Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
Public Hearing

April 2001 Commission Meeting

Committee and Public Hearing Synopsis Reports


REGULATIONS COMMITTEE
April 4, 2001

ITEM 1: BRIEFING – Chairman’s Charges

ITEM 2: ACTION – Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation 2001-2002

Presenters: Paul Hammerschmidt, Phil Durocher, Gary Graham

ACTION: Committee consideration for presentation to full Commission in Public Hearing. This item is also located in the Public Hearing Synopsis report.

CONSENT: This item could be eligible for consent agenda.

This item seeks adoption of the proposed the 2001-2002 Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation. Proposed changes include:

WILDLIFE

White-tailed deer:

Rio Grande Turkey:

Eastern Wild Turkey:

Javelina:

Quail:

INLAND FISHERIES

Regulation Simplification:

Improve/Maintain Fishing Quality:

Regulations standardization:

COASTAL FISHERIES

ITEM 3: ACTION – Legislative Rules Review

Presenter: Gene McCarty

This item seeks adoption of proposed rulemaking required by House Bill 1, 75th Legislature, which requires the Department to review all regulations and either repeal amend, or readopt them.

The item addresses regulations contained in:

Chapter 57, Fisheries
· Chapter 65, Wildlife

ITEM 4: ACTION – Petition for Rulemaking – Special Bag Limits for White-tailed Deer Taken by Archery

Presenter: Jerry Cooke

This item presents a petition for rulemaking received by the Department. The petitioner:

ITEM 5: ACTION – Scientific Breeder Proclamation

Presenter: Jerry Cooke

On November 18, 1999 the Commission adopted amendments to the Scientific Breeder Proclamation. The department filed a Notice of Adoption with the Texas Register on February 15, 2000. However, due to circumstances beyond the Department’s control, the Notice of Adoption was never published and, therefore, the amendments must be re-adopted. The amendments as adopted by the Commission in January have been re-published in the March 2, 2001, issue of the Texas Register (26 TexReg 1826). The amendments are intended to decrease paperwork and administrative complications for permit holders.

This item amends the Scientific Breeder Proclamation to:

ITEM 6: BRIEFING – Largemouth Bass Virus

Presenter: Phil Durocher

Staff will brief the Committee on:

ITEM 7: ACTION – Amendments to the Public Lands Proclamation and Proposed Hunting Activities on State Parks

Presenter: Herb Kothmann

This item proposes amendments to the Public Lands Proclamation and apprises the Committee of candidate state parks for public hunting opportunity. The proposed changes to the Public Lands Proclamation include:

Provisions for the department to conduct hunts totally or in part by Regular Permit
· Standardization of permit requirements for supervising adults participating in youth-only hunts
· Authorization for the department to retain application fees submitted with an invalid application for a Special Permit
· Clarification of procedures for reinstating preference points in drawings for Special Permits
· Minimum age requirement for participants in Special-Permit hunts

ITEM 8: BRIEFING – Crab and Oyster Update

Presenter: Hal Osburn

The purpose of this briefing is twofold. 1) To provide a status and update the oyster lease fishery; and 2) to provide a review of the commercial crab fishery.

1) The briefing on oyster leases will:

ITEM 9: ACTION 2001-2002 Migratory Game Bird Proclamation

Presenter: Vernon Bevill

This item apprises the committee of anticipated developments in the federal regulatory process and amends the Migratory Game Bird Proclamation to:

ITEM 10: BRIEFING – White-tail Deer Management

Presenter: Gary Graham

Wildlife Division staff will provide:

FINANCE COMMITTEE
April 4, 2001

ITEM 1: BRIEFING – Chairman’s Charges

ITEM 2: BRIEFING – Financial Review Update

Presenter: Suzy Whittenton

In this briefing item, staff will:

ITEM 3: ACTION – Regional Park Funding

Presenter: Tim Hogsett

Staff will present to the Committee:

ITEM 4: ACTION – Local Park Funding

Presenter: Tim Hogsett

This item proposed to:

ITEM 5: BRIEFING – Automated License System Update

Presenter: Suzy Whittenton

Staff will present a brief on the current status of the Automated License System. This will include:

CONSERVATION COMMITTEE
April 4, 2001

ITEM 1: BRIEFING – Chairman’s Charges

ITEM 2: BRIEFING – Water Policy

Presenter: Larry McKinney

This item will brief the Committee on Water-related policy and legislation:

ITEM 3: ACTION – Land Acquisition – Uvalde County (Garner SP)

Presenter: Karen Leslie

Acquisition of 35.05 acres from a landowner adjacent to Garner State Park is recommended for additional river frontage.

This item will:

ITEM 4: ACTION – Land Acquisition – Randall County (Palo Duro Canyon SP)

Presenter: Karen Leslie

Land acquisition of approximately 2,036 acres adjacent to Palo Duro Canyon State Park is recommended:

ITEM 5: ACTION – Land Acquisition – Brewster County (Black Gap WMA)

Presenter: Jeff Francell

Acquisition of two in-holding parcels, 80 and 160 acres at Black Gap Wildlife Management Area is recommended as part of along-term facility improvement strategy.

AD HOC OUTREACH COMMITTEE
April 4, 2001

ITEM 1: BRIEFING – Chairman’s Charges

ITEM 2: BRIEFING – River Center Update

Presenter: Larry McKinney

This item will brief the Committee on the role of the Texas River Center.

The River Center:

PUBLIC HEARING
Thursday, April 5, 2001

ACCEPTANCE OF GIFTS

RETIREMENT CERTIFICATES AND SERVICE AWARDS

PRESENTATION – Dow Chemical – Stringfellow Conservation Initiative

Staff: Gene McCarty

APPROVAL OF AGENDA - Chairman Bass

ITEM 1: ACTION - Consent Agenda Items

ITEM 2: ACTION – Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation 2001-2001

Presenter: Paul Hammerschmidt, Phil Durocher, Gary Graham

This item seeks adoption of the proposed the 2001-2002 Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation. Proposed changes include:

WILDLIFE

White-tailed deer:

Rio Grande Turkey:

Eastern Wild Turkey:

Javelina:

Quail:

INLAND FISHERIES

Regulation Simplification:

Improve/Maintain Fishing Quality:

Regulations standardization:

COASTAL FISHERIES

ITEM 3: ACTION – Legislative Rule Review

Presenter: Gene McCarty

This item seeks adoption of proposed rulemaking required by House Bill 1, 75th Legislature, which requires the Department to review all regulations and either repeal amend, or readopt them.

The item addresses regulations contained in:

ITEM 4: ACTION – Petition for Rulemaking – Special Bag Limits for White-tailed Deer Taken by Archery

Presenter: Jerry Cooke

This item presents a petition for rulemaking received by the Department. The petitioner:

ITEM 5: ACTION – Amendments to the Public Lands Proclamation and Proposed Hunting Activities on State Parks

Presenter: Herb Kothmann

This item proposes amendments to the Public Lands Proclamation and apprises the Committee of candidate state parks for public hunting opportunity. The proposed changes to the Public Lands Proclamation include:

ITEM 6: BRIEFING – World Birding Center

Presenter: Gary Graham

Staff will brief this Commission on the current status of the World Birding Center.

Briefing will include:

ITEM 7: ACTION – Scientific Breeder Proclamation

Presenter: Jerry Cooke

On November 18, 1999 the Commission adopted amendments to the Scientific Breeder Proclamation. The department filed a Notice of Adoption with the Texas Register on February 15, 2000. However, due to circumstances beyond the Department’s control, the Notice of Adoption was never published and, therefore, the amendments must be re-adopted. The amendments as adopted by the Commission in January have been re-published in the March 2, 2001, issue of the Texas Register (26 TexReg 1826) The amendments are intended to decrease paperwork and administrative complications for permit holders.

This item amends the Scientific Breeder Proclamation to:

ITEM 8: BRIEFING – Eastern Wild Turkey Status Update

Presenter: John Burk

Wildlife Division staff will provide:

ITEM 9: BRIEFING – Wyler Aerial Tramway Opening

Presenter: Walt Dabney

This item will brief the Commission on the Tyler Aerial Tramway Opening on March 10, 2001:

ITEM 10: ACTION – Regional Park Funding

Presenter: Tim Hogsett

Staff will present to the Commission to consider for adoption:

ITEM 11: ACTION – Local Park Funding

Presenter: Tim Hogsett

This item proposed to:

ITEM 12: BRIEFING – Texas Tech Exhibit

Presenter: Bob Cook

Staff will brief the Commission on the Texas Tech Exhibit, “Texas Natural History, 1889-1905”.

The exhibit will:

ITEM 13: ACTION – Land Acquisition – Uvalde County (Garner SP)

Presenter: Karen Leslie

Land acquisition of one tract totaling 35.05 acres adjacent to Garner State Parks is recommended for additional river frontage.

This item will:

ITEM 14: ACTION – Land Acquisition – Randall County (Palo Duro Canyon SP)

Presenter: Karen Leslie

Land acquisition of approximately 2,036 acres adjacent to Palo Duro Canyon State Park is recommended:

ITEM 15: ACTION – Land Acquisition – Brewster County – (Black Gap WMA)

Presenter: Jeff Francell

Acquisition of two in-holding parcels, 80 and 160 acres at Black Gap Wildlife Management Area is recommended as part of along-term facility improvement strategy.


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