Game and Fish Commission to meet June 8 in Payson
Posted June 6, 2018
The next meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be Friday, June 8, at the Mazatzal Hotel (Fireside Room), Highway 87, Mile Marker 251 in Payson. The public can attend in person, view the meeting on a webcast at https://livestream.com/azgameandfish, or watch the meeting on streaming video from 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 (Friday only). The ability to speak to the commission is not available for those viewing the webcast.
The meeting begins at 8 a.m. Among the agenda items are:
- A presentation about the history of bison management actions at the House Rock Wildlife Area and Kaibab Plateau including Grand Canyon National Park.
- An update on state and federal legislation.
- An update on department activities and involvement with resource management planning and other major actions on federal lands in Arizona.
- A request to approve the expenditure of unspent balances in various department funds.
- Requests to approve amended budget requests for fiscal year 2019 and proposed expenditures for fiscal year 2020.
- 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.).
- Consideration of a memorandum of understanding with Amigos del Centro Ecologico A.C. for the purpose of conservation and management of wildlife relevant to Arizona and related educational programs, primarily to benefit game management species and wetlands in Mexico.
- Consideration of a memorandum of understanding with the Soluciones Ambientales Itzeni A.C. for the purpose of conservation and management of wildlife and related educational programs, primarily to benefit Mexican wolf conservation.
- Consideration to renew utility permit agreements with UNS Gas and Citizens Telecommunications Co.
- Consideration of a service agreement with Nevada to conduct fish health testing and analysis.
- A request to approve proposed Commission Order 29 for special big game license-tag seasons for mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, elk, turkey, javelina, bighorn sheep, bison, black bear and mountain lion for the 2019-2020 Special License Tag Hunting Seasons and amend Commission Order 26 Population Management Hunts (time certain at 2 p.m.).
- Consideration of applications from organizations for 2019-2020 special big game license tags.
- Consideration of Article III rulemaking, specifically the regulation of the use of trail cameras.
- A presentation regarding the importance of a consistent, long-term public outreach and education strategy and potential options for dedicated funding.
- Potential selection of new members from a list of candidates to the Heritage Public Advisory Committee.
- An update of categories for the 2018 Commission Awards to be presented at the 2019 Commission Awards Banquet.
- Election of commission chair and vice chair for July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, and election of positions and appointments to standing committees.
- Consideration of proposed dates and locations of commission meetings for 2019 and January 2020.
On Saturday, June 9, the commission and Arizona Game and Fish Department staff may travel to Gillette Ranch for a visit and tour of the property. No legal action will be taken during the field trip.
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.