N.H. Fish and Game Commission -- 2003 Meeting Minutes

NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING
December 17, 2003
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, 11 HAZEN DRIVE, CONCORD, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: G. Normandeau, W. Morse, S. Guaraldi, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, T. Tichy, D. Clarke, J. Jones, N. Russell, and D. Ross.

Commissioners Absent: S. Hodges

Executive Director Perry - present
Assistant Director Lynch - Governor & Council Meeting

Commission Chair Hatch called the meeting to order at 10:11 a.m. Due to inclement weather conditions the meeting was postponed in order to obtain a quorum. Commissioner Hatch started the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized by the Chairman, the public may speak on any item on the agenda except items for which a public hearing under RSA 541:A has been noticed and/or held, and or the period for public comment is open or has been closed.

At this time, Commissioner Hatch recognized Keri Messina, Director, NH Wildlife Federation, Bill Carney, Outdoor Writer, Carl Hoyt, John Cowan, NE Bass Association, Carl Rowell, Roger Bellerose, Harold "Flip" Nevers, Bill Bartlett, Former Acting Director, and Charlie Thoits.

ACTION ITEMS:
1. Commissioner Clarke moved to approve the November Commission Minutes as written and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Guaraldi moved to accept the donation of a copy of the 1903 Fish and Game Laws from Stephen Canton, of Whitefield, NH, for display in the second floor display case at headquarters, and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Phillipson moved to accept the donation of a signed, framed,
limited edition of First of the State Striped Bass print, "shadow" by Victor E. Young,
from the Coastal Conservation Association of New Hampshire, for use in the
Department's Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey Program, and Commissioner Ross
seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

4. Commissioner Clarke moved to approve the Department's use of the NH State Jr. Duck Stamp Art contest winner for the 2004 State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp; also approval for the Department to cease the production of the NH State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp print program for the year 2004, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

5. Commissioner Guaraldi moved to accept a donation in the amount of $2,000 from the Ruffed Grouse Society for habitat improvement work on state lands, and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

6. Commissioner Clarke moved to accept a donation in the amount of $151.00, from Skip's Gun Shop, Bristol, NH, discounted from the original price to purchase a gun safe to secure firearms at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

7. Commissioner Phillipson moved to accept donated materials valued at approximately $129.07, by Allen K. MacNeil, of Plymouth, NH, for the construction of shooting benches at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

8. Commissioner Ross moved to accept a donation in the amount of $557.00, from "The Stars Come Out for NH Search and Rescue" benefit concert, funds to be transferred to the NH Outdoor Council, and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

9. Commissioner Clarke moved to accept the donation of a wild turkey mount, valued at approximately $300.00, from Michael and Dana Donovan, of Kensington, NH, to be utilized by law enforcement personnel for presentations at various fairs throughout the State, and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

INFORMATION ITEMS:
1. Kathy LaBonte provided the monthly financial statement dated November 30, 2003 (Attached).

2. Director Perry discussed the rulemaking process. He stated that the goal is to get the Commission involved in the early stages of the process and to work together to come to agreement on which rule changes should be proposed. The Commission can submit thoughts and suggestions and the Wildlife and Inland Fisheries Division's staff will analyze them and provide a formal response. Director Perry reviewed the many steps involved in the overall rulemaking process.

Steve Weber, Wildlife Division Chief, provided a presentation relative to the 2004 schedule, the rulemaking process, and rules that were being considered for the next rulemaking cycle. Steve stated that the initial stages of the process are internal, discussing biological data and using information from hunting seasons, surveys, etc, to come up with the initial recommendation. He reported that there is a Guides meeting scheduled for January 20, 2004, and a Big Game Team Meeting scheduled for January as well. Commissioners were asked to advise Steve of any items that should be added to the lists he presented. Much discussion ensued.

In addition, Steve reported that the deer kill to date is 9,454. He also reported on the status of the ongoing moose study. He reported that 25 moose were captured within 2 days, ahead of schedule and under budget. 24 calves and 1 cow. The final report of the study is expected sometime during the winter of 2005.

3. Director Perry provided an update on the Indirect and Administrative Charges, Wildlife Habitat Account, Fisheries Habitat Account, and the Waterfowl Conservation Account. (see attached). Director Perry stated that the Department has asked the Attorney General's Office to review the laws governing the accounts and advise the Department as to which activities and expenses may lawfully be funded under each. Commissioner Clarke commended Director Perry for a great approach at providing an informative and much appreciated update on the above accounts.

STANDING COMMITTEES:

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Ross, Chair; Commissioners E. Hatch, and J. Jones. Commissioner Ross stated that there was no meeting this month, therefore, nothing to report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair; Commissioners Ross, Guaraldi and Morse. Commissioner Jones stated that there was nothing to report at the present time.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair: Commissioner Clarke, Tichy, and Normandeau. Commissioner Phillipson stated that there were no new issues to report.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones; Commissioner Jones reported that there was no meeting in November, however, he will report after the December meeting.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Guaraldi; Commissioner Guaraldi reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

OTHER ITEMS FOR COMMISSION CONSIDERATION:
On behalf of the entire Commission, Commissioner Hatch wished everyone a Happy and safe Holiday Season!

DIRECTOR'S COM MENTS

Director Perry announced that Governor Benson and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts are recognizing Commissioner Hatch for his expertise in fly-tying on Sunday, January 11, 2004, at 3:00 p.m., at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince Street, Concord, NH, 03301. You may obtain advance tickets by calling 225-1111 through January 10th, 2004. Business attire is recommended for this event. Commissioner Hatch stated what a great honor it is to be recognized. In addition, Director Perry informed the Commission that next month the Department would have further discussion on the Interim Lobster Rules as a result of a court decision in New York.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Don McInnley, audience member, commented regarding the bid award to George Gavutis, of Kensington, NH, to conduct nongame bird surveys and associated general wildlife surveys on two Wildlife Management Areas as part of a program to monitor the response of wildlife to habitat enhancement operations. He stated that he believed having volunteers from local organizations such as the Audubon Society conducting the work could save the department significantly. Charlie Bridges, Habitat and Diversity Coordinator, reported that Mr. Gavutis was low bidder, including the bid received from the Audubon Society. Charlie invited Don to review the bids if he so wished. Commissioner Jones spoke relative to Mr. Gavutis having a reputation for being a professional and exceptionally devoted to his work "you can be sure we are getting the most for our money".

Bill Carney, Outdoor Writer and audience member, spoke of his concerns relative to the use of funds from dedicated accounts. He stated that the Commission should make a final decision as to what projects and where these funds are being spent. He encouraged the Commission not to lose credibility and support of the sportsmen.

At this time, 12:11 p.m., Commissioner Jones moved to adjourn and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,

Ted Tichy, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Ellis R. Hatch, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING
November 19, 2003
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, 11 HAZEN DRIVE, CONCORD, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: G. Normandeau, W. Morse, S. Guaraldi, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, T. Tichy, D. Clarke, J. Jones, N. Russell, and D. Ross.

Commissioners Absent: S. Hodges

Executive Director Perry - present
Assistant Director Lynch - present

Commission Chair Hatch called the meeting to order at 2:04 p.m. with the pledge of allegiance and informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized by the Chairman, the public may speak on any item on the agenda except items for which a public hearing under RSA 541:A has been noticed and/or held, and or the period for public comment is open or has been closed.

At this time, Commissioner Hatch recognized Keri Messina, Director, NH Wildlife Federation, Bill Carney, Outdoor Writer, John Cowan, NE Bass Association Betsy McKinney, Chairman, House Fish & Game Committee, Roger Bellerose, Bob Dole, Charlie Thoits, and Carl Hoyt.

ACTION ITEMS:

1. Commissioner Clarke moved to approve the October Commission Minutes as written and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Jones moved to approve the moose lottery rules as presented and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Sandy Falicon, Rules/Legislative Coordinator, reported that HB 736, duties and responsibilities of the Commission, passed the House Fish and Game Committee as originally introduced. Sandy requested that the Commission take positions on the following legislation:

Commissioner Ross moved to oppose HB 1126 as written, relative to obstructing or hindering hunting, fishing, or trapping of fish and game, and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Normandeau moved to support HB 1137, relative to the use of impact fees, and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Tichy moved to monitor HB 1138, relative to establishing a Nash Stream forest citizens committee, and Commissioner Jones seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Jones moved to support HB 1166, relative to clarifying certain local regulation of OHRVs and to the operation of snow traveling vehicles on class VI roads, and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB 1186-FN, relative to registration stickers issued to non-residents operating snowmobiles in New Hampshire, and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to support HB 1227, relative to land assessed for current use, which is taken by eminent domain, and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to oppose HB 1237, relative to allowing deer hunting with a primitive flintlock muzzleloader, and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote carried with 9 in favor 1 opposed (D. Ross).

Commissioner Tichy moved to support HB 1242, relative to establishing a committee to study protecting law enforcement officers and others from public disclosure of their personal information, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Ross moved to oppose HB 1249-FN, relative to the recreational taking of lobster by scuba diving, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Morse moved to support HB 1257-FN, relative to penalties for driving under the influence with a minor in the vehicle, and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Morse moved to oppose HB 1273, relative to the use of trails managed by OHRV clubs, and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote carried with 9 in favor and 1 abstention (D. Clarke).

Commissioner Tichy moved to oppose HB 1285, relative to restricting owners of land in current use and land acquired with public funds from posting for no hunting, and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote carried with 7 in favor and 2 abstentions (D. Clake, and R. Phillipson).

Commissioner Phillipson moved to oppose HB 1288-FN, relative to reducing the membership of the fish and game commission, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Ross moved to oppose HB 1308-FN, relative to lobbying activities by state employees, and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to support HB 1309, relative to noise pollution from shooting areas, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Clarke moved to oppose HB 1313, relative to establishing a spring season for bear baiting, and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Tichy moved to oppose HB 1314, relative to the taking of deer by crossbow, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Ross moved to oppose HB 1327-FN, relative to allowing persons to be bonded for search and rescue costs in hiking and climbing in New Hampshire, and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support HB1334, relative to retention of records of fish and game law violations by the Fish and Game Department, and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to oppose the proposed text for an LSR 3205, relative to Lead sinkers, and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote carried with 7 in favor and 2 opposed (J. Jones, G. Normandeau).

INFORMATION ITEMS:

1. Dan Lynch provided the monthly financial statement dated October 31, 2003 (Attached).

2. Colonel Gray provided a very detailed and informative presentation relative to the recent search for Patric McCarthy, missing boy vacationing with his family in the Lincoln, New Hampshire area. The Colonel showed a slide presentation in order to provide a better understanding of the search location and adverse weather conditions the searchers were subjected to. He thanked the New Hampshire State Police for the vast array of personnel and resources that greatly assisted in the search. In addition, he thanked numerous organizations including the New Hampshire National Guard, United States Forest Service, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, The Salvation Army, volunteer search and rescue organizations, the community of Lincoln, and hundreds of volunteers who participated in the search for Patric McCarthy. In closing, Colonel Gray reported that Patric was found on the 5th day of the search in an area of thick cover, and stated that he died of exposure to the elements. The Commission commended Colonel Gray for his exemplary leadership and performance.

3. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, provided a brief update on the 2003 Moose Season. He reported that there was 483 permits issued this year, with a total of 362 moose taken. The success rate was 74.9%, the highest success rate since 1997. He further reported that the heaviest moose was taken by a Pittsburg resident in the town of Clarksville, New Hampshire, weighing 890 pounds. The largest cow weighed in at 740 lbs.

4. Steve Weber provided an update on the bear and deer seasons to date. He stated that the Department implemented an emergency closure on the bear season in several of the northern wildlife management unit. He reported that the bear kill to date is up with a count of 769 bears being taken. Steve stated that the final kill could reach as high as 780-790. He further reported that the previous record in 2001 was 527, this year's count is well above the previously established record. In closing, Steve announced that the bears in the northern part of the state are still active, thus, the emergency closure has proven to be essential, as more bears would have been taken in those northern units.

Steve reported that 6,448 deer have been taken to date. He announced that this number is approximately where the department expects to be to date. Commissioner Hatch commended Steve Weber on a great job he and his staff do in keeping the Commission informed.

STANDING COMMITTEES:

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Ross, Chair; Commissioners E. Hatch, and J. Jones. Commissioner Ross stated that there was no meeting this month, therefore, nothing to report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair; Commissioners Ross, Guaraldi and Morse. Commissioner Jones stated that there was nothing to report at the present time.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair: Commissioner Clarke, Tichy, and Normandeau. Commissioner Phillipson stated that there were no new issues to report.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones; Commissioner Jones reported that there was no meeting in November, however, he will report after the December meeting.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Guaraldi; Commissioner Guaraldi reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

OTHER ITEMS FOR COMMISSION CONSIDERATION:
Commissioner Hatch thanked Chuck Miner, Chief, Access & Engineering Division, and his staff, for the great job on the new podium for the conference room. He reported that seven Fish and Game Commissioners, in addition to a small group of constituents were present at the Biennial Hearing held in Lancaster. Commissioner Hatch thanked department staff for all their great work and dedication. In closing, Commissioner Hatch announced that Mike Garzillo, Outdoor writer friend and dedicated audience member, has suffered a stroke and wished him a speedy recovery.

Commissioner Hatch wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!

DIRECTOR'S COM MENTS
Director Perry announced that the Department is a member of the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission, which has received a grant of 250,000 by congress. He stated that this is the first step toward getting some much needed funding into that program. In addition, Director Perry reported that the Wildlife Grant Program has had approximately $600,000 appropriated into its budget for another year.

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Edith Tucker, Northern New Hampshire Press Association, commended Director Perry on implementing positive changes relative making efforts to keep the north-country media better informed of Fish and Game events and communications.

At this time, 4:08 p.m., Commissioner Clarke moved to adjourn and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,


Ted Tichy, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Ellis R. Hatch, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING
OCTOBER 15, 2003
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, 11 HAZEN DRIVE, CONCORD, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: G. Normandeau, W. Morse, S. Guaraldi, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, T. Tichy, D. Clarke, J. Jones, N. Russell, S. Hodges, and D. Ross.

Commissioners Absent: none

Executive Director Perry - present
Assistant Director Lynch - present

Commission Chair Hatch called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. with the pledge of allegiance and informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized by the Chairman, the public may speak on any item on the agenda except items for which a public hearing under RSA 541:A has been noticed and/or held, and or the period for public comment is open or has been closed.

Commissioner Hatch asked that everyone join him in a moment of silence to honor the passing of William C. Jerome, former Conservation Officer, a biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Commissioner Hatch stated that on behalf of the Commission "our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret and the family". In closing, Commissioner Hatch remembered Bill as always having a smile and will miss their visits.

At this time, Commissioner Hatch recognized Keri Messina, Director, NH Wildlife Federation, Bill Carney, Outdoor Writer, Carl Rowell, Charlie Thoits, Judy Kenison, Carl Hoyt, Billy Dodd, Fred Shepard, Roger Bellerose, and Buck Mercier.

ACTION ITEMS:

1. Commissioner Tichy moved to approve the September Commission Minutes as written and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Phillipson moved to endorse a resolution to support the Department's involvement in the ongoing U.S. Forest Service planning process in conjunction with the state-based Multiple Use Advocates working group and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. Commissioner Phillipson spoke relative to the importance of forest management and how it aids in wildlife management. He stated, "This resolution would make the White Mountain National Forest a place to enjoy for years to come". (see attached resolution)

3. Commissioner Jones moved to approve a request from Executive Director Perry to review and formulate a procedure for dedications of department owned facilities and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. The committee will consist of Commissioner Jones, Chairman, Commissioners Tichy and Hatch. Director Perry has nominated staff members Charlie Bridges, Habitat & Diversity Programs Administrator, and Duncan McInnes, Supervisor, Inland Fisheries Division, to serve on this committee. A meeting will be scheduled in the near future.

4. Sandy Falicon, Legislative & Rules Coordinator, requested approval of various department legislative initiatives as follows:

* Commissioner Clarke moved to support the proposed amendment to RSA 207:3-a, PROHIBITION, and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

* Commissioner Jones moved to support the proposed amendment to RSA 207:3-c, USE OF FIREARMS IN OR ACROSS HIGHWAY PROHIBITED, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

* Commissioner Clarke moved to support the amendment to RSA 208:8, ILLEGAL NIGHT HUNTING, and Commissioner Jones seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

* Commissioner Jones moved to support a new proposal to address SKIMMING ON BODIES OF WATER, INSERT IN STATUTE WHERE APPROPRIATE, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Major Acerno will prepare a press release stating the new law.

* Commissioner Ross moved to support the proposed repeal of RSA 215-A:9 VI, LIMITATIONS OF OHRV OPERATION ON CLASS I, II AND III HIGHWAYS, and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

* Commissioner Jones moved to support RSA 215-A:22, TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION AND RSA 215:24-A OHRV AGENT'S ACCOUNTING, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

* Commissioner Hodges moved to support the proposed amendment to RSA 215-A:28 I, FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CONDUCT AFTER AN ACCIDENT, and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

* Commissioner Tichy moved to support the proposed amendment to RSA 215-A:29 XI, OHRV OPERATION AND LICENSE, and Commissioner Hodges seconded. The vote carried with 6 in favor and 5 opposed.
Commissioner Morse stated that he does not favor this being a blanket law, however restricting sections that you do not want traveled on.

* Commissioner Normandeau moved to support the repeal of RSA 206:18, RELEASE OF INFORMATION, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

* Commissioner Clarke moved to support the amendment to RSA 206:33, ESTABLISH AN ACCOUNT WITHIN FISH AND GAME TO BE KNOWN AS THE GIFTS AND DONATIONS ACCOUNT, and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

* Commissioner Normandeau moved to support the repeal of RSA 211:55, CONCH OR WINKLES, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

* Commissioner Morse moved to support the repeal RSA 210:11-a, RESTRICTION ON CERTAIN TRAPS, and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Phillipson stated that this was an excellent idea.

* Commissioner Normandeau moved to support the proposed amendment to RSA 210-18, DAMAGE TO DOMESTIC ANIMALS, and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Normandeau stated that this was a very good rule. On behalf of the Commission, Commissioner Hatch thanked Fred Shepard of the Trapper's Association for taking the time to come to the meeting and for bringing forth such helpful information.

INFORMATION ITEMS:

1. Dan Lynch provided the monthly financial statement dated September 30, 2003 (Attached).

At this time, 10:35 a.m., Commissioner Hatch called for a ten-minute recess prior to the next presentation.

At 10:45 a.m., the meeting reconvened.

2. Dr. Pete Pekins, Professor, University of New Hampshire, gave a detailed and very informative presentation on northern deer ecology and survival. He spoke of current studies conducted by his graduate students on white-tailed deer and the results. He focused on one specific project relative to the influence of supplemental feeding and its affects. The goal was to determine the level of the impact of feeding. Dr. Pekins reported that deer are built to deal with winters that are usually 90 days long. After the 90 days have past, significant mortality is likely. The advent of supplemental feeding appears to be an emotional connection between the public and the deer herd. Dr. Pekins stated that deer have been fed forever, however, today is a big business for supplemental feeding. He stated, "The results are a mixed bag". There definitely are pro's and con's to the issue. He reported that at any feeding site the dominant adult males eat first, then the most aggressive adult does, then the inferior does, lastly the fawns have an opportunity to eat. Dr. Pekins spoke of the serious issue of Chronic Wasting Disease and the fact that the disease is spread through animal-to-animal touch. Feeding site situations prove to promote this opportunity at high levels. On behalf of the Commission, Commissioner Hatch thanked Dr. Pekins for taking the time to come and speak and for providing a great presentation.

3. Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, reported on several awards that the department recently received. She announced that the department annually submits it's best pieces of work in 20+ categories and receives feedback from a panel of judges, which allows us to improve our products to make them better and more effective to the individuals they are directed toward. Judy reported that the Project Web newsletter took 3rd place in the newsletter category, Wildlines, for non-game donors, took 2nd place, the department's website took 2nd place, and the fisheries magazine article "Have a Crappie Time Fishing", took 2nd place. In the category of big ideas and small budget, the discovery room upgrades took 2nd place. In addition, a 1st place award was given for the 2003 calendar, and another 1st place award for the "Something's Bruin in New Hampshire" brochure. She further reported that the department entered into the American Fisheries Society contest this year and was awarded 1st place recognition for the Aquatic Education Program. In closing, Judy announced a personal award that was given by the New England Environmental Education Alliance to Judy Silverberg, Wildlife Education Programs Supervisor, for her leadership and dedication in environmental education. Judy Silverberg spoke of her appreciation for receiving the award and stated what an honor it is to be recognized. Judy Stokes announced that she was proud of her entire Public Affairs Division and the everyday efforts they put forth. Commissioner Hatch thanked department employees and stated that he appreciates the great work by all.

LATE ITEM:

Director Perry provided a brief update on the status of the bear harvest to date. He stated that due to unusual environmental conditions, the mast in the northern part of the state is pretty much non-existent. The food supply for bears is quite limited. Director Perry reported that the bear kill was very high the first week of the season, which has persisted, leading to internal discussions relative to taking measures to prevent the harvest from growing any higher. As of the beginning of October, the statewide harvest for bears was 622, doubled from last year. The department is concerned and will monitor the situation.

STANDING COMMITTEES:

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Ross, Chair; Commissioners E. Hatch, and J. Jones. Commissioner Ross stated that there were no new issues to report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair; Commissioners Ross, and Morse. Commissioner Hatch announced the new appointment of Commissioner Guaraldi to the Legislative Committee. Commissioner Hatch thanked Sandy Falicon for a great job keeping the Commission updated on the above legislative initiatives.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair: Commissioner Clarke, Tichy, and Normandeau. Commissioner Phillipson reported that there were no new issues to report.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones reported that he attended his first meeting and that it consisted of basically getting to know the individuals on the committee and learning the committee's purpose. Commissioner Jones stated that he was happy to represent the Commission on this committee.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Russell; Commissioner Hatch announced that Commissioner Guaraldi will be taking Commissioner Russell's position on this committee. A letter will be sent to the Governor's Office stating such.

OTHER ITEMS FOR COMMISSION CONSIDERATION:
Commissioner Jones moved that there be a five-person awards committee established composed of the Executive Director, two members of the Fish and Game Commission, who will be appointed by the Chairman, two Fish and Game staff members, to be appointed by the Executive Director, and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. The Committee's goal will be to establish criteria for an annual departmental awards program whereby a person or persons of the highest quality and who have made outstanding contributions to the state's fish and wildlife resources may be properly recognized. Further, the committee shall present a report of their findings to the Fish and Game Commission no later than the January 2004 Commission Meeting. The committee shall remain in effect until the Commission deems otherwise and shall be the screening unit for said award programs. In closing, Commissioner Jones announced that the awards shall be presented annually by the Executive Director, the Chairman of the Commission, and in the presence of the full Commission and department staff in a forum that is appropriate for proper recognition of such outstanding individuals. Commissioner Hatch elected Commissioner Jones to Chair this committee and Commissioner Normandeau to serve on the committee as well.

Commissioner Phillipson reported that at his recent liaison meeting a constituent inquired as to Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, roping off and claiming 200 square feet of lake on Lake Winnipesaukee. Director Perry stated that he would refer the issue to the Department of Safety for proper handling.

In addition, Commissioner Ross reported that he recently attended a meeting of the study committee relative to HB 736, duties and responsibilities of the Commission. He stated that he has some concerns pertaining to Representative Henry Mock's statements relative to the Commission handbook and it's legality or lack thereof. Commissioner Ross read aloud a letter addressed to all Commissioners stating his concerns in detail. He requested that the Commission provide a copy of the Commission manual to the Attorney General's Office for a determination to be made on its legality. He further requested that a findings report be provided to the Commission's Legislative Committee and to Representative Mock. Commissioner Ross stated that the Commission has a responsibility to make necessary revisions if required in order to clarify the manual's legality. Commissioner Jones reported that he has contacted Representative Mock relative to the issue and Representative Mock stated that he did not intend for his wording to be interpreted as illegal. He further clarified that he meant the manual had no legal binding by law. Commissioner Ross requested that Representative Mock put his thoughts in writing to the Legislative Committee stating that he mis-spoke and to clarify his comments at the hearing. Commissioner Ross stated that if this doesn't occur than the Commission has a responsibility to make that determination so this does not surface again. In closing, Commissioner Ross reported that he recently received a call from an individual who hit a moose and was told he/she couldn't keep the animal. He requested that the department review and implement a policy for road kill animals.

DIRECTOR'S COM MENTS
Director Perry reported that he had heard rumors of closures of department facilities and future layoffs. He stated that there is nothing on the table for either at the present time. In addition, he commended the Fisheries Division and New Hampton Fish Hatchery staff for their efforts in regaining the loss of fish. Director Perry reported that the tours of department facilities are going well and will be completed shortly. In closing, Director Perry reported that he recently attended the North East Director's meeting in Connecticut.

Commissioner Hatch announced that there was a photo of Commissioner Guaraldi with a bear she had taken in a recent version of Hawkeye Magazine. In addition, there was a photograph of Director Perry as well being sworn in by Governor Benson.

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Buck Mercier requested that the department schedule a meeting to discuss various issues in the near future. He spoke of his concerns relative to not allowing bear baiting on the 25,000 acres of land recently transferred to the department from the Nature Conservancy. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, stated that the Nature Conservancy holds the conservation easement on the property and the department made the decision to uphold their wishes for the property to remain a natural area. Commissioner Hodges stated that the land is still open for traditional use as it has been in the past.

Billy Dodd spoke on various issues. He suggested certain revisions be made to the hunting digest, to include the department's mission statement and/or thank you page addressed to hunters. He suggested including in the harvest report the female deer kill by method and day, and archery by day.

At this time, 12:55 p.m., Commissioner Phillipson moved to adjourn and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,

Ted Tichy, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Ellis R. Hatch, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING
SEPTEMBER 17, 2003
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, 11 HAZEN DRIVE, CONCORD, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: G. Normandeau, W. Morse, J. Jones, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, T. Tichy, D. Clarke, S. Guaraldi, and N. Russell.

Commissioners Absent: D. Ross, S. Hodges

Executive Director Perry - present
Assistant Director Lynch - present

Commission Chair Hatch called the meeting to order at 9:31 a.m. with the pledge of allegiance and informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized by the Chairman, the public may speak on any item on the agenda except items for which a public hearing under RSA 541:A has been noticed and/or held, and or the period for public comment is open or has been closed.

Commissioner Hatch welcomed Lee Perry, Executive Director, to his first Commission Meeting. Commissioner Hatch announced that Lee was the unanimous choice of the Fish and Game Commission, the Governor, and the Executive Council. He stated that Lee has a very impressive resume with an outstanding Fish and Wildlife career. The Commission is confident that he has the experience, knowledge, and ability to carry out the department's mission. Commissioner Hatch stated that the Fish and Game Commission believes that New Hampshire's fish and wildlife resources, the very able and talented department staff, and sportspeople, can look forward to a great future under Director Perry's leadership.

Further, Commissioner Hatch introduced and welcomed new appointed Commissioner, Sharon Guaraldi, former president of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation, also involved in the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program, is an avid hunter, does a small amount of fly fishing, and is very involved in sportspeople's activities throughout the state. Commissioner Hatch stated that the Commission looks forward to Sharon having a successful tenure while serving on the Commission.

Commissioner Hatch welcomed all in attendance and recognized Betsy McKinney, Chairman, House Fish and Game Committee, Keri Messina, Acting Executive Director, NH Wildlife Federation, Bill Carney, Outdoor Writer, John Cowan, NE Bass Association, Johnathan Chorlian, Major Waldron's sportsman's club, Paula Tracy, Union Leader Representative, Charlie Thoits, and Carl Rowell.

At this time, on behalf of the Commission, Commissioner Hatch recognized former Chairman, and Hillsborough County Commissioner, Richard C. Moquin. Commissioner Hatch presented Dick with a resolution that read as follows:

Whereas, Richard C. Moquin has served the citizens of New Hampshire on the Fish and Game Commission for ten years, the last five as chairman, with great dignity and dedication; and

Whereas, under his leadership the Commission was first in the nation to participate in "Keeping the Trust," an innovative training program offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Management Assistance Team; and

Whereas, Richard C. Moquin continued the tradition of meeting at a variety of locations throughout the state to provide opportunities for a greater diversity of constituents to attend meetings and provide their input; and

Whereas, Richard C. Moquin was devoted to a fair and reasoned approach to the Commission's responsibilities, demonstrated by his willingness to listen to the perspectives of sportsmen and women within the context of the science of wildlife management; and

Whereas, Richard C. Moquin joined forces with Commissioner Jones of Merrimack County to initiate and hold regular Liaison Meetings; and

Whereas, at his recommendation, the Pledge of Allegiance is now an integral part of each Commission meeting; and

Whereas, the Commission's connection to landowners, municipalities and agriculturalists was improved with innovative recognition programs, attendance at local meetings concerning the value of hunting and establishment of a special subcommittee on agriculture; and

Whereas, Richard C. Moquin's good humor, enthusiasm about outdoor traditions and ability to bring people together on difficult resource issues served the Fish and Game Department and the people of New Hampshire well;

Be it Further Resolved that the members of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission hereby honor and congratulate Richard C. Moquin on his retirement from service as Hillsborough County Fish and Game Commissioner and Chair of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission.

Unanimously adopted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission convened in plenary session this SEVENTEENTH day of SEPTEMBER, Two Thousand and Three.

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Ellis R. Hatch, Chairman
N.H. Fish and Game Commission

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Lee E. Perry
Executive Director

In addition, Commissioner Jones presented Dick Moquin with a few gifts, including a muzzleloader and print from fellow Commissioners. Commissioner Hatch presented Dick with a framed print of the Old Man of the Mountain with a special fly on the bottom named
"The Moquin", an original fly made by Commissioner Hatch. Dick stated he was grateful for the gifts and the wonderful memories during his tenure with the Commission.

Commissioner Hatch presented Roger Bellerose with a box of flies for his dedicated attendance at Commission Meetings. Roger stated that he intends to raffle the flies off to raise money for Barry Conservation Camp.

ACTION ITEMS:

1. Commissioner Tichy moved to approve the August Commission Minutes as written, with an amendment replacing Commissioner Jones as Secretary with Commissioner Tichy as the new Secretary, and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Guaraldi moved to go forward with the Moose Lottery Points System Rules and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Phillipson stated that he has received a great deal of positive feedback relative to the Moose Lottery Points System from his constituents.

Steve Weber provided an update relative to this years bear season. He stated that to date, 255 bears have been registered. These figures are ahead of record pace, however, the department is monitoring the situation and is not overly concerned yet.

Commissioner Clarke spoke relative to limiting the first month or six weeks of deer season to bucks only with a bow, which may allow better survival opportunities for very young fawns.

3. Commissioner Russell moved to approve a donation in the amount of $25.00 in the name of Curt Golder, from the friends of the Libby Museum Inc., to be utilized by the "Let's Go Fishing Program", and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

4. Commissioner Jones moved to accept a donation of fly tying materials, tools, two fly tying vices, valued at approximately $150.00, from Paul E. Philippee Jr., in memory of his father, avid salmon angler Paul E. Phillipee, Sr., to be utilized for Barry Conservation Camp and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

5. Commissioner Phillipson moved to accept a donation of 3 screen houses, 8 fishing rods with reel, 1 tent, and 2 fishing rods with no reel, valued at approximately $475.04, from Walmart of Newington, New Hampshire, to be utilized toward the "Let's Go Fishing Program", and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Hatch commended Mark Beauchesne for his outstanding efforts with the "Let's Go Fishing Program".

6. Commissioner Clarke moved to accept a donation in the amount of $1,750.00, from friends, family, and former and present Commissioners, to be utilized by the Barry Conservation Camp, and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Tichy inquired relative to naming something at Barry Conservation Camp after former Commissioner Frank Clark. Judy Silverberg, Wildlife Education Supervisor, suggested that the recently constructed dining hall portion be named after Commissioner Clark with a large panel containing information about the Barry family as well as Commissioner Clark.

INFORMATION ITEMS:

1. Dan Lynch provided the monthly financial statement dated August 31, 2003 (Attached).

Dan distributed a handout containing trapping information to all Commissioners.

Commissioner Hatch stated that there were two areas of concern mentioned at the liaison meeting, OHRV and the Non-game Species Management Program. Commissioner Hatch suggested that it might help in the future to include a breakdown of dollars spent on each major project that took place. Dan responded that this could be done. Commissioner Hatch commended Dan on a great presentation.

2. Steve Perry provided a brief overview of proposed changes to administrative rules related to fishing tournaments. The Inland Fisheries Division drafted a number of proposed changes to the administrative rules related to regulating fishing tournaments in an effort to address recurrent issues. Much discussion ensued. Steve discussed protocol for having a tournament and the criteria that must be met pertaining to live-wells. The Commission thanked Steve for a great presentation.

STANDING COMMITTEES:

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Ross, Chair; Commissioners E. Hatch, and J. Jones. Commissioner Ross was absent, therefore, no report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair; Commissioners Ross, and Morse. Commissioner Hatch reported that there was a meeting held and discussed HB-736, the duties and responsibilities of the Commission. Commissioner Hatch stated that the majority of the Commission endorsed the bill last year. The passing of this bill will specifically outline the duties and responsibilities.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair: Commissioner Clarke, Tichy, and Normandeau. Commissioner Phillipson on reported that the committee has not met and there are no ongoing issues.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Commissioner Jones announced that the next meeting is scheduled for October 2, 2003, at the Fishway in Manchester.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Russell; Commissioner Russell stated that there was no meeting in August. Commissioner Hatch announced that the Commission is still in need of representative from the Commission to serve on this committee.

OTHER ITEMS FOR COMMISSION CONSIDERATION:
On behalf of the entire Commission, Commissioner Hatch thanked Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, and all staff involved, for their assistance during the search for the new Executive Director.

Commissioner Clarke reported how pleased he was to hear how expeditiously and professionally the nuisance geese problem he referred to the department was handled.

Commissioner Normandeau reported that there will be an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting being held on September 23, 2003, at Yokens Restaurant, Portsmouth, NH, and stated that anyone with concerns may wish to attend.

Chuck Miner, Chief, Access & Engineering Division, reported on numerous ongoing projects:

* Approximately 1 month ago the department's construction crew upgraded & repaired the Fish and Game owned road into Mountain Lake.

* Hilton Park - repairs may take place as part of another project that will not involve department dollars.

* Pleasant Lake - still requires historical review prior to moving forward. The department obtained a permit and performed temporary repairs the week of September 15, 2003. The issue will be further addressed in the Spring of 2004.

* Coast Guard Station, New Castle, New Hampshire - department will be scheduling a meeting to address the possibility of developing access at the site.

Commissioner Tichy discussed the importance of the department having someone such as the construction foreman monitoring on-going projects.

Commissioner Jones inquired as to the status of the Wild Goose Site. Chuck reported that the site requires a historical review prior to moving forward. Director Perry stated that the department still has issues that require addressing and will take a thorough look at all aspects prior to making any final decisions.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS
Director Perry thanked the Commission for their vote of confidence. He commented on what a pleasant experience coming to New Hampshire has been.

Director Perry reported that he has met with department staff and has scheduled four tours around the state, including visits to regional offices, visitors centers, and hatcheries, in order to meet as many employees as possible and to get a better understanding of department facilities. He stated that he looks forward to working together with the Commission and is happy to be on board.

Director Perry discussed the issue of bear guides and the possibility of revising the law to allow more guiding in New Hampshire for next year. The issue will be further discussed with staff and the Commission in the near future.

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Bill Carney, Outdoor Writer, spoke relative to New Hampshire receiving a $32,000 grant to aid in a publication to reach lapsed hunters who did not purchase their hunting license. Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, responded that the marketing tool will reach approximately 25,000 - 35,000 lapsed hunters and ideally promote hunting participation and license sales.

John Cowan, NE Bass Association, thanked former Acting Director Bartlett for his commitment in assuring the necessary repairs be complete at Merrymeeting Lake for the annual event at Lions Camp Pride. John reported that the event was a success and thanked the department.

At this time, 11:55 a.m., Commissioner Jones moved to adjourn and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,


Ted Tichy, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Ellis R. Hatch, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING, August 20, 2003
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, CONCORD, NH

Commissioners Present: G. Normandeau, W. Morse, D. Ross, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, T. Tichy, D. Clarke, S. Hodges, and N. Russell.

Commissioners Absent: J. Jones

Acting Executive Director Bartlett - present
Assistant Director Lynch - present

Commission Chair Hatch called the meeting to order at 9:31 a.m. with the pledge of allegiance and informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized by the Chairman, the public may speak on any item on the agenda except items for which a public hearing under RSA 541:A has been noticed and/or held, and or the period for public comment is open or has been closed.

At this time, Commissioner Hatch read aloud a poem and requested that everyone join him in a moment of silence to honor the passing of Alex Troy, an active trapper from Effingham/Conway area.

Commissioner Hatch introduced the newest member of the Commission, Walter Morse, of Hillsboro County, replacing former Chairman, Richard Moquin. On behalf of the entire Commission, Commissioner Hatch welcomed Walter and stated that the Commission is happy to have him on board and look forward to having a great relationship.

Commissioner Hatch recognized Sharon Guaraldi, nominated by Governor Benson to fill the late Frank Clark's term as Grafton County Commissioner.

In addition, Commissioner Hatch recognized and thanked Bill Carney, Outdoor Writer and friend, for two great articles in the Hawkeye Magazine. Carl Hoyt, longtime salmon fishing friend of Commissioner Hatch was also recognized as well as Carl Rowell.

ACTION ITEMS:

1. Commissioner Ross moved to approve the June Commission Minutes as written and Commissioner Philipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve the Marine Rules relative to haddock and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Phillipson moved to accept the donation of a Ruger K77/50RSP .50 Cal. In-line Muzzleloader, valued at approximately $350.00, from Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc., and a Thompson Center Black Diamond .50 Cal. Muzzleloader, valued at approximately $300.00, from Thompson Center Arms Company, Inc, and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

LATE ITEM

1. Commissioner Russell moved to accept the donation of $500.00 from RAIS-CREST LLC to be utilized for the stream habitat survey and Commissioner Hodges seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

At this time, the Commission thanked Acting Director, Bill Bartlett, for his excellent assistance in getting the department "back on track". The Commission presented Director Bartlett with a bear print with an insignia on the bottom thanking him for his accomplishments during his tenure with the department.

In addition, the Commission presented Director Bartlett with a dozen golf balls and thanked him again for his efforts.

Director Bartlett thanked the Commission for being so cooperative and stated "it was a pleasure working with all of you". He stated that he believes the employees of Fish and Game are truly dedicated to carrying out the department's mission in every way possible. He thanked the staff for their continuing support throughout his tenure at the department and stated that there is no doubt the new Executive Director, Lee Perry, will lead the department onto higher plateaus and fulfill many accomplishments. Director Bartlett's closing remarks were "Thank you all, it has sincerely been a pleasure".

INFORMATION ITEMS:

1. Dan Lynch provided the monthly financial statement dated July 31, 2003 (Attached).

At this time, Dan introduced Kathy LaBonte, the department's Business Administrator, formerly of the Department of Environmental Services.

Dan distributed the monthly financial statement and announced that he would continue to keep the Commission updated. Commissioner Clarke complimented Dan on the new format of the financial statement. In addition, Commissioner Phillipson inquired about trapping license sales information being included in the monthly financial statement. Dan responded that the trapping information could be included on the form. In closing, Commission Chair Hatch requested the financial statement be included in the monthly minutes mailing package to the Commission. Dan replied that he would take the necessary steps to accommodate the Commission.

Steve Weber, Wildlife Division Chief, gave a brief update relative to Mad Cow Disease. Steve stated that the ban has been revised to allow the importation of meat and carcasses from Canada. There are still limits on ports of entry. A news release has been distributed stating such information.

In addition, Steve provided an update on the status of the rules relative to Chronic Wasting Disease. He stated that a public hearing was held on the issue and received strong support from the deer farmers that we are moving forward with these rules. It would restrict the importation of parts of hunter-harvested cervids from those states and provinces where Chronic Wasting Disease has been identified. In closing, Steve reported that no public comments were received and the department will move forward to complete the rulemaking process.

STANDING COMMITTEES:

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Ross, Chair; Commissioners E. Hatch, and J. Jones. Commissioner Ross stated that there were no new issues to report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair; Commissioners Ross, and Morse. Commissioner Hatch reported that there was no meeting held and announced that Commissioner Jones is expected to return in September. In addition, Commissioner Hatch stated that there will be a Sub-committee work session on HB 736 - (Duties and responsibilities of the Commission), held on August 28th, at 10:00 a.m., and suggested that a few Commissioners attend the session to answer any questions. In closing, Commissioner Hatch assigned Commissioner Morse to the Legislative Committee.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair: Commissioner Clarke, Tichy, and Normandeau. Commissioner Phillipson reported that the committee did not meet, however, will be scheduling a meeting to revisit the electronic deer calling issue.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Commissioner Hatch announced that Commissioner Jones would replace former Commissioner Moquin on this committee. Tanya will inform the Governor's Office of this change.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Russell; Commissioner Russell stated that there were no new issues to report.

OTHER ITEMS FOR COMMISSION CONSIDERATION:
Commissioner Ross reported that he and Chairman Hatch attended a liaison meeting held on August 17th, 2003 and gave an overview of the issues raised at that meeting. He reported that in attendance was a small group representing local sporting clubs around the area. One question was relative to the status of dam on the Winnicut River. Chuck Miner, Access & Engineering Chief, responded that once the department receives an assessment of the dam he would report back to the Commission. In addition, Commissioner Hatch reported that one club requested their being opposed to the removal of the dam go on record as it may damage the fishery.

Secondly, Commissioner Ross reported that discussion relative to the poor road conditions to Shawtown Pond took place and the need for upgrading it. Chuck Miner, stated that he would do some research and provide an update at the next Commission Meeting.

In addition, Commissioner Ross reported that there was an inquiry as to the status of Hilton Park and whether there would be some modest work to modify the existing ramp. Chuck Miner reported that the consensus from the public meeting was to put money into all tide sites instead of fixes. The department is currently researching other potential tide sites. Commissioner Hatch stated that sometime in the future he would like to see some minor renovations done to make launching a boat there easier.

Lastly, Commissioner Ross stated that there were numerous inquiries as to the date the new hunting digests would be available for distribution.

Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, announced that the new hunting digests should be arriving shortly for distribution, however, are available on-line now by visiting www.wildlife.state.nh.us

Commissioner Clarke thanked Director Bartlett for all his efforts relative to the Sunapee Access issue.

Commissioner Phillipson inquired as to the possibility of the department sending out fishing license renewal applications to individuals who held prior fishing licenses in New Hampshire as Vermont currently does. This will be looked into.

The Commission commended Judy Stokes and Pete Lester for putting on an excellent Hunter Education Banquet. Commissioner Hatch inquired as to the possibility of having Dr. Pete Pekins, of the University of New Hampshire, attend the October Commission Meeting and provide a presentation on white-tailed deer biology.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS
Director Bartlett announced that there would be a waterfowl hearing on August 20, 2003, at 6:30 p.m.

In addition, Director Bartlett announced the following awards that the department recently received:

Association for Conservation Information (ACI) awards:

FIRST PLACE:
*Calendar ~ 2003 N.H. Wildlife Calendar
*One-time publication, 1- to 3-color ~ "Something's Bruin in New Hampshire"

SECOND PLACE:
*TV series ~ Wildlife Journal
*Web site ~ www.wildlife.state.nh.us
*Magazine fisheries article ~ "Have a Crappie Time Ice Fishing" by Don
Miller, John Viar and Adam Wood
*1- to 3-color newsletter ~ "Wildlines"
*Radio program ~ "Alarms"
*Big Ideas, Small Budget ~ Discovery Room

THIRD PLACE:
*1- to 3-color newsletter ~ "Project WEB"

In closing, Director Bartlett thanked the Commission for the print and the golf balls.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Bill Carney stated that he heard that there would possibly be legislation set forth to change the wording on the law for public access.

At this time, 11:28 a.m., Commissioner Phillipson moved to go into Executive Session and Commissioner Clarke seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners present. Commissioners Clarke, Hodges, Russell, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Normandeau, Morse, and Ross all voted "yes" to enter into Executive Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

Commissioners Clarke, Hodges, Russell, Morse, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Normandeau, and Ross, were all present at the license suspension hearing. At 12:05 p.m., Commissioner Ross moved to come out of Executive Session and Commissioner Russell seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners: Commissioners Clarke, Hodges, Russell, Morse, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Normandeau, and Ross, all voted "yes" to come out of Executive Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

At this time, 12:15 p.m., Commissioner Normandeau moved to adjourn and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,
Jim Jones, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Ellis R. Hatch, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING, JUNE 18, 2003
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, CONCORD, NH

Commissioners Present: D. Moquin, D. Ross, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, T. Tichy, D. Clarke, J. Jones, G. Normandeau and N. Russell.

Commissioners Absent: S. Hodges

Acting Executive Director Bartlett - present
Assistant Director Lynch - present

Commission Chair Moquin called the meeting to order at 9:32 a.m. with the pledge of allegiance and informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized by the Chairman, the public may speak on any item on the agenda except items for which a public hearing under RSA 541:A has been noticed and/or held, and or the period for public comment is open or has been closed.

ACTION ITEMS:

1. Commissioner Tichy moved to approve the May Commission Minutes as written and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. After receiving much input from the public hearing process, and having no biological impact, Commissioner Tichy moved to approve the 2003 Deer Season rules proposal as presented, with an amendment that includes the extension of the either sex allowance on the first archery permit to the entire length of the season from September 15th - December 15th in zones A-D and zone L, having the second archery tag remain bucks only. The motion passed with 5 in favor and 3 opposed. (D. Clarke, D. Ross, and N. Russell)

3. Commissioner Ross moved to approve the Crossbow Season rules proposal as presented and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The motion passed with 7 in favor and 1 opposed (R. Phillipson)

4. Commissioner Tichy moved to approve a donation in the amount of $3,987.80, from the Great Bay Stewards, to be utilized by the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Program and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

5. Commissioner Ross moved to approve a Non-Cash Items donation, valued at approximately $9,095.57, from the Great Bay Stewards, to be utilized by the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Program and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

6. Steve Weber, Wildlife Division Chief, provided a brief update on the 2003 Moose Lottery. Steve announced that 485 permits would be issued this year. He reported that there are 14,402 eligible moose applicants to date. Of the 14,402 applications received, 24% were received via the Internet. A total of 405 permits will be issued to residents and 80 permits issued to non-residents. Steve announced that the points system would be implemented and adhered to for the 2004 moose lottery.

Steve also provided an update on the status of the Unit M Lottery for deer. He reported that 376 applications were received, 106 paper application and 270 on-line applications.

In closing, Steve summarized the results of the Spring Turkey Season. He reported that the department did open three units in the northern part of the state B, C1, and C2 for a shortened season beginning May 3 - 17th. The total number of bearded turkeys taken was 2,597. The department is still verifying incoming information, thus, the numbers may change, but not drastically. Steve stated that even though it was a tough winter, turkeys made it through very well and it was a very successful spring season this year. This is certainly supportive evidence that the position the Issues in the 21st Century Committee took last month to not recommend winter-feeding was appropriate as there appears to be plenty of winter-feeding taking place without the department's encouragement. The Commission thanked Steve Weber for providing a great presentation.

At this time, Commissioner Russell, of the Nominating Committee, moved to nominate the Commission slate of officers as such: Chairman, Ellis Hatch, Vice Chairman, Jim Jones, Secretary/Treasurer, Ted Tichy, and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Moquin took a few moments to thank all the Commissioners that he has served with. "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you as Chairman. It has been exciting and gratifying in every respect. I now have an insight into the Fish and Game Department that I might not have otherwise had. What I enjoyed most about this group is the diversity of opinion".

Commissioner Moquin thanked several individuals that he has worked very closely with during his tenure as Hillsborough County Commissioner, two individuals being, Vice Chairman, Ellis Hatch, and Secretary/Treasurer, Jim Jones. These gentlemen have worked very hard, put in a great deal of hours related to Commission business, and are very dedicated to the Commission and the Department. Commissioner Moquin also thanked Tanya who has been a tremendous assistant in every way possible. I thank her for keeping me well informed and organized throughout the years. In addition, Commissioner Moquin thanked Sandy Falicon and Judy Stokes, who continuously make themselves available to the Commission to assist in any way and it is greatly appreciated.

In closing, Commissioner Moquin thanked Acting Director Bill Bartlett, who has done an outstanding job for the department. "After serving with Bill it became apparent that he is the Harry Truman type, a take charge kind of guy who can make decisions and take responsibility for them. "It has been an honor to serve with him".

Commissioner Hatch announced that it is an honor to be elected as Chairman and hopes he will meet the expectations of you all and looks forward to serving you. In addition, Commissioner Hatch stated, "it takes a team effort, however, with complete Commission effort we should be able to meet the needs and goals of the department and it's mission statement".

INFORMATION ITEMS:

1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director provided the monthly financial statement dated May 31, 2003, (Attached). Dan stated that the department is undertaking special target marketing measures, one of which is a brochure entitled "Take Me Fishing, a shorebank fishing guide to the Manchester/Nashua area. The brochure lists nearby fishing locations, special fishing tips, a fish identification chart, and proper catch and release instructions. The focus is on 13 communities in the Manchester/Nashua region that have lapsed anglers. Dan stated that in order to bring budget figures into range, Division Chiefs were asked to review expenditures and determine their wishes from their needs and eliminate where possible, thus, totaling an approximate $800,000 in savings, including some vacant positions that were not filled. The Commission thanked Dan for an informative presentation.

2. Steve Perry, Inland Fisheries Chief, provided an overview of public comments received regarding proposed changes to Administrative Rules relative to fishing. Steve read aloud the proposed changes. He reported that a Public Hearing was held on June 3rd, 2003, at Fish and Game Headquarters, to allow an opportunity for constituents to state their opinion or concerns. He further reported that a total of 8 members of the public attended the public hearing and 2 individuals submitted written comments by the June 13th deadline.

In closing, Steve reported that the majority of public comments received were generally in favor of the proposed administrative rule changes with a few exceptions. Those exceptions being:

1. Opposed to increasing the no fishing zones below Ayers Island dam in Bristol, and Eastman Falls Dam in Franklin.
2. Opposed to delayed harvest regulations on the Souhegan River.


As a result of the public comment, the recommendation to the Acting Executive
Director is to eliminate the proposed changes to the no fishing zones below the Ayers Island Dam in Bristol, and the Eastman Falls Dam in Franklin. The Department will not be recommending the increase in distance.

3. Andy Timmins, Region I Biologist, gave a brief summary on the site fidelity and movement patterns of wild turkeys dependent on winter ground silage in northern New England. Andy stated that northern turkey flocks frequently form large wintering congregations on dairy farms in New Hampshire. This study took place in Bath, New Hampshire with approximately 200-250 turkeys on one farm. Farmers have expressed concern relative to this issue. The primary attraction to these dairy farms appears to be the corn silage stored in bunker pits. The benefit to the turkeys is high winter survival. Turkeys typically restrict their activity movement to within close proximity to these food sites.

Andy further reported that at the conclusion of the study it was evident that these dairy farms are vital and act as stepping-stones, especially to young birds that spend the first winter and then disperse in the spring from these sites. The Commission commended Andy on a great presentation.

STANDING COMMITTEES:

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Ross, Chair; Commissioners E. Hatch, J. Jones, D. Moquin. Commissioner Ross stated that there were no new issues to report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair; Commissioners Ross, and Hatch. Commissioner Jones stated that there were no new issues to report.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair: Commissioners D. Clarke, and E. Hatch. Commissioner Jones reported that structured interviews have been scheduled for the vacant Executive Director position.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair: Commissioner Clarke, Tichy, and Normandeau. Commissioner Phillipson stated that there were no new issues to report.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Moquin; Commission Chair Moquin stated that he was unable to attend the rescheduled Rivers meeting, therefore, nothing to report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Russell; Commissioner Russell stated that there was no meeting held, therefore, no report.

OTHER ITEMS FOR COMMISSION CONSIDERATION:
Commissioner Ross reported that he recently attended the Changing of Commands ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Portsmouth Harbor. He stated that it was nice to hear the positive comments about the Conservation Officers and the great job they are doing on the seacoast. "It made me proud to be a Commissioner".

Commissioner Moquin stated what a great job Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, and Conservation Officer Todd Szewczyk did in opening land up for hunting in Horse Hill Natural Preserve in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

In addition, Commissioner Clarke thanked Acting Director Bartlett for scheduling a trip to view both potential access sites at Sunapee Lake. After visiting both sites, a discussion took place of the positive and negative aspects of each site. A decision that the State Beach was not an appropriate option was reached. Further, the Acting Executive Director has notified staff to move forward on the Wild Goose Site. "This decision I feel was long overdue".

At this time, Commissioner Clarke moved to support Acting Director Bartlett's decision for an access site to be constructed at the Wild Goose site on Lake Sunapee and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative

JONES POND WMA COMMITTEE: Commissioner Hatch; Commissioner Hatch reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS:
Acting Director Bartlett thanked Commissioner Clarke for his comments relative to the Wild Goose site. He stated that the Department may receive some negative comments relative to the decision, however, the decision was made in the best interest of the State.

Further, Acting Executive Director Bartlett stated that the department has worked very hard to reach a resolution relative to access at Merrymeeting Lake, however, despite our best efforts and several meetings, it hasn't happened yet.

In closing, Acting Director Bartlett thanked Dan Lynch for keeping him updated relative to finances.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
Don McInnley, audience member, thanked the Milford Hatchery for doing an excellent job stocking this year, including efforts by Officer Szewczyk as well.

Buck Mercier, audience member, thanked the entire Commission for their efforts in ensuring constituents concerns are brought to the table for discussion and are addressed accordingly in a timely fashion.

At this time, 12:07 p.m., Commissioner Hatch moved to go into Executive Session and Commissioner Ross seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners present. Commissioners Clarke, Normandeau, Russell, Jones, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Ross, and Moquin all voted "yes" to enter into Executive Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.


MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

Commissioners Clarke, Normandeau, Russell, Jones, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Ross, and Moquin were all present at the meeting. A personnel issue was discussed and no action taken. At 2:17 p.m., Commissioner Phillipson moved to come out of Executive Session and Commissioner Hatch seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners: Commissioners Clarke, Normandeau, Russell, Jones, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Ross, and Moquin all voted "yes" to come out of Executive Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

At this time, 2:20 p.m., Commissioner Hatch moved to adjourn and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

THERE WILL BE NO JULY COMMISSON MEETING.

Respectfully submitted,
Jim Jones, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Richard C. Moquin, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING, MAY 21, 2003
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, CONCORD, NH

Commissioners Present: D. Moquin, D. Ross, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, T. Tichy, D. Clarke, J. Jones, S. Hodges, and N. Russell.

Commissioners Absent: G. Normandeau

Acting Executive Director Bartlett - present
Assistant Director Lynch - attended Governor & Council Meeting

Commission Chair Moquin called the meeting to order at 9:40 a.m. with the pledge of allegiance and informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized by the Chairman, the public may speak on any item on the agenda except items for which a public hearing under RSA 541:A has been noticed and/or held, and or the period for public comment is open or has been closed.

Commission Chair Moquin asked the audience to join the Commission in a moment of silence to honor the recent passing of Frank Clark, Grafton County Fish and Game Commissioner, and Richard Dubois, a friend of the department and special friend and hunting partner of Commissioner Moquin. He read aloud the following paragraphs to honor both individuals:

IN MEMORY OF FRANK CLARK

"Last month when we all gathered here to conduct business as usual, little did we know that it would be the last time that most of us would see our good friend and colleague Frank Clark.

Two weeks ago, over the course of one weekend, the State of New Hampshire suffered the loss of the old man of the mountain and Fish and Game suffered the loss of its Grafton County Commissioner, Frank Clark. Frank grew up in the shadow of the old man of the mountain and I'm sure it meant something special to him. It's appropriate therefore, that the good lord, in his infinite wisdom, chose to take them both at the same time. This suggests to me that the good lord must have considered Frank Clark to be a pretty special guy as well.

There are no words that can adequately express our feelings at a time like this, however, I ask you to all join together in a moment of silence to honor the memory of our good friend and colleague, Frank Clark".

IN MEMORY OF RICHARD DUBOIS

"Richard Dubois of Bedford, New Hampshire, died on Sunday, May 17, 2003, after a courageous battle with cancer. Richard's funeral ceremony is being celebrated at St. Elizabeth Seton Church at this very moment.

When I learned that the funeral would conflict with this month's Commission Meeting, there was no question in my mind I would attend the service. Then, I realized that my friend would not approve of that decision and that this is where he wants me to be today. So, I'm here for you today, Dick.

They say that if you really want to know something about a man's character, try spending a week with him in a backwoods camp without plumbing or running water. Well, I've spent the opening week of the last twelve deer seasons with Richard Dubois and I can attest that he was a class act at all times and his character was never found wanting.

It was our custom during the first week of deer season to get up early, have a big breakfast, pack a lunch, and get into the woods long before dawn and to never come out until well after dark, unless of course we got lucky. After a few years of doing this, we developed a habit, whereby, as we headed into the woods every morning, flashlight in hand, one of us would always say to the other, see you at sundown.

Today, I'd like to say to my friend, "SEE YOU AT SUNDOWN"!

ACTION ITEMS:

1. Commissioner Tichy moved to approve the April Commission Minutes as written and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Hodges moved to accept a donation in the amount of $7,500 from the Meredith Rotary Club to be utilized to support fisheries research and management activities and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Tichy moved to approve the allocation of $10,000 from the Fish Habitat Conservation Fund to be utilized towards the refurbishment of the dam at Stratford Bog Pond in Stratford, New Hampshire, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

4. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the allocation of up to $20,000 from the Fish Habitat Conservation Fund to help fund a fish habitat restoration project on the Cold River in Walpole, New Hampshire, and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

5. Commissioner Hodges moved to approve a donation in the amount of $100.00 from Charles Ulery, of Butler, Tennessee, in support of the moose management program and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

6. Commissioner Jones moved to approve a donation in the amount of $2,000 from the Ruffed Grouse Society to support a habitat improvement project on Kearsarge Mountain and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

7. Commissioner Hatch moved to approve the final rules for marine fisheries as presented, (dogfish, lobster, and sea herring), and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

At this time, on behalf of the entire Commission, Commissioner Moquin congratulated Jeffrey Gray on his promotion from Major to Colonel of the Law Enforcement Division. The Commission wished Jeff good luck in his new role.

INFORMATION ITEMS:

1. Director Bartlett provided the monthly financial statement dated April 30, 2003, (Attached). He stated that the department is experiencing a shortfall of approximately $240,000. He further stated that it is the department's perspective and hope that the decline is just an abnormality.

2. Chuck Miner, Access & Engineering Chief, gave a brief update on Merrymeeting Lake. Chuck reported that a great deal of work has been conducted over the past three weeks. He stated that in April, the Lakes Association and the Fish and Game Department met to discuss a workable solution. However, legal issues have arisen pertaining to parking and backing into and out of traffic. These issues will need to be addressed prior to reaching any final resolution. Director Bartlett announced that the parking issue would not impact scheduled fishing tournaments. In addition, it will not affect John Cowan, Northeast Bass Association, and his access for the children's diabetic fishing day.

3. Chuck Miner, Access & Engineering Division Chief, also provided an update on Lake Sunapee. Chuck reported that a plan to construct an access site at the state beach at Sunapee State Park is currently under consideration by the Department of Resources and Economic Development and the Fish and Game Department.

STANDING COMMITTEES:

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Ross, Chair; Commissioners E. Hatch, J. Jones, D. Moquin. Commissioner Ross stated that there were no new issues to report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair; Commissioners Ross, and Hatch.

Commissioner Jones reported that Governor Benson vetoed the Marine Advisory Bill, HB 60.

A Legislative proposal was distributed which reduces the number of days from 30 to 7 for releasing information relative to fish stocking. Commissioner Phillipson suggested having the Legislative Committee discuss the potential of including pheasant in the above proposal as well. Steve Weber, Wildlife Division Chief, explained that the department does provide locations and figures pertaining to pheasant stocking already. The landowners are gracious enough to allow the department to stock on their property, we should grant their wish of not publishing their names and addresses for public knowledge.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair: Commissioners D. Clarke, and E. Hatch. Commissioner Jones reported that the Committee has met a few times to discuss qualifications of the new Executive Director. The Department is now accepting applications until June 5, 2003. A news release will be compiled confirming the deadline date. Applications will not be opened until June 12, 2003. At that point, structured interviews will be scheduled.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair: Commissioner Clarke, Tichy, and Normandeau. Commissioner Phillipson reported that there was a committee meeting held on May 15, 2003. Commissioner Phillipson stated that in light of the recent "Turkey Feeding Study", the question has been brought forward as to the benefits of the department recommending that people feed wild turkeys during the winter.

After much discussion, the committee came to the conclusion that, although there were some very positive aspects to winter-feeding, there were some very negative ones as well. It was also felt that there is currently a large enough number of people feeding turkeys to insure their winter survival. The committee's recommendation is to neither encourage nor discourage people from feeding wild turkeys during the winter.

In closing, Commissioner Phillipson announced that the next topic for discussion is revisiting the electronic deer calling issue.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Moquin; Commission Chair Moquin stated that there was no meeting this month, therefore, no new issues to report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Russell; Commissioner Russell stated that he was unable to attend the latest meeting due to a change in meeting time and location.

OTHER ITEMS FOR COMMISSION CONSIDERATION:
Commissioner Ross inquired as to the potential for implementing a primitive muzzleloader season. Commissioner Ross stated that this could be an affective tool for Wildlife Management Units that are above goal. Sandy Falicon addressed the inquiry and stated that an LSR title has been filed and that the department will be discussing the issue in the near future.

JONES POND WMA COMMITTEE: Commissioner Hatch; Commissioner Hatch reported that the Jones Pond Wildlife Management Area Committee met for approximately 2 1/2 hours and discussed snowmobile activity and the need for riders to adhere to trail riding. He further reported that once a management plan is developed it would be distributed to the entire Commission.

Commissioner Tichy stated that Meade Paper Company is selling 642,000 acres and are offering it to a limited number of people. 110,000 acres are in New Hampshire.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Commissioner Hodges will hold the role of Chairman, of the Nominating Committee. Commissioners Russell and Normandeau will serve on the committee as well. A meeting will be scheduled in the near future.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS:
Director Bartlett announced that Mitchel Filson, Deputy Conservation Officer, won the recently held Winni Derby in the Lakes Region. To clarify any questions or concerns, Director Bartlett stated that Deputy Filson won fairly and did not have any prior insight.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
John Cowan, of the Northeast Bass Association, thanked Chuck Miner, Director Bartlett, and the Commission for ensuring access to Merrymeeting Lake for the annual diabetic fishing day for children.

In addition, John stated that if Commissioner Hodges, Belknap County Commissioner, wanted to coordinate a meeting with the Winnisquam Lakes Association, the topic of fishing tournaments and what they consist of could be discussed and better understood.

At this time, 11:30 a.m., Commissioner Hatch moved to go into Executive Session and Commissioner Russell seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners present. Commissioners Clarke, Hodges, Russell, Jones, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Ross, and Moquin all voted "yes" to enter into Executive Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

Commissioners Clarke, Hodges, Russell, Jones, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Ross, and Moquin were all present at the meeting. A personnel issue was discussed and no action taken. At 1:03 p.m., Commissioner Phillipson moved to come out of Executive Session and Commissioner Hatch seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners: Commissioners Clarke, Hodges, Russell, Jones, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Ross, and Moquin all voted "yes" to come out of Executive Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

At this time, 1:15 p.m., Commissioner Phillipson moved to adjourn and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Jones, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Richard C. Moquin, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING, APRIL 16, 2003
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, CONCORD, NH

MINUTES OF MEETING:

Commissioners Present: D. Moquin, D. Ross, G. Normandeau, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, T. Tichy, D. Clarke, J. Jones, S. Hodges, N. Russell and F. Clark

Commissioners Absent: all Commissioners present.

Acting Executive Director Bartlett - present
Assistant Director Lynch - present

Commission Chair Moquin called the meeting to order at 9:06 a.m. with the pledge of allegiance and informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized by the Chairman, the public may speak on any item on the agenda except items for which a public hearing under RSA 541:A has been noticed and/or held, and or the period for public comment is open or has been closed.

Due to time constraints, Dan Lynch provided the monthly financial statement dated March 31, 2003 out of sequence. (See attached) Dan reported that January and February figures are on track with revised revenue estimates.

ACTION ITEMS:

1. Commissioner Jones moved to approve the March Commission Minutes as written and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Clark moved to accept the minutes of the April 4, 2003 Emergency Commission Meeting and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Tichy moved to accept a donation in the amount of $150.00 from the Tilton/Northfield Arch Riders Snowmobile Club in memory of Jack Willey and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Hodges moved to approve the original painting by Bruce Holloway depicting two wood ducks near Kimball Pond, to be used as artwork for the 2003 waterfowl stamp/print program and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

LATE ACTION ITEMS:

1. Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve a donation in the amount of $50.00 in memory of Michael R. Andrews from Terry and Kim Kasprazak of Melrose, Massachusetts, to be evenly split and utilized by the Wildlife and Fisheries Divisions and Commissioner Jones seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Hatch moved to approve the initial proposal for crossbow rules as presented and move forward with rulemaking and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Sandy Falicon, Legislative/Rules Coordinator, provided the dates and times for the upcoming hearings as noted below:

WILDLIFE HEARING DATES

May 13, 2003 Region 1 Fish and Game Office 6:30 p.m.
629B Main Street
Lancaster, NH 03584-3612

May 14, 2003 NH Fish & Game Headquarters 6:30 p.m.
2 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

May 15, 2003 Keene Middle School 6:30 p.m.
17 Washington Street
Keene, NH 03431

FISH HEARING

June 3, 2003 NH Fish & Game Headquarters 6:30 p.m.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Vince Judd, member of the A.T.V. Club out of Pittsburg, NH, spoke at length relative to A.T.V. use on public lands and inquired as to the Commission's position on the issue. He stated his concerns for strong key words to appear in the easement such as "designated roads and trails", to clarify any confusion. Mark Ziggler, Warren Chase, and Darren Jacques, all of the North Country, accompanied Vince Judd to support their concerns. Much discussion ensued. Commissioner Clark moved to reconsider the previous vote passed at the April 4, 2003 meeting relative to the resolution addressing Recreation on the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Land and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote failed with 4 in favor and 6 opposed. (Opposed) G. Normandeau, J. Jones, E. Hatch, S. Hodges, N. Russell, and D. Ross. The final version of the resolution reads as follows:

Recreation on the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Land

A Resolution of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission

The NH Fish and Game Commission commends the CT Lakes Headwaters Task Force for developing and implementing a strategy to conserve the 171,500 acres of forestland in northern NH, formerly owned by IP, and

Whereas, that strategy is based on sustaining the working forest and the traditional public recreational activities of hunting, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, driving the gravel roads and viewing wildlife, and

Whereas, this property provides critical habitat for a wide variety of fish and wildlife, both game and nongame, that are important to the State for their natural resource, ecological, recreational and economic values, and

Whereas, the mostly undeveloped and remote nature of this large property provides for a recreational experience that will become more difficult to find as large landscapes continue to be subdivided and developed, and as more people take to the outdoors for leisure activities, and

Whereas, the type, scale and scope of certain recreational activities, particularly motorized activities, can adversely impact wildlife behavior and productivity, diminish habitat quality, and degrade other natural resources, such as water quality,

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the NH Fish and Game Commission calls upon State leaders, agencies and the Ct Lakes Headwaters Citizen Committee to limit recreational development and promotion on the CT Lakes Headwaters lands to those traditional activities that maintain the largely remote, big-woods character of the area, and

Be it further resolved, that due to the potentially significant negative impacts increased motorized recreation can have on wildlife and habitats, and the current availability of alternative ATV trail systems, the Commission opposes the recreational use of ATV's, trail bikes or similar motorized vehicles on this unique property. In the event that further study generated by the Recreation Use Plan deems ATV, trail bike or other similar motorized vehicle use acceptable, that the use be limited to sections of the Designated Roads that have traditionally been open for driving by the public and meet the criteria established in RSA 215-A:42 and 215-A:43, and

Be it further resolved, that the Commission does not support the development of motorized trail systems, huts, campgrounds, or other amenities that will compromise the wild character of these lands.

Adopted this date:______________ ________________________
Richard C. Moquin, Chair
NH Fish and Game Commission

INFORMATION ITEMS:

2. Commissioner Hatch gave a brief update on Jones Pond. Commissioner Hatch stated that there has been discussion relative to establishing a wildlife management plan for the 1500 acres at Jones Pond. A committee has been formed and a meeting will be held in the near future to address future uses.

3. Steve Weber, Wildlife Division Chief, gave a brief update on the International Paper Lands. Steve reported that the resolution the Commission passed on April 4, 2003, has had an impact, however, he has not seen the most recent draft of the easement. In closing, Steve stated that he expects the issue to be resolved in the near future.

Steve announced that the topic of auctioning off moose permits has come up again. Steve stated that the proceeds from these permits could support specific educational activities within the department such as Barry Conservation Camp, The Becoming and Outdoor Woman Program, and other conservation education programs. Steve informed the Commission that proper legislation is required to make this happen as well as a great deal of marketing. Much discussion ensued. Commissioner Phillipson moved to support the concept of auctioning off 3 additional moose permits and Commissioner Jones seconded. The vote passed with 9 in favor and 1 opposed. (E. Hatch)

LATE INFORMATION ITEMS:
1. Chuck Miner, Access & Engineering Division Chief, gave a brief update on the Hilton Park access project. Chuck informed the Commission that the department has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Transportation which will allow the department to reconstruct and build a boat access site on the existing facility which belongs to the Department of Transportation on Great Bay. There are two major issues that have made this project challenging. The first being that the Division of Historical Resources has identified the area as an archeologically significant area, therefore, the area has to go through a series of historical reviews. The second concern is the safety of boaters launching at the site due to stiff currents through the channel. A potential resolution would be to extend the ramp approximately 20 feet out which will avoid the strong current area. There has been discussion for the ramp to be made double- wide to allow for two boats to be launched at the same time. The Commission thanked Chuck for an informative presentation.

STANDING COMMITTEES:

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Ross, Chair; Commissioners F. Clark, E. Hatch, J. Jones, D. Moquin. Commissioner Ross stated that there were no new issues to report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair; Commissioners Ross, F. Clark, and Hatch.

Commissioner Jones reported that HB 736, relative duties of the Fish and Game Commission, would be held over for another year.

HB 60, The Marine Advisory Bill, passed and is going to the Senate floor.

SB 171, relative to the spread of infectious wildlife diseases, hearing scheduled for April 23, 2003 before the House Fish and Game Committee.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair: Commissioner Clarke, Tichy, and Normandeau. Commissioner Phillipson stated that there were no new issues to report.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Moquin; Commission Chair Moquin stated that there were no new issues to report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Russell; Commissioner Russell stated that he was unable to attend the latest meeting.

OTHER ITEMS FOR COMMISSION CONSIDERATION:
None at this time.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS
Director Bartlett informed the Commission that he has done some research and clarified that the appointment for Executive Director is a four-year term from date of appointment.

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Lee Holliday, Executive Director, New Hampshire Wildlife Federation, informed the Commission of a letter that was submitted to the Governor on behalf of the Federation relative to the appointment of an Executive Director for the Fish and Game Department.

John Cowan, NE Bass Association, spoke regarding the department's revenue and lack thereof. He feels that access should be something at the forefront. "If you build it, they will come". One concern heard was the loss of the ramp at Merrymeeting Lake. John commended the department for doing a great job maintaining the resource. He reported that on an annual basis, multiple business organizations throughout the state sponsor a day of fishing for children from a diabetic camp. Without the ability to use the launch facility at Merrymeeting, it puts a real burden on the sponsors, as it is the only access to the lake. He further questioned how a ramp could suddenly deteriorate during one winter to the point where it has to be closed.

Director Bartlett responded to John's concerns and stated that there is an issue with the Merrymeeting Lake's Association regarding the department's proposal to repair and upgrade the facility. The site has been closed due to safety and liability reasons. In closing, Director Bartlett announced that the department would continue its efforts to resolve the issue.

At this time, 11:15 a.m., Commissioner Russell moved to go into Executive Session and Commissioner Hatch seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners present. Commissioners Clarke, Clark, Hodges, Russell, Jones, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Normandeau, Ross, and Moquin all voted "yes" to enter into Executive Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

Commissioners Clarke, Clark, Hodges, Russell, Jones, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Normandeau, Ross, and Moquin were all present at the meeting. A personnel issue was discussed and no action taken. At 2:05 p.m., Commissioner Phillipson moved to come out of Executive Session and Commissioner Hatch seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners: Commissioners Clarke, Clark, Hodges, Russell, Jones, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Normandeau, Ross, and Moquin all voted "yes" to come out of Executive Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

At this time, 2:20 p.m., Commissioner Normandeau moved to adjourn and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Jones, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Richard C. Moquin, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION EMERGENCY MEETING
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, CONCORD, N.H. APRIL 4, 2003

MINUTES OF MEETING

Meeting Location: Fish and Game Headquarters, 2 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301
Commissioners Present: D. Moquin, N. Russell, R. Phillipson, D. Ross, E. Hatch, D. Clarke, J. Jones, and F. Clark
Commissioners Absent: S. Hodges. G. Normandeau, T. Tichy
Acting Executive Director Bartlett - present
Assistant Director Lynch - present

Commission Chair Moquin called the meeting to order at 9:12 a.m.

On behalf of the entire Commission, Commissioner Moquin commended Acting Executive Director Bartlett for doing a great job in his role at the Fish and Game Department. He reported that he has received numerous positive comments relative to Acting Director Bartlett bringing the department forward. In addition, Commissioner Moquin stated that the department is looking for someone like the Acting Director to fill the Executive Director position.

At this time, 9:22 a.m., Commissioner Clark moved that William S. Bartlett, Jr. continue as Acting Executive Director until a new Executive Director is appointed and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Jones moved that the Commission appoint an Executive Director Search Committee and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. The Committee members will be announced at the April 16, 2003 Commission Meeting.

Acting Executive Director Bartlett announced that he has addressed staff and indicated to them that his intention is to make Fish and Game a proud place for employees to work. He further stated that he feels the department is continuing to move forward and able to focus on the department's mission statement.

The Commission discussed the LCIP project at length. After much discussion, Commissioner Jones moved to adopt the following resolution relative to Recreation on the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Land and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote passed with 6 in favor and 1 opposed (D. Ross).


A Resolution of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission
Recreation on the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Land

The NH Fish and Game Commission commends the CT Lakes Headwaters Task Force for developing and implementing a strategy to conserve the 171,500 acres of forestland in northern NH, formerly owned by IP, and

Whereas, that strategy is based on sustaining the working forest and the traditional public recreational activities of hunting, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, driving the gravel roads and viewing wildlife, and

Whereas, this property provides critical habitat for a wide variety of fish and wildlife, both game and nongame, that are important to the State for their natural resource, ecological, recreational and economic values, and

Whereas, the mostly undeveloped and remote nature of this large property provides for a recreational experience that will become more difficult to find as large landscapes continue to be subdivided and developed, and as more people take to the outdoors for leisure activities, and

Whereas, the type, scale and scope of certain recreational activities, particularly motorized activities, can adversely impact wildlife behavior and productivity, diminish habitat quality, and degrade other natural resources, such as water quality,
Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the NH Fish and Game Commission calls upon State leaders, agencies and the Ct Lakes Headwaters Citizen Committee to limit recreational development and promotion on the CT Lakes Headwaters lands to those traditional activities that maintain the largely remote, bigwoods character of the area, and

Be it further resolved, that due to the potentially significant negative impacts increased motorized recreation can have on wildlife and habitats, and the current availability of alternative ATV trail systems, the Commission opposes the recreational use of ATV's, trail bikes or similar motorized vehicles on this unique property. In the event that further study generated by the Recreation Use Plan deems ATV, trail bike or other similar motorized vehicle use acceptable, that the use be limited to sections of the Designated Roads that have traditionally been open for driving by the public and meet the criteria established in RSA 215-A:42 and 215-A:43, and

Be it further resolved, that the Commission does not support the development of motorized trail systems, huts, campgrounds, or other amenities that will compromise the wild character of these lands.

Adopted this date:_____________
Richard C. Moquin, Chairman
N.H. Fish and Game Commission


Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, spoke relative to Game Damage and the department's fencing program. He stated that there is an increasing demand for funds this year. Steve Weber, Wildlife Division Chief, gave an overview of what the department's criteria consists of for damage. He further reported that applications received to date are the most applications ever received. Much discussion ensued. Steve stated that he would keep the Commission aware of the situation.

Steve Weber, Wildlife Division Chief, gave an update on the Manchester Water Works negotiations in progress. He reported that the Department now has access to the entire area. Much discussion ensued relative to the property's uses. Steve stated that he would keep the Commission up to date on the issue.

At this time, 10:42 a.m., Commissioner Jones moved to go
into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter and Commissioner Clark seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners present. Commissioners Clarke, Jones, Russell, Phillipson, Ross, Clark, Hatch, and Moquin all voted "yes" to enter into Executive Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE SESSION
Commissioners Clarke, Jones, Russell, Phillipson, Ross, Clark, Hatch, and Moquin were present at the meeting that commenced at 10:44 a.m. A personnel issue was discussed.

At 11:45 a.m., Commissioner Hatch moved to come out of Executive Session and Commissioner Clark seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners: Commissioners Clarke, Jones, Russell, Phillipson, Ross, Clark, Hatch, and Moquin all voted "yes" to come out of Executive Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

OTHER ITEMS FOR COMMISSION CONSIDERATION:
Commissioner Moquin requested that Steve Weber, Wildlife Division Chief, give an update on the International Paper Lands negotiations at the upcoming Commission Meeting. In addition he requested that Chuck Miner, Access & Engineering Division Chief, provide an update on Hilton Park at that meeting as well.

At this time 12:15 p.m., Commissioner Jones moved to adjourn and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,
Jim Jones, Secretary

Approved:______________________ Date:____________________
Richard C. Moquin, Chairman
N.H. Fish and Game Commission



MINUTES OF MEETING HELD MARCH 24, 2003

Meeting Location: Fish and Game Headquarters, 2 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: D. Moquin, G. Normandeau, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, T. Tichy, D. Clarke, and F. Clark

Commissioners Absent: N. Russell, D. Ross, J. Jones, and S. Hodges

Acting Executive Director Bartlett - present
Assistant Director Lynch - present

Commission Chair Moquin called the meeting to order at 9:33 a.m. with the pledge of allegiance and informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized by the Chairman, the public may speak on any item on the agenda except items for which a public hearing under RSA 541:A has been noticed and/or held, and or the period for public comment is open or has been closed.

ACTION ITEMS
1. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the February Commission Minutes as written and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Clark moved to accept a donation in the amount of $4,146.83 from ORC Marco Inc, of Calverton, Maryland, to be utilized for the Marine Recreational Fishing Statistical Survey and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Normandeau moved to accept the striped bass regulations as presented and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Hatch commended Doug Grout for doing an excellent job running the public hearing. In addition, he encouraged the department to work with the State of Maine to try and have similar regulations for both Maine and New Hampshire, thus making it easier for fishermen and law enforcement. Commissioner Normandeau announced that he attended the public hearing as well and the proposed regulations seemed to have overall support.

4. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the wildlife regulations as presented and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Information Items 2&3 were heard out of sequence to alleviate the waiting period for the news media and award recipients in attendance.

INFORMATION ITEMS:
2. John Monson, President Elect, Safari Club International, presented the 2002 Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year Award to former Colonel Ronald P. Alie. John spoke of Ron's many accomplishments in his 30-year tenure with the department. One of which was his persistence in the creation of the department's search and rescue team. John showed a brief video of Ron receiving this prestigious award. The Commission congratulated Ron on his numerous accomplishments throughout his career with the Fish and Game Department and presented him with a resolution that read as follows:

In honor of COLONEL RONALD P. ALIE on the event of his retirement from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Law Enforcement Division.

WHEREAS, RONALD P. ALIE has served the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department for over Thirty Years with dedicated and faithful service to the Law Enforcement Division in the positions of Conservation Officer, Conservation Officer First Class, Lieutenant, Captain, Major and Colonel; and

WHEREAS, during his service to the Law Enforcement Division, RONALD P. ALIE has earned the respect and admiration of New Hampshire's Sportsmen, Police and Rescue Organizations, Conservation Law Enforcement Personnel throughout New England, and all State citizens as a result of his professionalism and exemplary work ethic; and
WHEREAS, RONALD P. ALIE has demonstrated a remarkable ability as an administrator in the field of Fish and wildlife law enforcement by initiating and implementing a myriad of important programs to include, the Department's Operation Game Thief Crime Line, Snowmobile DWI Legislation and Sobriety Checkpoints, a Statewide Snowmobile Safety Committee, the Law Enforcement Division's Technical Search and Rescue Team, Rescue Fees for Reckless Hikers and a Comprehensive Hiker Safety Education Program, a National Wildlife Crime Information System, Joint State and Federal Marine Fisheries Law Enforcement Initiatives, and many other significant projects;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission expresses
its sincere gratitude to COLONEL RONALD P. ALIE for his outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation and law enforcement and wishes him an active, productive and healthy retirement from State Service; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission hereby expresses its thanks to COLONEL RONALD P. ALIE for his friendship and assistance and bestows upon him the lifetime honorary rank of Colonel, Chief of Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement Division, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Adopted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission this nineteenth day of March, Two Thousand and Three.

A TRUE COPY ATTEST: ______________________________
Richard C. Moquin, Chairman
NH Fish and Game Commission

______________________________
William S. Bartlett
Acting Executive Director

3. Major Gray presented lifesaving medals to Conservation Officers Brian E. Abrams and Samuel P. Sprague for their professional performance and actions taken in locating and saving the life of a lost cross-country skier in Livermore, New Hampshire on February 13th and 14th, 2003. Major Gray spoke of the treacherous winter conditions during the rescue and stated that these officers went above and beyond the call of duty to save the individual's life. The Commission as well as Major Gray commended these officers for their heroic efforts.

Returned to Action Items:
5. Commissioner Hatch moved to accept a conservation easement donation of approximately 10 acres of land in Hanover, New Hampshire, from Eleanor M. Mudge and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

6. Commissioner Clark moved to close out the Oscar P. Hammer Trust account and utilize the funds to benefit the Barry Conservation Camp and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. The balance in the account as of 6/30/02 was: $436.27.

7. Steve Weber, Wildlife Division Chief, stated that the impact this winter has had on deer is severe to date. Based on the evaluation of the severity of that, the department would like to move forward with some proposals to modify the hunting season for this fall. Steve introduced Kent Gustafson, Biometrician, who gave a brief presentation identifying how this determination was reached. Kent stated that we manage deer on a wildlife management unit basis. In addition, he stated that since 1964, the department has collected information called a "winter severity index", which measure the impact of winter severity on deer. It's a measurement that identifies the number of days from the first of December though the end of April in which there are 18 inches or more of snow on the ground and the number of days in which the minimum temperature dips below zero degrees. The most recent severe winter we have had was the season of 2000-2001. Some adjustments to the either sex seasons were made as a result. Kent reported that the central and southern part of the state is where the majority of the concern is.

After lengthy discussion, Commissioner Hatch moved to go forward with the public hearing process for the 2003 season to reduce either sex days due to winter severity and Commissioner Clark seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Tichy moved to proceed with the public hearing process for further changes to the archery season and Commissioner Clark seconded. The vote failed with 3 in favor and 4 opposed (E. Hatch, D. Moquin, R. Phillipson, and D. Clarke)

8. Commissioner Tichy moved to accept a donation of lumber totaling $2,500.00 to be utilized by the Barry Conservation Camp and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

$1,100.00 - Vallee Lumber - Milan, NH
$1,400.00 - White Mountain Lumber Company - Berlin, NH

9. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the use of $3,102.45 from the Small Gifts account to be utilized for the completion of the Barry Camp Dining Hall Project and the remaining $500 be utilized for the Denton Hartley Internship and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

A short recess was taken and the meeting called back to order at 11:25 a.m.

Prior to the Commission entering into Executive Session, the audience requested to hear the following items:

INFORMATION ITEMS:
1. Dan Lynch provided the monthly financial statement dated February 28, 2003. (See attached)

6. Steve Perry, Inland Fisheries Chief, provided a brief overview of proposals to go to rulemaking regarding freshwater fishing for 2004 pertaining to lakes and ponds. Much discussion ensued.

At this time, 11:45 a.m., Commissioner Hatch moved to go into Executive Session and Commissioner Clark seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners present. Commissioners Clarke, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, Normandeau, Clark, and Moquin all voted "yes" to enter into Executive Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

Commissioners Clarke, Clark, Normandeau, Tichy, Phillipson, Hatch, and Moquin were present at the meeting that commenced at 11:48 a.m. A license suspension issue was discussed. At 1:15 p.m., Commissioner Phillipson moved to come out of Executive Session and Commissioner Hatch seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners: Commissioners Clarke, Tichy, Clark, Normandeau, Phillipson, Hatch, and Moquin all voted "yes" to come out of Executive Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

INFORMATION ITEMS:
Information Item #4 was scratched prior to start of meeting.

5. Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Supervisor, gave a very informative presentation on research findings relative to nuisance bear seasonal home range assessments. Mark stated that bear/human conflicts weigh heavily on bear management decision-making. Mark stated that starting in the summer of 2000, the department attempted to capture all bears that were known to be persistent problems in certain communities. Upon capturing the bears, a global positioning collar was attached to each, which records location data, typically at 10-12 fixes per day. The department worked with 6 collars, deployed the collars 13 times, and recovered collars with 8 useful data sets. Data was down loaded and plotted on maps relating to the 2 study areas. Mark showed slides indicating the seasonal home ranges for each bear. This information allows the department to look at the habitat use of these bears and determine whether a bear is transient or resident. Results will be useful in evaluating future bear management and conflict resolution efforts. The Commission commended Mark Ellingwood for an excellent presentation.

7. Chuck Miner, Access & Engineering Division Chief, gave an overview on various dams in the North Country:

Big Brook Bog- situated in Pittsburg, New Hampshire on approximately 37-acres which provides a trout fishery and fish and wildlife habitat. The pond is maintained by a Fish and Game owned dam, which is an earthen dam that appears to have been built in the 50's or 60's. Department of Environmental Services is responsible for inspecting state dams every 4 years. Big Brook Bog has been evaluated and classified as a class B dam, which is a significant hazard. Chuck reported that one of the walls adjacent to the spillway had a major crack in it and the water was funneling through the crack into the earthen part of the dam and coming back up. The wall had also tilted into the spillway to the extent of falling in, leaving a 2 foot sink hole behind the wall, indicating that the water is actually washing the dam away and has potential for failure. The dewatering process took place on February 11th consisting of taking out the flashboards and lowering the water level in hopes of being able to repair the dam possibly verses total replacement. Chuck stated that it would cost approximately $200,000 for complete rebuilding of the dam.

Sheehan Pond - situated in Clarksville, New Hampshire on approximately 60 acres. It is a trout fishery. The dam is made of concrete and was reconstructed in 1960. Additional repairs will take place over the next several years.

Boundary Pond - situated in Pittsburg, New Hampshire on approximately 18 acres. It is a trout fishery. The dam had some repair work done in 1985 on a limited basis by volunteers. The department will need to replace that dam within the next few years. This will be a costly endeavor due to the remoteness of the pond and difficulty for equipment to get into the area.

Chuck reported that the department owns 103 dams and to date has not done a great deal of maintaining over the past 20 years.

In addition, Chuck informed the Commission of various upcoming projects:

1) Stratford Bog Dam - to be repaired in May, 2003. (Rebuilt)
2) Lyme Pond- repair damage to concrete structure.
3) Jones Dam - erosion near one of the walls, concrete work.

The Commission commended Chuck on an informative presentation.

STANDING COMMITTEES:

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Ross, Chair; Commissioners F. Clark, E. Hatch, J. Jones, D. Moquin. Commissioner Ross was absent, therefore, no report.

Commissioner Clark moved that the department put forth a request for a 30-day extension to further discuss the use of ATV's on International Paper lands and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. In addition, he referred the moose lottery auction topic as well to the Policy Committee for further discussion.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair; Commissioners Ross, F. Clark, and Hatch. Sandy Falicon, Legislative/Rules Coordinator, gave an update on current legislation.

HB-339 - establishing a committee to study the use of certain state-owned property along the Baker River. Commissioner Hatch moved to monitor HB-339 and Commissioner Clark seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

SB-159- relative to milfoil and other exotic aquatic weeds. Commissioner Hatch moved to oppose SB-159 and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair: Commissioner Clarke, Tichy, and Normandeau . Commissioner Phillipson stated that there were no new issues to report.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Moquin; Commission Chair Moquin stated that there were no new issues to report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Russell was absent, therefore, no report.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS
Director Bartlett had no comments at the time.

PUBLIC COMMENTS
No public comments were heard at the time.

OTHER ITEMS FOR COMMISSION CONSIDERATION:
Commissioner Hatch requested a copy of a map of all Department Wildlife Management Areas. Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, stated that she and a few other division chiefs would work on the request and get it to him as soon as it is available.
In addition, Commissioner Hatch requested some pamphlets on the topic of Chronic Wasting Disease to hand out at his next liaison meeting.

At this time, 3:03 p.m., Commissioner Clark moved to adjourn and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.


Respectfully submitted,

Jim Jones, Secretary

Approved: Richard C. Moquin, Chairman



MINUTES OF MEETING HELD FEBRUARY 19, 2003

Meeting Location: Fish and Game Headquarters, 2 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: D. Moquin, G. Normandeau, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, N. Russell, T. Tichy, J. Jones, D. Clarke, D. Ross, S. Hodges, and F. Clark

Commissioners Absent: n/a

Acting Executive Director Bartlett - present
Assistant Director Lynch - present

Commission Chair Moquin called the meeting to order at 9:35 a.m. with the pledge of allegiance and informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized by the Chairman, the public may speak on any item on the agenda except items for which a public hearing under RSA 541:A has been noticed and/or held, and or the period for public comment is open or has been closed.

ACTION ITEMS

1. Commissioner Tichy moved to approve the January Commission Minutes as written and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the allocation of $15,000 from the Fish Habitat Conservation Fund toward the removal of a non-functional dam on the Contoocook River in the Town of Henniker and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Chuck Miner, Access & Engineering Division Chief, spoke relative to analyzing some north country dams in the spring time that require repair as well. Commissioner Tichy inquired as to what rules or legislation Department of Environmental Services has that allows them to condemn our dams and inform us that we have to either remove them or fix them. Commissioner Moquin requested that Chuck provide a brief presentation at the March Commission meeting relative to the subject.

3. Commissioner Hatch moved to approve the expenditure of up to $40,000 from the Fish Habitat Conservation Fund for temporary personnel services and supplies for calendar year 2003 in order to conduct stream fisheries habitat assessment in various watersheds throughout the state and Commissioner Ross seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Tichy commended Scott Decker and Dianne Emerson for their hard work in the north country, "it's been a long time coming". In addition, Commissioner Tichy inquired as to the time table on developing some analysis, write ups or recommendations from these studies. Scott responded that the studies are initially designed for a 2 year period. Steve Perry, Chief of Fisheries, announced that there are project segment reports available on an annual basis.

4. Commissioner Tichy moved to accept the donation of a framed striped bass print from the Coastal Conservation Association of New Hampshire to be utilized in a raffle of the Marine Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey Program and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Former Coastal Commissioner Ritchie White attended the meeting and presented the framed print on behalf of the Coastal Conservation Association. In addition, Ritchie announced that the Coastal Conservation Association's annual banquet will be on March 22nd. Senator Gregg will be attending the banquet and receiving the Conservationist of the Year Award. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Division will also be presenting Senator Gregg with an award. In closing, Ritchie stated that Director Bartlett will soon receive his invitation in the mail.

5. Commissioner Hatch moved to approve the expenditure of $780.00 from the "Sale of fish food" account to purchase an Oxyguard Handy Alpha portable dissolved oxygen meter for the New Hampton Hatchery C-station and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

6. Commissioner Jones moved to accept a donation in the amount of $200.00 from Corflex of Manchester, NH, in memory of Norman R. Boucher of Manchester, NH and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. $100.00 is to be utilized by the Fisheries Division and $100.00 to be utilized by the Wildlife Division.

INFORMATION ITEMS:

1. Director Bartlett provided the monthly financial statement dated January 31, 2003, (See attached). The Director spoke of measures to try and stay within our budget. He reported that the division chiefs are meeting daily to keep abreast on the budget and it's status. He further stated that all division chiefs have been very cooperative in relation to the budget and the process. He announced that layoffs will be the last measure taken to balance the budget.

In addition, Director Bartlett announced that the department is focusing on a pilot marketing plan to increase angler participation in New Hampshire. Fishing licenses` have been on a three-year decline. Each year, the department loses approx 50,000 anglers to a phenomenon known as "churn". This marketing project will target the lapsed anglers. The Department's goal is to increase angler participation.

2. The Salmon Diary winners arrived prior to the start of the Commission meeting and accepted their gifts with thanks.

3. Audience members participated in the drawing for the winners of the Annual Firearms Deer Hunt Survey. The winners were as follows:

Rifle Winner- Chris Clark, Etna, NH
Muzzleloader Winner - James Smeltzer, Fremont, NH

4. Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Supervisor, and Dr. Peter Pekins, of the University of New Hampshire, gave an informative presentation on research cooperatively funded by the National Wild Turkey Federation, the NH Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the University of New Hampshire, the Blue Mountain Forest Association, and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Pete stated "food availability is the key". If turkeys do not have food in winter conditions, death will occur within two to three weeks. Predation plays a major factor during winter months as well. The results of the study quantify the energetic importance of human related food resources to northern turkey populations. Mark thanked the Commission for supporting this extremely important study, as it's one of the most unique in the country. Pete thanked Ted Walski, Region 4 Wildlife Biologist, for his outstanding efforts. Much discussion ensued.

5. Major Jeff Gray presented the 2002 Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Wildlife Officer of the Year Award to Conservation Officer David P. Walsh. Major Gray spoke of Officer Walsh's approximate 6-year tenure with the Law Enforcement Division. He stated that Officer Walsh has developed a strong reputation for being a promoter of maintaining open land in the southern part of the state. In addition, Jeff stated "public relations is one of Officer Walsh's strong points". Major Gray, as well as the Commission, commended Officer Walsh for his accomplishments and outstanding efforts.

6. Major Gray presented the 2002 Shikar Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year Award to Conservation Officer James E. Kneeland. Major Gray spoke of Officer Kneeland's 10-year tenure with the Law Enforcement Division. Officer Kneeland is well known for his high degree of diligence in terms of partroling his area. He also assists other wardens with their patrol activities and special projects they are undertaking. Officer Kneeland does not hesitate to perform the extra legwork required to make a case. Major Gray referred to Officer Kneeland as an "Old School Warden", in that hunters and fisherman are routinely surprised by his presence, as they believed they were all alone 3 miles back in the woods. Major Gray, as well as the Commission, commended Officer Kneeland for his accomplishments and outstanding efforts.

7. Per the request of Commissioner Hatch, Major Gray gave a brief presentation relative to the Operation Game Thief Program. He spoke of how the program came to light. A group of citizens who were concerned about poaching problems in New Hampshire and were looking to assist Conservation Officers with law enforcement efforts. A pamphlet was distributed to the Commission outlining the process for placing a call. Callers are able to call in on a toll free line that is maintained by the Department's dispatch center during work hours and maintained by the Merrimack County Sherriff's Department in the evening hours and most weekends. The caller provides information pertaining to a violation that they have observed. The caller does not have to provide their name or testify in court. Based on what the information yields in terms of getting a conviction, the Department has the ability to offer the caller a reward of up to $1,000. Major Gray provided an overview of calls received. Commissioner Hatch spoke relative to the start of the program. He stated that when Operation Game Thief turned its monies over to the Department, the last four individuals who were involved with the program were John Cowan, Ron Corriveau, Alan Ryea, and himself. These people were put on a rewards committee to make recommendations relative to reward amounts.

8. Commissioner Jones introduced Mike Harris who spoke relative to devices that he feels are unethical for hunting. He spoke of his concerns relative to how technology plays a role in how we hunt. Traditionally when we think of fair chase, we think much of it is based on skill. The increasing technology is lessening the skill required in fair chase. He further stated that wildlife agencies throughout the country are wrestling with these sorts of issues and many have chosen to outlaw certain technology applications. The Commission commended Mike for his informative presentation.

9. Per the request of Commissioner Ross, Major Gray provided a presentation on the Deputy Conservation Officer Program. Jeff spoke of the importance of this program. Major Gray informed the Commission that Deputy Conservation Officers are required to be part time certified, entailing 400 hours of training through the academy. Deputy Conservation Officers have proven to be essential. One example being that by allowing a Deputy Conservation Officer to go into a full time officer's area and teach a scheduled OHRV class, it enables the full time officer to be in the field and focus on his law enforcement responsibilities. This is true for other department programs as well. Deputies also aid in night details, and the filling of patrol voids when full time officers are scheduled for days off. The program has also served as a recruitment opportunity for deputies to become full time officers. This allows the Department to observe the individuals capabilities and what their work ethic consists of. Much discussion ensued. The Commission thanked Jeff for an excellent presentation.

At this time, 1:05 p.m., the Commission took a short recess.

At 1:25 p.m. the Commission meeting reconvened.

Commissioner Clarke asked to be excused to attend a Sullivan County Commissioners meeting.

STANDING COMMITTEES:

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Ross, Chair; Commissioners F. Clark, E. Hatch, J. Jones, D. Moquin. Commissioner Ross stated that the next Policy Committee meeting will take place on February 24th, at 9:00 a.m., in the Director's Conference Room to further discuss ethics in hunting and performance appraisals.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair; Commissioners Ross, F. Clark, and Hatch. Commissioner Jones provided an update to the Commission on department positions on the following proposed legislation:

Commissioner Hatch moved to oppose HB 181 relative to horseback riding as a recreational use of land in current use taxation and Commissioner Clark seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Jones moved to support HB 244 relative to landowner liability for snowmobile accidents and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to oppose HB 329-FN relative to establishing a pilot program for the introduction of Grass Carp into Flints Pond in the town of Hollis and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Normandeau moved to oppose HB 335 relative to the regulation of the operation of OHRVs and commissioner Hodges seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Tichy moved to oppose HB 372 as written relative to exceptions for unauthorized us of firearms and firecrackers in cities and towns and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Hodges moved to support HB 379 relative to penalties for OHRV violations by underage operators and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote carried with 8 in favor and 1 opposed.

Commissioner Normandeau moved to support study of HB 385 relative to requiring compliance with local ordinances in the establishment of public ATV and trail bike trails on private lands and Commissioner Hodges seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Jones moved to monitor HB 440 relative to the discharge of firearms on or across highways in pursuit of wild birds or animals and Commissioner Clark seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Jones moved to support HB 519-FN-A relative to the conservation number plate trust fund and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Hatch moved to monitor SB 46-FN relative to dedicated funds and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to support SB 171 regulating activities which may cause the introduction and spread of infectious wildlife diseases and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.


Commissioner Clark moved to support HB 736 - Section I, 206:4-a (Duties), as written and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote carried with 8 in favor and 2 opposed. Commissioner Phillipson stated that he feels strongly that the Commission should have some input in the approval of the budget.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to amend the previous vote to include the substitution of the original paragraph (b) in Section I, with Commissioner Clarke's paragraph (b) as read, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote failed with 2 in favor and 8 opposed. Commissioner Phillipson spoke of the importance of monitoring the sportsmen's money and what it is being utilized for.

Commissioner Clark moved to support Section II 206:4-b (Prohibited acts; complaints), as amended and Commissioner Hodges seconded. Commissioner Ross stated that he is opposed to the passage of 206:4-b and stated his concerns. He stated that the bill should be very specific as "The Commission is held to these words". Commissioner Russell moved to amend Commissioner Clark's motion to include the following sentence: "Nothing herein shall preclude a Commissioner from expressing comments relative to a commendable act or a concern by a classified employee to the Director", and Commissioner Clark seconded. The vote carried with 8 in favor and 2 opposed.

Commissioner Hodges moved to support paragraph 3 under 206:4-b (Prohibited acts; complaints) as amended and Commissioner Jones seconded. The vote carried with 8 in favor and 2 opposed.

Commissioner Ross moved to conduct an annual performance evaluation on the Executive Director by June 30, 2003 and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote failed with 3 in favor and 6 opposed.


STANDING COMMITTEES:

FISHING TOURNAMENT EVALUATION COMMITTEE: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners Hatch and Hodges. Commissioner Phillipson stated that there were no new issues to report.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair: Commissioner Moquin forwarded the recent supplemental turkey feeding issue and topic of electronic calling to the Committee for further discussion and recommendation.

AGRICULTURAL COMMITTEE: Commissioners Clarke and Phillipson. Commissioner Clarke was excused to attend a Sullivan County Commissioner's Meeting, therefore, no report.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Moquin; Commission Chair Moquin stated that there was nothing new to report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Russell stated that there was nothing new to report.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS:
Director Bartlett had no comments at the time.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
Former Coastal Commissioner Ritchie White suggested that the Commission look at taking a more in depth position on feeding turkeys. In addition, he stated that he has visited the Department's website recently and discovered that it was rather an obstacle to obtain Commission information. In closing, Ritchie stated that all Commissioners have received badges in the past as an honorary token and presented Commissioner Phillipson with the badge he originally received as Commissioner. Commissioner Phillipson thanked Ritchie for his kind gesture.

Roger Bellerose stated that he hopes the department does not eliminate Habitat Improvement positions in relation to budget cuts.


Commissioner Moquin announced that there will be a Director's Performance Evaluation Committee appointed at the next Commission Meeting.

Commissioner Phillipson stated that the Commission should not ignore the results of the turkey research and perhaps should be looking into feeding alternatives.

At this time, 2:39 p.m., Commissioner Hodges moved to adjourn and Commissioner Jones seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted, Jim Jones, Secretary
Approved by Richard C. Moquin, Chairman


N.H. FISH AND GAME COMMISSION
MINUTES OF MEETING HELD JANUARY 15, 2003

Meeting Location: Fish and Game Headquarters, 2 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: D. Moquin, G. Normandeau, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, N. Russell, T. Tichy, J. Jones, and F. Clark

Commissioners Absent: D. Clarke, D. Ross, and S. Hodges

Acting Executive Director Bartlett - present
Assistant Director Lynch - present

Commission Chair Moquin called the meeting to order at 9:33 a.m. with the pledge of allegiance and informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized by the Chairman, the public may speak on any item on the agenda except items for which a public hearing under RSA 541:A has been noticed and/or held, and or the period for public comment is open or has been closed.

ACTION ITEMS

1. Commissioner Hatch moved to approve the December Commission Minutes as written and Commissioner Clark seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Clark moved to accept a donation in the amount of $50.00 from the Andover Snowmobile Club in memory of Jack Willey, Safety Instructor, and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Tichy moved to accept a donation in the amount of $500.00 from the Artemis Hellenic American Sportsmen's Association and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

INFORMATION ITEMS:

1. Dan Lynch provided the monthly financial statement dated December 31, 2002, (See attached). Dan reported that license sales are down and that the Department is taking precautionary measures by not filling vacant positions, being very cautious with equipment purchases, and cutting back on out-of-state travel expenditures.

2. Steve Perry provided a brief summary of proposed administrative rules for bass tournaments held on New Hampshire-Maine interstate waters. The proposed rule adopts new restrictions for bass tournaments on Umbagog Lake, Province Lake, Balch Pond, Horn Pond, Great East Lake, Milton Watershed, Lower Kimball Pond and Spaulding Pond to include: a minimum size for black bass at 12 inches; bass may only be taken with artificial lures and files; permissible to hold up to 3 bass in a live well to be submitted to a bass tournament from April 1st through May 14th and June 16 through November 30th; and catch and release from May 16th through June 15th. This would make Bass tournament regulations consistent between Maine and New Hampshire. Much discussion ensued. Commissioner Moquin thanked Steve for an excellent presentation.

3. Charlie Bridges, Habitat & Diversity Programs Administrator, gave an overview of a proposed land swap in Hooksett between Manchester Water Works and the Fish and Game Department. Tom Bowen, Tim Fortier, and Bob Beaurivage, representatives from Manchester Water Works, were also present and reported that the land swap would allow for the development of a pump station and treatment facility on the 7 acre parcel to meet expected future water demands. The Department's main interest in obtaining the16 acre parcel is for eagle wintering habitat. Senator Lou D'Allesandro is the sponsor of SB 35, relative to the transfer and exchange of certain state-owned land for certain land owned by the Manchester Water Works. Much discussion ensued.

4. Beth Reinhart, Aquatic Education Specialist, provided an informative update on the Watershed Education Program. Beth spoke of the importance of the school to community partnership in the watershed education program. Hands on programs such as this, help students to demonstrate critical thinking skills in solving environmental problems or issues related to aquatic biota and habitat in their watershed. During the presentation, the Wildlife Journal television show segment "Bass in the Class" was played for the Commission and audience. The video showed students from around the state collecting fish and building a river simulation tank for their classroom. Beth thanked Linda MacKay, Dianne Emerson, John Viar, and the fisheries staff for their technical assistance with the watershed education program. The Commission thanked Beth for an excellent presentation.

5. John Kanter, Nongame & Endangered Wildlife Program Coordinator, gave a brief update on the loon situation at Lake Umbagog. He stated that there were 15 pairs previously occupying the lake and to date, no pairs exist. John reported that 30% of adult loons are now missing. The Loon Preservation Committee is tracking the situation with refuge staff on site. Since the year 2000 there seems to be a lowering in the productivity rate compared to other similar water bodies. John further reported that three dead loons were recovered from Lake Umbabog, 2 of which were beyond the ability to analyze and the other tested positive for lethal affects of lead, including the West Nile Virus isolated in it's spleen. Blood samples from live loons were taken and the Department should have the results in a few months. Much discussion ensued. The Commission thanked John for an informative update.

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Ross, Chair; Commissioners F. Clark, E. Hatch, J. Jones, D. Moquin. Commissioner Ross was absent, therefore, no report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Jones, Chair; Commissioners Ross, F. Clark, and Hatch. Commissioner Jones stated that the Committee met on January 13th to take positions on the following bills:

Commissioner Hatch moved to support HB 60 relative to changing the name of the advisory committee on shore fisheries and Commissioner Clark seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to support HB 61 relative to the taking of migratory game birds in the Connecticut River zone and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Clark moved to oppose HB 63 relative to exempting OHRV's used solely for ice fishing on public bodies of water from registration requirements and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to oppose HB 112 relative to establishing a point system for the annual moose permit lottery and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Hatch moved to take no position on HB 143 relative to the registration fees and requirements for snow traveling vehicles and Commissioner Clark seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Hatch moved to support HB 152 relative to regulation by political subdivisions of OHRV trails and exempting certain rail trail use from the state trail evaluation process and Commissioner Russell seconded.

A lengthy discussion took place relative to LSR 34, prohibited activities of the members of the Fish and Game Commission and establishing criminal penalties therefore. Members of the Commission shared their views on the proposed legislation, a few made suggestions for language revisions, and it was decided that further discussion would take place at the upcoming Legislative Sub-Committee Meeting.

FISHING TOURNAMENT EVALUATION COMMITTEE: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners Hatch and Hodges. Commissioner Phillipson stated that the committee met to discuss parking related concerns at Department owned and controlled access sites. After much discussion, it was decided that the current regulations for fishing tournaments are working and should be left as is.

AGRICULTURAL COMMITTEE: Commissioners Clarke and Phillipson. Commissioner Clarke was absent, therefore, no report.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Moquin; Commission Chair Moquin stated that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Russell stated that the committee met and discussed the topic of exotic species, and milfoil.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS:
Director Bartlett had no comments at the time.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
Lee Holliday spoke in opposition of the Commission supporting LSR 34 and the affects it could have.


Commissioner Russell requested that the list of sporting clubs be put on the department's website. In addition, Commissioner Hatch reported that he has received calls from the Coastal Conservation Association pertaining to the status of the ramp at Hilton Park.

Chuck Miner, Access & Engineering Chief, addressed Commissioner Hatch's request regarding the status of the ramp at Hilton Park. Chuck stated that the process has been very long and time consuming. A conceptual design was presented to state and federal agencies involved with permitting and/or approval for their input on April 11, 2002. As a result of this presentation, some concerns have surfaced that need to be addressed prior to continuing with the project. The Army Corps of Engineers and The Fish and Wildlife Service expressed concerns about the potential difficulties of launching a boat caused by the current. The Department is researching this issue and has identified some possible solutions. In addition, the Division of Historic Resources noted that the proposed access facility is in an area of archeological significance. The Department currently has an archeological firm conducting an investigation on the land proposed to be disturbed by the facility and is awaiting the results. In closing, Chuck reported that he will know more by next month's meeting and will keep the Commission informed as to what the next step is.

At this time, 12:39 p.m., Commissioner Clark moved to adjourn and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

The February 19th Commission Meeting will commence at 10:30 a.m., 1 hour later than the usual meeting.


Respectfully submitted,

Jim Jones, Secretary

Approved by Richard C. Moquin, Chairman


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NH Fish and Game Dept.
11 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

603-271-3421
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