Posts tagged: wildlife management
OLYMPIA - A huge addition to a state wildlife area in Kittitas County will be considered for purchase by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission during its meeting Friday and Saturday (Nov. 8-9) in Olympia.
Also on the agenda, is a report on the status of reptiles and amphibians in Washington and a briefing on proposed changes in hydraulic permit approval rules
The proposed land acquisition in Kittitas County involves 5,497 acres adjacent to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, 35 miles northwest of Yakima. The department has also proposed purchasing a 589-acre inholding in the Wenas Wildlife Area near the state's winter feeding area for elk.
In addition to the land purchases, the public will have an opportunity to comment on proposals related to:
The commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the Governor to set policy for WDFW, will convene at 8:30 a.m. both days in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., Olympia.
WILDLIFE — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet Nov. 13-14 in Jerome.
A public hearing begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the regional office at 324 S. 417 East.
The Fish and Game Commission usually holds a public hearing in conjunction with each regular meeting. Members of the public who want to address the commission on any topic having to do with Fish and Game business may do so at the public hearing. All testimony will be taken into consideration when the commission makes decisions on agenda items at the meetings.
A complete agenda will be posted on the Fish and Game website when it becomes available.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — Jay Holzmiller, a longtime resident of Anatone in Asotin County, has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to an Eastern Washington position on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Holzmiller will succeed Chuck Perry of Moses Lake, whose term expired.
The governor is looking into making two more appointments to fill vacancies on the nine-member citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, a staff spokeswoman said.
Holzmiller, 56, is an equipment operator for the Asotin County Public Works Department who also raises livestock at his home in Anatone. For nearly two decades he has been involved in conservation, land use, and the preservation of fish and wildlife. He is a longtime hunter and a 1975 graduate of Anatone High School.
The commission is a Members are appointed by the governor to six-year terms and are subject to state Senate confirmation. Three members must reside in Eastern Washington, three in Western Washington, and three may live anywhere in the state. No two members may live in the same county.
“Jay's knowledge and experience will enable him to make a significant contribution to the commission as it promotes the conservation of fish and wildlife and the economic vitality of local communities that depend on outdoor-related commerce and recreation,” Inslee said.
“We are very pleased to welcome Jay to the commission, and we look forward to benefitting from his skills and perspectives,” said Miranda Wecker, commission chair.
Holzmiller has been a member of the Asotin County Conservation District, the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board, and the Asotin County Shorelines Committee. He helped form the Blue Mountain Fire District and has served the district as a volunteer firefighter. In addition, he chaired the committee that developed the Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Asotin, Garfield and Columbia counties.
The commission's next meeting is scheduled Aug. 2-3 in Olympia.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — David Jennings, billed as a birder, scuba diver and environmental advocate when appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in 2009, apparently has been removed from the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for lack of confirmation by the state Legislature.
“For the sportsmen of Washington, Jennings was too much of a polarizing figure, and we don’t need that on the Fish and Wildlife Commission,” Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, is quoted as saying in a report by Northwest Sportsman magazine.
Pearson is chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, which holds confirmation hearings on commission appointments. The committee apparently has let Jenning's confirmation die without a recommendation.
As of this morning on the commission website, Jennings continues to be listed as a member of the nine-person citizen panel that sets policy for Washington fish and wildlife management. His term was supposed to run through 2014. The commisison office has not responded to a request on Jennings' status.
His commission bio says:
David has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources in Wildlife Management and a Masters of Public Health in Biostatistics. He works as an Environmental Public Health professional.
David volunteers with a number of conservation organizations including Black Hills Audubon Society and the Gifford Pinchot Task Force. He has served on several state and federal advisory boards addressing wildlife and habitat issues, including WDFW’s Wildlife Diversity Advisory Council, the U.S. Forest Service’s Southwest Washington Provincial Advisory Council, and the North Gifford Pinchot Resource Advisory Committee.
David is an avid birder, wildlife watcher, and scuba diver. He is a member of REEF’s Pacific Northwest Advanced Assessment Team and helps conduct underwater surveys of marine fish and invertebrates from the Salish Sea down to Monterey Bay. David lives in Olympia with his wife, Jan.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — Gov. Jay Inslee is taking advantage of his authority to appoint members of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.
As rumored last week, commissioner Gary Douvia of Kettle Falls has been removed from his position and his slot is vacant. His term expired Dec. 31. See current list of commissioners.
Often Fish and Wildlife commissioners continue their roles even when governors change.
Even commissioners whose terms have expired usually are allowed to continue on the panel until a replacement is named, if that ever happens.
But in Douvia's case, the ax has fallen with no explanation and the governor's staff is activey interviewing candidates for the postition.
One candidate is retired Spokane firefighter George Orr, a Democrat, former state legislator and former Fish and Wildlife Commissioner. His interview is this morning.
I've also learned that commissioner Chuck Perry of Moses Lake has been given his walking papers, but is being allowed to continue on the commission until he's replaced.
It's rumored that commission chair Miranda Wecker's expired position is in question.
More details on the shifting of commission positions are offered here in a post by Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman.
WILDLIFE — Could genetic manipulation allow species to adapt to climate change or control an invasive species?
Could we bring back the passenger pigeon and other extinct speces? Would we want to?
This is just a sense of the future of wildlife management through the door opened by genetic engineering. Scientists took a step through that door recently at Cambridge University to examine the question: “How will Synthetic Biology and Conservation Shape the Future of Nature?”
Revkin concludes with three thought-stimulating articles:
ENDANGERED SPECIES — An update on the status of gray wolves in Washington, including a wrap-up of the state's September effort to eliminate the Wedge Pack in northern Stevens County, will be presented Friday to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in Olympia.
Nate Pamplin, Fish and Wildlife Department assistant wildlife program director, and Steve Pozzanghera, the agency's Spokane Region manager, are on the meeting's agenda to brief the commission on issues related to the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan at 1 p.m.
The meeting location was changed this week to the Columbia Room inside the Capitol Building as officials got the sense they would need a larger room.
The commission will take public comments starting at 3:15 p.m. Representatives of pro-wolf groups, the livestock industry and conservation organizations have indicated they'll be represented at the meeting.
The meeting will be televised via webcast.
Meantime, in states where wolves have been delisted and wolf management has commenced:
Wolf trapping seasons will begin in both states later in the fall.
CONSERVATION — Aldo Leopold, widely recognized as the father of professional wildlife management, was born Rand Aldo Leopold in Burlington, Iowa, 125 years ago this month.
His ideas remain as relevant today as they were in his own time.
Leopold's legacy involves his idea of “a land ethic,” which he famously penned in his classic book, A Sand County Almanac.
“A land ethic,” he wrote, “changes the role of Homo sapiens from conquerer of the land community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such.”
Garrison Keillor recognized Leopold's birthday on NPR last week: Listen here.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — Jay Kehe, 57, of Omak has been appointed to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission as one of the three required East Side representatives on the nine-member panel.
Kehne is a conservationist, sheep farmer and hunter. Along with a 30 year career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, he’s the Okanogan outreach coordinator for Conservation Northwest, and a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Mule Deer Foundation.
Kehn gave this perspective on his outlook as a commissioner who will be deciding fish and wildlife policy for the state, in an interview for a blog post by Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman Magazine:
“Bottom line is, I was a hunter and fisherman before I was anything. I then became a wildlife biologist and then a soil scientist and then spent 30 years working with farmers and ranchers. So my training is to look at things from a scientific perspective, but be sensitive to the very real concerns of ranchers and never never forget my hunting roots. My hunting buddies would disown me if I did that,” Kehne says.
Here's more on Kehne from the Wenatchee World.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — Larry Carpenter, a Mount Vernon boat dealer and long-time sportfishing enthusiast, and Jay Kehne, an Omak conservationist, sheep farmer and hunter, have been appointed to vacant positions on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The commission is a nine-member panel that makes policy for the state Fish and Wildlife Department and sets rules such those for hunting and fishing seasons.
The announcedment was made today by Gov. Chris Gregoire's office.
Carpenter is likely to be a strong voice for salmon and steelhead sportfishing.
Kehne likely falls in the category of wolf advocate, considering he’s the Okanogan outreach coordinator for Conservation Northwest, but he has a well-rounded resume of credentials.
Here's some insight from a “Living with Wolves” program report by Scott Sandsberry of the Yakima Herald-Republic.
During his 31-year career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kehne’s worked to provide conservation assistance to farmers and ranchers. He’s worked with conservation easements involving counties as well as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Kehne is the replacement for Spokane’s George Orr, who retired from the commission at the end of his term a year ago.
WILDLIFE RESEARCH — Volunteers helped Washington Fish and Wildlife Department researchers round up and band 894 Canada geese in Eastern Washington during the past two weeks. More than 80 of the geese were captured in the Spokane and Liberty Lake area, includind 30 at Gonzaga University.
The roundup was timed for the molt, when the adults couldn't fly, making it easy to herd them and their broods into enclosures.
Read on for the tally of birds captured at 14 sites during this ongoing study headed by waterfowl expert Mikal Moore.
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — Friday will be another furlough day for many Washington state employees.
Washington Fish and Wildlife Department employees and offices are included, except that fish and wildlife police officers and other enforcement officers statewide are exempt.
Friday is the last of 10 unpaid days in the current budget period to cut state spending for employees.
HUNTING — The prolonged debate over a controversial proposal to enact a four-point antler minimum for whitetail bucks in two northeastern Washington game management units will be decided next week in Olympia by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Click here to see the panel's April 8-9 meeting agenda.
The proposal was made by sportsmen in northeastern Washington. It's been opposed by most of the people attending public meetings on the issue.