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OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION AGENDA

Tour - March 17, 2005, 8:00 a.m
Myrtle Lane Motel
787 N. Central Blvd.
Coquille, OR 97423
Reception - March 17, 2005, 7:00 p.m
Coquille Community Center
115 North Birch
Coquille, OR 97423
Meeting - March 18, 2005, 8:00 a.m
Coquille Community Center
115 North Birch
Coquille, OR 97423

TOUR

Thursday, March 17, 2005, 8:00 a.m.
Tour Departs From:
Myrtle Lane Motel
787 N. Central Blvd
Coquille, OR 97423

Tour agenda will include the following stops and informational topics:

STURDIVANT PARK

  • Coquille River Steelhead Study
  • Striped bass issues in the Coquille River
  • Radio tag a steelhead
  • Ongoing Lamprey research


CUNNINGHAM CREEK STEP PROJECT AT COQUILLE HIGH SCHOOL

  • Tour facility and have high school students describe current STEP activities

COQUILLE BASIN

  • Overlook estuary flooding on private pasture lands
  • Discuss importance to waterfowl populations and unique coho life history that is present in this habitat

SOUTH SLOUGH NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE

  • Background and history of the reserve
  • Big Trees Project
  • Coho life history monitoring project, marsh restoration

MILLICOMA INTERPRETIVE CENTER (Tour facility with Tom Rumreich)

  • Elliott State Forest Management Plan (FMP) and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) planning process
  • SW Region Landowner Preference Program

RECEPTION

March 17, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Coquille Community Center
115 North Birch
Coquille, OR 97423

The Commission and ODFW staff invite the public to attend a reception on March 17, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. Both the Commission and staff will be available for questions pertaining to fish and wildlife at the reception. Refreshments will be served.

MEETING

Friday, March 18, 2005, 8:00 a.m.
Coquille Community Center
115 North Birch
Coquille, OR 97423

DIRECTOR'S REPORT

Regional Manager’s Report
Staff: Chris Wheaton, Steve Denney, Chip Dale, Bruce Eddy

Adopt Temporary Rules
Staff: Lindsay Ball, Director

COMMISSIONER ITEMS

Expenditure Report
Staff: Kris Kautz, Deputy Director for Administration

COMMISSION MINUTES: Exhibit: A

Approve February 2005 Commission minutes
Action: Approval

Attachments:
1. February 2005 Commission minutes (pdf)

ACCESS AND HABITAT PROJECTS APPROVAL: Exhibit: B

Review and approve the Access and Habitat Board’s February 1, 2005 recommendations for project funding.

Staff: Nick Myatt, Access and Habitat Program Coordinator
Guest: Chuck Smith, Access and Habitat Board Chairman
Public Testimony
Action: Approval

Attachments:
0. Cover (pdf)
1. Summary (pdf)
2. Vote sheets and maps (pdf)

ARCHERY REVIEW COMMITTEE AND DEER AND ELK HUNTER SURVEY BRIEFING: Exhibit: C

Receive a briefing on the results of the Deer and Elk Hunter Survey and Archery Hunting Review Committee process.

Staff: Tom Thornton, Game Program Manager
Public Testimony
Action: Information

Attachments:
0. Cover (pdf)
1. Summary (pdf)
2. Overview (pdf)
3. Archery report (pdf)
4. Deer and elk hunter survey (pdf)

COASTAL COHO ASSESSMENT: Exhibit: D

Receive a briefing on Oregon’s draft coastal coho assessment to inform the federal Endangered Species Act listing decision.

Staff: Ed Bowles, Fish Division Administrator
Public Testimony
Action: Informational

Attachments:
0. Cover (pdf)
1. Summary (pdf)
2. Oregon coastal coho assessment (pdf)
3. Public correspondence (pdf)

PACIFIC FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL – OCEAN SALMON SEASONS: Exhibit: E

Receive a briefing and provide direction to staff on ocean fishery options scheduled for consideration by the Pacific Fishery Management Council in April.

Staff: Curt Melcher, Ocean Salmon Fisheries Manager
Public Testimony
Action: Informational/Direction to Staff

Attachments:
0. Cover (pdf)
1. Summary (pdf)
2. PFMC Agenda (pdf)
3. Preseason Report (pdf)
4. 2005 Ocean Fishery Process Schedule (pdf)
5. Integration of management (pdf)
6. Preseason planning (pdf)
7. Public correspondence (pdf)

LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER COHO PLAN AND INCIDENTAL TAKE PERMITS: Exhibit: F

Receive annual update on implementation of the state Endangered Species Act recovery plan for the lower Columbia River coho salmon and approve incidental take permits.

Staff: Ed Bowles, Fish Division Administrator
Mark Chilcote, Fish Conservation Biologist
Public Testimony
Action: Approval

Attachments:
0. Cover (pdf)
1. Summary (pdf)
2. Implementation Plan (pdf)
3. Assessment of applications (pdf)
4. Permits and applications (pdf)
5. Public correspondence (pdf)

SALMON AND TROUT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT: Exhibit: G

Receive a briefing on the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Committee (STAC) annual progress report and statewide 2004 STEP accomplishments.

Staff: Gary Galovich, STEP/R&E Program Coordinator
Guest: Cindy Heller, STAC Chair
Public Testimony
Action: Rulemaking

Attachments:
0. Cover (pdf)
1. Summary (pdf)
2. 2004 STEP Annual Report (pdf)
3. Public correspondence (pdf)

OTHER BUSINESS

Recognition of Irv Urie, Rogue River fishing guide

UNSCHEDULED TESTIMONY None at this time

FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION TOPICS

April – Salem
• Oregon Sage Grouse Conservation Plan Briefing
• Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Ocean Salmon Seasons Approval
• Stock Status Report
• Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program Projects Approval
• Review 2004 Lamprey Season and Rules and Approve Rules to Prohibit Lamprey Used for Bait
• Adopt Rules Related to Reinstatement of Preference Points for Members of the Military
• Mountain Goat Transplant Briefing

May – Prineville
• Big Game Briefing
• Oregon Sage Grouse Conservation Plan Approval

PLEASE NOTE


AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 AM, and proceed chronologically through the agenda. If you wish to receive written materials prepared for any of the agenda items, please contact the Director’s Office in Salem at 503.947.6044 to request a packet for those items which interest you or see the agency’s website at /agency/commission/minutes/schedule.htm.
A recess will be taken at 12:00 Noon, when the Commission will have lunch and may discuss matters of general interest. The public is welcome to attend, and an announcement will be made of the location of the lunch. At 1:00 PM, members of the public may bring unscheduled items before the Commission. The Commission will take this testimony for approximately 30 minutes. A time period of five (5) minutes will be allowed for each individual. Please notify the Director’s Office at 503.947.6044 if you wish to testify.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY

If you wish to give testimony on any item scheduled on this agenda, please sign up on the sheets provided the day of the meeting. You will be called to testify by the Commission Chair. The Commission places great value on information received from the public, and wants to avoid arbitrary limits on the time or attention allocated to each witness. Therefore, persons desiring to testify or otherwise present information to the Commission are encouraged to:

(1) Provide written summaries of information to the Commission twenty (20 sets);
(2) Limit testimony to five (5) minutes, recognizing that substance, not length, determines the value of testimony or written information;
(3) Endorse rather than repeat testimony of other witnesses; and
(4) Groups or organizations wishing to testify should designate one spokesperson whenever possible.

Thank you for taking the time to present your views.

Materials delivered to the Director’s Office sufficiently in advance of the meeting can be copied and distributed to the Commission. If you bring written materials to the hearing, please provide twenty (20) copies. If you have questions regarding this Agenda, please contact the Director’s Office, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3406 Cherry Avenue, NE, Salem, OR 97303, 503.947.6044.

PARKING

Parking is available to anyone who attends the Commission meeting.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION OF DISABILITIES

Reasonable accommodation, such as assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters, and materials in large print or audiotape, will be provided as needed. In order to ensure availability, please contact the Director’s Office at 503.947.6044 (voice).