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COMMISSION AGENDA: April 19, 2024

Tour:
Thursday, April 18, 2024 – 8:00 AM

Printable Agenda (pdf)

Meeting:
Friday April 19, 2024 – 8:00 a.m.
Port of Tillamook
Officer’s Mess Hall
6825 Officer Row
Tillamook, OR 97141

Printable Agenda (pdf)

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The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission. Photos by Bob Swingle, ODFW.

2024

Friday, April 19, 2024

  The Fish and Wildlife Commission has moved to hybrid meetings, meaning that you have the option to attend in-person or virtually. Those who would like to provide virtual testimony on an Exhibit scheduled on this agenda must REGISTER by Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 8:00AM; no less than 48 hours in advance to receive a testimony link to the meeting. To provide testimony on an agenda item in-person, registration will also be available at the meeting.

To be added to the April 19 agenda to provide testimony virtually or in-person during Public Forum you must contact the Director’s office no less than 48 hours advance of the meeting for approval.

This meeting will be live streamed to YouTube and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/IEODFW/videos


DIRECTOR’S REPORT
FIELD REPORTS – in written form only

Attachments: (pdf)

EXPENDITURE REPORT

Shannon Hurn, Deputy Director of Administration

Attachments: (pdf)

ADAPTING TO CLIMATE AND OCEAN CHANGE REPORT

Advancing Resiliency of Species in the Face of a Changing Climate: Blue Carbon, Habitat, and Working Lands

Sarah Reif, Habitat Division Administrator
Joanna Lyle, Chum Salmon Reintroduction Project Assistant
Kregg Smith, ODFW Senior Policy Analyst

Attachments: (pdf)

ANNUAL WOLF REPORT

Roblyn Brown, Wolf Coordinator
Derek Broman, Game Program Manager
Brian Wolfer, Wildlife Division Deputy Administrator

Attachments: (pdf)

ADOPT TEMPORARY RULES

Davia Palmeri, Interim Director

Attachments: (pdf)

  1. 635-023-0101
    Close recreational sturgeon retention in the John Day Pool
    Adopted 4/1/2024: effective 4/1/2024 through 9/23/2024.
    This amended rule will close the recreational white sturgeon retention fishery on the mainstem Columbia River in the John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam) and all adjacent tributaries.

  2. 635-042-0145, 635-042-0170
    Adds periods to Youngs Bay and expands hours in South Channel Select Area commercial fisheries
    Adopted 4/4/2024: effective 4/5/2024 through 7/31/2024.
    This amended rule will add three periods in the Youngs Bay Select Area commercial fishing site and expand the hours in the South Channel Select Area. The additional periods/time will provide commercial fishers opportunity to harvest salmon while prices remain high.

  3. 635-023-0125
    Extend the recreational spring salmon season in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam
    Adopted 4/4/2024: effective 4/5/2024 through 6/15/2024.
    This amended rule will extend the on-going recreational salmon fishery in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam through April 9.

  4. 635-023-0125
    Modify the recreational spring salmon season in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam
    Adopted 4/9/2024: effective 4/10/2024 through 6/15/2024.
    This amended rule will extend the on-going recreational salmon fishery in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam through April 11.

  5. 635-041-0020
    Modify the annual closure period for Treaty subsistence fishing in the Fifteenmile Creek Sanctuary
    Adopted 4/12/2024: effective 4/16/2024 through 6/15/2024.
    Under permanent rule, the annual closure date for treaty subsistence fishing around the mouth of Fifteenmile Creek extends from November 16 through June 15. This amended rule allows subsistence fishing in this area to resume on April 16 to allow treaty tribal members access to spring Chinook.

COMMISSION UPDATES

 

Attachments: (pdf)



OTHER BUSINESS

Revised Recruitment Plan for the Fish and Wildlife Director position that is dated April 19, 2024

Attachments: (pdf)

PUBLIC FORUM

Note: This part of the agenda is for comments on topics not listed elsewhere on this agenda.

Please contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of the Director before 8:00 AM, Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (at least 48 hours prior to the meeting to be included in the public forum).

Bethany Cotton, Conservation Director, Cascadia Wildlands
Sristi Kamal, Western Environmental Law Center
Amaroq Weiss, Center for Biological Diversity
Stormy Warren, Humane Society
Paul Englemyer

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT A: COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve draft Commission meeting minutes from March 15 and March 22, 2024.

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT B: OREGON GAME BIRD REGULATIONS

The Commission will be asked to adopt the game bird season regulations for 2024-25.

Brandon Reishus, Migratory Bird Program Coordinator
Mikal Cline, Upland Bird Program Coordinator
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT C: PRIVATE FOREST ACCORD GRANT PROGRAM PROJECT APPROVAL

The Commission will be asked to approve recommendations for funding the PFA Grant Program Projects from the 2023 Grant Solicitation.

Andy Spyrka, PFA Grant Coordinator
Sarah Reif, Habitat Division Administrator
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT D: OREGON CONSERVATION & RECREATION FUND PROJECT APPROVAL

The Commission will be asked to approve expenditure from the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (OCRF) of $495,000 for Palensky Wildlife Underpass approved at the April 2nd meeting of the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee.

Reva Gillman, Oregon Conservation & Recreation Fund Coordinator
Sarah Reif, Habitat Division Administrator
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT E: OREGON CONSERVATION & RECREATION FUND PROJECT APPROVAL

The Commission will be asked to approve a total expenditure of $20,000 from the OCRF to support insurance requirements for a limited number of projects that were previously approved projects.

Reva Gillman, Oregon Conservation & Recreation Fund Coordinator
Sarah Reif, Habitat Division Administrator
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT F: REDMOND LAND ACQUISITION

The Commission will be asked to approve acquisition of 3.86 acres of land in Redmond, OR.

Nick Myatt, East Region Manager
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT G: MINAM PHASE 3 LAND ACQUISITION

The Commission will be asked to approve acquisition of 1,097 acres of land in Union and Wallowa Counties for addition to the Minam River Wildlife Area.

Nick Myatt, East Region Manager
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTERrequired for virtual participation.
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT H: 2024 SPORT AND COMMERCIAL PACIFIC HALIBUT REGULATIONS

The Commission will be asked to adopt the 2024 sport and commercial fishery regulations for Pacific halibut.

Christian Heath, Pacific Halibut and Sport Groundfish Project Leader
Lynn Mattes, Marine Fisheries Section Leader
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT I: 2024 OCEAN SALMON FISHERIES RULEMAKING

The Commission will be asked to adopt rules establishing regulations for recreational and commercial salmon fishing seasons in state-managed waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Christine Mallette, Ocean Salmon Program Manager
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT J: COMMERCIAL SUBTIDAL BAY CLAM HARVEST IN TILLAMOOK BAY

The Commission will be asked to set new annual landing limits for the commercial bay clam dive fishery in Tillamook Bay established by temporary rule into permanent rule; and housekeeping change to title of related rule.

Mitch Vance, Shellfish Project Leader
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

ADJOURN

 

FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION TOPICS

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

May 10, 2024 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open March 15, 2024

  • Director’s Recruitment

June 14, 2024 - Klamath Falls

*Written public comment period will open April 15, 2024

  • A&H Project Funding – Approval
  • OCRF Project Funding- Approval
  • 2024 Auction Raffle Tag Allocations – Approval
  • Furbearer Regulations -Rulemaking
  • Take Permits and Disposition for Beavers – Rulemaking
  • Coastal Pelagic Species -Rulemaking
  • Fishing regulation changes for 2024 Oregon Coastal Fall salmon seasons– Rulemaking
  • Mule Deer Plan-Rulemaking

July 12, 2024 - HOLD - No meeting scheduled.

August 9, 2024 -Salem

*Written public comment period will open June 15, 2024

  • Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy Plan- Rulemaking
  • Water Project Community Engagement -Rulemaking
  • Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management Plan Rule Revision – Rulemaking

September 13, 2024 - The Dalles

*Written public comment period will open July 15, 2024

  • A&H Project Funding – Approval
  • Big Game Regulations- Rulemaking

October 11, 2024 - Albany

*Written public comment period will open August 15, 2024

November 15, 2024 - HOLD - No meeting scheduled.

December 13, 2024 - Salem

*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2024

  • A&H Project Funding – Approval
  • OCRF Project Funding- Approval
  • R&E Project Funding and Board Appointment - Approval
  • 2024 Groundfish Fisheries Regulations- Rulemaking

PLEASE NOTE

HOW TO REGISTER TO SPEAK AT THE COMMISSION MEETING

Public Comment and Public Hearing Testimony: Regular Commission meetings allow for in-person, virtual, or written public comment.

Comment and testimony are limited to three minutes or less. All parties interested in providing public comment or testifying as part of a public hearing shall participate using one of the following methods:

  • In-Person Comment: Parties interested in providing in-person verbal public comment shall fill out a “Witness Registration” form available at the meeting.
  • Video or Audio Conference Call: If you wish to give virtual testimony on Exhibits scheduled on the Friday, April 19 agenda, YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE 8:00 AM WEDNESDAY April 17, 2024; a minimum of 48 hour prior to the meeting. Staff will collect contact your information and provide information on how to access the meeting to provide comment.
  • Written Comment: Send to ODFW.Commission@odfw.oregon.gov or 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, Oregon, 97302. Materials delivered to the Director’s Office sufficiently in advance of the meeting, 72 hours or more, will be distributed to the Commission prior to the meeting day. Any correspondence or materials received less than 72 hours prior to the meeting will be entered into the record and when reasonably possible, will be provided to the Commissioners the day of the meeting.

PUBLIC FORUM: If you wish to give testimony virtually or in-person on any item not listed elsewhere on the agenda, please contact the Director’s Office, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 503.947.6044, or ODFW.Commission@odfw.oregon.govYOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE 8:00AM WEDNESDAY April 17, 2024; a minimum of 48 hour prior to the meeting.Please provide written summaries or other materials to the Commission Assistant prior to your testimony. The Commission is unable to act on items brought to their attention in this forum.

If you have questions regarding this agenda, please contact Michelle Tate, Director’s Office, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, Oregon, 97302, or call 503- 947-6033.

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. 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 connect to 503-947-6044.

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