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Thursday, December 14, 2023 – Committee Meetings

8:00 – 10:00 – Big Tent Committee – Commissioners Baker, Lehmkuhl, Parker, Smith

To listen dial 253-215-8782 and enter webinar ID 871 5252 0549

Agenda topics:

  •  Draft Conservation – incorporate and review edits
  •  Best Available Science draft discussion
  • Introduce communications project
  • General discussion – current events and next meeting agenda

10:00 – 12:00 – Habitat – Commissioners Linville, Lehmkuhl, Smith, Ragen

To listen dial 253-215-8782 and enter webinar ID 869 8251 3414

Agenda topics:

  •  Lands 20/20 Preview
  •  WSRRI update
  • General discussion – current events and next meeting agenda

1:00 – 3:00 – Fish Committee – Commissioners Anderson, Parker, Ragen, Linville

To listen dial 253-215-8782 and enter webinar ID 812 8266 2510

Agenda topics:

  •  Lake Roosevelt Sturgeon follow up briefing.
  •  Coastal steelhead fishing regulations briefing
  •  North of Falcon Policy briefing
  •  Lake Whatcom briefing
  •  General discussion – current events and next meeting agenda

3:00 – 5:00 – Wildlife Committee – Commissioners Smith, Anderson, Rowland, Myers

To listen dial 253-215-8782 and enter webinar ID 820 6850 9437

Agenda topics:

  •  Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) criteria
  •  Game Management Plan process update
  •  General discussion – current events and next meeting agenda

Friday, December 15, 2023 – Regular Meeting Webinar

If you are interested in providing verbal public comment online during a webinar meeting, please register online.

The following registration deadlines are in effect:

  • Registration for those wishing to provide comments closes at 5pm the day before the meeting begins.
  • Open Public Input is intended for comments on matters not found elsewhere on the agenda.
  • Registrants will be called upon and typically have three minutes to speak.
  • If you are unable to participate you can submit your comments on the Commission contact page.

To listen to the meetings, please access them at this Zoom link or by phone at 1-253-215-8782 and enter Webinar ID 857 662 3061

8:00 – 8:30 – 1. Call to Order

Commissioner’s Discussion

Meeting Minutes Approval

Committee Reports

8:30 – 10:00 – 2. Open Public Input

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.

10:00 – Break

10:15 – 10:45 – 3. Director’s Report

The Director will brief the Commission on various issues.

10:45 – 11:00 – 4. Lands Transaction – Briefing, Public Comment, Decision

The Commission will consider approval of a land transaction recommended by the Department.

Staff Report: Karen Edwards, Real Estate Manager      

Public Comment – This Item Only

11:00 – 12:30 – 5. Lands 20/20 – Briefing

Staff will provide a briefing on the Lands 20/20 process, used to consider potential land acquisition projects, and an overview of 20 properties under consideration, including a summary of public comments received. 

Staff Report: Cynthia Wilkerson, Lands Division Manager, and Lisa Coffman, Lands 20/20 Coordinator 

12:30 – 1:00 – Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 – 6. Black Bear Timber Damage – Decision

Staff will request approval from the Commission on amendments on WAC 220-440-210; Wildlife management and Wildlife Interactions, Black bear timber depredation permits.

Staff Report: Fenner Yarborough, Landowner Services Division Manager

2:00 – 3:05 – 7. North of Falcon Policy (C-3608) – Briefing, Public Comment

Staff will brief the Commission on the background, fishery season setting process, legal and management framework, co-management, conservation (resource management plan) for the North of Falcon Policy. The policy guides staff in annual salmon fishery planning.

Staff Report: Kyle Adicks, Intergovernmental Salmon Manager

Public Comment – This Item Only

3:05 – 3:15 – Break

3:15 – 3:45 – 8. Petition: Amend the Fishing Season for Deer Lake – Briefing, Decision

Staff will brief the Commission and ask for a decision regarding the rulemaking petition to amend the WAC to open Deer Lake fishing season to a year-round fishery.

 Staff Report: Chris Donley, Region 1 Fish Program Manager

Petition

Summary Sheet

3:45 – 4:15 – 9. Petition: Begin Rulemaking for the Return of Recreational Spring Bear Hunting Seasons – Briefing, Decision

Staff will brief the Commission and ask for a decision regarding a petition that asks the commission to begin rulemaking for the return of the Washington State Spring Black Bear hunting season. 

Staff Report: Anis Aoude, Game Division Manager 

Petition

Summary Sheet

4:15 – 4:45 – 10. Petition: Black Bear and Cougar Rulemaking – Briefing, Decision

Staff will brief the Commission and ask for a decision on a petition for rulemaking to amend bear and cougar general season rules WACs 220-415-100, 220-400-050, and 220-415-090. 

Staff Report: Anis Aoude, Game Division Manager

Petition

Summary Sheet

4:45 – Recess

Saturday, December 16, 2023 – Regular Meeting Webinar

If you are interested in providing verbal public comment online during a webinar meeting, please register online.

The following registration deadlines are in effect:

  • Registration for those wishing to provide comments closes at 5pm the day before the meeting begins.
  • Open Public Input is intended for comments on matters not found elsewhere on the agenda.
  • Registrants will be called upon and

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December 14, 2023
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December 16, 2023