Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
Public Hearing

May 2001 Commission Meeting

Committee and Public Hearing Synopsis Reports


REGULATIONS COMMITTEE
May 30, 2001

ITEM 1: BRIEFING – Chairman’s Charges

ITEM 2: ACTION – 2001-2002 Migratory Game Bird Proclamation

Presenter: Vernon Bevill

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 provisions of the Migratory Game Bird Proclamation affecting early-season species of migratory game birds and apprises the committee of anticipated development in the federal regulatory process.

ITEM 3: ACTION – Deer Management

- Triple T Proclamation
- Scientific Breeder Proclamation
- Deer Management Permits Proclamation

Presenter: Jerry Cooke

This item amends the Scientific Breeder Proclamation, the Deer Management Proclamation, and the Triple T (Trap, Transport, and Transplant) Proclamation.

Changes to the Scientific Breeder Proclamation would:

Changes to the Deer Management Proclamation would:

Changes to the Triple T Proclamation would:

ITEM 4: BRIEFING – Quail

Presenter: Gary Graham

Staff will brief the Committee on the quail status in Texas.

The presentation will include:

ITEM 5: ACTION – Aquaculture MOU (Memorandum of Understanding Between the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the Texas Department of Agriculture)

Presenter: Raenell Silcox

Section 134.031 of the Agriculture Code which was passed by the 76th Legislature as SB 873 and became effective September 1, 1999, requires the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) regarding the regulation of aquaculture). Commission consideration for adoption of amendment to 31 TAC §57.135 is requested.

This item will:

FINANCE COMMITTEE
May 30, 2001

ITEM 1: BRIEFING – Chairman’s Charges

ITEM 2: BRIEFING – Financial Review Update

Presenter: Suzy Whittenton

In this briefing item, staff will:

ITEM 3: BRIEFING – License Point of Sale Update

Presenter: Suzy Whittenton

Staff will give an update on the new automated licensing system being developed under contract by WorldCom.

ITEM 4: BRIEFING – Legislative Update

Presenter: Joey Park

Staff will provide an update on Legislative issues that impact the Department. Briefing will provide a status report on Sunset and Appropriations.

ITEM 5: ACTION – Stamp Fee for Disabled Veterans

Presenter: Frances Stiles

This item requests approval from the Commission to add certain stamps to the Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing License and waives associated stamp fees. Both hunting and fishing licenses are available free of charge, to qualifying veterans; however, they are currently charged a fee for stamps.

These stamps include:

ITEM 6: ACTION – Fleet Policy

Presenter: Robert Cook

This new rule is required for compliance with House Bill 3125 from the 76th Legislature, which created the Statewide Fleet Management Plan. HB 3125 placed a statewide moratorium on the purchase of new vehicles. The Council on Competitive Government (CCG) established a provision within the Statewide Fleet Management Plan that the moratorium would not be lifted for an agency until it adopted the Statewide Fleet Management Plan. In order for an agency to adopt the statewide plan it must have the General Services Commission’s (GSC’s) Office of Vehicle Fleet Management (OVFM) approve the agency’s fleet management plan and the agency must adopt specified rules.

This item will:

ITEM 7: ACTION – Local Park Funding

Presenter: Tim Hogsett

Up to $432,540 in matching funds requested for Urban Park and Recreation Recovery projects should any Texas projects be approved by the national Park Service later this year.

CONSERVATION COMMITTEE
May 30, 2001

ITEM 1: BRIEFING – Chairman’s Charges

ITEM 2: BRIEFING – Amendment to Redfish Bay “Prop Up” Zones

Presenter: Bill Harvey

Staff will present a recommendation to amend the voluntary “prop up” zone in the Terminal Flat area of Redfish Bay.

This item will:

ITEM 3: BRIEFING – Giant Salvinia

Presenter: Rhandy Helton

Staff will brief the Committee on the Status of Giant Salvinia in Texas. The status will begin with a brief description of the exotic plant and will en with a report of the current distribution of the plant in Texas. Staff will describe past attempts to stop the spread of this plant in the state and will discuss future plans for containment.

ITEM 4: ACTION – Nomination for Oil and Gas Lease – Fayette County

Presenter: Kathy Boydston

Nomination for oil and gas lease on Monument Hill/Kreische Brewery State Park; no surface occupancy stipulation.

ITEM 5: ACTION – Land Acquisition – San Patricio County - Lake Corpus Christi State Park

Presenter: Karen Leslie

Acquire approximately 50 acres adjacent to Lake Corpus Christi State Park.

ITEM 6: ACTION – Land Acquisition – El Paso County - Franklin Mountains State Park

Presenter: Karen Leslie

Purchase 46.10 acres adjacent to Franklin Mountains State Park.

ITEM 7: ACTION – Land Exchange – Houston County – Weches Cemetery Assn.-TPW

Presenter: Jack Bauer

In cooperation with State Representative Jim McReynolds, this would exchange property between Weches Cemetery Association and Mission Tejas State Historical Park as a remedy for facility improvement following a 1993 legislative-directed land sale.

ITEM 8: ACTION – Land Disposition – Travis and Williamson Counties

Presenter: Ronnie Ray

Transfer approximately 26 acres known as the Testudo Tube Cave Preserve to the City of Austin, Texas and transfer approximately 106 acres known as the Godwin Ranch Cave Preserve to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Georgetown facility.

AD HOC INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE
May 30, 2001

ITEM 1: BRIEFING – Chairman’s Charges

ITEM 2: BRIEFING – ProjectsUpdate

Presenter: Scott Boruff

Staff will brief the Committee on the projects. The presentation will provide visual highlights on several current projects.

ITEM 3: BRIEFING – Lone Star Legacy Projects Update

Presenter: Scott Boruff

Staff will brief the Committee on the status of the Lone Star Legacy projects. The briefing will cover updated information on the World Birding Center, Government Canyon, Texas Rivers Center, Austin Woods, and the Bison Center.

AD HOC OUTREACH COMMITTEE
May 30, 2001

ITEM 1: BRIEFING – Chairman’s Charges

ITEM 2: BRIEFING – Statewide and Regional Outreach

Presenter: Bob Murphy

This briefing will update the Committee on three aspects of the Department-wide Outreach Initiative.

ITEM 3: BRIEFING – Sheldon Lake Master Plan

Presenter: Laura David

Staff will brief the Committee on the completion of the master plan for Sheldon Lake State Park.

The item will include:

Current dollars spent
· Information on the public meeting
· Communicate the next proposed action


PUBLIC HEARING SYNOPSIS REPORTS
May 31, 2001

ACCEPTANCE OF GIFTS

RETIREMENT CERTIFICATES AND SERVICE AWARDS

PRESENTATION – BIG BEND RANCH/LA MOTA RANCH PROPERTIES

Staff: Karen Leslie

PRESENTATION – Southern States Boating Law Administrators Association Marine Officer of the Year

RECOGNITION – Dow ArgoSciences – Native Pasture Research

APPROVAL OF AGENDA - Chairman Bass

ITEM 1: ACTION - Consent Agenda Items

ITEM 2: ACTION – 2001-2001 Migratory Game Bird Proclamation

Presenter: Vernon Bevill

This item seeks adoption of the provisions of the Migratory Game Bird Proclamation affecting early-season species of migratory game birds and apprises the committee of anticipated development in the federal regulatory process.

ITEM 3: ACTION – Deer Management

Presenter: Jerry Cooke

This item amends the Scientific Breeder Proclamation, the Deer Management Proclamation, and the Triple T (Trap, Transport, and Transplant) Proclamation.

Changes to the Scientific Breeder Proclamation would:

Changes to the Deer Management Proclamation would:

Changes to the Triple T Proclamation would:

ITEM 4: ACTION – Aquaculture MOU

Presenter: Raenell Silcox

Section 134.031 of the Agriculture Code which was passed by the 76th Legislature as SB 873 and became effective September 1, 1999, requires the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) regarding the regulation of aquaculture). Commission consideration for adoption of amendment to 31 TAC §57.135 is requested.

This item will:


ITEM 5: BRIEFING – Covert and Environmental Operations

Presenter: Mark Simmons

Law Enforcement Division staff will provide:

ITEM 6: ACTION – Stamp Fee for Disabled Veterans

Presenter: Frances Stiles

This item requests approval from the Commission to add certain stamps to the Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing License and waives associated stamp fees. Both hunting and fishing licenses are available free of charge, to qualifying veterans; however, they are currently charged a fee for stamps.

These stamps include:

ITEM 7: ACTION – Fleet Policy

Presenter: Robert Cook

This new rule is required for compliance with House Bill 3125 from the 76th Legislature, which created the Statewide Fleet Management Plan. HB 3125 placed a statewide moratorium on the purchase of new vehicles. The Council on Competitive Government (CCG) established a provision within the Statewide Fleet Management Plan that the moratorium would not be lifted for an agency until it adopted the Statewide Fleet Management Plan. In order for an agency to adopt the statewide plan it must have the General Services Commission’s (GSC’s) Office of Vehicle Fleet Management (OVFM) approve the agency’s fleet management plan and the agency must adopt specified rules.

This item will:

ITEM 8: ACTION – Nomination for Oil and Gas Lease – Fayette County

Presenter: Kathy Boydston

Nomination for oil and gas lease on Monument Hill/Kreische Brewery State Park; no surface occupancy stipulation.

ITEM 9: ACTION – Local Park Funding

Presenter: Tim Hogsett

Up to $432,540 in matching funds requested for Urban Park and Recreation Recovery projects should any Texas projects be approved by the national Park Service later this year.

ITEM 10: ACTION – Land Acquisition – San Patricio County - Lake Corpus Christi State Park

Presenter: Karen Leslie

Acquire approximately 50 acres adjacent to Lake Corpus Christi State Park.

ITEM 11: ACTION – Land Acquisition – El Paso County - Franklin Mountains State Park

Presenter: Karen Leslie

Purchase 46.10 acres adjacent to Franklin Mountains State Park.

ITEM 12: ACTION – Land Exchange – Houston County – Weches Cemetery Assn.-TPW

Presenter: Jack Bauer

In cooperation with State Representative Jim McReynolds, this would exchange property between Weches Cemetery Association and Mission Tejas State Historical Park as a remedy for facility improvement following a 1993 legislative-directed land sale.

ITEM 13: ACTION – Land Disposition – Travis and Williamson Counties

Presenter: Ronnie Ray

Transfer approximately 26 acres known as the Testudo Tube Cave Preserve to the City of Austin, Texas and transfer approximately 106 acres known as the Godwin Ranch Cave Preserve to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Georgetown facility.


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