Fish and Wildlife Commission to Set Fall Hunting Tag Numbers June 11

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The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, June 11, in Baker City to set this fall’s controlled hunt tag allocations and consider a citizen petition to change the razor clam season in Clatsop County.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state. The seven-member panel meets monthly. The meeting will occur at the Best Western Sunridge Inn, Sunridge Room, One Sunridge Lane, Baker City.

In conjunction with the official meeting, the Commission will tour several sites in the Grande Ronde Watershed area starting 8 a.m., Thursday, June 10. The all-day tour will include overviews of issues related to sage grouse populations, Brownlee Reservoir warm water fisheries, Hells Canyon recreational access and project relicensing, Hells Canyon fall chinook, big game winter range/upland bird hunting, salmon and steelhead reintroduction, and the reintroduction of bighorn sheep and mountain goats to Hells Canyon. Members of the public also may attend the tour using their own transportation. Persons seeking driving directions may contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Director’s Office at 503-947-6044.

In addition, the Commission will host an informal reception for members of the public 7 p.m., Thursday, June 10, at the Best Western Sunridge Inn, Baker City. Both Commission members and staff from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be available to answer questions related to fish and wildlife management.

The official meeting of the Commission will begin at 8 a.m., Friday, June 11, and proceeds through the agenda in order. The following items are scheduled:

* Director’s report on regional ODFW activities, spring chinook season wrap-up, angling regulations process update, and temporary rules;

* Expenditure report;

* Approval of May 2004 Commission minutes;

* Adoption of Attorney General’s model rules;

* Adoption of administrative rules for 2004 controlled hunt tag allocations and 2005 big game hunting regulations;

* Approval of funding for Access and Habitat projects;

* Adoption of final order in contested developmental fisheries case;

* Public testimony and potential action on a citizen petition to close Clatsop Beach razor clamming season before July 15; and

* Informational briefing on warm water fish management task list.

Public testimony will be taken on each agenda item. For all agenda items, sign-up sheets to testify will be provided at the meeting. Agenda item exhibits may be requested by calling the ODFW Director’s Office at 503-947-6044. Some agenda items will be posted to ODFW’s Web site at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/Comm/schedule.htm before the meeting.

Persons seeking to testify for up to five minutes on other issues not on the formal agenda may do so by making arrangements at least 24 hours in advance. “Unscheduled testimony” must be arranged by calling Katie Thiel, ODFW Director’s Office, at 503-947-6044. Unscheduled testimony will occur around 1 p.m. and is limited to about six speakers.