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Commission meets Sept. 3-4 in Grants Pass

 
August 28, 2009

 

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Thursday and Friday, Sept. 3-4, in Grants Pass to tour several area projects and adopt a management plan for Diamond Lake.

The Commission’s business begins at 8 a.m. each day and proceeds through this agenda.

Thursday’s tour includes a visit to Savage Rapids and Gold Ray dams and lunch at the new Robert and Phyllis Mace Memorial Watchable Wildlife Pavilion at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Central Point. Members of the public are welcome to join the tour but must provide their own transportation and lunch. To join, meet at the Riverside Inn, 986 SW 6th Street no later than 8 a.m.

Friday’s meeting will in the Floral Building, Josephine County Fairgrounds, 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass and begins at 8 a.m.

On Friday, the Commission will decide whether to adopt the draft 2009 Diamond Lake Management Plan. The plan promotes a family fishery and calls for the use of fingerling trout as the basis for the recreational fishery. It continues to allow for the stocking of legal-sized and larger fish in order to enhance trout production. The plan also calls for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of fish and lake health, and the prevention and control of illegally introduced fish.

ODFW introduced the draft plan to the public through a series of meetings in April 2009. The revised plan reflects both public and Commission input. For example, the plan includes more history of the Final Environmental Impact Statement stocking guidelines and defines methods that will be used to balance lake health and fishery objectives.

The Commission also will consider 15 Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Program projects totaling $556,272. Projects range from $19,961 to restore the fishery in Phillips Reservoir to $20,400 to help fund a science teacher for the Fisheries Technology Program at Alsea High School.

The Commission will be asked to approve grants for four different Access and Habitat program projects that provide public hunting access or improve wildlife habitat on private land, including one that would help provide a law enforcement presence on 608,000 acres of private forestland open to hunting in the Klamath Watershed District. 

The Commission will be asked to review and adopt the changes to administrative rules that will update the taxonomy standards, as well as common and scientific names, and adopt changes and clarifications for administrative rules relating to the Sensitive Species List.

Finally, the Commission will be asked to rule on a motion for reconsideration in a commercial fishing license case.

The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state. The seven-member panel meets monthly. Agenda item exhibits may be requested by calling the ODFW Director’s Office at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044.

Public testimony will be held Friday morning immediately following the expenditure report. Persons seeking to testify on issues not on the formal agenda may do so by making arrangements with the ODFW Director’s Office, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting, by calling 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the ODFW Director’s Office at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022/(503) 931-2748 or Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

Fax:

(503) 947-6009

 
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