Game and Fish Commission to meet June 9-11 in Payson
Posted June 8, 2017
The next meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be June 9-11, 2017 at the Mazatzal Hotel (Fireside Room), Highway 87, Mile Marker 251, in Payson.
The Friday, June 9 portion of the meeting begins at 8 a.m. The public can attend in person or view it on a webcast at www.azgfd.gov/commissioncam. The Friday portion of the meeting also can be watched on streaming video at any regional office statewide.
Those who wish to speak to the commission on Friday 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:
- Awards and recognition.
- A briefing on the American Fisheries Society.
- Consideration to approve consent agenda items, including: a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) for a Habitat Restoration Project located in north-central Arizona; an MOU with The Arizona Land and Water Trust to cooperatively convert agricultural lands to native cover crop for wildlife.
A briefing on the status of state and federal legislation.
- An update on Department efforts towards accomplishing Commission priorities and an expanded presentation on customer recruitment, retention and reactivation.
- An update on the Department’s deployment of Arizona Management System methods and tools to reduce waste and build sustainable efficiency in AZGFD’s systems and processes.
- 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 briefing on the development of the Arizona Conservation Strategy.
- Presentation of several first read items: approval of the impact analysis of Rotenone for the Department’s Coconino National Forest Stock Tank Non-native Fish Removal Project Treatment Plan; transfer in title of the Commission-owned Lee Valley Property; approval of an agreement with the Arizona State Lottery to maintain lottery vending machines at Department offices to generate funding for wildlife conservation programs.
- Consideration to approve Commission Order 29: Special Hunts, establishing seasons and season dates, bag and possession limits, permit numbers, and open areas for Special Big Game Hunt License Tags (time certain at 2 p.m.).
- Consideration to authorize issuance of Special Big Game License Tags to organizations for 2018–2019 Special Big Game License Tags.
- Presentation on public comments received on the existing hunt guidelines and a preliminary draft of revised guidelines.
- Approval of several budget request items.
- Discussion on Commission meeting travel cost considerations and guidelines.
- A presentation of award categories for the 2017 Commission Awards to be presented at the January 2018 Commission Awards Banquet.
- A Commission vote to elect a Commission Chair and Vice-Chair for July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
- Selection of proposed meeting dates and locations for the Year 2018 and for January 2019.
On Saturday, June 10, beginning at 8 a.m., the agenda is:
- Awards and recognition.
- The Commission may vote to meet in Executive Session in accordance with A.R.S. 38-431.03(A)(1) for the purpose of conducting interviews with qualified candidates for the position of Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
- Upon a candidate’s request and pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.03(A)(1), the Commission may conduct the candidate’s interview in Public Session rather than in Executive Session.
- The Commission may select final candidates for second interviews. If the Commission decides not to conduct second interviews, it may vote to appoint a new Arizona Game and Fish Department Director.
On Sunday, June 11, beginning at 8 a.m., the agenda is:
- The Commission may vote to meet in Executive Session in accordance with A.R.S. 38-431.03(A)(1) for the purpose of conducting second interviews with final candidates selected from the first round of interviews for the position of Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
- Upon a final candidate’s request and pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.03(A)(1), the Commission may conduct the candidate’s second interview in Public Session rather than in Executive Session.
- The Commission may vote to appoint a new Arizona Game and Fish Department Director.
Please note that the Saturday and Sunday portions of the meeting will not be webcast except for when the Commission votes in Public Session to appoint a new Arizona Game and Fish Department Director.
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.