Michigan NRC to Meet Dec. 4th

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New regulations for taxidermists and animal rehabilitators brought about by the discovery of chronic wasting disease are on the agenda for the Natural Resources Commission meeting Thursday, Dec. 4, in Lansing. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. in Room 202 of the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., when the NRC Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries discusses new bio-security procedures and license fees for taxidermists and new rules for the possession, transportation and rehabilitation of animals by wildlife rehabilitators. The committee also will receive an update on the inland consent decree, review the 2009 Wildlife and Fisheries issues calendar and receive an update on habitat issues.

At 12:30 p.m., the NRC will continue its discussions of expanding opportunities for crossbow hunting in Room 202.

The NRC Policy Committee on Finance and Administration will meet at 1:30 p.m. in Room 202 to review year-end fund balances, reductions in the Snowmobile Registration Fund, various DNR investments with staff from the Michigan Department of Treasury, and receive an update on the department's audit.

At 3 p.m. the NRC Committee of the Whole will meet in Room 201. The committee will review Department of Natural Resources Director Rebecca Humphries' action items on the agenda, have a special presentation of this year's Turkey Cooperator Patch Contest winner, and receive an update from the bear management team.

Public comment begins at 4:30 p.m. Persons wishing to provide public comment on any DNR issue to the NRC should contact Teresa Gloden at 517-373-2352 or glodent@michigan.gov by end of day on Wednesday, Nov. 26 or at the meeting site.

Among the action items for the NRC are wildlife conservation orders related to the possession, transportation and rehabilitation of live wild deer, elk and moose; and changes to taxidermy regulations.

Among the items for Director Humphries' consideration are an order to restrict snowmobiles to designated trails in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park; changes to statewide trout, salmon, whitefish and lake herring regulations; a fish disease control order; and authorization for several land transactions.