July 14, 2023 Meeting agenda - WDFW Fish and Wildlife Commission

Minutes and audio/video recordings

- 8:00 – 11:30 A.M

8:00 – 9:00 A.M. – A. Executive Session

Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i), the Commission will meet in executive session to discuss with legal counsel representing the agency litigation or potential litigation to which the agency is, or is likely to become, a party. No action will be taken in executive session, and the public will not be permitted to attend.

9:00 – 9:30 A.M. – B. Petition: Mineral Prospecting Equipment – Briefing, Decision

The Commission will consider a petition to “amend WAC 220-660-305(5).

Staff Report: Theresa Nation, HPA Rule Making Coordinator; and Margen Carlson, Habitat Program Director

9:30 –10:00 A.M. – C. Petition: Black Bear Management – Briefing, Decision

The Commission will consider a petition to “begin Rule Making for: Spring Black Bear Hunts that would use Recreational Licensed Hunters and/or Licensed Master Hunters when needed to address certain management objectives, such as timber damage, achieving ungulate management objectives, or human-wildlife conflict issues; AND/OR Modify rulemaking for: the language currently being written into the Black Bear Timber Damage Depredation Permits Rule Making CR-102 prior to the filing of same to include ‘Black Bear Timber Damage Depredation Permits on Public Lands’; AND/OR begin Rule Making for: the 2024 Recreational Spring Black Bear Hunting Season; AND/OR begin Rule Making for: the 2024 Public Lands Black Bear Timber Damage Program Hunting Season”.

Staff Report: Stephanie Landry, Section Manager, Game Division

10:00 - 10:30 A.M. – D. Land Transaction – Briefing, Public Comment and Decision

The Commission will consider the approval of a land transaction recommended by the Department for the enhancement of habitat and public recreational opportunities.

Staff Report: Karen Edwards, Real Estate Manager 

Comments on this item will be written comments only. 

Public Comment - This Item Only

10:30 – 11:00 A.M. – E. White Nose Syndrome (WNS) – Briefing

Staff will brief the Commission on Wildlife Program's work on bat conservation and white-nose syndrome.

Staff Report: Taylor Cotten, Conservation Assessment Section Manager, and Abby Tobin, Wildlife Biologist

11:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. – F. Future Meeting Planning and General Discussion

The Commission will discuss the upcoming meeting agendas, review an updated year-at-a-glance, and discuss recent activities and items of interest.