Game and Fish Commission to Meet Sept. 5-6 in Show Low
Sept. 3, 2014 – The next meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be Sept. 5-6 at the Show Low City Council Chambers at 181 N. 9th St. in Show Low. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. both days.
The public is invited to either attend the meeting in person, view it live via video stream at any Game and Fish regional office (Friday only), or view it over the web at www.azgfd.gov/commissioncam. Members of the public who wish to speak to the Commission may submit Speaker Cards (Blue Cards) in person at the meeting or from any regional Game and Fish office (Friday only). The ability to speak to the Commission is not available for those viewing the webcast online.
Items on the Friday, Sept. 5 portion of the agenda include:
- Consideration of several consent agenda items (see full list at www.azgfd.gov/commission):
- Updates on the department’s shooting sports activities; information, education and wildlife recreation activities; law enforcement program; lands and habitat program.
- Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Park Service to establish cooperating agency status for a Bison Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement at Grand Canyon National Park.
- Briefing on potential options developed by a department-led stakeholder workgroup to address increasing operation and maintenance costs for Heritage Fund-acquired properties.
- Update on the development of the Customer Portal, a website with customer login capabilities with improved customer access to information, products and services.
- Approval of a new commission policy on bonus points.
- Update on developments related to the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 10(j) population of Mexican wolves.
- Selection of the 2014 Commission Awards recipients.
- Hearings on license revocations for violations of Game and Fish codes, and civil assessments for the illegal taking and/or possession of wildlife (time certain at 2 p.m.).
On Saturday, Sept. 6, a “Pinetop Region Community Forum” will be offered to discuss current and future matters and collaborative work involving the department and the local community (this item begins at 8 a.m. and will not be webcast). Items will include a discussion on:
- Special recognition of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office
- Arizona White Mountain Trail System
- Youth hunter recruitment efforts
- White Mountain community fishing plans
- Morenci Mine Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep translocations
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests restoration efforts
- Silver Creek Fish Hatchery.
Following the community forum, the commission will consider an agenda item on nongame Commission Orders 25 (raptors), 41 (amphibians), 42 (crustaceans and mollusks), and 43 (reptiles). The commission will consider establishing seasons and season dates, bag and possession limits and open areas for 2014-2015.
To view a copy of the full meeting agenda, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission and click on the “commission notice/agenda” link.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is the policy-setting board overseeing the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It is composed of five members (serving staggered five-year terms) appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. No more than one commissioner may be from any one county. No more than three may be from the same political party. Since its inception in 1929, this organizational structure has served as a buffer for the best interests of science-driven wildlife conservation during eight decades of back-and-forth political change. For more information on the commission, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission.