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COMMISSION AGENDA: Friday, March 18, 2016

Meeting:
Friday, March 18, 2016 – 8:00 a.m.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Commission Room
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive S.E.
Salem, Oregon 97302

Printable Agenda (pdf)

Friday, March 18, 2016
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports – in written form only

Expenditure Report

Staff: Bill Herber, Deputy Director for Administration

2015 Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report

Staff: Russ Morgan; Wolf Program Coordinator
The Commission will be provided an overview of 2015 annual report including current status of Oregon wolves and wolf program activities.

Wolf Plan Review Panels
Testimony will be received from two panels of invited guests on review of the Wolf Plan.

Staff: Kevin Blakely, Wildlife Division Deputy Administrator

Wolf Plan Review Guest Panels

Invited Guests Panel Number 1
Cascadia Wildlands
Center for Biological Diversity
Defenders of Wildlife
Oregon Wild

Invited Guests Panel Number 2
Oregon Cattlemen’s Association
Oregon Farm Bureau
Oregon Hunters Association
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Adopt Temporary Rules

Curt Melcher, Director

Attachments: (pdf)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Exhibit A: COMMISSION MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve the draft October 9, 2015 Commission minutes.

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit B: RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT PROJECT APPROVALS

The Commission will be asked to approve the Restoration and Enhancement Board's recommendations for project funding from the January 22, 2016 meeting.   

Staff: Kevin Herkamp; STEP and R&E Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit C: UPDATE ON COLUMBIA RIVER HARVEST REFORM TRANSITION PERIOD

The Commission will receive an update on research, evaluation, and implementation of the Commission's Columbia River non-tribal fishery reform policy.   

Staff: Chris Kern; Fish Division Deputy Administrator
Informational
No Public Testimony: Testimony will be received from two panels of invited guests on Columbia River Harvest Reform Transition Period.

Columbia River Harvest Reform Transition Period Guest Panels

Invited Guests Panel Number 1
Salmon for All

Invited Guests Panel 2
Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association
Northwest Steelhearders
Northwest Guides and Anglers
Costal Conservation Association

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit D: COMMERCIAL SEA URCHIN FISHERY MANAGEMENT

The Commission will be asked to adopt rules modifying the limited entry commercial sea urchin fishery.

Staff: Scott Groth; Shellfish Biologist
Public Testimony
Rulemaking


Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit E: 2016 OCEAN SALMON FISHERIES INFORMATIONAL BRIEFING

The Commission will be updated on 2016 ocean salmon fishery planning leading up to the May 1, 2016 salmon season start date. The Commission will be asked to adopt ocean salmon rules at the April meeting.

Staff: Chris Kern; Fish Division Deputy Administrator for Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program
Public Testimony
Informational

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit F: FISH & WILDLIFE HABITAT MITIGATION POLICY

The Commission will be asked to approve permanent rules for Division 415; referring specifically to Section 140, rules for Greater Sage-Grouse mitigation.    

Staff: Jon Germond; Land Resources Program Manager
Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit G: ACCESS AND HABITAT PROJECT APPROVAL

The Commission will be asked to approve the Access and Habitat Board's recommendations for project funding.

Staff: Issac Sanders; A&H Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval


Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit H: PROTECTED WILDLIFE, HOLDING, AND PROPAGATING RULES

The Commission will be updated on the proposed Division 44 rule changes.

Staff: Colin Gillin; State Wildlife Veterinarian
Public Testimony
Informational

Attachments: (pdf)

OTHER BUSINESS

ADJOURN
 
FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION MEETINGS & TOPICS

* Written public comments for future Commission Topics can be submitted in writing prior to the meeting date at ODFW.Commission@state.or.us or mailed to 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE Salem, OR 97302

April 22, 2016 – Bandon (Congressional District # 4)
*Written public comment period will open February 15, 2016

  • 2016 Ocean Salmon Fisheries – Rulemaking
  • 2016 Regulations for Pacific Halibut Fisheries – Rulemaking
  • Coquille Valley Wildlife Area Plan - Rulemaking
  • Game Bird Regulations – Rulemaking
  • Wildlife Violator Compact – Rulemaking
  • Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon - Ceremonial Salmon and Steelhead Harvest Permits

May – No Meeting scheduled

June 9 & 10, 2016 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open April 15, 2016

  • Shikar Safari Award - OSP
  • Big Game; 2016 Tag Numbers and Administrative Rules for  2017 Oregon Big Game Regulations – Rulemaking
  • Furbearer Regulations – Rulemaking
  • Access and Habitat Auction Raffle Tag Allocation – Approval
  • A/H Project Approval and Board Appointments -  Approval
  • Wildlife Control Operators (Bats) – Rulemaking
  • Protected Wildlife, Holding, and Propagation – Rulemaking

July – No Meeting Scheduled

August 5, 2016 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open June 15, 2016

  • Pride Award Recognitions
  • Restoration & Enhancement Projects - Approval

September 2, 2016 – TBD (Congressional Dist. #3) 
*Written public comment period will open July 15, 2016

  • Access & Habitat Projects – Approval

October 7, 2016 – La Grande
*Written public comment period will open August 15, 2016

November – No Meeting Scheduled

December 2, 2016 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2016

  • Access & Habitat Projects – Approval
  • Restoration & Enhancement Projects - Approval

 


PLEASE NOTE

AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 AM March 18, 2016, 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.

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.

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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