Briefing, Public Hearing and Decision

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Department staff will brief the Commission and request approval on the Periodic Status Review compiled for the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly in accordance with WAC 220-610-110.

- Summary
- Presentation

- Periodic Review for Oregon Silverspot Butterfly

Staff Report: Taylor Cotten, Acting Wildlife Diversity Division Manager

Public Hearing –  This Item Only

1:30 p.m.

8. * Periodic Status Review  (Grizzly Bear) - Briefing, Public Hearing and Decision

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Department staff will brief the Commission and request approval on the Periodic Status Review compiled for the Grizzly Bear in accordance with WAC 220-610-110.

- Summary
- Presentation

- Periodic Status Review for Grizzly Bear

Staff Report: Jeff Lewis, Wildlife Biologist

Public Hearing –  This Item Only

1:40 p.m.

9. Fall Black Bear Seasons and Regulations – Briefing and Public Hearing

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Department staff will brief the Commission on 2019-2020 fall black bear seasons and regulations.

- Summary
- Presentation

Staff Report: Stephanie Simek, Carnivore Section Manager

Public Hearing –  This Item Only

2 p.m.

10. Commercial Fishing Guide Logbook Requirements – Briefing and Public Hearing

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Department staff will brief the Commission on a proposal establishing logbook requirements for gamefish guides, food fish guides, and combination game fish and food fish guides.

- Summary
- Presentation

Staff Report: Kelly Cunningham, Fish Program Deputy Assistant Director and Chris Donley, Region 1 Fish Program Manager

Public Hearing – This Item Only

3:15 p.m.

11. 2019 Legislative Review – Briefing

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Department staff will provide an overview of the legislative session in regards to new legislation and 2019-21 operating budget.

- Summary
- Presentation

Staff Report: Nate Pamplin, Policy Director and Raquel Crosier, Legislative Director, and Morgan Stinson, Budget Director

3:45 p.m.

12. 2020 Agency Request Legislative Proposals – Briefing

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Department staff will provide a preliminary review of the agency's 2020 agency request legislative proposals.

- Summary
- Presentation

Staff Report: Nate Pamplin, Policy Director and Raquel Crosier, Legislative Director

4:15 p.m.

13. 2020 Supplemental Operating and Capital Budget Requests – Briefing

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Department staff will provide a preliminary review of the agency's 2020 supplemental operating and capital budget proposals.

- Summary

- Presentation

- Operating Budget Requests

- Supplemental Operating Summary

Staff Report: Nate Pamplin, Policy Director, and Morgan Stinson, Budget Director

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Olympic Room

8 a.m.

14. Future Meeting Planning – Discussion

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Commissioners and staff will discuss upcoming meetings and conference calls.

8:30 a.m.

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.

9:30 a.m.

16. Northwest Straits Commission (NWSC) – Briefing

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Northwest Straits Commission staff will provide a briefing on the collaborative work being done between WDFW and NWSC and the value of the partnership in conducting marine conservation and monitoring projects.

- Summary
- Presentation

Staff Report: Chris Eardley, Puget Sound Shellfish Policy Coordinator, and Lucas Hart and Don Hunger, NWSC

10 a.m.

17. 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.

10:15 a.m.

Adjourn