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Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Chair
Larry Carpenter, Vice Chair


Meeting Minutes & Agendas

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December 2-3, 2011 Agenda | Meeting Minutes | Audio Transcripts

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December 3-4, 2011

Natural Resource Building, Room 172
Olympia, Washington

Miranda Wecker, Chair
Dave Kuno
Gary Douvia, Vice Chair
David Montoya
David Jennings
Laurence R. Ruff
Connie Mahnken
Walt Christenson
Chuck Perry
Linda Saunders
Rollie Schmitten
Diane Gallegos
Brad Smith
Fred Martinsen
Carroll Rieck
Commission Staff:
Jack Field

Tami Lininger

Tony L. Wells
Erin Gariépy
B. Dezihan
Bill Vincent
Department Staff
Wendy Spencer
Phil Anderson, Director
Bruce Roberts
Joe Stohr, Deputy Director
Mary Margaret O'Connell
Bill Frymire, AGPO
Tom Gallegos
Nate Pamplin
Alex Moskwa
Greg Schirato
Jillary Cooley
Joe McCanna
Heather Hilf
Ron Warren
Mary Ann Murphy
Dan Budd
Peggy Macki
Bruce Bjork
Kim Young
Craig Burley
Sherri Hill
Kirt Hughes
John Farrar
and other department staff
Roberta Smith
David Graves
Fred Martinson
Jim Goldsmith
George Ziegltrum
Danielle Hanfer
Tony L. Wells
Jan Sharkey
Perry Huston
Ruth Musgrave
Dale Bristow
Shelly Bristow
Jessica Biles
Charles Biles
Steve Brown
Sarah Poinsett
Steve Aksumit
Kaye Adkins
Wendy Danielson
Nick Bromen
Erik Wriber
Donna Snow
Tim McElwee
Kaitlin McElwee
Phil Andersen
Mark Pidegeon
Story Warren
Demel Curry
Shawndra Michell
Michele Beal-Erwin


Chair Wecker called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m.

Call to Order:

1a. Commissioners’ Discussion

  • Association of Fish and Wildlife Agency (AFWA)
  • Conference Call scheduled with Marty Loesch, Chief of Staff, Governor’s Office

1b. Director's Report

  • Performance Review & Delegation of Authority – tabled until after Item 11 Executive Session
  • Coastal Crab Fishery
  • Hatcheries
  • Hunting season results
  • Pacific Salmon Commission
  • US-Canada Pacific Whiting Treaty
  • Budget

2. Open Public Input:
The following individuals provided oral testimony on items of interest of concern during this portion of the meeting:

  • David Montoya - Sturgeon
  • Dave Kuno - Sturgeon
  • Jack Fields - Wolves

3. Enforcement Program Overview – Briefing
Chief Bruce Bjork briefed the Commission on the current structure, expertise, challenges, and proactive approach to protecting our natural resources and the public served.

4. Fish Program Overview – Briefing
Jim Scott briefed the Commission on the current structure, expertise, collaboration and
proactive approach to protecting, conserving and restoring fish and shellfish and the
ecosystems they depend on.

5. Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities Report
Bill Vincent, Americans with Disabilities Advisory Committee Chair presented the required legislative report, detailing the effectiveness of the advisory committee including, but not limited to, the participation levels, general interest, quality of advice, and recommendations as to the advisory committee's continuance or modification to the Commission for approval.

6. Proposed Land Transactions – Decision
The Commission considered various land transactions presented by Dan Budd, Real Estate Section Manager, Wildlife Program for the protection of critical fish and wildlife habitat, enhancement of public recreation opportunities and responsible property management:

The Department is recommending the following actions:

  • Proposed Acquisition of 2 acres in Mason County
  • Proposed Acquisition of 95 acres in Wahkiakum County
  • Proposed Acquisition of 40 acres in Grant County
  • Proposed Timber Thinning on the Scotch Creek and Sinlahekin Wildlife Areas
  • Proposed Acquisition in Asotin County
Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded Commissioner Perry to approve all lands transactions as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

7. Private Lands Program Overview – Briefing
At the request of the Commission Greg Schirato and Joe McCanna provided an overview of the Private Lands Program, including focus areas, funding sources and opportunities, and examples of improvements to habitat, hunter access and watchable wildlife opportunities.

8. Sportfishing Regulations 2012-13 – Rule Briefing
Craig Burley briefed the Commission on the upcoming Sportfishing rules and regulations for the 2012-13 season.

9. 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 is not permitted to attend the executive session. 


10. Adoption of Wolf Conservation & Management Plan – Decision:
Nate Pamplin presented the draft Wolf Conservation and Management Plan for approval.

- Attachments - PDF format (29 KB)

Commissioner Jennings moved, seconded by Commissioner Smith to adopt the Final Recommended Wolf Conservation and Management Plan for Washington as the recovery and management plan (Recovery Plan) for the gray wolf pursuant to WAC 232-12-297 and incorporate amendments in Attachments A, B, and C.  Motion passed unanimously.

11. Executive Session
Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(g), the Commission will meet in executive session to review the performance of a public employee.

12. Summary of Commission Requests

  • ESA listing Puget sound killer whales briefing
    Commissioner Schmitten moved, seconded by Commissioner Smith, to approve request.  Motion passed unanimously.
  • Colockum Elk Heard – wildlife committee discussion, Commission briefing
    Commissioner Douvia moved, seconded by Commissioner Perry to approve request.  Motion passed unanimously.

Commissioners and Director reviewed pending Commission requests.

13. Miscellaneous and Meeting Debrief

  • Wolf Recovery and Management draft document
  • WAFWA meeting

Chair Wecker adjourned the meeting at 12:50