Game and Fish Commission to meet Aug. 3 in Flagstaff
Posted August 1, 2018
Spring hunt orders to be considered
PHOENIX — The next meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be at 8 a.m. Friday, August 3 at the Little America Hotel at 2515 E. Butler Avenue in Flagstaff.
Those who wish to speak to the commission may submit “speaker cards” (blue cards) in person at the meeting or from any Game and Fish office. The ability to speak to the commission is not available for those viewing the webcast.
Items on Friday’s agenda include:
- The commission will consider the renewal of two separate utility permit agreements with Citizens Telecommunications Company and UNS Gas, Inc. to construct, operate and maintain underground telephone and gas lines at the department’s Pinetop regional office.
- Approval of a memorandum of understanding with Amigos del Centro Ecologico A.C. for conservation and management of wildlife relevant to Arizona and related educational programs, primarily to benefit game management species and wetlands in Mexico.
- Approval of a memorandum of understanding with Soluciones Ambientales Itzeni A.C. for conservation and management of wildlife and related educational programs, primarily to benefit Mexican wolf conservation in Mexico.
- A briefing on the status of state and federal legislation related to the department’s mission.
- An update on the department’s efforts toward accomplishing commission priorities.
- A briefing on the status of department activities and involvement with resource management planning and other major actions on federal lands in Arizona.
- A threatened and endangered wildlife briefing on the success of using department data for the flat-tailed horned lizard in an appropriate listing decision.
- An informational presentation on aerial game surveys and some of the evolving new technologies and methods regarding collecting and using data.
- 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 10 a.m.).
- A presentation on the department’s partners in wildlife conservation, which contribute thousands of annual volunteer hours that benefit wildlife, habitats and department programs.
- The commission will be briefed on a potential memorandum of understanding between the department, the Arizona Deer Association and Mule Deer Foundation to partner and share funding for conservation, habitat projects and education programs.
- The commission will receive a presentation regarding the potential establishment of a policy for revoking shooting privileges for rule violators at statewide commission-owned shooting ranges.
- The approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the Gila River Indian Community to remove tamarisk from the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area in exchange for growing native plant seed at the Robbins Butte and/or Powers Butte Wildlife areas.
- The approval of a cooperative agreement with Washington State University to conduct genetic analysis on the Sonora tiger salamander.
- Consideration of proposed commission orders 5, 6, 8 and 9 (spring turkey, spring javelina, spring buffalo, spring bear) for spring 2019 hunting seasons and commission order 5 (spring turkey) for spring 2020.
- A presentation on the proposed spring 2019 hunt permit-tag application schedule.
To view a copy of the full meeting agenda, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission and click on the “commission agenda” link.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is a five-member, policy-setting board that oversees the Arizona Game and Fish Department. For more information about the commission, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission.