March 1, 2013
SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in Salem on Friday, March 8 to consider several agenda items including a priority list of fish passage barriers in the state.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the ODFW Headquarters Building, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE in Salem.
The Commission will be asked to approve a fish passage priority list that includes 534 fish passage barriers in 16 different priority groups. Oregon state statute requires ODFW to complete and maintain a statewide inventory of fish passage barriers every five years, and to prioritize those barriers based on the needs of native fish. The last fish passage priority list was created in 2007. Fish passage barriers may be dams, road culverts, tide gates or other manmade structures that prevent native migratory fish from fully accessing a river or stream.
The Commission also will be briefed on a similar priority list for unscreened diversions, such as irrigation ditches, that can harm native fish.
The Commission will take up a staff proposal to exchange an isolated tract of Phillip W Schneider Wildlife Area property for private lands adjacent to the wildlife area. The new proposed property is a better location to protect winter range for the Murderers Creek Unit mule deer herd. It will also provide easier public access to adjacent BLM and USFS lands, increasing public recreation opportunities in Grant County.
The Commission will consider $327,738 in funding for 15 restoration and nine enhancement projects recommended by the Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board, and $159,930 for three projects recommended by the Access and Habitat Board. The A&H program funds projects that open private land to hunting or improve wildlife habitat.
Finally, ODFW staff will present a periodic review of the status of each species listed under the Oregon Endangered Species Act, and an update on wolf populations in the state. Both presentations will be informational only with no rule-making.
The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state. Public testimony before the Commission is held Friday morning immediately following the expenditure report. Persons seeking to testify on issues not on the formal agenda may do so by making arrangements with the ODFW Director’s Office, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting, by calling 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the ODFW Director’s Office at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
Members of the public who can’t attend the Commission meeting in-person can follow the proceedings via live video streaming (requires Adobe Flash). The full meeting agenda and link to video streaming are on the ODFW website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/13/03_mar/index.asp.