WDFW Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting

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WDFW Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting

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Thursday, April 18, 2024 – Committee Meetings

8:00am – 10:00am – Fish Committee – Commissioners Anderson, Linville, Ragen, & Parker

To listen, dial: 253-215-8782 and enter ID# 823 2068 1184

Agenda Topics:

  • North of Falcon
  • Policy C-3632: Non-Native Game Fish & Fisheries
  • Fish Program Supplemental Budget Outcomes
  • General Discussion – Current Events & Future Meeting Planning

10:00am – 12:00pm – Habitat Committee – Commissioners Linville, Lehmkuhl, Ragen, & Myers

To listen, dial: 253-215-8782 and enter ID# 875 0635 8486

Agenda Topics:

  • Springwood Ranch Update
  • Outcomes of Supplemental Budget
  • General Discussion – Current Events & Future Meeting Planning

1:00pm – 3:00pm – Big Tent Committee – Commissioners Lehmkuhl, Baker, Parker, & Smith

To listen, dial: 253-215-8782 and enter ID# 882 5630 5174

Agenda Topics:

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

To listen, dial: 253-215-8782 and enter ID# 880 1659 9768


Friday, April 19, 2024 – Regular Meeting Hybrid/Olympia


If you are interested in providing comments online during a hybrid meeting, please register online.

Virtual Participation:

The following virtual registration deadlines are in effect:

  • Registration for those wishing to provide virtual 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 (3) minutes to speak.
  • If you are unable to participate, you can submit your comments on the Commission contact page

In-Person Participation:

The following in-person deadlines are in effect:

  • If you haven’t pre-registered, complete a Public Testimony Form, available at the registration table.
  • The from must be submitted at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the agenda item you wish to testify on. 

To listen to the meeting, please access it at the Zoom Link or TVW Link.

Or by phone, by dialing: 1-253-205-0468 and entering Webinar ID# 837 0382 0616

8:00am – 8:30am – 1. Call to Order

Commissioners’ Discussion

Meeting Minutes Approval

Committee Reports

8:30am – 10:00am – 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. 

Public Comment – This Item Only

10:00am – 10:15am – Break

10:15am – 10:45am – 3. Director’s Report

The Director will brief the Commission on various items.

10:45am – 11:15am – 4. Consent – Decision

The Commission will vote whether to delegate authority for the Director to review and decide the following suite of rulemaking petitions. If the Commission votes against delegation, the Commission will consider the merits of the rulemaking petitions in a future meeting:

  • Use of decoys and calls
  • Standardization of three-point antler restrictions for White Tailed Deer across District 1 in Region 1
  • Cougar management & public safety hunting seasons
  • Spring black bear hunting season
  • Closure date change for Park, Blue, & Deep Lakes

11:15am – 11:45am – 5. Land Transaction – Public Comment, Decision

The Commission will consider approval of a land transaction for Springwood Ranch, recommended by the department.

Staff Report: Lisa Coffman, Lands 20/20 & Acquisition Funding Coordinator, Mike Livingston, Region 3 Director, and Cynthia Wilkerson, Wildlife Program Lands Division Manager.

Public Comment – This Item Only

11:45am – 12:00pm – 6. Timber Sale Approval: Scatter Creek Phase 3 Forest Restoration Project – Briefing, Decision

Staff will brief the Commission and ask for a decision on the proposed Forest Restoration Thinning Project.

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