FEBRUARY 5th & 6th COMMISSION MEETING AGENDA

FEBRUARY 5th & 6th COMMISSION MEETING AGENDA

 

The next Commission review for Willapa is this weekend. Saturday the 6th when Willapa is up and the location is back to Natural Resource Building – 1111 Washington Street SE Olympia, WA 9851 First Floor – Room 172. Some NOF stuff mixed in also Friday morning.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015
8:30 AM 1. Call to Order 15 min
a. Commissioners’ Discussion
b. Meeting Minute Approval

8:45 AM 2. Open Public Input
The Commission is a direct link between the citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting.
NOTE: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on issues that do not already have public input time on the agenda. 30 min

9:15 AM 3. Direc tor’s Report
The Director will brief the Commission on various items. 60 min

10:15 AM Break 15 min

10:30 AM 4. Geoduck Diver License Rulemaking – Briefing and Public Hearing Department staff will brief the Commission on repealing WAC 220-52-01904, adopted at the end of 2014 due to changes to state law. WAC 220-52-01905 becoming effective January 1, 2015, makes WAC 220-52-01904 no longer necessary.

Staff Report: Frank Hawley, Licensing & Budget Policy Manager

Public Input – This Item Only
15 min

10:45 AM 5. Columbia River Commercial Catch Area Amendments – Decision Department staff will request approval from the Commission on inclusion of new commercial catch areas to aid in management of existing and emergent commercial fishing opportunities within the Columbia River.

Staff Report: Ron Roler, Columbia River Policy Coordinator 15 min

11:00 AM 6. 2015 - 16 North of Falcon Policy C-3608 – Decision
Department staff will present to the Commission for consideration of adoption the North of Falcon Policy C-3608 which would be effective through December 2016. The policy provides direction and guidance to the agency as it conducts the annual process for defining salmon fishing seasons throughout the state. 30 min


Staff Report: Ron Warren, Deputy Assistant Director, Intergovernmental Salmon Management

11:30 AM Lunch 90 min

1:00 PM 7. Steller Sea Lion and Tufted Puffin Status Review – Briefing and Public Hearing
Department staff will brief the Commission on the status review of the Steller Sea Lion and Tufted Puffin.

Staff Report: Penny Becker, Ph.D., Acting Diversity Division Manager and Gary Wiles, Biologist, Wildlife Program

Public Input – This Item Only 75 min

2:15 PM 8 Priority Landscapes – Briefing
Department staff will brief the Commission on the Statewide Priority Landscapes Initiative aimed at identifying and mobilizing WDFW cross- programmatic resources to conserve iconic landscapes whose future status depends on collaboration across multiple jurisdictions and interests.

Staff Report: Cynthia Wilkerson, Lands Conservation and Restoration Section Manager and Lauri Vigue, Environmental Planner, Wildlife Program 45 min

3:00 PM Break 15 min

3:15 PM 9. Lands 20/20 – Briefing
Department staff will provide a briefing on the lands 20/20 process and the list of projects approved through the 2014 Lands 20/20 process; the Department will seek funding for projects approved in the Lands 20/20 process.

Staff Report: Cynthia Wilkerson, Lands Conservation and Restoration Section Manager, Wildlife Program 30 min
3:45 PM 10. Enforcement Program Update – Briefing
Department staff will provide a briefing to the Commission on the Enforcement Program.

Staff Report: Chief Crown, Enforcement Program 45 min

4:30 PM Recess

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2015

8:00 AM 11. Open Public Input
The Commission is a direct link between the citizens of Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Comments on Department programs and topics of concern are welcome during this portion of the meeting. NOTE: During this portion of the meeting, the public is encouraged to comment on issues that do not already have public input time on the agenda. 30 min


8:30 AM 12. Willapa Bay Salmon Management Policy – Briefing and Public Hearing
The Department will brief the Commission on Willapa Bay Salmon Management challenges, describe the public process, and seek guidance on draft policy sideboards.

Staff Report: Steve Thiesfeld, Region 6 Fish Program Manager

Public Input – This Item Only 2 hrs
10:30 AM Break 15 min

10:45 AM

13.Miscellaneous and Meeting Debrief
The Commission will discuss items that arise immediately before or during the meeting and after the preliminary agenda is published.
30 min

11:15 AM Adjourn

 

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