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COMMISSION AGENDA: Thursday -- Friday, October 8-9, 2015

Commission Tour:
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.
Driftwood Shores Resort
Pacific Room, Second Floor
88416 1st Ave.
Florence, Oregon 97439

Printable Agenda (pdf)

Meeting:
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 8:00 a.m.
Driftwood Shores Resort
Pacific Room, Second Floor
88416 1st Ave.
Florence, Oregon 97439

Printable Agenda (pdf)

The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission is not currently in session.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Fish and Wildlife Commission Tour
8:00 Depart Driftwood Shores Resort and Conference Center, Florence
9:45 - 10:30 Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge; Ni-les'tun Marsh parking lot restoration project.

Staff: Eric Mruz or Bill Bridgeland, USFWS. Project overview

10:30 - 11:00 Travel to Coquille Valley Wildlife Area
11:00 - 11:30

Coquille Valley Wildlife Area Parking Lot and Kiosk, Luckman Tract

Staff: Tim Walters, Stuart Love. CVWA overview, history and vision

11:30 - 12:00 Travel to City of Coquille, Owens Building
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch at Owens Building.

Coquille Working Landscapes presentation
Coquille Valley Wildlife Area presentation
Possible invited guest comments

1:00 - 1:30 Travel to Beaver Slough Drainage District Tidegates
1:30 - 2:15

Tidegate Project Presentations

Guest Presenters: Fred Messerle (Beaver Slough Drainage
District); and Steve Denney (The Nature Conservancy)

2:15 - 3:45 Return to Florence
   


Friday, October 9, 2015
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports – in written form only

Expenditure Report

Staff: Bill Herber, Deputy Director for Administration

Management of Off-Highway Vehicle Use on Public Land

Staff: Bruce Eddy, East Region Manager

Raising Awareness about Ocean Acidification and Impacts to Marine Resources

Staff: Caren Braby, Marine Resources Program Manager

Adopt Temporary Rules

Curt Melcher, Director

Attachments: (pdf)

Public Forum

Note: This part of the agenda is for comments on topics not scheduled elsewhere on the agenda. Please contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of the Director at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to be included in the public forum. If you bring written summaries or other materials to the meeting please provide the Commission Assistant with 20 copies prior to your testimony. The Commission is unable to take action on items brought to their attention in this forum.

Forage Fish Management
Wayne Hoffman, MidCoast Watersheds Council
Norm Ritchie, Association of Northwest Steelheaders, Board member of National Wildlife Federation

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit A: COMMISSION MINUTES

Approve: June 5, 2015 Commission minutes

Action: Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit B: 2016 Oregon Big Game Regulations

The Commission will be asked to adopt staff recommendations for the publication “2016 Oregon Big Game Regulations” and associated administrative rules setting proposed 2016 game mammal season dates, bag limits and open areas; dates and locations of cooperative travel management areas; statewide youth hunting opportunities; and other miscellaneous regulations.

Staff: Tom Thornton, Game Program Manager;
Don Whittaker, Ungulate Species Coordinator
Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit C: Adoption of Administratively Set Fees

The Commission will be asked to formally adopt Oregon Administrative Rules that set fees that are not set in statute effective January 1, 2016

Staff: Bill Herber; Deputy Director of Administration
Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit D: Updated Biological Status Review for the Gray Wolf (Canis Lupus) in Oregon and Evaluation of Criteria to Remove the Gray Wolf from the List of Endangered Species Under the Oregon Endangered Species Act

The Commission will be given an update on the biological status review for the Gray Wolf(Canis lupus) in Oregon and evaluation of criteria to remove the Gray Wolf from the List of Endangered Species under the Oregon Endangered Species Act. Commission will provide guidance and determine procedures and timing for rulemaking and consideration for delisting Oregon wolves.

Staff: Russ Morgan; Wolf Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Informational

Attachments: (pdf)


OTHER BUSINESS

Executive Session

litigation filed or likely to be filed against the Commission, as authorized by ORS 192.660(2)(h).

ADJOURN
 
FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION TOPICS

November TBD -Salem

  • Wolf Delisting – Rulemaking

December 4, 2015 – Portland (Congressional District #3)

  • Restoration and Enhancement Project Approvals – Commission Approval
  • Access and Habitat Project Approvals – Commission Approval
  • Wildlife Holding and Propagation– Rulemaking
  • Wildlife Control Operators – Rulemaking
  • Rehabilitation and Protected Wildlife – Rulemaking

 


PLEASE NOTE

AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 AM October 9, 2015, 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 http://www.dfw.state.or.us/Comm/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. Lunch will not be provided to the public.

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 three (3) 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.

PUBLIC FORUM

If you wish to give testimony on any item not scheduled elsewhere on the agenda, please contact the Director’s Office, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 503.947.6044, at least 24 hours in prior to the meeting. You will be called by the Commission Chair immediately following the Director’s report portion of the agenda. Please provide twenty (20) sets of written summaries or other materials to the Commission Assistant prior to your testimony. The Commission is unable to take action on items brought to their attention in this forum.

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, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97302, 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 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to make your request. TTY users can reach ODFW by using the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service. Please dial 711 and ask to be connected to 503-947-6044.

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