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COMMISSION AGENDA: September 1 & 2, 2016

Tour:
September 1, 2016 – 9:00 a.m.
The Resort at the Mountain
68010 East Fairway Ave.
Welches, Oregon 97067

Printable Agenda (pdf)

Meeting:
Friday, September 2, 2016 – 8:00 a.m.
The Resort at the Mountain
Hunchback Room
68010 East Fairway Ave.
Welches, Oregon 97067

Printable Agenda (pdf)

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Thursday, September 1, 2016
FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION TOUR
9:00 Meet at “Resort at the Mountain”, Welcome and Introductions

Staff:   Jeff Boechler; Watershed District Manager

9:30 Tour departs, travel to Mt. Hood
10:00 Remote wildlife trapping technology and the Mt. Hood elk habitat use study

Demonstrate the use of new technology that allows the remote monitoring and operation of wildlife traps.  Discuss the results of the Mt. Hood elk habitat use study made possible by this adaptation of commercially available camera and cell phone technology.

Staff:   Don VandeBergh; District Wildlife Biologist

10:40 Depart Mt. Hood, travel to Zigzag River
11:00 Zigzag River temporary weir and trap.

Discuss and demonstrate the use of temporary weirs and traps in the upper Sandy River basin to sort and selectively remove hatchery spring Chinook from wild fish spawning areas for ESA/HGMP compliance.  Interim management action until recent changes in hatchery smolt release strategies take full effect.

Staff:   Todd Alsbury; District Fish Biologist

11:30 Depart Zigzag River, travel to Sandy Hatchery
12:00 Lunch at Sandy Hatchery

Also view and discuss the new fish sorting/handling facilities and intake structure at Sandy Hatchery funded by the City of Portland that facilitated the reintroduction of wild populations of coho and winter steelhead above the hatchery and allows selective passage

 
Staff:   Dan Straw; Clackamas Hatchery Manager
Todd Alsbury; District Fish Biologist
Steve Kucas; Portland Water Bureau (invited guest)
1:30 Depart Sandy Hatchery, travel to previous site of Bull Run Powerhouse
1:45 Bull Run River smolt acclimation pond

View and discuss the use of smolt acclimation in the Bull Run River as a long-term strategy to minimize the number of hatchery spring Chinook that migrate to primary wild fish spawning areas in the upper Sandy River basin.
Staff:  Todd Alsbury; District Fish Biologist
1:00 Depart Bull Run Powerhouse site, travel to Dodge Park
2:20 Bull Run River resistance board weir/trap.

View an operating resistance board weir and discuss its use to collect and sort spring Chinook returning to the Bull Run River. Wild fish are passed upstream and hatchery fish are collected for Sandy Hatchery broodstock. Integral to the long-term strategy to provide spring Chinook for Sandy River fisheries.
Staff: Todd Alsbury; District Fish Biologist
3:00 Depart Dodge Park, return to Resort at the Mountain
3:35 Arrive at Resort at the Mountain, tour ends.
Friday, September 2, 2016
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports – in written form only

Expenditure Report

Staff: Bill Herber, Deputy Director of Administration

 

Attachments: (pdf)

EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold an Executive Session pursuant to ORS 192.660(2) (f), which allows the Commission to meet in executive session to consider information or records that are exempt by law from public inspection.

Adopt Temporary Rules

Curt Melcher, Director


 

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.

 

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit A: COMMISSION MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve draft March 18, April 22, and May 13, 2016 Commission meeting minutes.


Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit B: FORAGE FISH MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Commission will be asked to adopt the Forage Fish Management Plan in compliance to federal regulations.

Staff: Caren Braby, Marine Resource Program Manager
Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit C: FISH SCREENING TASK FORCE MEMBER APPOINTMENT

The Commission will be asked to appoint a new Fish Screening Task Force Member representing agriculture.

Staff: Ken Loffink, Fish Screening Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approva
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Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit D: OREGON DISABILITIES HUNTING AND FISHING PERMIT

The Commission will be updated on the recommendations from a work group review of the Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit program.

Staff: Herman Biederbeck, District Wildlife Biologist, Tillamook
Public Testimony
Informational

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit E: ACCESS AND HABITAT PROJECT FUNDING

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

Staff: Isaac Sanders, Access and Habitat Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval



Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit F COMMISSION CONSIDERATION OF A MARBLED MURRELET PETITION

The Commission will be asked to give direction regarding the petition to list Marbled Murrelet as an endangered species.

Staff: Christina Donehower, Strategy Species Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval


Attachments: (pdf)

OTHER BUSINESS

Approval of the proposed 2017 Commission Meeting Dates

Attachments: (pdf)

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

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

  • Cougar Management Plan Review – Informational
  • Wolf Conservation and Management Plan Review - Informational

November 9, 2016 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open September 15, 2016

  • Update on Columbia River Harvest Reform - Informational


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

  • Access & Habitat Projects – Approval
  • Restoration & Enhancement Projects - Approval
  • Cougar Management Plan – Rulemaking
  • Columbia River Harvest Reform – Rulemaking
  • Draft Wolf Conservation and Management Plan – Informational
  • Sensitive Species List and Threatened and Endangered Species List Update - Approval

PLEASE NOTE

AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. September 2, 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 at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/.

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 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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