Game and Fish Commission to meet Aug. 4 and 5 in St. Johns
Posted August 3, 2017
PHOENIX — The next meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at the Apache County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at 75 W. Cleveland Street in St. Johns.
The public can attend the meeting or view it on a webcast at http://livestream.com/azgameandfish. The meeting also can be watched on streaming video at any regional office statewide.
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:
- Consideration for approval of an impact analysis for the department’s Coconino National Forest Stock Tank Non-native Fish Removal Project Treatment plan to use rotenone for the removal of non-native fish.
- 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 recent taxonomic change for headwater chub and Gila chub, and the subsequent withdrawal of the proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list both fish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
- Approval of a revised memorandum of understanding between the commission and the city of Tucson, opening additional city-owned land in Avra Valley to lawful hunting.
- An update on major developments relating to resource management plans and actions on federal lands in Arizona.
- Approval of an intergovernmental agreement between AZGFD and the city of Scottsdale for continued wildlife conservation projects within the McDowell Mountains.
- Approval of a 15-year intergovernmental agreement between AZGFD and the city of St. Johns to install and maintain two fishing docks at Patterson Ponds.
- Approval of an intergovernmental agreement between AZGFD and the city of Show Low to add Show Low Creek as a new community fishing water.
- Consideration of designation of two new Community Fishing Program waters and an off-cycle request to amend commission order 40 (Fish, establishing bag and possession limits within those water).
- Consideration to approve a proposed translocation of elk to West Virginia.
- Approval of commission orders 5, 6, 8 and 9 (spring turkey, spring javelina, spring buffalo and spring bear) establishing seasons and season dates, bag and possession limits, permit numbers, and open areas for spring 2018.
- A presentation on the proposed hunt permit-tag application schedule for spring 2018 hunts.
On Saturday, Aug. 5, beginning at 9 a.m. at Patterson Pond, department staff and St. Johns community leaders will provide a tour and discussion on the Patterson Pond Community Fishing Water. The commission, department staff and public will learn about the history of the pond and partnership that allowed the area to be developed into a successful community fishing pond.
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.