N.H. Fish and Game Commission -- 2005 Meeting Minutes

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NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
December 21, 2005

Meeting Location: Fish and Game HQ, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: T. Hubert, M. Kalter, R. Phillipson, W. Carney, P. Costa, T. Tichy, S. Nottonson, G. Normandeau, W. Morse, N. Russell, and S. Guaraldi

Commissioners Absent: n/a

Executive Director Perry - present

Chairman Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m., and asked the audience to join in the pledge of allegiance. Commissioner Tichy 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.

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

2. Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve the lobster rules as presented and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

John Nelson, Chief, Marine Division, reported that there were changes to the original proposal as a result of a hearing that was held. In addition, he reported that some of the commercial fishermen inquired as to the possibility of transferring their licenses as they got to the point of selling the business.

3. Commissioner Carney reported that his original idea consisted of a fishing stamp that would be honored in all 5 states. He further reported that with the Magnesson Act coming out of committee, he felt the department is at a, "Wait and see" position with regards to his recommendation of the multi-state salt water fishing stamp. John Nelson stated that this type of stamp is appealing from a management standpoint and that he has already been in communication with neighboring states. Chairman Tichy asked John Nelson and Ritchie White to keep the Commission informed as to what is happening.

4. Director Perry distributed a copy of the Status Report prepared for the Ad Hoc Committee reviewing Fish and Game's Dedicated Accounts to the Commission. Director Perry stated that this report was merely a briefing and no action was needed at this time.

5. Commissioner Carney moved to approve the expenditure of $25,339.96 from the Super Sporting License Fisheries Account, and $901.04 from the Sale of Fish Food Account, to purchase 3 high performance series four-wheel drive gators, standard except for a bed liner @ $8,747 each and Commissioner Morse seconded. After discussion on the specific vehicles, availability of federal match, and locations that the gators would be used, Commissioner Morse stated that he believed the gators could be purchased at a lower price than what the department was quoted and asked to table the motion pending more information and Commissioner Carney seconded. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, stated that most of the Super Sportsmen's dollars have been requested for equipment and not matched with federal funds. Commissioner Tichy suggested revising the specifications to request a 4-wheel drive vehicle and not be specific to a gator model. Much additional discussion ensued.

At this time, Commissioner Carney moved to approve the purchase of the gators as originally requested and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote carried with 8 in favor and 2 opposed, (S. Nottonson and N. Russell). Commissioner Russell stated that he had concerns that possibly the funds would not be spent adequately this way. Commissioner Nottonson stated that he felt the specifications should not be so specific that there is only 1 vendor bidding with no competition.

6. Commissioner Morse moved to approve the expenditure of $5,000/year for 3 years from the Wildlife Habitat Dedicated Account in support for early successional woodcock habitat incentive in cooperation with the Wildlife Management Institute, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Steve Weber introduced Scot Williamson, Vice President of the Wildlife Management Institute. Scot provided a report on receipts and work already accomplished toward improving woodcock habitat. He also indicated that our contribution would be matched with federal funds. Don McGinley, NH Wildlife Federation, was present and spoke strongly in favor of the motion.

7. Commissioner Nottonson moved to accept the donation of $5,000 from the Great Bay Stewards, to be utilized as non-federal match for wetland reserve program funds the department received last year to improve habitat on properties Fish and Game manages in the Great Bay area and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

8. Chairman Tichy stated that the subject for discussion was the department door seal. He stated that it was his sincere hope not to offend any of the Commissioners while discussing the subject. He referred to a past meeting where he was absent and a vote to change the archery season took place and passed and he found out at a later date and was upset. He said that he felt it was wrong to bring an item up at that time and vote on it not having a full Commission. He reported that he did some procedural research and that it was his decision as Chairman to vacate the September 2005 vote in regards to changing the department door seals. Chairman Tichy read the statement in Commissioners Reports, "items would be informational only and no action would be taken". Commissioner Carney stated that it was his belief that it was not a procedure, however, a guideline. He further stated that he would like an opinion from the Attorney General as to why the Chairman can all of a sudden vacate a certain vote.

After lengthy discussion, Commissioner Carney moved that the door seals be changed at the time the vehicle is inspected or sooner, to a 4-color decal as shown on the letterhead and Commissioner Costa seconded. The motion carried with 8 in favor and 2 opposed, (S. Nottonson and N. Russell) The motion does not remove the words "Conservation Officer". Commissioner Nottonson stated he felt the item should not be allowed to be heard again until after adequate time is allowed to conduct proper research. At this time, Commissioner Carney posed to move the question and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Carney moved that this vote not be rescinded again and seconded by Commissioner Phillipson. Commissioner Nottonson questioned if this vote would prevent ever revisiting the item and was assured that it could come up again, this vote was only to prevent the most recent motion from being rescinded. The vote carried with 8 in favor and 2 opposed (S. Nottonson and N. Russell).

Chairman Tichy called for a 10-minute recess.

The meeting reconvened at 4:07 p.m.

INFORMATION ITEMS
1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, presented the monthly financial statement dated November 30, 2005. (see attached) Dan noted that projected December revenues are anticipated to be about 300,000.

2. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, briefed the Commission on setting the dates for the 06-07 game seasons. He stated that he would be looking for comments and suggestions up to and through the January meeting. He reported that there would be an Action Item at the February Commission meeting for items to go to public hearing in early April with a final vote at the April Commission meeting.

It was suggested that Commissioners who want to bring items forward should send them through the Director's office with a copy to the Commission Chair to facilitate initial discussions.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, Kalter, and Hubert.

Commissioner Phillipson reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission meeting to discuss Exotic Aquatic Plants. He reported that a resolution was adopted in the past indicating no herbicides or algaecides, which is hampering treatment. A new resolution was distributed to the Commission (copy attached). Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the resolution as presented and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, G. Normandeau, W. Carney, and W. Morse

Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission meeting to discuss several bills that would be brought before the Commission to take a position.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support HB-1115 (definition of resident) and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-1182 (recreational taking of lobster by scuba divers) and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-1269 (taking of red deer or elk) based on the Commission resolution passed at last month's meeting and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support HB-1294 (antique snowmobiles) and Commissioner Russell seconded. After brief questions, the vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-1302 (hunting in town of Bow, NH) and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-1348 (requiring hunters to wear hunter orange) and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. After much discussion, Commissioner Phillipson withdrew his second to the motion. At this time, Commissioner Russell moved to "Oppose as written" and Commissioner Kalter seconded. Commissioner Russell stated that New Hampshire is one of the only states left not mandating the wearing hunter orange. He stated, "From experience, I can tell you that you can see the color orange from a great distance". With the final amendment to the motion, oppose as written, the vote carried with 6 in favor and 5 opposed, Chairman Tichy casting the deciding vote.

Director Perry asked the Commission for clarification of their intent. He stated that to oppose as written implies that the Commission wishes to offer additional or revised language. Much discussion ensued on how to proceed. Commissioner Carney stated that if the Commission opposes as written, the next step would be to decide what is acceptable language to the Commission. Chairman Tichy stated that believed the Commission was split on the issue. An informal poll was taken by the Chairman to clarify who was in favor and who was against making hunter orange mandatory. The results were 3 in favor and 7 opposed. Chairman Tichy asked for reconsideration and a motion to oppose mandatory hunter orange. Commissioner Phillipson moved to oppose the requirement for mandatory hunter orange and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote carried with 7 in favor and 3 opposed.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support HB-1429 (prohibiting remote control and internet hunting) and seconded by Commissioner Normandeau. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-1423 (prorating the initial registration fee for OHRV's) and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support HB-1605 (transfers from prepaid fish and game license fund) and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to closely monitor HB-1572 (study commission) Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

There was discussion that someone should attend all meetings and that the Commission should appoint one or more commissioners to monitor these meetings.

In closing, Commissioner Guaraldi reminded the Legislative Committee that their next meeting would take place on January 18, 2006, @ 9:00 a.m., in the Director's Conference Room at Headquarters, unless notified otherwise.

RIVERS: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse reported there have been numerous meetings, however, nothing critical to report at the present time.

LAKES: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter offered the thought of promoting water quality testing on our website as an opportunity for anglers to participate in the testing. He will provide more details at a later date.

REVENUE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson expressed a "Thank you" to Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, for providing the Commission with a mock-up of the next digest cover showing the 'forever locked' display. In addition, he reported that the Nashua Fish and Game Club was supportive of hosting a 2-day 'Sighting-in Day", for hunter safety graduates and all parties in the near future.

AWARDS: Commissioner Tichy, Carney, and Guaraldi. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Judy Stokes reported that 3 recognition awards have been received to date.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS:
Commissioner Hubert stated that his constituents were still asking questions relative to access.

Commissioner Kalter reported that some of the clubs were getting anxious as to the anticipated timeframe that repairs would take place to the Jones Pond Dam. Commissioner Carney reported that the Dam Bureau has been extremely busy with the recent floods/damage and have not had the opportunity to meet with all parties. Commissioner Carney stated that he thought the repairs would take place in the Spring.

Commissioner Phillipson reported that he has received comments relative to a permanent Disabled Veterans License and having other tags attached. He reported that the Lifetime License includes bear, however, not muzzleloader or archery. The Over 68 includes muzzleloader and archery but not Bear. His constituent thought these should be reviewed and some additional tags should be allowed for Disabled Veterans as with the others.

Commissioner Carney reported that he had received several calls from Elk Farmers. In addition, he reported that he had a visit from members of the Pioneer Sportsmen who asked him to vote against the Hunter Orange Bill.

Commissioner Costa reported that she has found the response regarding the proposed rules relating to feeding bears to be very positive.

Commissioner Tichy reported that he had one person against the proposal on feeding bears and stated that this same person is against baiting for bears.

Commissioner Normandeau reported that most of the comments that he has received were regarding the lobster issues.

Commissioner Nottonson stated he had nothing to report.

Commissioner Morse stated he had nothing to report.

Commissioner Russell stated he had nothing to report.

Commissioner Guaraldi reported that in her travels, sportsmen shared their thoughts that New Hampshire's youth weekend is open to non-residents, however, Vermont and Maine are not reciprocal and suggested changing the laws to match theirs. In addition, a suggestion was made to request doe permits by lottery.

Further, she reported that VT allowed a severely ill youth to participate in the VT Moose Hunt, called, "Hunt of a Lifetime", and suggested New Hampshire consider a similar program.

Lastly, she asked that the Policy committee start to review the possibility of a Mentor or Apprentice Hunting License. This is available in Quebec and is currently in the legislative process in several states. She stated that she would like New Hampshire to not be one of the last states to embrace such a concept.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry reported that the awards nominations were still coming in and encouraged participation in the program by nominating deserving individuals or organizations for recognition.

In addition, he reported that he recently attended a meeting with Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, and Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Supervisor, at the NH Wildlife Federation to discuss Elk Hunting and HB 1269.

He further reported that he met with the Governor to brief him on the status of the State Wildlife Grants and the Wildlife Action Plan. He reported that the department is hoping to obtain approval in February by the National Acceptance Team. He reported that the department is making plans for another Wildlife Summit to start the implementation stage of the Wildlife Action Plan.

Director Perry reported that Comprehensive Funding Team is still working together to review alternative funding recommendations and is making progress toward specific proposals.

He reported that he was unsure of where the comments were coming from, however, that the kayak fee issue is still floating around and the department is receiving e-mails in that regard.

He stated that the department is looking into some promotional opportunities. He reported that the department has an opportunity to do some work with Outdoor Life Magazine and an opportunity to work with Sweepstakes on a joint promotional project.

Director Perry announced that the department received approval by the Governor and Council to pay the City of Laconia $180,000, for a parcel of land valued at $253,000, to be utilized for the development of a boat ramp. He stated that the project would be moving forward as quickly as possible.

He reported that the Lakes Association has been in discussion with the Governor's Office relative to Wild Goose. He stated that the Governor's Office been provided with some information by Dan Lynch, Assistant Director. The next step is to derive a plan to the Governor on how to move forward.

He reported that Baxter Lake received heavy rains this fall. He further reported that the dam operator was unable to draw down the lake to a level adequate to allow the completion of the ramp this fall. He stated things are moving along with the parking lot and rough grade for the ramp. He estimated that the project would not be complete until next fall.

Director Perry reported that there were some issues at Sand Pond in Marlow. He reported that due to ice damage the ramp required reconstruction.

He reported that there would be a meeting on January 9th in Hadley, Massachusetts to discuss the status of Atlantic Salmon conservation efforts and developing a collaborative effort, among the New England States, to maintain existing funding and secure future funds.

He reported that Governor and Council approved the transfer of 12 properties and 2 Conservation Easements from the Nature Conservancy. He reported that this transfer is the result of a very successful partnership among state, federal, local government, and non-governmental organizations to conserve lands on and around Great Bay.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Mark Statten, Portsmouth, stated that he had some concerns about the lobster trap regulations, however, is quite agreeable with them now. He reported that although there might have been a hearing notice on the website, the notice in the paper did not come out until the day of the hearings. He commented that there should be adequate notice given to the commercial permit holders, perhaps by individual letter since it affects their livelihood.

He continued to state that the Saltwater Fishing Stamp is probably okay, however, the funds need to be put back into tangible items for the fisherman.

At this time, 5:30 p.m., Commissioner Hubert moved to adjourn and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: __________________ Date:_________________
Ted Tichy, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
November 16, 2005

Meeting Location: Fish and Game HQ, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: T. Hubert, W. Carney, P. Costa, S. Nottonson, G. Normandeau, W. Morse, N. Russell, M. Kalter, S. Guaraldi, R. Phillipson and T. Tichy.

Commissioners Absent: n/a

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m., and asked the audience join in the pledge of allegiance. Commissioner Tichy 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.

ACTION ITEMS
1. Commissioner Russell moved to approve the October Commission Minutes with the following revisions and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Revisions
a). Page 4 of the October minutes, 3rd paragraph, second sentence should read: The Colonel reported that Lt. Wimsatt brought forward a plan 3 2 years ago in regards to the potential creation of the exhibit.

b). Page 5 of the October minutes, 3rd paragraph, second sentence should read: A schedule of where the exhibit will be displayed is available on line at: www.northcountrynewsnh.com www.northcountrynews.com.

2. Consent Agenda - The following items were grouped together and noticed as consent agenda items to expedite action on routine matters, which may not require public discussion. Commission members reserve the right to remove certain items if further public input or discussion is deemed necessary.

Commissioner Hubert moved to approve donations 2a-2d as follows, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

DONATIONS:
A. $70.00 donation from the Atkinson Boy Scouts, Troop 9, to be utilized by the Owl Brook Hunter Education Facility in Holderness.

B. $100.00 donation from Margaret Castine, in memory of Henry (Hank) Northridge, who served as a hunter education instructor, to be utilized by the Hunter Education Program.

C. Four donations totaling $105.00, from the below individuals, in memory of Sterling Chamberlain, avid fisherman who passed away on October 15, 2005, to be utilized by the "Let's Go Fishing Program".

$50.00 - Town of Nottingham
$20.00 - Carol & Clinton Arnold
$25.00 - Irma & Robert Goodrich
$10.00 - Paul Homes

D. $300.00 donation from the Hackle & Tackle Club of Rochester, to be utilized toward the Jones Pond Dam Repair.

3. Commissioner Normandeau moved to allocate $730.00 from the Fish Habitat Conservation Fund to pay for the Environmental Services Wetlands Application Fee for the removal of sediment that is impeding the efficiency of the fish ladder on the Central Avenue (Cocheco Falls) Dam on the Cocheco River and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. John Magee, Habitat Biologist, reported that the department is paying $730.00 for the wetlands application fee and that in the future the department would also be responsible for the $810.00 wetlands analysis as well. Commissioner Guaraldi questioned if the total cost to the department would be $1,600. Cheri Patterson, Marine Biologist, reported that the department was still waiting to hear from the Department of Environmental Services in regards to their budget situation, however, at this point Fish and Game only anticipates paying for the wetlands application fee. She further reported that the removal would take place in November of 2006.

4. Commissioner Nottonson moved to approve the final proposal for the moose lottery application rules as presented and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Sandy Falicon, Rules/Legislative Coordinator, reported that there was no attendance at the moose lottery hearing. She further reported that the office printer was not functioning, therefore, she was unable to provide the Commission with a copy of the editorial changes. In closing, she provided the dates for upcoming biennial hearings as follows:

Date Location Time
November 16, 2005 Fish & Game HQ, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord 6:30 p.m.
December 12, 2005 Region 1 Fish & Game Office, 629B Main St., Lancaster 6:30 p.m.

LATE ACTION ITEMS:
1. Commissioner Costa moved to approve the donation of $100.00 from Doug Comeau of Berlin, to be utilized by the Trapper Education Program and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.


INFORMATION ITEMS
1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated October 31, 2005 (see attached). Dan distributed an informational sheet to the Commission entitled, "Significant Factors Affecting New Hampshire Fishing License Sales". Some of the factors listed relate to temperature, gas prices, and amounts of rainfall.

2. Charlie Bridges, Habitat & Diversity Coordinator, provided a presentation on public access to current use lands. Charlie distributed a copy of the current use law in addition to a summary of current use assessment ranges to the Commission. He reported that he serves as the department representative on the Current Use Board with many other group and organization representatives. He further reported that the current use assessment provides a property tax incentive to all qualifying landowners who agree to maintain their land in an undeveloped condition. This assessment is based on the capacity of the land to produce income in its current use -- whether it be managed farm or forest, or unmanaged open space. Charlie reviewed the different criteria for land to qualify for current use. In addition, he reported that there this is a S.P.A.C.E (Statewide Program of Action to Conserve our Environment) Committee. S.P.A.C.E. is a private, not-for-profit advocacy coalition of natural resource conservation organizations, agricultural and tourism groups, business and other trade associations, and concerned individuals. S.P.A.C.E. is New Hampshire's current use coalition.
He further reported that the committees objectives are to:
* Effectively advocate the necessity of Current Use;
* Conduct research and collect data;
* Educate landowners on enrollment and compliance with the program's requirements;
* Educate municipal and state officials on the proper administration of the program;
* Maintain regular contact with the program's 24,500 participants.
He quoted Chapter 79-A:1, Current Use Taxation:

It is hereby declared to be in the public interest to encourage the preservation of open space, thus providing a healthful and attractive outdoor environment for work and recreation of the state's citizens, maintaining the character of the state's landscape, and conserving the land, water, forest, agricultural and wildlife resources. It is further declared to be in the public interest to prevent the loss of open space due to property taxation at values incompatible with open space usage. Open space land imposes few if any costs on local government and is therefore an economic benefit to its citizens. The means for encouraging preservation of open space authorized this chapter is the assessment of land value for property taxation on the basis of current use. It is the intent of this chapter to encourage but not to require management practices on open space lands under current use assessment.

Charlie reported that under Chapter 79-A:4, Powers & Duties of Board; Rulemaking, reads: II - The board shall reduce by 20% the current use value of land which is open 12 months a year to public recreational use, without entrance fee, and which also qualifies for current use assessment under an open space category. There shall be no prohibition of skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, hunting, hiking or nature observation on such open space land, unless these activities would be detrimental to a specific agricultural or forest crop or activity. The owner of the land who opens his land to public recreational use as provided in this paragraph shall not be liable for personal injury or property damage to any person, and shall be subject to the same duty of care as provided in RSA 212:34.

Much discussion ensued. The Commission thanked Charlie for an informative presentation.

3. John Kanter, Nongame & Endangered Species Coordinator, provided an update on the Wildlife Action Plan. John reported that the Wildlife Action Plan is an extensive plan put together as a result of a charge from Congress in order for New Hampshire to continue to receive federal funding for programs. The charge was to all states and 6 territories, who are currently receiving federal funds, to address their species by needs of conservation through the State's Wildlife Grant Program. The plan was to be compiled by October 1, 2005, looking at all species and identifying those with the greatest need of conservation. The Comprehensive Plan will indicate how the state is going to move forward in the future and spend the federal funds. He reported that over the past 5 years a great deal projects have been completed with funds through the State's Wildlife Grant Program such as: land protection projects, restoration of the terns to the seacoast, the recovery of the Karner Blue Butterfly to Concord, and the pine martin study recently completed. He reported that the Department was successful in meeting the deadline with assistance from partnerships such as St. Anselms, University of New Hampshire, The Nature Conservancy, NH Audubon Society, other state agencies such as The Natural Heritage Bureau, within the Department of Resources and Economic Development, and input from federal partners as well. John reviewed the major chapter categories of the plan. He reported that plan includes a wildlife risk assessment to identify those challenging risks to wildlife in the state such as mercury, development, recreation, and unsustainable forest harvesting. The plan also includes strategies on how to address those risks.

In conclusion, John stated that there are not many surprises. He stated that the preliminary plan could be viewed on the department website at: www.wildlife.state.nh.us. John thanked Steve Fuller, Terrestrial Biologist, who put in very long hours over the summer months, Jim Oehler, Habitat Biologist, who was critical to the process, Katie Callahan, who handled the GIS and mapping work, Darrell Covell, Extension Specialist, and Ethan Nadeau, Editor. He reported that there were many people who contributed to the plan and that he was proud of the final product.

At this time, 3:01 p.m., Chairman Tichy called for a recess for 10 minutes.

4. Director Perry reported that Bill Ingham, Ecologist, would be drafting a policy in regards to mosquito spraying on Fish and Game properties after receiving input from the Pesticides Board. He further reported that there was some legislative interest to put together a policy for Commission consideration.

5. Charlie Bridges provided a presentation on the Wildlife Habitat Program, particularly small grants. He distributed a copy of the Small Grants Guidelines to the Commission. Charlie reported that the program focuses on declining habitats and taking measures to benefit game and nongame species at the same time. He reported that the Habitat Account revenue each year is averaging around 163,000. Charlie reported that some of the funds are earmarked to maintain public access and to conduct special surveys to identify trends, etc. He further reported that the Small Grants Program allocates approximately $70,000 per year, State Lands Habitat Program $50,000, and Habitat Acquisition & Conservation at least $30,000 per year and the remainder of the unspent revenue. In addition, he reported that landowners have completed 253 projects, 62 active projects with about $80,000 committed to those projects. He stated that those projects have allowed more than 138,000 acres to be left open for public access. The program has accomplished approximately 2,500 wild apple trees to be released, 1,157 acres of grasslands and openings mowed, 966 acres of old field have been brush-hogged, and 370 acres have been regenerated with brontosaurus. He reported that on State Lands there have been approximately 22 timber harvests over the last 10-12 years, which brought in approximately $636,774 from sales. He further reported that there are 8 projects in the planning stages.

In closing, Charlie reported that the Regional Biologists are the point of contact in which landowners can make application to. They are responsible for making sure the landowner adheres to the agreement. Commissioner Phillipson spoke regarding tree regeneration and its importance. Commissioner Guaraldi questioned whether abutting landowners could get together and apply for a group grant. Charlie responded that he would encourage it. Much discussion ensued.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, Kalter, and Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that there was a meeting prior to the Commissioner Meeting to discuss high fence hunting. He further reported that the existing resolution on record was outdated, therefore, after working with the large game biologists the committee proposed the following updated resolution:

Resolution regarding big game shooting preserves
also known as big game regulated shooting areas or hunting preserves in New Hampshire

Whereas, the legislature has determined that it is in the best interest of the state and its citizens to preserve our special heritage of hunting, and

Whereas, the Commission values the protection and welfare of New Hampshire's wildlife, wildlife habitat, and its historic hunting tradition, and

Whereas, the Commission has the responsibility to protect and foster traditional and ethical standards for the benefit of the sportsmen and sportswomen of the state, and

Whereas, big game shooting preserves conflict with the philosophy of wildlife conservation because they advocate for private ownership and commercialization of wildlife, and

Whereas, the Fish and Game Commission believes the pursuit and killing of any big game animal kept in or released from captivity to be killed without the benefit of fair chase to be unethical, and

Whereas, the Commission considers big game shooting preserves to contradict traditional views and ethical standards of hunting and hunting heritage that promote fair-chase, and

Whereas, big game shooting preserves circumvent the existing process of stewardship that develops from the hunters' experiences in the field and their contributions to wildlife management, and

Whereas, big game animals have a long history of escaping from shooting preserves, and

Whereas, given the many unknowns regarding wildlife diseases, the legalization of big game shooting preserves in New Hampshire would result in the increased movement of captive deer and elk and a commensurate increase in the potential for disease transmission,

Now therefore be it resolved, that based on all these threats and concerns, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission opposes the establishment of additional big game shooting preserves within the State of New Hampshire.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to replace the existing resolution with the updated resolution and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote carried with 9 in favor and 1 abstention. (W. Carney) Commissioner Phillipson reported that the committee would be meeting on December 21, 2005, at 9:00 a.m., to discuss aquatic plants.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, G. Normandeau, W. Carney, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission Meeting. She further reported that the committee does not have text for proposed LSR's as of yet. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the committee would be meeting the morning of the December 21, 2005 Commission Meeting.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Normandeau, Chair: Commissioners Phillipson, Costa, and Tichy. Director Perry reported that Jennifer Patterson responded to the question posed to her relative to the joining of the Policy Committee and the Issues in the 21st Century Committee. Assistant Attorney General Patterson reported that as long as the committee acts as a committee and does not take a position that the combining of the committees should not be a concern.

Commissioner Normandeau moved to go forward with the joining of the Policy and Issues in the 21st Century Committees, pending the written response from the Attorney General's Office and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Normandeau stated that the two committees seem to be duplicating each other's issues. Commissioner Phillipson stated that 1 person from each committee should act as liaison, thus, that person would have insight on what is going on.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse reported that he received official confirmation of his appointment to the Rivers Committee and is now a voting member.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter reported that he also received official confirmation of his appointment to the Lakes Committee. He reported that the committee drafted a letter to the Governor's Office requesting clarification on the CORD Rivers and Lakes Committee responsibilities and authorities as far as state land reviews as there are some ambiguities in the statutes the way they are currently written. He further reported that the next meeting would take place on Friday, November 18, 2005.

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, Carney, and Guaraldi. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Chairman Tichy reported that the awards were approved at the last meeting. He further reported that the deadline for the submittal of nominations is December 31, 2005.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS
At this time, Commissioner Tichy inquired amongst the Commission who required small and large nametags. A list was provided to Tanya for ordering.

Commissioner Guaraldi stated that she had nothing to report at the time.

Commissioner Russell stated that he had nothing to report at the time.

Commissioner Morse stated that he received a call from a young man who was unable to participate in a hunter education course do to the classes being completely full and participating in his daily school activities. Commissioner Morse requested that the Public Affairs Division post the classes at schools, local stores, sporting good shops, etc., to get the word out to youths about the courses. Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, reported that the department recently held a "Procrastinators Class", to accommodate some of those individuals with similar difficulties in attending a class. She reported that there are classes year round to try to accommodate different lifestyles, however, most people typically don't think to sign up for a class until hunting season is approaching. Commissioner Phillipson requested that the dates of the courses be advertised in advance for the entire year. Commissioner Nottonson stated that his local car dealer put his name on their sign when he first became a Commissioner as sort of a welcome. He further stated that another dealer might wish to pick up that information and offer to display it for the department. He suggested sending the hunter education course list to all the licensed agents for them to display. Commissioner Russell suggested putting the course in the newspaper and posting it at sporting good stores.

Commissioner Nottonson stated that he had nothing to report at the time.

Commissioner Normandeau stated that he had nothing to report at the time.
Commissioner Costa stated that she had nothing to report at the time.

Commissioner Carney reported that he received a call from a constituent in regards to him hunting with a flintlock rifle. He stated that the constituent compared removing the flint from the flintlock rifle to be the same as making a person using a muzzleloader having to remove both the cap and nipple every time they unload it. He is requesting that the law be clarified for the 2006 law book to read: removal of the source of ignition (powder in the pan) and remove the section of the law that pertains to removing the flint every time the rifle is made inoperable.

Commissioner Phillipson suggested that the department look into the possibility of allowing a youth to take a bear during youth hunt weekend. In addition, Commissioner Phillipson reported that he received a call from a farmer who had concerns relative to importing water buffalo. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, reported that he was aware of the situation and is working to resolve conflict issues.

Commissioner Kalter reported that he recently had a liaison meeting with a representative present from the Turkey Federation. He reported that the Turkey Federation has concerns relative to canceling the Crabapple tree program and for the potential for obtaining some maintenance for the plantings, such a mowing, etc. Steve Weber reported that the program took 1-year break to evaluate and determine if the program was successful and believes that the intent is to reimplement the program this year.

Commissioner Hubert reported that he received a call from the Claremont Beagle Club who are having difficulty obtaining animals to maintain their operation. Director Perry reported that the state realizes there is an issue and is working toward exploring options. Commissioner Hubert inquired as to the status of the Wild Goose site. Director Perry responded that there is not much new to report, however, that the group that was opposed is still involved. He further reported that the Governor met with he and the State Parks Division in regards to the issue. He stated that he received a letter from Commissioner Murray indicating that the road design would work. He has heard from another source that the Town of Newbury does not think it will work. There are still some issues to be addressed prior to moving forward. Commissioner Hubert reported that he feels most of the issues that he has been made aware of could be addressed and offered his assistance in the deliberation process.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry reported that Fish and Game Committee has established an Ad-hoc committee to review the dedicated accounts to determine if the department is deriving the most benefit from the various dedicated accounts. After 2 meetings, he stated that he believed the committee had reached a conclusion that the funds are generally in a situation that they would not solve the department's financial problems. He reported that there were 3 accounts that he wanted to review prior to going before the committee again. He stated that there has been discussion whether there would be any advantages gained in consolidating the big game accounts into 1 large account, giving the department more flexibility.

He reported that Senator O'Dell asked that he speak before the Park Study Task Force, the group that is charged to look at the future funding of the state parks system. He further reported that Senator O'Dell is looking at solving some of the department's financial issues at the same time they are reviewing Parks. He reported that he is not sure of the intent at this time, however, he stated that the committee could be thinking that by combining the 2 agencies that it could solve the problem. He stated that this is something the department needs to keep abreast of.

To clear up any confusion, the Director clarified that the department is not pursuing the non-motorized tax/user fee at this time for kayaks.

He reported that a great deal of time has been spent at the Water Street site at Winnisquam. The next step is to proceed with the demolition of the 2 green house buildings. He reported that the town voted to accept the offer to replace the buildings and to transfer the land. Director Perry stated that he hoped it would make the December Governor & Council deadline in order to take over possession of the land.

He reported that the new land in Berlin is a hot issue. The lands will be used primarily for an OHRV trail system. The impact to the department should not be significant per the Parks Division, as they would have rangers doing enforcement.

Director Perry announced that there has been a decision made to close the doors to the department's garage at headquarters. He reported that he met with the State Employees Union who offered a proposal that suggests that the department would save $80,000 by keeping the shop open. The Department does not agree with those figures and believes there would be a $50,000 savings by the closure, therefore, are moving forward with the idea.

In closing, he wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. He further reported that he would be out of state celebrating his 36th Wedding Anniversary and if anyone needed anything to contact Tanya or Dan.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
At this time, 4:16 p.m., Commissioner Guaraldi moved to adjourn and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _____________
Ted Tichy, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
October 19, 2005

Meeting Location: Owl Brook Hunter Education Facility, 387 Perch Pond Road, Holderness, NH, 03245.

Commissioners Present: T. Hubert, W. Carney, P. Costa, S. Nottonson, G. Normandeau, W. Morse, N. Russell, M. Kalter, S. Guaraldi, and T. Tichy.

Commissioners Absent: R. Phillipson

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:04 p.m., and asked the audience join in the pledge of allegiance. Commissioner Tichy 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.

Chairman Tichy welcomed everyone to the Owl Brook Hunter Education Facility.

ACTION ITEMS
1. Commissioner Carney moved to approve the September Commission Minutes with the following revisions and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Revisions
a). 1st action item - Approval of the September August Commission Minutes.

b). Under Commissioner's Reports - Commissioner Carney clarified his comments from the September Commission Meeting relative to his discussion with Colonel Gray pertaining to department decals. Commissioner Carney reported that the statements made relative to non-law enforcement personnel were not the opinion of Colonel Gray, however, that the Colonel simply relayed the opinion of those involved in making the initial change of the department decals.

c). Under call to the Public - Commissioner Nottonson requested that the 4th paragraph, last sentence of Councilor Griffin's comments be revised to include the word hostage, "She stated that if she does not withhold her vote, than the department would not take her concerns seriously, therefore, she stated that she is holding the department hostage so to speak until she gets some answers to her questions".

d). Under Director's Comments - He reported that he received a great deal of compliments from the North American Waterfowl Conservation Association Wetlands Council.

2. Commissioner Russell moved to approve the donation of several fly fishing items, valued at approximately $150.00, to be utilized by the "Let's Go Fishing" Program, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Nottonson moved to reinstate the 2005 Awards Program and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Director Perry reported that former Commissioner Jones felt strongly about the department having an awards program, both internally within the department and broader, recognizing contributions from clubs, organizations, supporters, etc. The program was formally adopted when former Commissioner Hatch retired from the Commission. Director Perry reported that there is $2,000 in the fund to purchase plaques and the necessary recognitions supplies. He reported that the committee met and came up with some wording in hopes of getting the word out that the Commission is accepting nominations. He reported that it was decided to hold the recognition on Discover Wild New Hampshire Day as many organizations, groups, as well as the media attend the event.

Commissioner Normandeau questioned who is doing the nominating. The Director responded that anybody could nominate someone, however, the Commission would be the deciding group. Commissioner Morse stated that he felt department employees should be eligible for recognition as well. Commissioner Tichy reported that this particular program is separate from the Department Awards Program, where it may be more suitable to recognize employees. Commissioner Tichy stated this program is more for people affiliated with the department and not employees. Director Perry clarified that the intent was to have two parallel programs, one of Commission recognition, more external such as clubs, volunteers, supports, etc., and the other would be for internal employee recognition. Commissioner Morse stated that he would still like to see employee names be eligible for both awards, "As they do an outstanding job". Commissioner Tichy stated that since the Commission is choosing the recipients, there can be no showing of preferences to a classified employee, therefore feels that the internal awards program may be a better avenue to recognize employees.

LATE ACTION ITEMS:
1. Commissioner Hubert moved to approve the donation of approximately $55,000.00, the partial value of 1.4± acres of land from the City of Laconia, to be utilized for the Winnisquam boat access on Water Street in Laconia and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Director Perry displayed a plan of the proposed Winnisquam Access Site for the Commission to view.

2. Commissioner Carney moved to approve the donation of $70.00 from Commissioner Costa, for the additional replacement sign at the Ellis Hatch Wildlife Management Area and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Morse moved to approve the donation of $18.00, from Pinnacle Mountain Fish and Game Club, to be utilized towards maintenance at the Bear Brook Archery Range and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

INFORMATION ITEMS
1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated September 30, 2005 (See attached). Dan reported that the financial statement this month reflects changes due to employee pay raises. Commissioner Nottonson inquired as to what his analysis was on the resident vs. non-resident license revenue. Dan reported that he currently did not have that data, as it was not addressed at this point. He stated that a big part is looking at on-line sales.

2. Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Supervisor, provided a review of the initial rulemaking proposal for reducing nuisance black bears. He reported that the department receives approximately 1,000 complaints relative to nuisance black bears per year. He stated that a small portion of those are very difficult to resolve due to adamant constituents feeding bears to purposely attract them. Mark reported that the department is proposing a rule that would allow action to be taken after consultation with the party, in order to prevent feeding from happing in the future. Mark gave an example of one of the results of feeding bear. He reported that last year two individuals in the towns of Randolph and Gorham were generating approximately 50 complaints to the department per week by feeding bears. In one instance, he reported that upwards of 10-15 bears were traveling through an adjoining community causing chaos amongst residents. He stated that the cost and hours spent by staff and conservation officers resolving these conflicts can become somewhat frustrating. Mark reported that 15 states have similar laws that prevent the feeding of bears and or other animals and that New Hampshire would like to be the 16th.

In closing, he reported that authority would only be used when necessary and that the department would still try to resolve the issue by having a consulation with the landowner prior to taking any legal action. Commissioner Normandeau questioned as to what the fine would be for violating this law. Colonel Gray reported that the fine could start at $100 and go as high as $500 as it is a non-criminal offense. Commissioner Russell stated that he did not like the word noticed in the proposed rule and suggested using the word notify as an alternative. Commissioner Morse inquired as to how law enforcement personnel felt about the proposal. Colonel Gray reported that the officers actively support the proposal. Mark reported that law enforcement handles the brunt of many of the complaints. Commissioner Carney questioned whether it would be appealable in court. Colonel Gray responded that it would not be appealable. The Commission thanked Director Perry for bringing the subject before the Commission for discussion. Director Perry stated that he wanted to give the Commission an opportunity to comment on the proposal.

3. Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, introduced Laura Ryder, Administrator, Aquatic Education and Hunter Education Programs. Judy reported that Laura was recently selected to oversee the two combined programs. Laura provided a short history of the Owl Brook Hunter Education Facility with a short slide presentation. Laura reported that the 498 acres was purchased in two pieces in 1995 with grant funds. She stated that the mission is to promote hunting, trapping, and to teach the skills needed to be safe and responsible in the woods.

In addition, she reported that the building has office space, storage downstairs, classrooms, indoor archery range and other exhibits that are still in the development stages. She thanked the Trappers Association for the gracious donation of the Trapper Cabin located on the property. She announced that the facility anticipates having special opportunity classes and workshops in the future. She reported on some of the activities held at the facility such as: Woodland archery course, 3-D map & Compass course, Scout Meetings, Hunter Education Courses, Becoming an Outdoor Woman Winter Workshop, Furbearer Classes, NH Trappers Association, Division Meetings, Big Game Meetings, Instructor Trainings, and much more. Commissioner Morse inquired relative to having more youth programs similar to the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program. Laura responded that the idea has been discussed and that there is potential to hold something similar called, "Becoming an Outdoor Family". Commissioner Nottonson congratulated Judy Stokes for exploring opportunities and obtaining such a great facility. Commissioner Tichy, on behalf of the Commission, thanked Laura for a great presentation and congratulated her on her new role in the education programs.

4. Colonel Gray spoke in regards to the exciting new exhibit, "Forever locked". He recognized Ray Deragon of New London, New Hampshire, as being very instrumental in the success of the exhibit, as he graciously donated the skull and carcass. Colonel Gray stated that he believes the exhibit will serve valuable and that it would be a great educational opportunity for many. The Colonel also extended many thanks to Mark Dufresne, Taxidermist and owner of Reflections Taxidermy in Maine. The Colonel stated that the exhibit is, "World class".

In addition, he thanked Lt. Wimsatt for his dedication in making the exhibit happen. The Colonel reported that Lt. Wimsatt brought forward a plan 3 years ago in regards to the potential creation of the exhibit. The Colonel stated, "I never imagined that it would turn out as such a professional exhibit as it did". He stated that he is proud that it promotes the department, the agency, and the resource so well and hoped that it continued to do so in the future. He also thanked Lisa Bell, who coordinated the huge effort. He reported that Lisa has volunteered a great deal of time and assisted in making it the professional exhibit that it is. The Colonel reported that a great deal of fundraising went into the success of the project. Colonel Gray reported that one of the major sponsors of the exhibit was CORA, (Conservation Officers Relief Association). He reported that the exhibit was at the state fairs and seemed to draw a great deal of attraction. He stated that he was thankful for all their assistance, hard work and efforts. He reported that Allen MacNeil was present at the meeting, strong supporter and volunteer hunter education instructor, was one of the contributors to the exhibit and thanked him.

At this time, 2:21 p.m., Chairman Tichy called for a recess for 10 minutes. During the recess, audience members, staff, and the Commission, traveled outdoors to view the exhibit.

Chairman Tichy reconvened the meeting at 2:35 p.m. He thanked Colonel Gray for making arrangements for the exhibit to be on display today.

Lt. Wimsatt stated that he was pleased to be before the Commission reporting on such a great story and project conducted by many groups, organizations, and volunteers. Lt. Wimsatt thanked Colonel Gray, as the project was a very, "out of the box". He stated that at the beginning of the project there were many unknown answers and without the Colonel's support the project would not have taken off the way it did. He thanked the major players in the project, Ray Deragon, Lisa Bell, and Mark Dufresne. He reported that Mark has approximately 900 hours into the mount and that his quality of work is second to none. He reported that Mark provided a clay model of what he anticipated the final moments of the battle to look like. He further stated that without Lisa's dedication and support the program would not run as efficiently and effectively as it has.

Lt. Wimsatt provided a slide presentation of the events as they unfolded. He reported that on October 9th, 2003, he received a call from Ray Deragan, who found two dead moose carcasses that were locked by the antlers. He stated, "It was a find of a lifetime". He reported that apparently one bull died as a result of fighting and having locked antlers; the other had to drag its body around until it ultimately died from exhaustion. Lt. Wimsatt reported that two gracious moose hunters donated hides for the project. One moose dressed out at 870 lbs and the other at 825 lbs. He further reported that approximately $43,000 in donations was contributed and that they are still actively fundraising. He stated that the antlers were never separated during the recreation of the mounts and still remain locked in their original pose. He reported that approximately 300 people were in attendance for the unveiling ceremony held at the Gile State Forest, Rte 4, in Wilmot, which was a huge success and a great day. Lt. Wimsatt stated that his wife, as well as Mark's wife, deserves a vacation for their patience and support throughout the project.

In closing, Lt. Wimsatt reported that the exhibit seems to be very popular and can be viewed at many locations throughout the state. A schedule of where the exhibit will be displayed is available on line at: www.northcountrynews.com. He further stated that it was his hope to see positive things come from the project. He reported that the goal was to develop a project for educational purposes and to bring people together. Lt. Wimsatt stated that for whatever the reasons, there has been a lot of water over the dam over the past few years. He reported that the agency is in the process of rebuilding itself and regaining its reputation. He further reported that there is a great deal of talented people in the agency who care about the department and want to see it succeed. He stated that he sincerely hopes the exhibit benefits the agency as a whole and unites the department. Commissioner Tichy, on behalf of the Commission, thanked Lt. Wimsatt for an informative presentation.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, Kalter, and Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, G. Normandeau, W. Carney, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the Legislative meeting was cancelled the morning of the October Commission meeting. She further reported that the next meeting would take place at 9:00 a.m., on November 16, 2005, in the Director's Conference Room. She informed the Commission of an upcoming meeting on October 27th, at 11:00 a.m., at the State House, relative to Charitable Gifts and Annuities.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Normandeau, Chair: Commissioners Phillipson, Costa, Tichy, and Normandeau. Commissioner Normandeau reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse reported that he attended the Rivers Committee Meeting on October 29th and that the discussion was relative to stream gauging.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter reported that he was nominated to replace Commissioner Guaraldi on the Lakes Committee.

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, Carney, and Guaraldi. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Chairman Tichy reported that there was discussion at the beginning of the meeting relative to this committee and its status.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report. He further thanked Lt. Wimsatt for the great "Forever Locked" presentation. He asked the Commission to give the photo consideration for the next digest cover to promote hunting in New Hampshire. At this time, Commissioner Nottonson moved that the "Forever Locked" photograph be used as the 06-07 Hunting Digest Cover and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Lt. Wimsatt responded that the Department is welcome to use the photograph for the digest cover and that he would be glad to see it happen.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Commissioner Russell, Chair, Commissioners Phillipson and Hubert. Commissioner Russell moved to appoint the following slate of officers to serve in the following capacities and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Theodore A. Tichy, Chairman
Walter Morse, Vice Chairman
Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary/Treasurer

Chairman Tichy requested that Vice Chairman Morse take over the order of the meeting so that the Chairman could make a comment to the Commission. Commissioner Tichy reported that he has spoke with the Commission and is considering looking at the Policy and Issues in the 21st Century Committees responsibilities and what their charge is. Commissioner Tichy moved to combine the Policy Committee and the Issues in the 21st Century Committee and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. Much discussion ensued. Commissioner Normandeau stated that the topic of using electronic calls should go to that committee for deliberation.

Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Supervisor, questioned if combining the two committees would make the meetings more restrictive and open to the public. Commissioner Tichy withdrew his original motion until further discussion with the Attorney General's Office and Commissioner Normandeau withdrew his second to the motion.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS
Commissioner Hubert reported that he received a letter from Darron Laughland, relative to the potential of charging a recreational fee for kayaks and canoes. He further reported that he has received a call from the Sullivan County Sportsmen's Club inquiring as to potential of having the Forever Locked exhibit present at the Cornish Fair next year. Lt. Wimsatt suggested checking the schedule online to get a better idea of the dates that the display is available. He further thanked everyone involved in the Pheasant Stocking Program. He stated that he did not realize the amount of work that goes into stocking and appreciates the work the department and volunteers do.

Commissioner Kalter reported that the clubs have started meeting again and that there is a pending donation for the Jones Pond Wildlife Management Area. He also reported that he is starting to put ideas together for the fishing digest and would like to run them by the Policy Committee. Commissioner Tichy suggested that Commissioner Kalter work with the committee on the digest and to bring revisions forward at the same time for consideration.

Commissioner Carney reported that he received a call from a constituent asking for an update on the Habitat Grant Program. Director Perry reported that he would ask Charlie Bridges to provide an update at the next Commission Meeting. Commissioner Carney reported that he received a call from a gentleman who inquired whether the department would consider allowing the donation of a moose permit to an over 65 person, to chose their own sub-permitee, no strings attached. Commissioner Tichy inquired whether it was something that could be changed in rulemaking. Commissioner Carney stated that he asked Sandy to look into the matter. Sandy Falicon, Rules/Legislative Coordinator, reported that she started to do some research, however, does not have the answer just yet. He reported that he received a call from Trout Unlimited in regards to installing the ceiling at the Barry Conservation Camp. He stated that the work is now completed and looks great.

Commissioner Costa reported that she was at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Facility in September to attend the Trapper Education Course with Colonel Gray, his wife, and a few Conservation Officers as well. She stated that she was able to see 1st hand the good work that is done at the facility. She reported that she recently attended a meeting of the NH Trappers Association, who graciously donated the cabin at the Owl Brook facility. She informed the Commission that the Trappers Association is always looking for service type projects. She further reported that last year a few of the trappers, as well as herself, took some of the children fishing in the Spring and that they had a great time. In addition, she stated that she felt the idea of a similar program to the Becoming an Outdoors Woman program would be great, however, geared towards children. She stated that she hoped the department would take a serious look into the idea. She reported that in looking at statistics, there are less and less rural areas, therefore, children are not exposed to outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing as much. She stated that she felt it is a much healthier lifestyle than some of the things we see and that we should be promoting more to the younger group.

Commissioner Normandeau questioned what the deadline was for revisions to the Saltwater Digest. Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, responded that it normally gets distributed in mid March or April. She thought that a December 1, 2005 deadline would serve well.

Commissioner Nottonson stated that when he first became a Commissioner he had the honor of receiving a briefing from former Commissioner Ellis Hatch. He stated that Commissioner Hatch informed him of the importance of the chain of command and wanted to be sure he was clear and understood as well. He stated that it was his thought that the Commission spoke of one voice and not to have individuals speak on their own. He reported that he was embarrassed last month that he knew nothing about the proposal relative to the door decals. He further stated that he was unable to do proper research in order to understand the issue. In closing, he suggested that all Commissioners, should they have an agenda item that they are personally involved in or want to put forth, to go to the Chairman, chain of command, speak with one voice, and to work as a team.

Commissioner Morse reported that a constituent from Hillsboro is looking to preserve 500 acres and would like the department's assistance if possible. Commissioner Morse inquired if Chuck Miner should be the person to contact him on the issue. Director Perry responded that it may be better to have someone from the Lands Team make the initial contact. Commissioner Morse reported that he received a call from a constituent stating that the federal lands around Benton are very poorly stocked and not stocked properly. He further questioned the requirement to register a turkey within 12 hours. He gave an example that if you took your turkey at 3:00 p.m., you would not leave the woods until after dark and the stations are closed. He suggested changing the language at some point. Commissioner Morse reported that he received a call pertaining to hunting on posted land and what is allowable when land is in current use. Director Perry responded that Charlie Bridges, Habitat & Diversity Coordinator would contact the gentleman. Tanya provided Charlie Bridges phone number to Commissioner Morse to give to the constituent.

Commissioner Russell asked that Charlie Bridges provide a presentation relative to current use at the November Commission Meeting. He further reported that there were more newspaper articles regarding HB-182, speed limit on Winnipesaukee. He asked Sandy Falicon to look into that for him. In addition, he stated that he also received calls pertaining to the door decals.

Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she saw the Forever Locked display at the fair and was questioned whether there would be any notepads, postcards, etc., for sale in the future. Lisa Bell, Forever Locked Representative, reported that there would be postcards, photographs, and a CD of the events from start to finish. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that her husband received an e-mail from Arizona Fish and Game Department, notifying people that the 2006 calendars are now for sale for $10.00. She suggested that the department explore options for the potential of doing this for New Hampshire's beautiful calendar. She stated that there recently was an article in her local newspaper regarding the Becoming an Outdoor Woman Program. She reported that the next program would take place on February 11, 2005, at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Facility.

Commissioner Tichy reported that he received a call from a concerned constituent regarding a dam at Stratford Hall, called 14 1/2 dam. He reported that the dam is in bad disrepair and in danger of breaking. Last year a local contractor said he would do repairs to the dam for little or not cost, however, he was not able to do so due to special permitting and processes through the Department of Environmental Services. Commissioner Tichy questioned whether clubs and individuals who are willing to donate could do some renovations in the interim. He further stated that it would be near impossible to obtain that sort of money considering the current funding situation. He stated that his concern is that if the Department of Environmental Services goes to check the dam, it will be breached due to the condition and then the fishery will be lost. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, asked Commissioner Tichy to let the department verify whether the department in fact owns the dam. He further stated that he would speak to Jim Gallagher of the Dam Bureau to get his thoughts. Commissioner Normandeau reported that an emergency permit could be issued through the Department of Environmental Services.

Commissioner Carney stated that he was sorry if he, "ruffled the feathers of some Commissioners". He reported that he attended every Commission Meeting for 10 years, therefore, was present at the February 1998 Commission Meeting where there was no prior discussion to the motion to change the decal. He stated that the change then cost the department $5,500. He again stated, "I'm sorry, however, I did make the motion and I did contact Colonel Gray in advance".

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry reported on correspondence from Representative Chandler inquiry. He reported that he responded to him and in turn, received a letter back.

He spoke relative to the September Commission Meeting at the Hugh Gregg Conservation Center, at the Sandy Point Discovery Center. He reported that Councilor Griffin spoke in regards to the Building Art Program. Director Perry stated that Bob Beaulac, Budget Officer, did some research and determined that the law relative to art in state buildings is only applicable to the general fund construction. He quoted the law reads, "Any general fund construction, 1/2 of 1% of the construction costs is to be dedicated to Cultural Resources to purchase art for that building". He further stated that the department is not required to comply with that law. He commented that there would be displays at the facility, however, under the arts program.

He further spoke relative to funding issues. He reported that the department has been asked to speak on 2 live radio talks shows, and received approximately 100 e-mails with recommendations and revenue suggestions. He stated that the department is still receiving comments from kayakers and boaters regarding the recreational fee. He reported that he received a call prior to the meeting from someone who thought it was being voted on and wanted to voice his opinion. Director Perry stated that he explained the issue and suggested having a Conservation Officer meet with his club to discuss the issue further.

He reported that the Comprehensive Funding Team recently met. He stated that Commissioners Costa and Tichy were in attendance. He reported that the group has broke down into 3 teams to look at different issues. He stated that the first committee is looking at what the financial needs are, the other working on proposals, and the other to group is looking at communication strategies.

He reported that he received a call from Field & Stream Magazine who are interested in a hunter/angler recruitment partnership, whereby anyone who purchases a license would receive a free subscription to Field & Stream Magazine. The offer is still being reviewed internally at this point.

He stated that the NE Director's Meeting, held on October 12& 13, at Steele Hill Resort, in Sanbornton, NH, was a success. He reported that even though it was a windy day, it cleared just in time to fish and a good time was had by all. Director Perry thanked Don Miller, Fisheries Biologist II, and Mark Beauchesne, "Let's Go Fishing" Program Coordinator, for their participation in the meeting.

Director Perry reported that the Law Enforcement Division was recently involved with flood recovery efforts and that he has received many favorable comments in lieu of their response.

He reported that Gile State Forest was closed due to the severe flooding. He stated that they decided to close the park because of the developments, trails, and concerns with liability.

He reported that the Moose Season kill is picking up some. He reported that many people were concerned with the rainy weather affecting the harvest.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
At this time, 4:03 p.m., Commissioner Costa moved to adjourn and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,


Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________ Ted Tichy, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
September 21, 2005

Meeting Location: Hugh Gregg Conservation Center, at the Sandy Point Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road, Stratham, NH 03885

Commissioners Present: T. Hubert, R. Phillipson, W. Carney, S. Nottonson, G. Normandeau, W. Morse, N. Russell, M. Kalter, S. Guaraldi, and T. Tichy.

Commissioners Absent: P. Costa

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:07 p.m., and asked the audience join in the pledge of allegiance. Commissioner Tichy 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.

Chairman Tichy thanked John Nelson, Chief, Marine Division, and staff from Sandy Point for their efforts in coordinating the September Commission Meeting. He stated that the building was a nice facility and would serve the people well.

ACTION ITEMS
1. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the September Commission Minutes as written, with the amended spelling of audience member, Edward Wills (Willis), and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Normandeau moved to accept the donation of a signed, framed, limited edition First of State Striped Bass Print, "Shadow" by Victor Young, from the Coastal Conservation Association of New Hampshire, to be utilized in the Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey Program, and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Doug Grout, Marine Biologist, reported that the survey started in 1993 and collects pertinent Striped Bass Fishing data for the program. Doug asked Ritchie White, Coastal Conservation Association Director, to come forward and present the print to the Commission. The Coastal Conservation Association has graciously donated a print since the year 2000.

3. Commissioner Tichy tabled the item and asked those Commissioners who served on last year's Nominating Committee to coordinate with him in regards to serving on the committee again this year. Commissioners Phillipson, Russell, and Hubert agreed to serve on the committee, with Commissioner Russell serving as the Committee Chairman. Commissioner Tichy asked that the committee propose a slate of officers at the October Commission Meeting for a vote.

LATE ACTION ITEMS:
1. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the donation of volunteer services from the North East Bass Association, valued at approximately $2,475.00, to assist in showcasing our state's excellent fishing resources to attendees of the Fall Meeting of the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Resource Agencies and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Director Perry reported that New Hampshire is hosting the meeting of The Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies this year from October 11 - 13th in the lakes region. He stated that the meeting is not only an opportunity to discuss business, however, an opportunity to showcase each state. He reported that the group usually has an opportunity to see what is going on as far as programs in the hosting state and if fishing and hunting opportunity's are going on, to allow attendees to sample what is available in each state. Director Perry reported that he spoke with John Cowan of the North East Bass Association and informed him of the meeting and inquired whether the Bass Association would be willing to provide a few boats and drivers to offer some fishing opportunity to attendees of the fall meeting. John graciously agreed to donate those services.

2. Commissioner Guaraldi moved to go forward with rulemaking for the Moose Lottery Rules as presented and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Russell moved to approve the donation of $250.00 to support a Pilot Grouse Age and Sex Data Collection Program, to be initiated in Northern New Hampshire, from
The Northeast Vermont Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Tichy stated, "This is long overdue". He further reported that small game hunters have wanted this program for years and have approached biologists asking what could be done for a study. Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Supervisor, stated that he hoped to be able to continue the study, as it is a great opportunity.

INFORMATION ITEMS
1. Kathy LaBonte, Chief, Support Services provided the monthly financial statement dated August 31, 2005 (See attached). Kathy reported that the financial statement would reflect changes next month due to employee pay raises by approximately $255,000. In addition, she reported that the Department hit the one million dollar mark for on-line license sales.

2. John Nelson, Chief, Marine Division, presented Doug Grout, Marine Biologist, with the Annual Award of Excellence, from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, for having made significant scientific contributions to the conservation of Atlantic coast fisheries. John stated that he was proud to see Doug receive the award and glad that the Commission recognized Doug's contributions. Ritchie White, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissioner, reported that there was a large pool of candidates from Maine to Florida. He further stated that he continually receives input from the Commission that New Hampshire is lucky to have Doug Grout and that he is an excellent representative for Fish and Game. In addition, former representative Dennis Abbott reported that he had the opportunity to serve on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission for 9 years. He further stated that Doug is highly respected and, "The best scientist we have". He stated that he is happy to have Doug represent the State of New Hampshire.

3. Peter Wellenberger, Resource Reserve Manager, provided a presentation on the activities of the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership. Peter welcomed the Commission and Director Perry to the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center. He reported that building was not totally finished and have plans for landscaping and a paved parking lot, consisting of environmentally friendly payment. He reported that the building has composting toilets and a geothermal heating and cooling system, which is the first state building to try this method. In addition, he stated that there is still some inside work, consisting of erecting exhibits, classrooms, and a laboratory. He reported that Senator Judd Gregg is a great supporter of land conservation and habitat protection in the Great Bay Estuary. Peter informed the Commission that following the meeting he would be giving a behind the scenes tour and that the audience was welcome as well.

Peter introduced Rachel Stevens, Stewardship Coordinator, and stated that she would be assisting in the presentation. He reported that it truly is a partnership consisting of federal, state, and non-profit organizations, consisting of The Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited, The Forest Society, and The Nature Conservancy. He reported that the Nature Conservancy handles all of the funds that come in and the land transactions. He reported that once the land is purchased and protected, it is then given to the managing agency, in most cases the land comes to the Fish and Game Department. He stated that there are community partners as well who have been very valuable in our efforts. He stated that the program goals are to promote solutions for habitat protection and to build upon existing conservation efforts. He reported that Crommett Creek in Durham is the #1 priority focus area, as it has tremendous wetlands. In closing, Peter reported that the program has secured approximately 90 properties. Commissioner Guaraldi commented on what a great brochure he provided and that it may be beneficial to distribute them locally and at rest areas. Dennis Abbott commended Peter for a great presentation.

Joe Kennick, audience member, stated that the Department is doing great work at preserving the bay and that he cannot wait to show his grandson.

4. Commissioner Tichy stated that he would like to have a meeting of the Commission's Award Committee in the near future to try and rejuvenate the committee. He reported that he was looking to have the meeting on September 29th, sometime in the afternoon. Commissioners Guaraldi and Carney agreed to sit on this committee as well.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, Kalter, and Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission Meeting. Commissioner Phillipson inquired as to possibly getting a clear definition for the committee members of what the Policy Committee's role is. Commissioner Tichy responded that a description could be provided to the committee.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, G. Normandeau, W. Carney, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she would turn the report over to Commissioner Carney, as she was unable to attend the morning meeting due to car trouble. Commissioner Carney reported that the Committee met prior to this Commission Meeting to discuss the following issues:

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support some technical changes and corrections to the snowmobile/OHRV legislation that passed last year (Chapter 210) as the sponsor is going to combine our legislative proposal relative to stop signs with these corrections and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support the concept of the Department developing an endowment fund to secure long-term funding for the Department and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. The details of this proposal are not worked out as yet, however, the Committee supports the concept and would like Department staff to move forward with this initiative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose high fence hunting and recommended the Commission take a position to reconsider the 1994 resolution against the establishment of new large game hunting preserves and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. Many Commissioners had concerns relative to Chronic Wasting Disease. After much discussion, Commissioner Guaraldi withdrew her motion and the item was tabled and forwarded to the Issues in the 21st Century Committee and Policy Committee for discussion. Much discussion ensued.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to recommended changes to the laws relative to the caliber size for rimfire firearms and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. The changes would clarify the methods of taking wildlife while allowing the use of smaller caliber rimfire firearms for taking wildlife such as woodchucks.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Normandeau, Chair: Commissioners Phillipson, Costa, Tichy, and Normandeau. Commissioner Tichy reported that Commissioner Phillipson is stepping down as Chairman and that Commissioner Normandeau has agreed to become the new Chairman. Commissioner Tichy stated that Commissioner Normandeau could set up a meeting at his discretion and to notify the other members.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse stated that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter reported that the next meeting would take place on Friday, September 23, 2005.

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, Carney, and Guaraldi. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Commissioner Tichy reported that there would be a meeting in the near future, potential date of September 29, 2005. (Notice to follow). He further reported that Commissioners Guaraldi and Carney have agreed to join the committee.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson thanked Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs, and staff for making the adjustments and revisions to the hunting digest. He reported that everyone assisted in the changes and it should be a great product. He spoke in regards to starting to keep notes for adjustments to the 06-07 book. He questioned whether someone wanted to lead the charge and start looking at the freshwater and saltwater digest to make them more user friendly as well. Commissioner Tichy stated that he would look into it and get back to Commissioner Nottonson. Commissioner Normandeau stated that he could take the saltwater digest to the Shore Advisory Committee for critiquing. Commissioner Kalter stated that he would review the freshwater digest.

At this time, Chairman Tichy recognized Executive Councilors Peter Spaulding and Ruth Griffin and thanked them for taking time to come to the Commission Meeting. Councilor Griffin thanked the Commission for being in the seacoast area and stated that she wished she could have attended the entire meeting to witness what happens at the monthly meetings. She stated that the room needed improvements on its acoustical equipment. Commissioner Tichy responded that it was on the list to be addressed.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS
Commissioner Hubert reported that he is currently recruiting volunteers for pheasant stocking. He stated that he has also been fielding questions on the Wild Goose site.

Commissioner Phillipson stated that he has been focused on the pheasant-stocking program as well. He further reported that he has received a great deal of input on the kayak and canoe topic. He reported that people have stated that the chance of getting caught is slim and that they will take the chance. He further stated that constituents couldn't understand why it needs to be done.

Commissioner Carney distributed a letter from himself to the Fish and Game Commission dated September 21, 2005 and a copy of a motion from the February 18, 1998 Commission Meeting. Commissioner Carney read his letter aloud:

New Hampshire Fish and Game Commissioners:

At the February 18, 1998 Commission Meeting, the then Director of Fish and Game, Wayne Vetter, moved to have the Commission support a decal identification change for some department vehicles, and I quote Director Vetter from the minutes, "The new badge decal for law enforcement vehicles would mirror all other state and local municipalities in having a separate law enforcement decal". Vetter then requested Commission endorsement for his request. A seven to three vote approved his request. In New Hampshire today, most city and town police departments have the city or town official seal on their police vehicles, not law enforcement badge decals as stated by Vetter.

It is now the belief of this Commissioner, as well as other Commissioners I have spoken with, that this was not a very prudent move as it has somehow confused and has provided members of the public with the misconception that the Law Enforcement Division is not part of the Fish and Game Department. New Hampshire Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division and the Conservation Officers are a commensurate part of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The law enforcement badge decal currently on some department vehicles should not continue to convey this unintended message that Law Enforcement is an entity of their own. Conservation Officers perform many fish and game functions that are not related to just their Fish and Game Law Enforcement responsibilities.

Sportsmen as well as the general public have commented that these vehicles look more like State Police or Highway Enforcement than official vehicles of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department personnel.

Fish and Game is one Department, with Law Enforcement being a division of this department, same as the Marine Division. This being the case, I would like to present the following motion to the Commission for a vote today.

Commissioner Carney moved that effective January 1, 2006, all vehicles that are the property of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department shall display only the official seal of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and that the badge decal will no longer be used by the Law Enforcement Division after that date; and the directors vehicle shall also display an official department vehicle decal as shall all department equipment, where an identification decal is required; and if the tri-colored logo that appears at the top of this stationary is considered an official department logo or seal, then I make it as part of this motion that the department should be using this decal on all department vehicles after January 1, 2006; and this motion also authorizes the Director to obtain the necessary number or the most economical purchasing quantity of identification decals to comply with the requirement of this motion; and nothing in this motion prevents the Law Enforcement Division from using unmarked vehicles for covert operations or requires the removal from their vehicles of the words Conservation Officer, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. Commissioner Carney reported that he talked with Colonel Gray about his proposal, who did not like the idea. Commissioner Carney reported that the Colonel must have called the Lieutenants to brief them, as many of them called their Commissioners to voice their opinions. Much discussion ensued.

Commissioner Phillipson stated that the he feels the Department is unified using 1 decal. He stated that if all the vehicles have the same decal, the perception might be that there are more Conservation Officers out patrolling.

Commissioner Nottonson referred to the third paragraph of Commissioner Carney's motion and stated that he would like to see the information regarding comments received from the general public and the sportsmen. He further stated that he felt that this being handed out one minute and being asked to vote on it the next was not fair and asked for an opportunity to do some research. He questioned whether there wasn't, "window dressing involved". Commissioner Nottonson stated that Law Enforcement is not only unique from the rest of the department due to the fact that they all carry guns, are in a uniform, and have the powers of arrest, however, they are usually one of the first responders in a crisis situation. He stated that he felt adjustments were trying to be made with a short time for consideration, and further stated that he objects to it being thrown at him this way and expected to be voted on. In closing, he stated, "We need to vote on this the right way and having to vote in the next 5 minutes is not the right way".

Commissioner Carney stated that the Colonel gave him two reasons for the decal change, which he stated he felt did not hold water. Colonel Gray stated that the first reason was due to the Carl Draga shooting incident and that they wanted to be able to identify a Police Officer. Secondly, the Colonel said that due to the rest of the department having an image of running around in dirty cars, not wearing uniforms, and not looking presentable, he didn't want the officers to be confused in the criticism. Commissioner Carney stated that if that were the case, if he were Director Vetter at the time, he would have called the chiefs in and insisted on correcting the problem before going to these measures.

Commissioner Russell stated that he was not for or against the motion. He reported that he did receive comments in regards to the proposal.

Commissioner Morse stated that he received a call from Lieutenant Whitmore who is against the change.

Tim Acerno, Major, Law Enforcement Division stated that he felt the change was implemented due to safety concerns. He asked that the Colonel be allowed a chance to explain and answer any questions.

Commissioner Tichy stated that he was neither for nor against the motion. He reported that he feels that Law Enforcement vehicles should be identified differently somehow. He stated that the perception that a wedge is being driven between the Law Enforcement Division and the rest of the Department is out there.

Commissioner Normandeau stated that he did second this motion and agrees with Commissioner Carney's analysis. He stated that he certainly applauds the work the Law Enforcement Division does, however, it does in fact appear not only to him, but to many people that he talks with, that the Department has become 2 organizations and feels it is important to get that point across.

Commissioner Nottonson stated that if that were true, he would like to see evidence. He further said that he would like to see evidence that the so called separation has done no good by the citizens of New Hampshire. In closing, he asked Commissioner Carney to withdraw his motion and to share the evidence with the remainder of the Commission. He stated, "To rush to judgment is not good".

Ritchie White, Former Fish and Game Commissioner, stated that at the February 1998 meeting, the Commission did not have a great deal of time to react to the motion. He stated he felt the Commission should be able to receive input from the Department. He reported that he opposed the initial proposal in 1998, as he believed it would be perceived that Law Enforcement would receive special treatment. He suggested creating a new insignia, sort of revamping everyone. He suggested having the Policy Committee take up the issue.

Commissioner Morse stated that it would cost money to change the decal.

A vote was taken at this time. The vote carried with 6 in favor and 2 against. (Nottonson and Russell). Commissioner Tichy asked Commissioner Carney to work with Director Perry to initiate the procurement for this in order to get the source of funding, wording, etc.

Commissioner Kalter stated that he was able to attend a meeting with the award winning biologist in regards to the proposed fish passage at the Wiswall Dam. He further reported that he received a suggestion from a licensed agent that the Department should really push advertising, especially as the holiday season approaches.

Commissioner Normandeau stated that he has started having liaison meetings again (1st Tuesday of the Month). He stated that he has numerous acorns this year and questioned Mark Ellingwood about its benefits. Mark responded that the bears should be doing well. Commissioner Tichy stated that there is also a great soft mast this year as well beechnuts.

Commissioner Nottonson stated that he had nothing to report at this time.

Commissioner Morse reported that he received a call in regards to the endowment fund. In addition, he stated that there is a great interest in archery this year.

Commissioner Russell reported that he has received unfavorable calls regarding the possibility for charging hikers, kayakers.

Commissioner Tichy reported that he has been traveling more than usual, trying to stop in at sport shops and talk to some of the groups in the North Country. Ted Burns, active ATV club member, stated that the club would like to see clarification on the rules and regulations about going off trail and doing damage and what the certain penalties are. They recommend having a smaller fee schedule. Secondly, he asked about the registrations database and tracking numbers. Major Acerno responded that the database was very extensive.

Commissioner Tichy apologized for speaking with Foster's Daily Democrat and stirring things up. He stated that it was not his intent and that he did discuss many sources of potential revenue, however, wasn't aware he suggested the department register canoes and kayaks. He stated he explained that the department was still having ongoing brainstorming sessions. In addition, Commissioner Tichy reported that he has had 4 different calls relative to bear baiters/bear dog conflicts. He stated that it is becoming more of an issue and that pre-baiting may solve some of the issues.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry commended the Marine Division and Reserve staff. He reported that he received a great deal of compliments from the North American Waterfowl Conservation Association who were impressed by the work that is being done in the seacoast area.

He reported that Internet License sales have reached the 1 million dollar mark and if things continue at this pace, it could reach 1 1/2 million. He stated that it is a better way to service the public and to reduce some of the overhead-related costs associated with license sales.

He stated that the recent newspaper article is a good example of one reporter talking to another, gathering enough factual information to make a story. He stated that the only incorrect information was what the department's overall budget was and that people jump to conclusion having minimal information.

Director Perry reported that the brainstorming sessions have been held around the state, with 78 employees coming forward with suggestions. He stated that the next meeting would take place tentatively on September 29th, with 3 or 4 commissioners attending.

He stated that the department met with the Farm Bureau and many people realize that the end of the appropriation is close for the fencing program. He reported that there is interest by the Farm Bureau to continue the program, however, the department has made it clear that funding is an issue.

Director Perry reported that he spoke with Commissioner Murray, who indicated that a letter was in the mail to Fish and Game stating that they agree with the solution at Wild Goose and that the next step is the permitting process.

He reported that Winnisquam is moving along. He reported that the department has received the final soil test results indicating there is only clean material on site.

He reported that the Baker River access ramp did not meet the public's expectations and that the department would be moving forward with a new design.

He reported that there was a construction error at Sand Pond in Marlow and that the crew would be returning to the site to remove some debris that was left at the end of the ramp. He reported that the water would be drawn down in order to get the equipment in and get the material out.

Director Perry reported that things are moving forward in securing a permit to construct a ramp at Merrymeeting Lake.

He reported that the department is going before the Planning Board to attempt to resolve the last issue standing between upgrading or putting in a new ramp at Pleasant Lake.


CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Councilor Griffin stated that she understood the building belonged to the Fish and Game Department. She reported that the Governor and Council met at the Seacoast Science Center the morning of the Commission Meeting. She spoke relative to a huge mobile in the building that was bought with our money. She reported that the mural is stimulation for children to see what they can find it. In addition, she announced that there is a state law that says, 1/2 of 1% of the monies that go into any building that the public enters, must provide new art in that building. She questioned what the department was doing to enhance the building with art, and not the department prints? She further suggested that Director Perry or Chairman Tichy contact Van McLeod of Cultural Arts for more information about the issue.

Councilor Griffin reported that this is the 4th Governor and Council Meeting that she has voted against all of Fish and Game's items. She stated that she has too many unanswered questions from her district, starting with the Fish and Game Department, The Attorney General's Office, and the Governor's Office. She further stated that until the complaints are answered, she would not vote in favor of anything.

John Nelson, Chief, Marine Division, responded that they have received a federal grant for exhibits, which could include artwork. John reported that in October, the Great Bay Stewards are sponsoring an art exhibit where various artists will be coming to display their artwork and are very excited about doing so.

Commissioner Tichy responded to Councilor Griffin stating if she has unanswered questions from the Commission on a Fish and Game issue, to please contact him. He stated, "I would ask that you do not hold up important issues that may need acting upon". He requested that Councilor Griffin contact Director Perry or himself to get the issues resolved. Councilor Griffin stated that people have genuine concerns. She also stated that she felt the top of the chain of command was Director Perry, and not Chairman Tichy. She stated that she was sorry that some Commissioners had not heard of some of the issues. She reported that if she does not withhold her vote, than the department will not take her concerns seriously.

Joe Kennick, audience member, stated that the acoustical plan will serve the building well. He commended the department for creating a public shooting preserve in Holderness and stated that he would love to see one in the seacoast area.

Paul Deschaine, Town Administrator, Town of Stratham, stated he was proud of the new facility and that it is a huge asset to the community. Paul introduced Sarah MacGregor, of Dragon Mosquito Control. Inc. He gave a short presentation on the very popular topic of nuisance mosquito and the issues that are continuing to grow. He stated that the department should consider taking measures to control the issue, as it will only get worse before it gets better. He reported that EEE is a huge concern for the Town of Stratham and other communitites. Chairman Tichy reported that he would forward the issue to the Policy Committee, who in turn can work with Peter Wellenberger and Rachel Stevens. John Nelson, Chief, Marine Division, reported that there has been discussion relative to marsh mosquito's vs. others. He stated that we need to look at all aspects, ecological and health. Rachel stated that she is on the Lands Team and would love the opportunity to discuss the issue with the group. Paul stated that part of the program is education.

At this time, 4.27 p.m., Commissioner Nottonson moved to adjourn and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________ Ted Tichy, Chairman

 

 


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
August 17, 2005
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, 11 HAZEN DRIVE, CONCORD, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: T. Hubert, R. Phillipson, W. Carney, P. Costa, S. Nottonson, G. Normandeau, W. Morse, N. Russell, M. Kalter, S. Guaraldi, and T. Tichy.

Commissioners Absent: none

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:03 p.m., and asked the audience join in the pledge of allegiance. Commissioner Tichy 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.

ACTION ITEMS
1. Commissioner Carney moved to approve the August Commission Minutes as written and Commissioner Morse seconded. At this time, Commissioner Nottonson requested that the list of Department awards received (referred to on page 2, second paragraph) be added to the minutes. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Those awards consisted of the following:

ACI Awards Received by the Department
a) Poster - Wild in the Water in New Hampshire
b) 4-color brochure - Wild in the Water in New Hampshire
c) 1 to 3 color newsletter - Wildlines
d) Radio Program - Outdoor Almanac
e) Discover Wild Times for Kids
f) TV Series - Wildlife Journal
g) News Release - Toothy Terror

Wildlife Journal TV, co-produced by NH Fish and Game and NH Public Television, has won four New England Emmy Awards at the 28th Annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards that were held in Boston, MA in May 2005. The Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television, the fostering of creative leadership in the television industry, and the encouragement of excellence in artistic, educational, cultural and technical progress.

Wildlife Journal also won six National Telly Awards for Wildlife Journal feature segments. Jason Phillipy, of the Department, won two of the Telly Awards for his features, "Land of the Shakers" and "Franconia Notch", which also earned Phillipy an Award of Excellence in videography from the Videographer Awards 2005 competition. Of 2,293 entries from throughout the world, only about 14% of entries earned this distinction.

2. Consent Agenda - The following items were grouped together and noticed as consent agenda items to expedite action on routine matters, which may not require public discussion. Commission members reserve the right to remove certain items if further public input or discussion is deemed necessary.

Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve donations A-E as follows, and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

DONATIONS:
A. $30.00 donation from Michele Angers in memory of her father, Raymond Angers,
avid fisherman, to be utilized by the Let's Go Fishing Program.

B. $100.00 donation from PSNH, to be utilized by the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center.

C. Donation of Search and Rescue equipment, valued at approximately 3,998.25, consisting of 10-Garmin GPS 76CS units and 10-Neoprene cases for the GPS units. These items were donated by Mr. Cox as a thank you for the enormous effort put forth in rescuing he and his wife Brenda (who died) from Mt. Lafayette.

D. Donation of a Ruger Model M77-.204 Cal. Rifle from Sturm, Ruger and Company,
valued at approximately $695.00, to be utilized as a prize for those who participated in the Small Game Hunter Survey.

E. Donation of a Redington Fly Rod and Ross Reel from Kittery Trading Post, valued at
approximately $480.00, to be utilized as a prize in the Atlantic Salmon Diary Drawing.

3. Commissioner Carney moved to accept the design and rights of use for the Licensed NH Guide Patch donated by Ritchie Bernard, of Fin Fighters Guide Service and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, circulated a color photograph of the patch to the Commission.

4. Commissioner Costa moved to approve the final rules for Falconry as presented and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Sandy Falicon, Rules/Legislative Coordinator, reported that the Department held a public hearing on August 5, 2005, with 1/3 of Falconry permit holders in attendance.

5. Jon Greenwood, Fisheries Biologist, asked the audience to participate in the annual Atlantic Salmon Diary drawing. Three audience members were asked to pick a diary from a large box containing all of the returned salmon diaries. He stated that anglers who return their salmon diaries by the end of January each year are eligible for three prizes. He reported that the program allows the Department to receive pertinent fishery related statistics relative to the broodstock fishery in the Pemigewasset and the Merrimack River System.

1st Prize - Peter Dicesare, Newington - Redington Model Fly Rod
(Donated by Kittery Trading Post, through the efforts of Commissioner Carney)

2nd Prize - Gordon Beeson, Chester - Ross Salmon Fly Reel With Case
(Donated by Kittery Trading Post, through the efforts of Commissioner Carney)

3rd Prize - David Sponenberg, Bow - Framed Atlantic Salmon Print
(Donated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department)

6. Commissioner Russell moved to approve the expenditure of $7,500 of turkey permit revenue for the funding of a 2-year screening for salmonella in wild turkey droppings from the Connecticut River Dairy Farms, who have a history of large winter turkey congregations and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Phillipson inquired whether the study would continue after the two- year period. Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Supervisor, stated that the results of the study could warrant sampling again in the future.

At this time, Chairman Tichy welcomed Tom Hubert to the Commission, who is replacing former Commissioner Don Clarke, representing Sullivan County.

7. Commissioner Morse moved to approve the expenditure of $67,142 of State Wildlife Grant Funds to acquire 92 acres through the purchase and donation, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, as part of the Powwow River Conservation Project, in the Town of Kingston, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Charlie Bridges, Habitat & Diversity Coordinator, reported that the funds are strictly utilized to protect species and habitats of conservation concern. He stated that the land value is $93,000, bringing the total project cost to approximately $135,000, including appraisals, closing costs, surveys, etc. Commissioner Russell inquired whether the property was a wetland. Charlie replied that the majority of the land is a wetland.

8. Commissioner Normandeau moved to accept the donation of land (3 +/- acres) in East Concord, valued at approximately $5,000 from Rodney Huntoon and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Charlie reported that the property has approximately 1,000 feet of frontage along the Soucook River. He further reported that the property is landlocked and abuts the former Ladd property, now owned by the Department. Commissioner Costa inquired as to the specific location of the gravel road. Charlie stated that from the light at Rte 106/9, that it was back approximately 300 feet heading southbound.

9. Commissioner Kalter moved to approve the donation of $1,000 from the Great Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited, to be utilized for the repair and restoration of the Jones Pond Dam, at the Ellis Hatch Wildlife Management Area, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Mr. Steve Travis stated that it was an honor to be able to present the check to the Commission and that the group is proud to assist in adding to the experience at the Jones Pond Area. Commissioner Kalter, on behalf of the Commission, thanked Mr. Travis, Vice President, Trout Unlimited, Chapter 613, for the gracious donation.

10. Commissioner Kalter moved to approve the following 7 donations totaling $900.00, to be utilized for the repair and restoration of the Jones Pond Dam, at the Ellis Hatch Wildlife Management Area, and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Mark E. Favorite, Rochester, NH
John R. Johnstone, Rochester, NH
William Carney, Bow, NH
James Jones, Tilton, NH
Richard Estes, Ossipee
Ellis Hatch, Rochester, NH
Major Waldron Sportsmen's Association, Barrington, NH

Commissioner Russell inquired as to the cost to repair the dam. Commissioner Carney reported that he spoke to the dam engineer who stated it could cost approximately $40,000 or $50,000 to repair. Commissioner Tichy inquired with Director Perry that if the decision were made to appropriate funds to repair the dam, would it take place the next fiscal budget. Director Perry reported that at this point, there are no monies appropriated in the budget for this repair. Commissioner Kalter stated that he anticipates further donations for the project once summer is over and clubs starting meeting again on a regular basis.

LATE ITEM:
1. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the expenditure of $7,200 from the Fish Food Sales Revenue Fund to purchase a replacement lawnmower for the Warren Fish Hatchery, and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Tichy questioned the size of the mower and its capabilities. Bob Fawcett, Hatchery Supervisor, reported that the Warren Hatchery has approximately 7 acres to mow, which requires an adequate machine. He further stated that the balance of the fund as of August 5, 2005 was $8,624.73. In closing, Bob reported that the purpose of the account is to purchase small equipment for hatcheries such as this. Commissioner Guaraldi stated, "This is one of our pearls". She stated that the Warren Hatchery does a fantastic job and quality work, especially for only having 2 employees on site.

INFORMATION ITEMS
1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided 2 monthly statements, those being: June 30, 2005, and July 31, 2005. (See attached)

At this time, Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division reported that department has been receiving Landowner Incentive Grants since 2002 and receives approximately $180,000 per year. He reported that there are two criteria for the grant program, described in tiers. Tier 1 consists of a program designed to set up programs for working with landowners for habitat management. Tier 2 consists of implementation of programs established in Tier 1. He reported that the department applied for a Tier 2 Grant this year and received approximately $5,250.00.

Commissioner Nottonson stated that obtaining grants is not an easy thing and that staff should be commended. He further suggested compiling news releases on success stories and positive events such as obtaining this grant.

2. Dan Lynch provided an update on fine revenue relative to Fish and Game violations. He stated that fishing without a license has the highest number of violations. He distributed a chart to the Commission broke down by violation type for fiscal years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. Commissioner Tichy stated that he felt the fines schedule should be adjusted to compensate the Conservation Officers time consisting of research, details and such. Commissioner Nottonson inquired as to the fine for a habitual offender. Colonel Gray responded that the department has the opportunity to provide facts to the judge with a violation history and can request an increased or harsher fine for the offense.

Director Perry stated that this was the smallest decline in fishing licenses sold, by 2%, as opposed to prior years, 5 or 6%. He reported that this was the first time in approximately 5 or 6 years that the department saw an increase in the number of fishing licenses sold.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioners; Commissioners R. Phillipson, and S. Nottonson. Commissioner Phillipson suggested that in Don Clarke's departure, a new member should be appointed to the committee. Commissioner Tichy asked Commissioner Hubert to replace former Commissioner Clarke on the Policy Committee and asked Commissioner Kalter to join them as well. Commissioners Hubert and Kalter agreed to sit on the committee. Commissioner Tichy stated that the committee is to select a new chairman at the next committee meeting.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, G. Normandeau, W. Carney, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that there was a Legislative Committee meeting just prior to this Commission Meeting. She reported that the Department has learned that the window to submit legislation this year is much smaller than in the past. She reported that she would be scheduling 3 additional committee meetings if needed.

Commissioner Guaraldi stated that there have been comments from license providers and those moving into New Hampshire that the 6-month residency requirement does not match their requirements as far as paying taxes and vehicle registrations.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to eliminate the 6-month resident requirement making the definition of a resident in tune with the State and Department of Motor Vehicle definition and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Phillipson stated that he has received a great deal of complaints in regards to this issue and feels that people will be happy with the change.

Commissioner Normandeau stated that it is bad public relations the way the law reads now.

Commissioner Tichy questioned what would constitute residency. Commissioner Guaraldi responded that a NH Drivers License would prove residency or a NH Identification Card provided by the Department of Motor Vehicle.

Commissioner Normandeau moved to support the addition of new language that states someone who has a felony conviction cannot possess a hunting license and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Colonel Gray stated that the defendant must petition the court in order to have the conviction annulled, which may or may not be granted.

Commissioner Normandeau moved to support the addition of new language that states any person operating an OHRV shall, when approaching an intersection indicated by a stop sign, stop before entering the intersection or at a point nearest the intersecting trail where the operator has a view of approaching vehicles on the intersecting trail, Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support the initiative to move forward to propose legislation that the State Treasurer deposit $200,000 annually from the general fund to be dedicated for Search and Rescue efforts and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Guaraldi stated that these additional funds could offset some of the search and rescue costs. Colonel Gray reported that some rescues are far more expensive than others. Director Perry stated that the issue is that the surcharge is not keeping up with the search and rescue efforts and each year the department is paying more out than what is being brought in on an annual basis. Commissioner Normandeau stated that it would be a nightmare in trying to get non-motorized boats registered. Commissioner Carney stated that the funds should be coming from the general fund. Commissioner Russell stated that he is not against it, however, boaters and OHRV's do not seem to be the ones who are causing the problems. He further stated that hikers should contribute as well. Commissioner Nottonson inquired as to how much money it cost the department for the 61 non-resident searches. Colonel Gray responded that it would depend on the type of search and what it involved. He stated that he would have to do some research that and get back to him.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support the initiative to remove the word, "Bear", from RSA: 207:12-a I, which would then allow the Department to prohibit dog training just prior to the pheasant season and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Phillipson stated that this should eliminate some of the problems. Commissioner Hubert inquired whether this would apply to private property or only to those stocked areas. Commissioner Guaraldi responded that removing the word bear from the definition would bring this into rulemaking and allow the Department to make those determinations. Commissioner Hubert stated that a great number of people go out just prior to the season. Commissioner Russell stated that he does not agree with this proposal at all, as most people go out just prior to the season and he feels this will cause problems for bird hunters. Normandeau stated that this change would not do anything except adjust the dates for dog training periods. Commissioner Russell stated that coyotes, hawks, and natural predators would do the same to the birds.

Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division reported that the initiative came from a pheasant program review.

Commissioner Guaraldi stated that the schedule for Legislative Committee Meetings would be as follows:
September 6th at 1:00 p.m.
September 13th at 9:00 a.m..
September 21st, prior to Commission Meeting.

Commissioner Nottonson moved to hold the September Commission Meeting at the Conservation Center at the Sandy Point Discovery Center in Stratham, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Director Perry announced that this is the year the Department is required to hold biennial hearings, thus suggested scheduling a trip north in the near future.

ISSUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY: Commissioner Phillipson, Chair: Commissioners Tichy, and Normandeau. Commissioner Phillipson asked for the Chairman's approval to invite Commissioner Costa to sit on the Issues in the 21st Century Committee, replacing former Commissioner Don Clarke. Commissioner Tichy agreed, as did Commissioner Costa to sit on the committee.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse stated that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Guaraldi; Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she is looking for someone to replace her on the Lakes Committee. She stated that the committee typically meets 8 times per year at the Department of Environmental Services.

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Commissioner Tichy reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson reported that he was sent the results of the staff revenue enhancing meeting and stated that he has not heard back from the Commission as of yet. He stated that non-hunters paying their share of conservation costs could be very meaningful and suggested that the Commission review the article recently distributed in Free Hunter's Magazine. He suggested that anyone who does not have the article to contact Tanya to obtain a copy as it could have some potential. Director Perry stated that Commissioner Nottonson has the short list of ideas as the entire list has not been reviewed and produced yet.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS
Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she has heard favorable comments in regards to the Department's Search and Rescue efforts. She stated that the public is very proud of the work that is done by the Department. She congratulated all involved in search and rescue missions.

Commissioner Russell reported that he received a letter from a woman in Ossipee in regards to the potential placement of turtle crossing signs to increase awareness by the public. Several other Commissioners reported that they also received the letter and some responded with suggestions and ideas. Commissioner Tichy stated that he would speak with Steve Weber of the Wildlife Division and request that someone from Non-game respond on behalf of the Department and the Commission.

Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, reported that there currently is a conservation strategy to address that issue.

At this time, Commissioner Tichy recessed for 10 minutes to allow the full Commission to have their photographs taken.

The meeting reconvened at 3:32 p.m.

Commissioner Russell stated that he would like to see the Commission take a position implementing a speed limit on Lake Winnipesaukee. He stated that Fish and Game spends money managing the lake and feels there is no need to operate at speeds of 70, 80, and 90 mph. He further stated that he has learned that the excessive speed is keeping some individuals off the lake as they are in fear. Commissioner Carney reported that HB-162 was retained in the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee; the filing of the final report is required by December 1, 2005.

Commissioner Nottonson suggested that the Commission formulate some wording indicating that the Commission agrees with the bill and supports safety and use of the lake.

Commissioner Carney reported that the Bass Federation and the Bass Clubs are not in support of the bill as they are opposed to implementing a limit on the lakes.

Commissioner Hubert stated that he is uncomfortable supporting something that he does not know enough about. Commissioner Russell responded that the proposal would only affect Lake Winnipesaukee to enforce a 45 mph speed limit.

Commissioner Nottonson inquired whether Commissioner Russell should draft a paragraph on behalf of the Commission addressing the issue. Commissioner Tichy replied, "Yes".

Commissioner Costa reported that she would be attending the Open House on Saturday, August 20th, at the Opechee Park Club House, Rte 106, Laconia, to discuss access to Lake Winnisquam.

Commissioner Russell distributed a pamphlet from the State of Maine, related to the any deer permit system. He reported that they would be issuing 70,725 permits statewide.

Commissioner Carney stated that Ed Willis contacted him to discuss using dogs to track wounded game. Commissioner Carney suggested that Mr. Willis attend a Commission Meeting to provide a short presentation to the Commission on the subject. He further reported that Mr. Willis has found legislators who will be filing this bill on his behalf.

In addition, Commissioner Carney reported that he received a letter from Bob Harris regarding corn chumming on trout waters. He distributed a copy of the letter to the Commission.

Commissioner Kalter stated that he has received concerns in regards to the $5.00 per pound fee to produce salmon.

Commissioner Phillipson reported that in the past he had a discussion at a liaison meeting in regards to tracking wounded deer with a dog on a lease and would like to bring the subject up again. He further stated that it was not received very well. He reported that he, with approval from a Conservation Officer, used this method to locate a deer that would never have been found by traditional means under poor weather conditions.

Commissioner Hubert reported that Governor Lynch recently swore him in as Sullivan County Commissioner. In addition, he reported that he has received inquiries as to why the decline in the fisheries in Lake Sunapee. Commissioner Tichy suggested that Commissioner Hubert contact Don Miller, Regional Fisheries Biologist, to obtain an answer to that question. Commissioner Hubert further reported that he met with Walter Goddard and staff from the Lake Sunapee Protective Association to have an informational meeting.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry reported that not much has changed from the last meeting in regards to Sunapee. He reported that the Department is still waiting for a response from the Department of Transportation addressing the road safety issues. He further reported that he recently met with Representative McMahon, from the Sunapee area, who had several alternative ideas, most of which have already been visited in the past.

In addition, he reported that things seem to be moving ahead with Winnisquam. He stated that there would be an open house in Laconia on August 20, 2005, to discuss access to the lake.

He reported that Kathy LaBonte, Chief, Support Services, with extra efforts from her staff, were able to bring the processing of OHRV payments to various agencies up to date. He thanked her for her willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done.

Further, Director Perry reported that the Department hosted the Wetlands Council Meeting in July of this year. He stated that the Council consists of a group of individuals from across the United States who essentially approves grants for wetlands conservation nationally. Through the program, the Department has received approximately 8 million dollars, which is divided between the Connecticut Headwaters Project and Great Bay. He stated that they were very impressed with the work the Wildlife and Marine Divisions have done.

Director Perry reported that he recently attended the annual north- country tour with Councilor Ray Burton. He stated that Commissioner Tichy, Costa, and Russell were also in attendance. He stated that it was a pleasure traveling with the Councilor and that the tour provided an opportunity to see some of the dam issues in the northern part of the state and to discuss some of the trout water and bear work being done.

He reported that he attended the Annual Farm Bureau Policy Meeting and distributed their policy statement to the Commission.

In closing, he reported that he received a call from the Outdoor Life and Field and Stream Marketing Group expressing an interest in possibly doing some joint marketing with the Department to possibly enhance license sales. The group stated that they would offer free subscriptions to their magazine as an incentive. He reported that the details are forthcoming and that he would report back to the Commission with more information when it becomes available.

Commissioner Russell stated that the Fish and Game calendar is a great public relations tool with all the seasons incorporated into it.

Commissioner Tichy suggested offering the calendar for sale, as it is a huge expense to the Department.

Commissioner Morse reported that he is continuing to receive numerous complaints about geese from various individuals, including golf courses. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, reported that the September Goose Season is a small attempt to deal with the issue, however, he reported that there are permits that can be obtained by the federal government to deal with site specific issues.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
At this time, Mr. Edward Willis, audience member, provided a presentation on tracking wounded game with the use of trained dogs. He distributed a package of information relative to tracking wounded game with dogs to the Commission. He stated that this type of recovery is very successful in retrieving birds and believes it could be a great asset in game as well.

Roger Bellerose, audience member, questioned whether the hunter is required to be with the tracker. Mr. Ellis responded, "Yes", the law would require the hunter to do the actual dispatching.

Commissioner Tichy thanked Mr. Ellis for taking the effort of preparing a presentation for the Commission and for bringing it forward.

Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division reported that the 2005 Moose permits would be mailed out on or about September 1st.

At 4:39 p.m., Commissioner Morse moved to adjourn and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,


Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________ Ted Tichy, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
June 15, 2005
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, 11 HAZEN DRIVE, CONCORD, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: D. Clarke, R. Phillipson, W. Carney, P. Costa, S. Nottonson, G. Normandeau, W. Morse, N. Russell, S. Guaraldi, and T. Tichy.

Commissioners Absent: Mitchell Kalter

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:02 p.m., and asked the audience join in the pledge of allegiance. Commissioner Tichy 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.

ACTION ITEMS
1. Commissioner Guaraldi moved to approve the June Commission Minutes with the inclusion of audience member, Suzanne Fournier's written comments to the file, and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Consent Agenda - The following items were grouped together and noticed as consent agenda items to expedite action on routine matters, which may not require public discussion. Commission members reserve the right to remove certain items if further public input or discussion is deemed necessary.

2a.) Commissioner Morse moved to approve the donation of meeting space and meals for a two-day NHFG Management Assistance Team Retreat, valued at approximately $1,075.00, from the Boston Minuteman Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Commissioner Normandeau seconded.

2b.) Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the following donation of firearms, valued at approximately $1,203.38, to be utilized as recognition items for the Hunter Education Annual Recognition Banquet and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. The donations consist of the following:

Organization Donating Item Donated Value
Thompson Center Arms Thompson Omega $417.85
Sturm, Ruger & Company Ruger 10/22 $258.00
Knight Muzzleloader Knight Wolverine (value pack) $322.53
Henry Firearms Henry mini bolt $205.00
Total: $1,203,38

2c.) Commissioner Costa moved to accept the donation of $25,000 from NH Audubon Society to support the production of 10 episodes of the Wildlife Journal television series, to be paid no later than June 1, 2006, and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Nottonson congratulated Jon Charpentier and staff who worked on the show and stated that it was a successful project. Jon stated that the Wildlife Journal episodes would be aired on Channel 11, New Hampshire Public Television. He reported that the Audubon Society's gracious donation would have no impact on the contents of the episodes. In addition, Jon reported that starting June 1st through the remainder of the summer, a weekly fishing report would be aired on Channel 50, WNDS called, "The Fishing Buzz". He reported that many volunteers have come forward to offer assistance such as guides, boaters, and other professionals to help promote fishing in New Hampshire. The Department is still looking for other potential sponsors for the program. Commissioner Nottonson inquired as to disabled veterans who are returning from Iraq that may need some assistance in order to continue fishing. Jon stated that he would entertain the idea to Mark Beauchesne, Aquatic Resource Education Coordinator, who works with disabled veteran groups. Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries, stated that he believes there is a fishing tournament held in late summer for disabled veterans.

2d.) Commissioner Russell moved to accept the donation of a Thompson/Center Omega Muzzleloading Rifle, valued at approximately $425.00, from Thompson/Center Arms., Co Inc., and a Ruger M77R MKII Center Fire Rifle, valued at approximately $695.00 from Sturm, Ruger and Company, to be utilized for the Deer Hunter Mail Survey and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the expenditure of $106,515 from the Pheasant Dedicated Account to purchase 13,500 pheasants in Fiscal Year 2006 and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Nottonson inquired as to how much the birds cost. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, reported that the birds cost approximately $7.89 each.

Commissioner Phillipson reported that volunteer stocking in other states has not worked out very well and hopes that is not the case in New Hampshire.

In addition, Steve updated the Commission on the Spring Turkey Season. He reported that to date, the department has received approximately 3,000 turkey registration forms, indicating the turkeys are doing well in the State.

In addition, Steve invited everyone to attend the 2005 Moose Lottery taking place on Friday, June 17th, at 9:00 a.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters. He reported that this is the second year for the bonus point system, with approximately 500 people applying just for the bonus point and requesting not be entered into the drawing. He further reported that the total number of applications received was over 16,000.

4. Commissioner Morse moved to approve the expenditure of up to $52,848 from the Turkey Dedicated Account to fund the operational budget for Fiscal Year 2006 and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

5. Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve the expenditure of up to $60,009 from the Waterfowl Dedicated Account to fund the operational budget for Fiscal Year 2006 and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi stated that it would be helpful in the future for the Commission to have a balance for each dedicated account under the information portion on the agenda form.

6. Commissioner Normandeau moved to allow the Executive Director to sign on to a letter by the State Based Multiple-Use Advocates relative to road-less areas on the White Mountain National Forest and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Steve Weber reported that the Forest Plan is in its final stages of being complete.

7. Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve the expenditure of up to $12,000 for temporary services and $918.00 in associated benefits for Fiscal Year 2006, from the Wildlife Habitat Account, for a temporary employee to operate the tractor and brush-hog on Wildlife Management Areas and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

INFORMATION ITEMS
1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated May 31, 2005 (See attached). Dan reported that the department is not purchasing equipment or vehicles with unrestricted Fish and Game Funds.

Commissioner Nottonson inquired as to Page 3, Court Fines and Penalties. He requested the level of violations by offense and the amount of fine revenue from each type. Dan responded that he would obtain that information and provide it at the next meeting.

In addition, Dan reported that employee health benefits have increased approximately $270,000 per year. Director Perry stated that this is an issue statewide and is affecting all of state government. Director Perry reported that there have been some discussions relative to potentially having the general fund assist in coverage for retiree's health benefits.

Commissioner Normandeau reported that his business health insurance has increased $80.00 per month, per employee.

Commissioner Clarke stated that it is not only affecting state government, however, local and county employees as well, and feels it is a huge society problem.

In closing, Dan reported that it equates to 10% of unrestricted Fish and Game Funds.

2. Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries Division, reported that 13 people attended the Public Hearing held on May 18, 2005. He further reported that the Department received 8 written comments prior to the close of the comment period on May 31, 2005. Steve reported that as a result of reviewing the public's comments, the following recommendations are made to the Executive Director:

1. CARROLL STREAM (Carroll and Whitefield)

* This water shall be managed for wild trout;
* The open season for taking all species shall be January 1 through Labor Day;
* Only single hook artificial lures and flies shall be used and all hooks shall be barbless or
have all barbs pinched;
* All fish shall be immediately released unharmed to the water;

Steve stated that this proposal received support at the public hearing and reported that out of the 4 written comments received, 1 was in opposition.

Recommendation: Move forward with implementing this rule change and clarify that these regulations only apply to the portion of Carroll Stream that is upstream of its confluence with Airport Pond (Marsh) in Whitefield.

2. NEWFOUND RIVER (the area between West Shore Road and the dam adjacent to Crescent Street in Bristol)

* Eliminate 15-inch minimum length limit for brook trout

Steve reported that the following alternative proposal was submitted by the public at the Public Hearing:

Fis 407.02 (j) -Delayed Harvest

* There shall be no closed season; (Jan 1- Oct 31)
* From October 16-June 15 all fish shall be immediately released and only single hook
artificial lures and flies shall be used and all hooks shall be barbless or have barbs pinched;
(Fly-Fishing Only)
* From June 16-October 15 fish may be taken by all legal methods and the daily limit for
brook trout shall be 5 fish or 5 pounds. (2 fish)

He further reported that out of the 4 written comments received, 1 was in opposition of the proposal.

Recommendation: Move forward with implementing the original proposal and give considerations to the alternative proposal during the 2006 rule-making process. Since this section of the Newfound River has historically been restricted to fly fishing only, implementing a change that allows single hook lures during a portion of the season and then opens it to all legal fishing methods during another portion of the season, the angling public should be given an opportunity to comment on such a dramatic change to the regulations.

3. BIG DAN HOLE POND

The proposed change will:

* eliminate the 15 inch minimum length limit for brook trout; and,
* From April 1 through September 30, increase the combined daily limit for lake trout, salmon
and brook trout to 4 fish (of which no more than 2 fish may be lake trout and/or salmon).

Steve reported that there was support for this proposal at the Public Hearing. He further reported that out of 3 written comments received, 1 was in opposition to the change.

Recommendation: Move forward with implementing this rule change.

4. LAKE TROUT AND SALMON WATERS

* Closing areas within 500 feet of specific tributaries in certain lakes managed for landlocked
salmon to all fishing from October 1 through December 31.

Steve reported that there was general support, particularly with a closure date revision. He further reported that out of 3 written comments received, 1 was in opposition of the proposal.

Recommendation: Modify the beginning date of the fishing closure from October 1 to October 16, and move forward with implementing this rule change.

5. LAKE TROUT AND SALMON WATERS

* No more than 3 ice fishing devices, of which no more than two shall be a tip-up as defined in Fis 401.16, shall be used, except that in addition a person may use 6 cusk fishing devices to take cusk as specified in Fis 405.04;

Steve reported that there was some support and opposition at the public hearing. He further reported that out of 5 written comments received, 1 was in opposition.

Recommendation: Because of resource-related concerns, the Fisheries Division suggests withdrawing this proposal from considerations until the Inland Fisheries Division completes a detailed study of the impacts this rule change will have on lake trout and landlocked salmon fisheries.

6. YELLOW PERCH, SUNFISH AND HORNED POUT

* Establish a 25 fish daily limit for each of the listed species.

Steve reported that at the public hearing the vast majority were in support of the proposal, 1 individual opposed and suggested a 50 fish daily limit. He further reported that 4 written comments were received, 2 in support of the proposal, 1 in support for the 25 fish aggregate limit, and 2 opposed the proposal.

Recommendation: Modify the proposal to establish a 50 fish aggregate possession limit for yellow perch, sunfish, horned pout, white perch, and black crappie and move forward with implementing this rule change.

Commissioner Russell stated that he felt the department was getting away from what it was initially trying to accomplish for white perch. Steve responded that this recommendation was aimed toward the commercial interest rather than recreational interest.

Commissioner Russell stated he felt they should have been left the way they were with the aggregate put on the sunfish and horned pout.

Commissioner Phillipson stated that combining both would result in a better proposal. Allowing the take of 25 fish daily, by species, with a limit of 50 fish aggregate possession for all species listed. He stated that with this proposal the commercial fishermen would not be targeting 25 crappie, 25 perch, and going on to 25 sunfish, etc. Steve responded that this could be proposed as an alternative proposal.

7. UMBAGOG LAKE

* Establish an 18 inch minimum total length and a one fish the daily bag limit for brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout.

Steve reported that there was general support at the public hearing. He further reported that 3 written comments were received in support of the proposal.

Recommendation: Move forward with implementing this rule change.

Commissioner Tichy inquired as to whether the discussion on the bass fishery in Umbagog Lake took place at the public hearing. Steve responded that the discussion did not take place at the public hearing.

8. ATLANTIC SALMON BROOD STOCK FISHERY

* Eliminate the requirement for individuals under 16 years of age to obtain an Atlantic Salmon Brood Stock permit.

Steve reported that there were 2 opposed at the public hearing with 1 recommendation of requiring individuals under the age of 16 to purchase a permit for $5. He further reported that 3 written comments were received, with 1 opposed to the proposal.

Recommendation: Move forward with implementing this rule change.

Commissioner Russell stated that he has received numerous comments from constituents in his area who feel that after the salmon and trout season have ended that fishing should end.

9. BOBHOUSES

* Requiring reflective tape be placed on all four sides of a bobhouse or ice fishing shanty.

Steve reported that there was support at the public hearing. He further reported that there were 4 written comments received in support of the proposal.

Recommendation: Move forward with implementing this rule change.

3. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, provided an update on the Wildlife Control Operator Rules. Steve reported that the rule proposal has two basic components to it for change.
He announced that the first would be to remove the need for Wildlife Control Operator II's to repeat a 6 hour training course for certification every 2 years as long as they continue to file reports. The second component is to allow the use of snares by Wildlife Control Operators with some restrictions regarding who can use them and what type of special training they are required to have. In addition, he reported that the second piece was the most controversial component as significant comments were received.

In closing, Steve stated that the department is moving forward with this proposal because there is a strong feeling that there is a place for the use of snares in Wildlife Control Operator work. He stated that he realizes this is a significant change and feels that the best way to address this is to work in a cooperative effort with people involved.

Suzanne Fournier, Audience Member, stated that she attended the Public Hearing and does not agree with the Snare Rules. She reported that the written comments she submitted were disregarded.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Clarke, Chair; Commissioners R. Phillipson, and S. Nottonson. Commissioner Clarke reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, G. Normandeau, W. Carney, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report. She invited all Commissioners to communicate with her in regards to potential legislative initiatives for next year.

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

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse stated that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

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

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, and Hatch. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Commissioner Tichy reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, Guaraldi, and Hatch. Commissioner Nottonson referred to a hand out he distributed from Free Hunter's Magazine, June edition, relative to large corporations replacing wildlife habitat that has been taken by stores/storage units, etc. He suggested that Director Perry seek out who the contact person is and commend them.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS
Commissioner Phillipson reported that he received a call from a constituent who feels that New Hampshire is being taken advantage of relative to the non-resident moose permit fee. He suggested potentially raising the fee for non-residents to bring the department into the same fee structure as other states. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, stated that New Hampshire is on the low end of the scale and that he would do some research relative to permit fees in other states and get back to the Commission.

Commissioner Phillipson questioned whether moose habitat activities could be charged to the Moose Dedicated Fund. Steve responded, "Yes, they can".

Commissioner Morse reported that he and Commissioner Carney attended the Goffstown Fish and Game Club Meeting where there was much concern about the scramble to get moose lottery winners through a hunter education course prior to the moose hunt. He stated that constituents suggest making it mandatory to either already have a hunting license, or be enrolled in a hunter education course. Steve responded that making that a requirement would greatly reduce the number of applicants. He further stated that taking a hunter education course is a great recruitment tool to obtain enthusiastic hunters, not only for moose.

Commissioner Nottonson suggested that Steve do some research as to the quality of New Hampshire moose vs. other states. Steve reported that New Hampshire has outstanding moose with many listed in the Boone & Crockett record book. In closing, he stated that there are more moose from New Hampshire in the record book than Quebec. Commissioner Nottonson stated that increasing the permit fee is reasonable as New Hampshire has such a quality product.

Commissioner Russell reported that he has received numerous calls from constituents who would like to see a 45 mph speed limit enforced on Lake Winnipesaukee. He stated that the lake is getting extremely crowded and people are afraid to use the lake on weekends due to the large number of speedboats doing excessive speeds. Commissioner Russell stated that he felt the Commission should take a position on the issue.

Commissioner Carney reported that there is already a bill in to address the speed limit on lakes.

Commissioner Phillipson questioned if a speed limit is enforced, would it be statewide.

Commissioner Russell reported that Marine Patrol has said that they would not support a
speed limit on the lake as it is not enforceable.

Commissioner Nottonson stated that something does need to be done, however, nothing will probably be done until a major collision happens.

Commissioner Carney suggested waiting until November 1st.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry reported that the Department is working with the Management Assistance Team and are taking advantage of their free training opportunities. He stated that the Senior Staff would be having a 2-day retreat on June 16 & 17.

In addition, Director Perry reported that the Commission held a special meeting to address a request for a re-hearing for Steven Laro. He stated that the request was denied and that a letter went out to Mr. Laro requesting the surrender of his Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License.

He further reported that the Department has lost key personnel in the Lands Bureau and that The Department of Resources and Economic Development has allowed the Department to utilize some individuals from their agency to catch-up on land transfers in the Great Bay area. He stated that due to that loss of personnel in the Lands Bureau, Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, has taken on some additional supervisory duties.

Wild Goose - Director Perry reported that the Department of Transportation has provided a task list with questions they would like answered by the Department's Consultants, Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, which is currently being worked on.

Winnisquam - Director Perry reported that the appraisals are underway that are necessary to put some sort of value on the land that is being transferred. He further reported that the Department is planning to reimburse the City of Laconia for the building space they would lose as part of the transfer of property. He stated that the Department is arranging for soil borings in order to get a better idea of the subsurface conditions.

Merrymeeting Lake - Director Perry reported that there is considerable concern in regards to parking and the removal of some trees at the site. He further reported that the Department is in the final stages of reaching an agreement on a parcel of land across the street, which would provide for some additional parking and avoid tree cutting. He stated that he felt things should be moving forward.

Pleasant Lake - Director Perry reported that there are some issues with the project. He stated that there is some question as to starting tree removal as the roadway is designated as a, "Scenic Highway".

Forrest Lake - Director Perry reported that the Department has lost access as a private owner who was providing public access has decided to close the ramp. He further reported that the Department is not stocking that body of water, as that was the only access to the lake.

OHRV Issues - Director Perry reported that OHRV registrations are now being completed by the Department's Support Services Staff. He stated that registrations were not getting to the Department of Resources and Economic Development in a timely fashion, thus, DRED was not able to make any program decisions. He further stated that he would be meeting with the Department of Resources and Economic Development in the near future to address the issue.

WMA Rules - Director Perry reported that the Department would be removing the Connecticut Lakes area from the list of Wildlife Management Area rules.

OIT - Director Perry reported that the Department has asked to have it's 3 OIT staff members returned to the budgeting process, in lieu of the Department paying the Office of Information Technology for their services.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Roger Bellerose, audience member, reported that he spoke to Dave Barrett of the Public Water Access Advisory Board, relative to speed limits on lakes, who reported that there was a law that requires boaters to reduce to headway speed when within 150 feet from shore.

Suzanne Fournier, audience member, stated that she felt Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries, provide great justification for the proposed rules that he presented. She further stated that she felt Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, gave a poor and vague analysis on the Wildlife Control Operator Rules with no details.

Buck Mercier, audience member, reported that some states receive approximately $1,600 - $2,000 for a Moose Permit. He further suggested increasing the Non-Resident Moose Permit as New Hampshire has a good big game animal.

In addition, Buck spoke relative to snares and that he has never known Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, to not put a great deal of thought into something. He further stated that he is in support of what Steve is bringing forward.

At this time, Commissioner Phillipson moved to cancel the July Commission Meeting and Commissioner Morse seconded.

Prior to a vote being taken, Commissioner Phillipson moved to withdraw his motion to cancel the July Meeting and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous. The Commission decided that they would revisit the issue within the next few weeks and make a decision.

At 3:45 p.m., Commissioner Normandeau moved to adjourn and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Ted Tichy, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
May 18, 2005
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, 11 HAZEN DRIVE, CONCORD, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: D. Clarke, R. Phillipson, W. Carney, P. Costa, S. Nottonson, M. Kalter, G. Normandeau, W. Morse, N. Russell, S. Guaraldi, and T. Tichy.

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:06 p.m., and asked the audience join in the pledge of allegiance. Commissioner Tichy 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.

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

2. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the donation of a 20-gauge shotgun, valued at approximately $1,545.00, from Sturm Ruger and Company, which was raffled off to a participant of the Small Game Survey, and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The winner of the shotgun was Jeffrey W. Oja, of Dublin, NH. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Phillipson thanked Sturm Ruger for the donation and stated what a difference in survey participation having such a great prize to offer.

3. Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve a ceiling donation for Barry Conservation Camp's Dinning Hall, valued at approximately $8,200.00, from the Basil Woods Junior Chapter 200 of Trout Unlimited and Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

4. Commissioner Carney moved to approve and adopt the 2006-2015 Big Game Management Plan as presented and Commissioner Clarke seconded. Much discussion ensued.

Commissioner Carney announced that he participated in the Public Working Group with many others and was somewhat surprised to see how harmonious negotiating went. Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Supervisor, reported that the Big Game Management Plan consists of many goals and objectives. He further reported that the group consisted of 33 active members such as farmers, landowners, foresters, hunters, legislators, and a host of others who stake interest. Mark announced that groups represented on the Public Working Group included the Department of Resources and Economic Development, New Hampshire Farm Bureau, The Audubon Society, U.S.D.A. Wildlife Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New Hampshire Wildlife Federation, Wild Turkey Federation, New Hampshire Bear Hunters Association, New Hampshire Timberland Owner's Association, and the Fish and Game Commission, who worked approximately 1500 hours on the Big Game Management Plan. He stated that several Fish and Game Commissioners participated in the Public Working Group, those being Commissioners Phillipson, Normandeau, and Carney. In addition Mark announced that 2 participants were present in the audience, Billy Dodd, and Bob Potter. Mark stated that he was proud of the final product and reported that it was a pleasure working with such a diverse group.

Commissioner Guaraldi stated that she felt Mark did an excellent job getting communications out. She reported that she got a call from a concerned orchardist regarding potential changes to the fencing program. Mark responded that there are no specific plans to change the damage program, however, reported that the issue of fencing has not been addressed yet.

Commissioner Phillipson stated he agreed with Mark that a great deal of time went into this plan. He stated that most affected parties had representation and the final proposal resulted in what the majority of the people could live with. Commissioner Phillipson reported, "It was a very fair compromise amongst all in the working group".

Commissioner Russell questioned that if the goals of the plan do not work out, particularly for white-tailed deer, would the doe permit still be an option. Mark responded that during deliberations within the Public Working Group, it was decided to take the option off the table, and that it would not be the department's ambition at this time to establish a permit system. Commissioner Russell reported that he has numerous constituents that are concerned about the deer population in Carroll County.

Commissioner Clarke inquired as to how much money is set aside for the fencing program. Mark reported that $260,000 has been used to date. Mark reported that he estimates that the balance of that fund will be depleted by June of next year.

Commissioner Tichy announced that there was a motion on the floor to approve and adopt the Big Game Management Plan and called for a vote. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

At this time, Commissioner Tichy introduced and welcomed Mitch Kalter, Strafford County Commissioner, replacing former Commissioner Ellis Hatch.

INFORMATION ITEMS
1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated April 30, 2005 (See attached). Dan reported that he recently received a copy of the MBNA credit card contract and was reviewing it and would provide the Commission with an update in the near future.

2. John Nelson, Chief, Marine Division, provided an update on the Coastal Conservation Center presently being constructed at the Sandy Point Discover Center in Stratham. John reported that some time ago the Commission traveled to Sandy Point for a tour of the facility and surrounding properties and that it was probably time for a trip back to the coast. John reported that the Center is built from 100% Federal Funds through the Reserve Program. Operations and maintenance costs would be covered by the existing Reserve Program Operations Grant, which is 70% Federal Funds and 30% State Funds. John stated that the Department's portion would decrease due to other donors. He reported that the structure is 40 x 50 and will have over $10,000 in exhibits. John distributed a pamphlet describing how the geothermal process works in the building. He reported that instead of a furnace, water gets distributed approximately 1,000 feet down and proceeds through a geothermal process, heating and/or cooling the facility. Commissioner Tichy inquired as to having a future Commission Meeting at the Center and asked John to keep him advised of the progress. John circulated some photos of the Center.

John announced that diving operations are going smoothly thanks to a new 38 ft. research/law enforcement vessel called, "Endeavor". The funding came from the National Marine Fisheries Service through the Joint Enforcement Agreement, (JEA). John stated that the vessel is a welcomed addition, which will allow for extensive research to be conducted. He reported that it was purchased with 100% Federal Funds thanks to Senator Gregg who supported the purchase and obtained the funding for the Department to buy the vessel. John welcomed all Commissioners to stop in for a tour.

Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the Becoming an Outdoor Woman Workshop took place at the facility last year and that it was a perfect day. She stated that she looks forward to returning to the site in the future. John stated that the new facility would be an excellent location once completed.

3. Colonel Gray presented Law Enforcement Awards to 2 Conservation Officers acknowledging their exceptional level of initiative, work ethic, and dedication to duty that rise well above and beyond routine expectations.

Colonel Gray presented the Shikar Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year Award to Lt. Jonas Todd Bogardus. Colonel Gray reported that Lt. Bogardus is a 17-year veteran of the Law Enforcement Division and that in addition to his supervisory responsibilities, he has served as the Team Leader for the Division's Advanced Search and Rescue Team for the past three years. Colonel Gray reported that in this role, Lt. Bogardus aggressively works to enhance the training, equipment and advanced technology used by the team members. In addition, Colonel Gray reported that most recently Lt. Bogardus has diligently worked with the U.S. Forest Service to implement the Hiker Safety and Education Program called, "Hike Safe". Colonel Gray reported that Lt. Bogardus has received an invitation to attend the National Search and Rescue Organization's Conference in California to provide a presentation, as many other states are looking to draw from Hike Safe Program. Colonel Gray introduced the Lt.'s support team, consisting of his wife, Henny, his son, Josh, and daughter, Emma.

At this time, Colonel Gray presented the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chief's Association Conservation Officer of the Year Award to Officer Mark T. Hensel. Colonel Gray reported that the award was formally presented at the Northeast Wildlife Conference earlier in April. He stated that Officer Hensel is a 5-year veteran, who in addition to his district patrol responsibilities, has proven to be a strong performer on both the Advanced Search and Rescue Team and the Dive Team. In addition, Colonel Gray reported that Officer Hensel has shown a great deal of personal initiative with the implementation of a K-9 Team, spending countless hours working and training Black Lab, "Poacher", and obtaining numerous certifications. Colonel Gray stated that Officer Hensel and Poacher are a great asset to the Search and Rescue Team and the Department. Further, Colonel Gray reported that in 2001, Officer Hensel participated in The World Police Games and won 2 Silver Medals in the Biathlon and then in 2003, won 3 Gold Medals in Barcelona. The Colonel congratulated both officers. Commissioner Tichy, on behalf of the Commission, congratulated both officers for their accomplishments.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Clarke, Chair; Commissioners R. Phillipson, and S. Nottonson. Commissioner Clarke stated there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, G. Normandeau, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi stated that the Legislative committee's next meeting would take place the morning of the next Commission Meeting, June 15, 2005. She asked committee members to be prepared to put forth potential legislative initiatives for next year.

Commissioner Tichy inquired as to the status of the one-day fishing license. Commissioner Guaraldi announced that the fee was changed, the Senate amended it, and now it is required to go before The Ways and Means Committee.

Commissioner Carney announced that he received a memo from Director Perry in regards to a meeting on June 15, 2005, which may conflict with the Legislative Meeting. Commissioner Guaraldi stated that she would reschedule the Legislative Meeting so all could attend the Director's Meeting.

Commissioner Tichy inquired whether Commissioner Carney was interested in replacing Commissioner Hatch on the Legislative Committee. Commissioner Carney accepted.

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

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse stated that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Guaraldi; Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the meeting was cancelled and that the next meeting was scheduled for May 24, 2005. She reported that the committee continues to work with CORD.

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, and Hatch. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Commissioner Tichy reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, Guaraldi, and Hatch. Commissioner Nottonson reported that the committee reviewed the hunting digest together page by page, paying close attention to detail and feels progress is being made. Commissioner Nottonson suggested having comments e-mailed to him, who in turn, can relay them to Director Perry. Final comments for final production will be submitted on June 27, 2005.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS
Commissioner Clarke reported that he was on the Commission when the M.A.T., (Management Assistance Team), was first introduced. He reported that the training was extremely helpful and beneficial. He suggested everyone go through the training if possible.

Commissioner Normandeau reported that there is an issue in the seacoast area with the City of Portsmouth, who are trying to renew their exemption permit for a wastewater treatment plant. He reported that the Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing and much pressure was being shown to deny the exemption. Commissioner Normandeau asked John Nelson to speak to the issue as well. John Nelson, Chief, Marine Division, stated that the advance primary allows The City of Portsmouth to discharge not quite as much as settlement material. John reported that the City has combined sewer and drain systems, therefore when it rains it overwhelms the system. He stated that the Environmental Protection Agency reported to the City of Portsmouth, upon seeking renewal of their permit, that they wanted to, "Tighten up more". Engineers came up with a pipe that would extend across the mouth of the Piscataquog and then have diffusers from that. John stated that he feels there are downfalls and hoped that all requests be taken seriously before any decision-making.

Commissioner Guaraldi spoke of a nice report that the department received from the NH Sportsman's Alliance. She also reported that the Becoming An Outdoor Woman Weekend is coming up, September 9, 10, & 11, 2005 at Rockywold Deephaven Camps, Holderness, NH. In addition, she stated that the houndsmen would like more time for training, earlier. She also reported that as far as baiting, there is much desire with the season being only 3 weeks, for a pre-baiting season. Commissioner Tichy recommended contacting Andy Timmins, Bear Project Leader, Region 1, Lancaster, NH.

Commissioner Tichy announced that an invitation was distributed for the annual Hunter Education Instructor Recognition Banquet on June 11, 2005, at the Holiday Inn, Concord, NH, 9:00 a.m.

Commissioner Tichy inquired with whether the vacant Hunter Education Coordinator position had been filled. Director Perry responded that the position was posted, interviews have begun, and that they should conclude in the near future.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry announced that the M.A.T. Training for the Commission would take place at Fish and Game Headquarters on June 15th, at 9:30 a.m. He further announced that the Department would be hosting the Wetlands Council Meeting this summer, July 6th, 7th & 8th. He stated that this would be a great opportunity to travel to Great Bay and see some of the things that are happening in the area.

Director Perry thanked those involved in making Discover Wild New Hampshire Day another great success, with approximately 3,500 people in attendance. He reported that he has received numerous positive comments about the day and the events.

In addition, Director Perry thanked everyone who participated in the Big Game Management Planning Process. He stated that he realizes that alot of hard work and dedication went into the plan and thinks that it is great that everyone could work together to discuss important issues. He reported that the Statewide Comprehensive Planning effort has been ongoing, with a mini-summit taking place a short while ago. He reported that the plan needs to be complete by October 1, 2005, in order to continue to be eligible for federal funding for the State Wildlife Grant Program.

Director Perry reported that there has been a few setbacks in the Lands Bureau. He reported that the Lands Bureau Supervisor, Kyle Stockwell, recently gave a rather short notice and decided not to stay in New Hampshire and left the agency. In addition, he reported that Beth McGuinn, Land Agent, accepted another position elsewhere and has left the agency as well. He stated the positions are posted and that the department is looking to fill those positions. He reported that boat ramp issues need prompt addressing and a huge backlog of land transfers as well. He stated that frustrations are rightfully being heard, however, he asked for patience as recruitment is in the process.

Director Perry announced that WNDS television station will be shooting a series called, "Fishing Buzz", aired on Thursday nights, time to be announced. The series will be geared toward tips on fishing in New Hampshire. In addition, Director Perry reported that he recently attended the Timberland Owner's Association Annual Meeting in Rindge. He reported that he was able to discuss forest management and wildlife management issues briefly and is looking to set up a meeting to discuss matters of mutual interest. Director Perry spoke relative to deer funding and stated that the issue needs to be addressed, particularly with the department's current financial status. He announced that setting a vision for the future needs to be established soon so we know what we'd like wildlife for tomorrow to look like and then figure out how to fund getting there. Director Perry reported that this biennium would be the last being able to balance the books. He further reported that Senator D'Allesandro was helpful getting that word out in the local paper and in the Concord Monitor. He stated that Senator D'Allesandro is also being vocal in the Senate halls that the Department's days are numbered financially. He reported that The House Fish and Game Committee has established a sub-committee to review the lifetime license program and to look at the revenue structure.

Commissioner Clarke stated that Senator O'Dell was very impressed that the Director came to the meeting and expressed the need to do the same thing, derive a long range plan. Commissioner Clarke stated that the Senator was very supportive.

Director Perry reported that Fay, Spofford, and Thorndike would be meeting with the Department of Transportation and converse on the issues related to Sunapee.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
An audience member suggested taking down bird feeders 3 hours before dusk to prevent conflicts with bears.

Billy Dodd, audience member, announced that he was in possession of an old trappers license and stated that the Department was welcome to display it at headquarters. He further stated that he participated in the Big Game Planning Process and felt that it went well.

Suzanne Fournier, audience member, stated that she also participated in the Big Game Planning Process and helped to write some of the goals and objectives. She stated that she felt maximum hunting opportunity over-rode other factors in the planning process.

Billy Dodd, stated that the Commission is constituent driven and felt that if constituents come to the monthly meetings they deserve an opportunity to be heard and obtain answers to their questions and concerns. Commissioner Tichy stated that liaison meetings are set up for this reason, to interact with Commissioners and discuss topics of interest and go back and forth with discussion if necessary.

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


Respectfully submitted,


Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Ted Tichy, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
April 27, 2005
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, 11 HAZEN DRIVE, CONCORD, NH 03301

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

Commissioners Absent:

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:04 p.m., and asked the audience join in the pledge of allegiance. Commissioner Tichy 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. He announced that the Commission would be discussing the final draft of the Laro License Revocation Decision prior to taking up the monthly agenda.

Commissioner Tichy questioned whether there was need for more discussion relative to the decision and if any Commissioners had suggested changes or revisions that were required. The Commission read through the draft. They discussed the last paragraph of the decision on page 8, referring to Mr. Laro's compass setting being set north-northwest instead of in a northwest direction. Commissioner Tichy stated that the suggested change to the paragraph would be, "Mr. Laro's direction of travel".

Commissioner Russell stated that he had a question relative to page 4, third paragraph from the bottom, where it states, "300 to 400 yards". He stated that he did not recall that in the testimony that was heard. Director Perry stated that there were 2 sources for deriving that figure. The first was is in the interview with Mr. Barr and the other was from the use of a map and scaling it off. Commissioner Nelson stated that he did not remember figures being given. Commissioner Tichy announced that this was from the evidence provided and not what we thought it may be, that is why it is in the decision. Commissioner Tichy questioned whether Commissioner Russell wanted to include a footnote that clearly states that there was some discussion on the exact distance. Commissioner Carney agreed that you probably would not be able to see each other at 400 yards. He further stated that Sgt. Suttmeier testified that he and the other officer could see each other the entire walk through the woods. Commissioner Normandeau stated that Sgt. Suttmeier testified numerous times that they did not measure the exact distance. Commissioner Tichy questioned if the Commission wished to leave the distance completely out of the sentence. It was agreed that the distance would be left out. Commissioner Morse stated that he did not remember anyone mentioning the Red Trail being at 310 degrees. Commissioner Clarke stated that in his mind he did not care what direction the compass was set at or what direction they were going. He stated that what was important is what happened at that moment of truth so to speak, and that any further discussion is extraordinary. Commissioner Tichy stated that he realizes that, however, announced that that the Commission needs to show that all the testimony was reviewed and taken into the Commission's deliberations. Commissioner Phillipson stated that he felt the sentence was redundant as it was stated in another location in the document. Commissioner Carney stated, "We did not know that he set the compass at 310 degrees until they took testimony at Mr. Laro's house and retrieved the compass and showed it to him". It was agreed that the sentence would read, "They positioned themselves along the woods road".

Commissioner Clarke inquired whether a motion was needed to accept the draft order. Commissioner Tichy stated that the order would sanction that the Commission and Executive Director will revoke Mr. Laro's license to hunt in New Hampshire for a period of 10 years, effective March 29, 2005, which was the date Mr. Laro voluntarily agreed not to hunt in New Hampshire. Commissioner Clarke moved to ratify the order as edited and have it signed by the full Commission and Executive Director and Commissioner Carney seconded. Commissioner Morse requested a short break for an executive session to discuss policy and order before moving forward. Commissioner Tichy denied the request and stated that all deliberations have to be done in the public session. He explained the procedure and stated that once ratified, each Commissioner will sign the final document. He further stated that there was a motion on the floor to ratify the order and informed Commissioner Russell that discussion should take place now. Commissioner Clarke moved to table his motion until Commissioner Morse returned from contacting counsel with Director Perry and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

At this time, Commissioner Tichy welcomed Dr. Mitchell Kalter who is nominated to replace Commissioner Hatch, who has represented Strafford County for over 20 years.

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

2. Commissioner Russell moved to approve the below donations and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

a). Acceptance of a $5,000 donation from the Lakes Region Inland Fishing Association Inc., to be utilized to support fisheries research and management activities.

b). Acceptance of 10 Streamline fly rods, valued at approximately
$641.75, from Richie Bernard, to be utilized by the "Let's Go Fishing" Program.

3. Commissioner Hatch moved to approve the expenditure of $8,409.68 from the Sale of Fish Food Account to purchase necessary equipment for the Berlin and Powder Mill Hatcheries and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Bob Fawcett, Hatchery Supervisor stated that the funds are derived from visitors putting in .25¢ to receive a handful of fish food and from vending machines at the hatcheries. Bob further reported that the intent is to purchase small equipment with these monies. The intended equipment purchases are:

1. Replacement Sander for Berlin Hatchery $4,890.00
2. Power Broom for Powder Mill Hatchery 539.95
3. Replacement Snow Blower for Berlin Hatchery 1,099.95
4. Plow parts for Berlin Hatchery 1,879.78
$8,409.68

Commissioner Hatch inquired whether the hatcheries utilize power washers to clean the raceways. Bob responded that they do when the raceways are empty.

Commissioner Russell inquired as to the possibility of increasing the fee to feed fish at the hatcheries from .25¢ to .50¢ as a way to raise money toward equipment purchases. Commissioner Tichy inquired as to the balance in the Sale of Fish Food Account. Bob Fawcett reported that the balance at the beginning of April was $12,366.91, minus the requested $8,409.68, leaving a balance of $3,957.23.

Commissioner Normandeau inquired as to the net cost of fish food. Bob responded that the fish food is paid for through the normal operating budget. Commissioner Hatch commended Bob for his great work and reported that he had a nice visit to Powder Mill recently.

At this time, Director Perry and Commissioner Morse returned to the meeting. Director Perry stated for the record that Commissioner Morse had a concern whether the Laro decision was too lengthy and if it contained all the necessary language. He further stated that they spoke with counsel and were assured that it was appropriate. Commissioner Clarke resubmitted his earlier motion to ratify the order as edited and have it signed by the full Commission and Executive Director and Commissioner Carney seconded. Commissioner Tichy called for a roll call: Commissioner Clarke, "Yes", Commissioner Phillipson, "Yes", Commissioner Carney, "Yes", Commissioner Costa, "Yes", Commissioner Hatch, "Yes", Commissioner Nottonson, "Yes", Commissioner Normandeau, "Yes", Commissioner Morse, "Yes", Commissioner Russell, "Yes", Commissioner Guaraldi, "Yes". Commissioner Tichy stated, "Let the record show that it is a unanimous decision to put forth the decision on the merits in the matter of the license revocation of Steven R. Laro". He announced that there would be final copy distributed for Commissioners to sign prior to the end of the meeting. Commissioner Clarke questioned whether Director Perry should publicly announce whether he is in agreement with the Commission's decision or not. Director Perry stated, "I concur". Commissioner Tichy returned to the monthly agenda.

4. Commissioner Carney moved to approve the annual assessment fee of $7,000 to the Wildlife Management Institute for fiscal years 2006 and 2007, from the Waterfowl Dedicated Account, to complete cooperative banding projects and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

6. (Items 5 and 6 were heard in reverse order) Commissioner Morse moved to approve the retroactive expenditure of $6,000 of dedicated turkey management funds to purchase crabapple trees as part of the on-going turkey habitat improvement program and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, reported that approximately 400 trees were bought with the monies. He reported that both private and public lands depend on good sites, which are hard to find.

5. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the expenditure of $6,500 for fencing and metal posts for crabapple trees and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Clarke reported that there were some apple trees planted on Sullivan County land and was happy to report that they were doing fine. He stated that proper fencing is crucial to the success of the tress. Steve Weber stated that due to deer browsing, fencing must be placed around the trees to protect them for the first few years of growth. Commissioner Nottonson inquired as to selling the fencing after it is taken down. Steve responded that all state property is required to go through the surplus process. Commissioner Tichy inquired whether the information relative to where the trees are is available to the public. Steve responded, "Yes, the information is available if they ask for it".

LATE ACTION ITEM
1. Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve artwork by Artist Jim Collins, to be used for the 2005 State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp; and to further authorize the department to expend $1,100 for the purpose of purchasing the art for the stamp and to produce artist signed stamps and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The motion carried with 9 in favor and 1 abstention. Commissioner Carney abstained from voting due to knowing the artist. Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, walked the artwork around for Commissioners to view.

2. Commissioner Normandeau move to approve the final proposal for marine rules as presented and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.
Sandy Falicon, Rules/Legislative Coordinator, reported that she recently provided the fish rules to the Commission. She reported that there was a hearing on the Marine rules on April 5th, at the Urban Foresty Center in Portsmouth. She further reported that there were a few rule packages that were still in the works, one being the Wildlife Control Operator Rules. She stated that the department would like to continue to review the comments that were received. She then turned the meeting over to Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division to review the wildlife rule changes.

Steve referred to a handout that he provided to the Commission, identifying the wildlife rule changes. He inquired whether the Commission wished to hear all the changes prior to taking comments and a vote. Commissioner Tichy responded that the Commission would wait until hearing all the proposed changes prior to voting on them.

* Reduces the minimum caliber of muzzleloader allowed for use when moose hunting from
.50 Cal. to .45 Cal.
*
Extend the deadline for Internet applications to the moose lottery from 4 PM on the last
Friday in May to midnight.
* Clarifies the limit for fisher by stating the season bag limit is 15 fisher with no more than
10 fisher in WMU's A thru G, I1, J1, and J2.
*
Removes the requirement to report deer taken on Long Island within 24 hours.
* Establishes a fall turkey season consistent with the rest of the state in WMU's B, C1, &
C2.
*
Extends the spring turkey season in WMU's B, C1, & C2 through the end of May - starting in 2006.
* Establishes hunting and trapping seasons on opossum:

May be hunted from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset,

May be trapped during the open season for raccoon and fox.


Commissioner Guaraldi moved to go forward with the wildlife rule changes as presented, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Director Perry spoke relative to the proposed extended night hunting of coyote. He stated that there has been much discussion relative to the concern over coyotes and the impact they are having on the deer herd in the New Hampshire. He stated that in response to the concerns that have been heard, the department made the decision to go forward with a proposal to extend the night hunting season on coyotes with the understanding that public comment would be taken into consideration and a decision would be made following the public hearings. He stated that there were a number of issues before the department as a result of the action that has been taken to date. He reported that the majority of comments received were in opposition to the proposal for various reasons. He stated that the reasons varied from the sense that coyotes are an important part of the ecosystem and should be allowed to exist, or that it could lead to additional posted land, that it is not the appropriate time to be taking these animals, or that it is going to result generally ill willed among various users in the outdoors. He further reported that a few individuals spoke in favor of the proposal at the public hearing held in Lancaster, however, most of the testimony heard was almost unanimous in opposition to it. Director Perry reported that the comments received during the public comment period almost mirrored those heard at the public hearings. He spoke on behalf of staff stating that Law Enforcement has concerns that this would allow people to be in the woods during the time of year that they probably shouldn't be there from a standpoint of having an excuse for poaching deer in the summer, etc. He further stated that from a wildlife standpoint, the feeling is that this would not result in a large number of animals being taken, however, would probably receive a fair amount of ill will from the public. He stated that Legislators have expressed concern knowing that any rule that is proposed would have to go before the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, which would be further debated. Director Perry stated, "Mr. Chairman, at this point and time I don't believe that it is in our best interest to try to move forward with the proposal". He stated that his intent is not to move forward and to withdraw the rule and start fresh with this issue.

Commissioner Clarke stated that he made the motion to put the proposal on the agenda for public hearing. He further stated that he is okay after hearing testimony and hearing the Director's rationale, however, feels that the Commission did the right thing bringing it before the public for their input. Commissioner Carney moved to keep the night hunting coyote season as presently set and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Guaraldi thanked Director Perry and staff for putting in the effort and stated that the Commission appreciates it.

INFORMATION ITEMS
2. (Items 1&2 were heard out of sequence due to time constraints) Robert Estabrook, Chief Aquatic Biologist, Department of Environmental Services, and Tom Niejadlik, Air Pollution Engineer V, Environmental Services, Air Resource Division, provided an update on mercury and how it affects the environment and fish. A brochure was distributed entitled, "Is it safe to eat the fish we catch". Bob reported that mercury in the air settles into the waters and builds up in fish. He stated that older fish have a higher level of mercury and fish that eat other fish, such as bass and pickerel, have the highest levels of mercury. He reported that some birds and mammals are also at risk due to feeding on fish. He stated that small amounts of mercury could damage a brain starting to form or grow. That is why babies in the womb, nursing babies, and young children are at most risk. He further stated that too much mercury can affect behavior and how well people learn, think, and problem solve later in life. He suggested some tips for fish preparation that included removing the skin, trimming away fatty areas, and to use cooking methods that allow fat-laden juices to drip away. Commissioner Hatch questioned the impact of gas from motorboats and whether or not it contributes to the mercury levels. Tom responded that it would be such a small amount and doesn't believe that it would affect the fish. Commissioner Russell inquired whether or not signage is posted to notify the public. Tom responded that signs are placed on the kiosk if there is one. Tom stated that he has been involved in mercury reducing activities since 1987 and that the goal is to reduce emissions by 50 or 60%. Commissioner Tichy thanked both Robert and Tom for coming before the Commission and providing such an informative presentation.

1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated March 31, 2005 (See attached).

Commissioner Tichy inquired as to the possibility of posting receipts for OHRV and snowmobiles in a more timely fashion. He stated that DRED is trying to budget for materials and groomers and have figures that are 2 to 3 months behind. Kathy LaBonte, Chief, Support Services, responded that the receipts are being reported on a monthly basis now.

3. Lt. Bogardus provided an informative presentation on the Hike Safe Program. He reported that the program is focused on teaching how to avoid dangerous situations and to promote self-responsibility. He stated that the program teaches people not rely on modern technology. Lt. Bogardus reported that the year 2001 was the worst for search and rescues. He stated that the majority of incidents happen in the White Mountain National Forest. He addressed the Hiker Responsibility Code, which states, "You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared". He stated that the logo is of a boot print, indicating, there and back. He reported that the code is posted on the majority of trails and rest areas. The list of 10 essential items you should carry on every trip consist of:


1. Map
2. Compass
3. Warm Clothing
4. Extra food and water
5. Flashlight or headlamp
6. Matches/fire starters
7. First aid kit/repair kit
8. Whistle
9. Rain/wind gear
10. Pocket knife

Lt. Bogardus reported that the program is currently in the process of purchasing some promotional items to take to schools when discussing the program and it's importance, such a whistles, etc. On behalf of the Commission, Commissioner Tichy thanked Lt. Bogardus for coming before the Commission and stated what a great educational program it was.

4. Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Supervisor, provided an update on the Big Game Management Planning Process. He reported that on May 12th, the group would review and finalize the draft plan. Mark estimates that the final product would be presented to the Commission at the May Commission Meeting. In closing, Mark stated that he was proud of the product and that he appreciates all the work that was put into it by all.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Clarke, Chair; Commissioners R. Phillipson, and S. Nottonson. Commissioner Clarke departed the meeting prior to this report, therefore, not report was provided.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, G. Normandeau, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that there was 1 bill with an amendment regarding the 1-day fishing license for New Hampshire residents. Commissioner Guaraldi stated that the Commission had voted to move forward with establishing a 1-day fishing license for New Hampshire residents. She reported that while moving through the legislative process, it was decided that a fee of $10.00 would be charged, which would include the habitat stamp. She reported that the department is now being asked to reduce that fee to $7.00. Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose the amendment and to continue to pursue with a $10.00 fee and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Much discussion ensued.

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

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse stated that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Guaraldi; Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she was not able to attend the last meeting, however, reported that she obtained an update from Rich Tichko, who informed her that the committee was continuing to work on recommendations for leased lands along the lake. She reported that information was not coming in a timely manner from CORD, (Council on Resource and Development).

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, and Hatch. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Commissioner Tichy reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, Guaraldi, and Hatch. Commissioner Nottonson reported that he was pleased to attend the hunting digest meeting the morning of the Commission Meeting. He stated that the 2nd draft of the proposed changes to the digest were reviewed and feels that progress is being made. He thanked Judy Stokes and the Public Affairs Staff, as well as Colonel Gray.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS
Commissioner Tichy thanked Director Perry and all the Commissioners for their hard work and dedication during the Laro proceedings. He reported that a great deal of personal time was put forth and he appreciated it.

At this time, Commissioner Tichy reported that this would be Commissioner Hatch's last official Commission Meeting. He wished Ellis well and stated what a great asset he was over the years on the Commission.

Commissioner Hatch stated that he remembered his first visit to Fish and Game Headquarters on Bridges Street in Concord back in 1979. He said that he met with Director Charles Barry who brought him in and offered him a badge, law book and welcomed him aboard. Commissioner Hatch offered 2 words to current and future Commissioners, "Listen and learn". He stated, "Listen to the most dedicated staff of wildlife professionals, I believe in the country, listen to the sportspeople that we represent, and try to make the best decisions for the fish and wildlife resources of our state".

In addition, Commissioner Hatch reported that he was pleased with the selection of the Department's current Executive Director, Lee Perry, and stated that he feels that the Department is in good hands under his direction. He stated that it was an honor and privilege to serve on the Commission for over 24 years and that he has always been treated with honor and respect. In closing he stated, "I hate to say it, however, it's time to go". Commissioner Tichy, on behalf of the Commission, wished Commissioner Hatch well in his future endeavors.

Commissioner Tichy reported that the Androscoggin Valley Board of Directors wishes to extend many thanks to Director Perry and the many members of the Law Enforcement Division for attending the annual banquet recently. He stated that they were impressed with the turn out from Fish and Game and that they are happy with what is happening within the Department.

Commissioner Carney inquired whether snowmobile signs and reflectors could be removed for the summer at Jones Pond. He stated that during a recent visit he noticed numerous signs that were on polls within a short distance of each other and feels that it would give a better appearance with the signs and reflectors taken down for the summer months. Commissioner Tichy stated that the Department could possibly contact one of the local clubs in the area and also the OHRV Division for assistance.

Commissioner Morse reported that he attended the annual Pointer Fish and Game Club Banquet recently. He stated that the topic of discussion was access to lakes and ponds.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry reported that the dam at Jones Brook recently washed away. He stated that he called Commission Hatch to inform him and Commissioner Hatch said, "I already know, I've been down there a couple of times to look at it". He stated that Commissioner Hatch would be missed and hoped that he wasn't a stranger.

Director Perry stated that he would like to thank the Commissioners, Law Enforcement Staff, Dan Lynch, and the Attorney General's Office, as a great deal of hard work went into the Laro Decision. He thanked everyone for their efforts.

He stated that there was 1 issue that was pending regarding a donation of $7,500 from the Rotary Derby. He reported that the item was tabled at the Governor and Council Meeting and that the Department was hopeful that it would be resolved at the next Governor and Council Meeting after providing a brief presentation.

He reported that this time of the year is regional meeting time for the North East Fish and Wildlife Conference. He stated that the Department is proud to have our employees in leadership positions in the Northeast, such as Steve Weber, Steve Perry, and Mark Ellingwood, which speaks well of their professional abilities.

Director Perry responded to concerns for boat access. He stated, "Access seems to be a concern for everyone and we are doing the best we can with the resources we have". He reported that he received a letter from Carol Murray, Commissioner, Department of Transportation, in regards to Sunapee, stating that she feels the work done on the access getting on to Route 103 is going to work. He reported that the next step is to try to meet with the Town of Newbury in hopes that they concur as well. In addition, he reported on the status of the Winnisquam Project. He stated, "The devil is in the details". He stated that the Department would work with the City of Laconia and the Department of Environmental Services to work around the Digester Building and feels optimistic that things will be moving forward.

He reported that State Employee contracts negotiations are in the works, which is taking some time. He also reported that the Big Game Planning effort is going on.

He stated that Sandy Falicon, Rules/Legislative Coordinator, is trying to keep up to speed on making sure that none of the rules pass the deadline, as we are coming up on a number of sunset dates.

He reported that Discover Wild New Hampshire Day is approaching on April 30th. He stated that a great deal of work behind the scenes goes into the day and that it is greatly appreciated.

In closing, Director Perry reported that there has been a positive case of Chronic Wasting Diseases in New York. He stated that Judy Stokes, Steve Weber, and Kent Gustafson, took a trip to New York to do some further investigating on behalf of the Department. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, reported that they drove to New York to view the operations that were going on. He stated that in March of this year, a positive case was detected from on a deer farm, which in fact the deer had been butchered and fed to 300 people. He reported that to date, 5 cases have been detected in farms relatively close to each other. He reported that they have mobilized about 100 people on site 24 hours a day in hopes of collecting approximately 420 deer. He further reported that the activity would be ending at the end of April to avoid the timeframe when fawns are being dropped and they do not want to interfere with the turkey hunting as well. He stated that there are 3 different teams working each day, landowner contact teams, shooting teams, and recover teams. In addition, he reported that they have lab facilities and refrigerated tractor-trailers, etc. Steve reported that the biggest impact, which we have regulations on the books to prevent, is the import of carcasses from Chronic Wasting Disease jurisdiction, which New York now qualifies. In closing, Steve Weber stated, "We do not want Chronic Wasting Disease in New Hampshire and need to take steps to prevent it from getting here". He reported that the Department currently tests approximately 400 deer each fall to send to Cornell University for testing. Steve reported that the only way to kill the disease is with bleach.

At this time, Director Perry thanked Tanya for all her work on the Laro proceedings and reported that she does a great job year round for the Director's Office.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
No comments from the public were heard.

At this time, Commissioner Costa moved to adjourn and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,
Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________ Ted Tichy, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 16, 2005
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, 11 HAZEN DRIVE, CONCORD, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: G. Normandeau, S. Guaraldi, D. Clarke, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, T. Tichy, S. Nottonson, W. Morse and W. Carney.

Commissioners Absent: N. Russell

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:04 p.m., and asked the audience join in the pledge of allegiance. Commissioner Tichy 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. He announced that he would be making minor adjustments to the order of agenda items.

Commissioner Tichy announced that Commissioner Carney would be doing the honors of reading the resolution honoring former Merrimack County Commissioner, Jim Jones. It read as follows:

Resolution Honoring Jim Jones

Whereas, Jim Jones has had a long and illustrious career in fish and wildlife conservation serving New Hampshire and the Northeast Region of the United States, and,

Whereas, as a Conservation Training Officer, Jim Jones was instrumental in passing mandatory hunter training for all first-time hunters in 1977; and,

Whereas, in his second career as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Aid Program Coordinator, he continued to promote the Hunter Education Program; and,

Whereas, Jim Jones has served the citizens of New Hampshire and Merrimack County on the Fish and Game Commission with great dignity, dedication and leadership for 7 years; and,

Whereas, under his leadership the Commission's Legislative Subcommittee experienced success in funding initiatives and clarification of the policy duties of the Commission; and,

Whereas, he has demonstrated a fair, reasoned and balanced approach to Commission responsibilities.

Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission hereby congratulates Jim Jones on his retirement as Merrimack County Fish and Game Commissioner.

Be It Further Resolved, that the Fish and Game Department and Commission hereby express its sincere gratitude to Jim Jones for his many contributions and extend all good wishes for many years of enjoyment in New Hampshire's and Canada's great outdoors.

Unanimously adopted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission this sixteenth day of March, Two Thousand and Five.

________________________
Theodore A. Tichy, Chairman
NH Fish and Game Commission

__________________________
Lee E. Perry, Executive Director
NH Fish and Game Department

After the reading of the resolution, Commissioner Tichy presented Jim with a few gifts on behalf of the Commission. He thanked Jim for serving as his mentor when first joining the Commission and stated that he learned a great deal from him. Jim responded that it was a real honor and privilege to serve on the Commission and to work with such a great group. He announced that he had mixed feelings, however, felt that it was the appropriate time to leave.

Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Supervisor, on behalf of the Wildlife Division, thanked Jim for his strong interest and support, even prior to his years on the Commission. Mark stated that it was a pleasure knowing and working with Jim. Commissioner Hatch reported that he had the distinct pleasure of serving on the Commission with Jim for 7 years. He stated that over the years he has seen many Commissioners come and go, and that he could not remember any Commissioner being as dedicated as Jim. He further stated it was a great honor and privilege to tag along and have Jim as a friend.

Director Perry expressed his best wishes to Jim for a great retirement. He further thanked him for everything he has done over the years and as a Commissioner.

In closing, Jim stated that one of the department's greatest accomplishments over the past few years was the hiring of Lee Perry as Executive Director, as it was what the department needed. Jim thanked everyone.

In addition, Commissioner Tichy presented Bob Miller, who is retiring as from the Nature Conservancy as Great Bay Project Director, with the below resolution:

Resolution Honoring Bob Miller

Whereas, Bob Miller has had a lifelong commitment to conservation, first serving 30 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Realty Division where his leadership led to the acquisition of tens of thousands of acres of land in the National Wildlife Refuge System; and,

Whereas, Bob Miller's work in the Northeast Region helped to establish the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge and the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge in New Hampshire; and,

Whereas, in his second career, Bob Miller has been the lead acquisition agent for the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership working as Great Bay Project Director for The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire since 1994; and,

Whereas, Bob Miller's extraordinary ability to negotiate biologically based land acquisitions with a diverse group of landowners has resulted in the conservation of over 4,000 acres of significant wildlife habitat in the Great Bay area.

Be It Further Resolved, the Fish and Game Department and Commission hereby express its sincere gratitude to Bob Miller for his dedication to the fish and wildlife habitat conservation efforts of the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership.

Unanimously adopted by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission this sixteenth day of March, Two Thousand and Five.

__________________________
Theodore A. Tichy, Chairman
NH Fish and Game Commission

_________________________
Lee E. Perry, Executive Director
NH Fish and Game Department

Bob thanked everyone very much. He reported that the last 12 years has been his retirement job at Great Bay and has been some of the most satisfying and most fun years of his career.

Peter Wellenberger, Biologist, Marine Division, stated that it was a pleasure working with Bob over the years with the partnership. Peter reported that Bob was a very professional and dedicated worker who will be missed. Peter presented Bob with a Great Bay Duck Stamp to show the department's appreciation for all his assistance.


ACTION ITEMS:
1. By request of Mr. Laro's legal counsel, Attorney Maggiotto, a request to postpone the hearing until a later date was granted. At this time, Commissioner Carney moved to hold the Steven Laro License Suspension Hearing on Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous. Commissioner Tichy requested that a press release be compiled by the Public Affairs Division.

2. Commissioner Hatch moved to approve the February Commission Minutes as written, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Guaraldi moved to accept the below donations and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

a). Acceptance of a $7,500 donation from the Meredith Rotary Club, to be utilized to
support fisheries research and management activities.

c). Acceptance of a $3,224.64 donation from the Great Bay Stewards, to be utilized
to support the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Commissioner Hatch inquired as to how the money was spent last year from the Meredith Rotary Club. Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries, responded that the money is spent on annual smelt assessments on the large lakes, to purchase the necessary equipment to conduct surveys, and to purchase fish sampling equipment, such as nets, etc. Steve stated it was mostly used for equipment-based expenditures.

4. Commissioner Hatch moved to approve the expenditure of $75,000 from the Fisheries Habitat Account in order to cover maintenance costs of four Department owned dams and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Phillipson inquired as to what the balance was in the revolving Fish Habitat Account. Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries Division, reported that there was approximately 300,000 in the account. Commissioner Hatch inquired as to obtaining a breakdown of how much money is anticipated to be spent on each pond. Steve replied that he did not have that specific information at the time, however, would provide him with it in the near future.

INFORMATION ITEMS
1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated February 28, 2005 (See attached). Dan reported that the department is currently short an additional $115,000 from this time last year. Commissioner Hatch inquired if there was anything the department could do to assist agents in accepting credit cards. Dan reported that agents can utilize credit card machines to complete transactions, however, the credit company charges agents a processing fee each time a credit card is used, thus some agents feel that it is not feasible.

2. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided an update on the Affinity Credit Card Program. He stated that the department has contacted MBNA to obtain a copy of an agreement that is in place and are still waiting to hear from them. Dan reported that he would have the Attorney General's Office send a request, on the behalf of the department, in hopes of moving things along faster. Commissioner Phillipson recommended advertising the credit card on the department's website. He stated that it may an easier way to accrue card membership.

3. Kent Gustafson, Deer Project Leader, conducted a drawing for a Thompson/Center Omega Muzzleloading Rifle and a Ruger M77R MKII Centerfire rifle to two participants of the 2004 Deer Hunter Mail Survey. Kent stated that this was the 13th year of the Deer Hunter Mail Survey and 13th year that Thompson/Center Arms and Sturm, Ruger, and Company have generously donated firearms to use as prizes for survey participants. Kent thanked the gracious donors as well as Brad Marshall of Marshall's Firearms in Boscawen for all his assistance. He reported that 1,006 people provided usable information. He asked Jim Jones to draw a number and requested that Bob Miller draw the other.

The winner of the Ruger Rifle was Mark Andrews of Dunbarton, NH
The winner of the T/C Muzzleloader was John Zabielski of Charlestown, NH

4. Sandy Falicon, Legislative/Rules Coordinator, distributed a rulemaking schedule to the Commission. In addition, she reported that there were 2 upcoming hearings. The first being held on April 13th, at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, in Concord, relative to Wildlife Control Operators, Wildlife, and Coyote Rules. The second hearing is scheduled for April 14th, at the Region 1 Fish and Game Office, 629-B Main Street, Lancaster, relative to Wildlife and Coyote Rules. Sandy provided a copy of the Draft Proposal on the rules for State Managed Lands, referred to as Wildlife Management Areas, to the Commission. She further reported that John Nelson, Chief, Marine Division, is preparing for more marine rule changes to be in compliance with Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Management. She stated that Steve Perry would be following with an explanation of fish rules.

5. Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries, provided an overview of proposed changes to administrative rules related to fishing.
The Department is proposing changes to the Inland Fisheries rules to include:

Carroll Stream
* Changing the fisheries management for Carroll Stream in Carroll/Whitefield to wild trout regulations.
Newfound River
* Eliminate the 15-inch length limit for brook trout on the Newfound River between West Shore Road to the dam at Crescent Street.
Big Dan Hole Pond
* eliminate the 15 inch minimum length for brook trout
* From April 1 - September 30 increase the combined daily limit for lake trout, brook trout, and salmon to 4 (of which no more than 2 fish may be lake trout and/or salmon)
Lake Trout and SalmonWaters
* allow for 3 lines to be used icefishing on lake trout and salmon waters (only 2 may be tip-ups)
* to close the area for fishing for 500 feet around certain tributaries on lake trout and salmon waters October 1 to December 31.
Other Species
* propose a daily bag limit of 25 fish for yellow perch, white perch, horned pout, and sunfish
Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Fishery
* remove the requirement for persons under 16 years of age from having to obtain an Atlantic salmon permit for the Merrimack and Pemigewasset Rivers.
Interstate waters
* The Department is also proposing to readopt with amendments the fishing rules on interstate waters to establish bag limits on black crappie, white perch, yellow perch, sun fish and horned pout at 25 fish;
* establish length limits for MA-NH waters for northern pike (28") and walleye (18")
* Umbagog Lake, ME-NH- establish a one fish daily bag limit for trout and increase the trout minimum length limit to 18 inches.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Clarke, Chair; Commissioners E. Hatch, R. Phillipson, and S. Nottonson. Commissioner Clarke stated that there was no meeting, therefore, not report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, E. Hatch, G. Normandeau, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission Meeting. She reviewed the package of amendments with the Commission.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to approve the amendment to HB-353 with changes, relative to the consent to haul lobster and crab gear of license holders and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to approve the amendment to HB-340 with the deletion of section 3, as it conflicts with federal regulations for signage, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to continue to oppose the amendment to HB-306 as written, relative to crossbow permit application, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support the amendment to HB-199, relative to Fish and Game Department expenditures for marine fisheries, and relative to membership of the commission study recommendations of the New Hampshire estuaries project management plan and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to continue to support SB-156, an act relative to criminal trespass, without the seizure provision, and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to table HB-140, relative to prohibiting the use of drugs and poisons in hunting and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. Commissioner Guaraldi withdrew her original motion. After much discussion, the Commission felt the bill was very broad as written. Commissioner Morse moved to oppose HB-140 and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

At this time, 3:17 p.m., Commissioner Tichy called for a brief recess.

The meeting reconvened at 3:22 p.m.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to monitor SB-226, relative to splitting snowmobile and ATV RSA's into two sections, and allow Major Acerno to be available regarding technical questions and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

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

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse stated there was no new issues.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Guaraldi; Commissioner Guaraldi stated that there was nothing to report.

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, and Hatch. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Commissioner Tichy reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, Guaraldi, and Hatch. Commissioner Nottonson reported that there would be a Pre-Production Meeting to discuss over 30 changes and suggestions to make the hunter digest more user friendly. Commissioner Nottonson asked Public Affairs to list those changes/suggestions that may need some guidance, assistance, or clarification.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS
Commissioner Clarke reported that his term is up in June of 2005, and stated that he does not intend to seek reappointment on the Commission.

Commissioner Nottonson requested to have a Responsive Management Update and a Hike Safe Presentation on the April Commission Agenda.

Commissioner Hatch requested that Director Perry have the appropriate person from the Department of Environmental Services come before the Commission to provide a presentation on how we are handling mercury in New Hampshire.

Commissioner Phillipson reported that when he and Commissioner Clarke attended a deer hearing in Vermont, there were numerous comments relative to the size increase in their digest, which was not well received. He stated that the public wants a small pocket size digest.

Commissioner Normandeau reported on a meeting at the Urban Forestry Center with the Commercial Fishermen's Association where they discussed the reduced residency requirement change, reducing residency from 5 years to 6 months. He said that there was concern that people would obtain residency to enable them to fish for lobster. He wanted the Commission to be aware that the discussion could come up again.

Commissioner Clarke inquired whether the department has received correspondence from the Town of Newbury, regarding a letter dated February 22, 2005 from Director Perry. Director Perry reported that he did receive correspondence acknowledging his letter, which stated that the town looks forward to working with the department. He further stated that the department has not received correspondence from Carol Murray and staff who are currently reviewing the report.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry reported that the department is still working on Wild Goose.

He reported that letters were sent to the Congressional Delegation stating the Commission's strong support of the state's wildlife grants and concern for the program.

In addition, Director Perry stated that the department is continuing to see increases for retirees and employees health benefits.

He reported that Councilor Burton visited the department on March 15, 2005 and received an overview of activities in District 1. Director Perry stated he appreciated his presence and his support.

In closing, Director Perry reported that the department is looking into the possibility of leasing vehicles as a way to save money for the short term. He reported that Representative Eaton was supportive of the concept, which will allow the department to continue to upgrade the fleet.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries, announced that he provided each Commissioner with a notebook of fish habitat related activities for 2005.

On behalf of the Commission, Commissioner Tichy welcomed Patricia Costa, recently nominated to fill the vacant Belknap County Commissioner's position.

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

Respectfully submitted,


Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________ Ted Tichy, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
February 16, 2005
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, 11 HAZEN DRIVE, CONCORD, NH 03301

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

Commissioners Absent: W. Morse and S. Nottonson

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:12 p.m., and asked the audience join in the Pledge of Allegiance. He requested that the audience remain standing for a moment of silence to honor the passing of James MacKenzie, Licensed Agent of Suds and Soda, Rye, New Hampshire, and strong supporter of the Department. Commissioner Tichy 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.

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

2. Colonel Gray reported that Conservation Officer Mark Hensel and his partner "Poacher" were in the audience and would be coming before the Commission to seek approval of a portable sled with insulated dog-kennel, donated by the Derry Rotary Club. The donation was a result of a speaking engagement that Officer Hensel provided to the club. The Colonel stated that the sled would be of great assistance to the K-9 Program as it will allow the transporting of Poacher behind a snowmobile. He further stated that Officer Hensel has spent numerous hours of his own time, as well as department time, training Poacher and acquiring certain certifications. He reported that Poacher has the ability to detect fish on the ice, particularly salmon, which is illegal to take through the ice. Colonel Gray reported that the sled was used at the derby recently and was a great asset.

Officer Hensel, Poacher, and the sled were located at the front of the room to be viewed by all. Officer Hensel reported that Poacher is a Black Labrador Retriever, 3 years of age. He stated that he purchased Poacher on his own and trained with the Working Dog Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that trains police dogs. He reported that Poacher works on tracking, evidence detection, agility, obedience, and fish detection. He further reported that he and Poacher have been certified for tracking and evidence for approximately 1 1/2 years. Officer Hensel stated that Poacher is also used during the hunting season to detect shell casings, search and rescue tracking, tree stands, etc.

Commissioner Hatch moved to approve the donation of a portable K-9 sled from the Derry Rotary Club, to be utilized by the Law Enforcement Division and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Hatch moved to allocate up to $45,000 from the Fish Habitat Conservation Fund for temporary personnel services and supplies for FY 2005 and FY 2006, in order to conduct stream habitat and fisheries surveys and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Hatch requested that a list of ponds and streams scheduled for surveying be provided to the Commission, as it may be helpful to see where the money will be used. John Magee, Habitat Biologist, stated that he would gladly provide that list to the Commission.

LATE ACTION ITEM
1. Commissioner Phillipson moved to accept the donation of seven pairs of stabilicers, donated by Lowell LaPorte of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, for the Conservation Officers in District IV and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Sergeant Craig Morrocco circulated a pair of stabilicers to the Commission for viewing and reported that the stabilicer is a vibram sole that has casehardened steel cleats attached. He further stated that they would be a great assest in search and rescue operations on ice-covered trails and while checking fishermen. In closing, Sergeant Morrocco reported that Mr. LaPorte made this gracious donation after a successful search in locating his girlfriend who became lost while hiking in Pisgah State Park in December of 2004.

INFORMATION ITEMS
1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated January 31, 2005 (See attached). Net appropriations funded by unrestricted F&G funds. Note: actual amount has gone up by $56,775 supplemental appropriations approved by Fiscal committee and G&C to address conversion of the wildlife management database. Dan reported that looking at supplemental appropriations, the department is requesting an additional amount of $91,600 for funding our portion of the statewide cost allocation, for services provided to the department by General Fund agencies such as the Attorney General's Office, Administrative Services, Treasury, etc. He reported that the Department is also requesting an additional $345,000 for retirees' medical insurance. FY 05 retirees' insurance will be $805,000. This annual cost has more than doubled since FY 1999 when the department paid $368,785 for retirees' insurance. In FY 2003, the department paid $487,440 for retirees' insurance and it is projected that in FY 2006 the annual cost will be over $1 million. The department is potentially facing the need for a supplemental appropriation of $249,000 for current employees' medical benefits. This is due to the department's FY 04 and FY 05 budget done in early FY 03. The prescribed benefit rate used by the state in calculating benefits for full time employees was 37%, when in actuality the rate for the department was closer to 42%. Therefore, the department was about 5% behind when the budget was approved for FY 04 and FY 05. The department has been trying to accrue some savings by leaving some positions vacant a little longer. Dan reports that in total it appears supplemental appropriations for FY 05 will be about $685,000. This amount would be a direct draw against the unrestricted Fish and Game Fund. The department is looking at other cost savings actions, such as deferring equipment purchases unless mission critical. The actions would be taken in an effort to end FY 05 with $3.7 million in the unrestricted Fish and Game Fund.

At this time, Director Perry reported that the department submitted a budget to the Governor's Office back early last fall and went through budget hearings in November, 2004, presenting an anticipated budget of $24.5 million dollars each year. He further reported that the department did receive the Governor's recommendations with one significant change. The change being that approximately $250,000 each year will be required to reimburse the Office of Information Technology for indirect costs. Director Perry stated that the figure is significant for the department and quite different from the past monthly bills. Director Perry reported that the Office of Information Technology, (OIT), was created by the Legislature during Governor Benson's administration and that it was meant to consolidate all Information Technology, (IT), services to one centralized agency. He further reported that Fish and Game had 3 IT positions that were transferred over to OIT and that the department, in turn, has been reimbursing them for their services. In closing, Director Perry stated that the budget the department is facing, in addition to the increased insurance costs, is a concern and that the department would be working on the situation.

2. Sandy Falicon, Rules/Legislative Coordinator, provided to the Commission an updated schedule for rulemaking. Sandy stated that in the near future John Nelson, Chief, Marine Division, would be coming before the Commission to request support of a change in the lobster language. In addition, Sandy provided a copy of the initial proposal for Wildlife Control Operators and stated that a Notice Form would be forthcoming in approximately two weeks with the hearing date included. Sandy stated that things are moving along and reported that the State Managed Land Rules and the Fis 800 text changes would also be coming before the Commission in the near future. Commissioner Phillipson moved to hold the coyote and wildlife hearings on the same night and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Tichy stated that he would like to see one of the hearings held up in the North Country. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division responded that it was a possibility.

3. Rich Tichko, Biologist II, provided a briefing on the Access Program's Annual Report, (see attached). Rich reported that the following 8 projects are scheduled on the 2005 agenda: Baker River, Plymouth; Merrimack River, Hooksett; Baxter Lake, Rochester; Millsfield Pond, Millsfield; Hawkins Pond, Center Harbor; Pleasant Lake, Deerfield; Manning Lake, Gilmanton; Turtle Town Pond, Concord.

Rich stated that some of the programs efforts are going back to old facilities and providing some restoration as well as achieving new access. Rich reported that there are two major lake projects underway, Sunapee Lake, Newbury; and Winnisquam Lake in Laconia.

He reported that the Access Program currently operates and maintains 123 sites across New Hampshire, including launching ramps, retaining walls, maintaining remote pond trails, etc. He further reported that the program was able to accomplish 3 new sites last year, with 28 sites under active planning for future acquisition or development.

Commissioner Tichy inquired as to Millsfield Pond and its status. He stated that he has been involved in following the project for 3 years and would like to see progress made. He inquired as the permitting process, the time involved in acquiring a permit, and possibly applying for a permit as soon as degradation is determined. Rich responded that it typically takes approximately 6 months to secure a permit and that he felt the delay was not due to permitting, however, due to the location of the preferred site. He reported that everything was going back to the original location.

In addition, Commissioner Tichy inquired as to Cedar Pond and the discussions that took place in regards on redesigning the ramp. Rich stated that an alternative ramp was installed and failed, and now the hope is to achieve a ramp that is economically able to withstand the ice pressures.

Commissioner Hatch reported that he received a call from a handicapped gentleman in the Rochester area inquiring where he could go fishing. Commissioner Hatch stated that the only location that came to mind was the Farmington Fish and Game Club in New Durham. He stated he then reviewed the Department's Access Map and found that out of 214 sites, 8 sites were ranked a level A - Handicapped Accessible, 1 in Strafford County, Jones Pond. Commissioner Hatch stated that the Access map is incorrect in specifying Jones Pond as Level A - Handicapped Accessible. In addition, Commissioner Hatch inquired as to how much emphasis is being placed on shorebank angling, fishing piers, and fishing for the handicapped. He also inquired whether the Department could do more to promote these efforts in the future. Rich responded that whenever possible, constructing an angling facility in conjunction with a boat ramp is reviewed for potential. Rich reported that Federal Aid guidelines indicate that the primary initiative is to install a boat ramp and that shorebank angling is not the main objective. Commissioner Hatch stated that he would like to see more efforts placed on this.

In addition, Commissioner Hatch stated that he is glad to see Baxter Lake on the schedule as his notes date back to 1982 regarding the project. He further questioned the possibility of having shorebank angling at Baxter Lake. Rich stated that he would look into the issue.

Commissioner Clarke inquired as to Sunapee and the permitting process. Rich stated he felt things would move forward as soon as the environmental assessment is compiled, depending when the Department of Transportation responds to Director Perry's letter of inquiry in regards to the treatment of the intersection.

Commissioner Russell inquired as to Horrilla's Landing in Moultonborough. Rich reported that Horilla's Landing was gifted to the Department of Transportation, who has owned the site for some time. He stated that the site is problematic as it has some unresolved commercial/encroachment issues and is not very large. In closing, Rich invited any Commissioner who has questions relative to the status of projects, or otherwise, to call him in the Land Resources Bureau at (603) 271-2224, as he would be glad to answer any questions.

4. Charlie Bridges, Habitat & Diversity Coordinator, announced that Rachel Rouillard, Executive Director, Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), would not be able to make the meeting, however, that she would attend the March Commission Meeting to provide the presentation. Charlie stated that he would speak briefly in her absence relative to the program. He stated that LCHIP has partnered with towns and non-governmental organizations to conserve more than 30,000 acres of forest and farmland habitats, with almost all open to hunting and other public uses. He reported that LCHIP has provided $2 million dollars to the 171,500 acres CT Lakes Headwaters conservation project, and has provided funding to protect or restore 83 historic structures in communities all across the state. In addition, Charlie stated that when Governor Lynch released his budget on February 15, 2005, it included $10 million dollars for LCHIP, ($4 million in FY'06 and $6 million in FY'07). He reported that Governor Lynch underscored the importance of the program as an economic development and stated that it is important to continue investing in the places and resources that help maintain a healthy state economy.

5. Tom Wagner, Forest Supervisor, White Mountain National Forest, provided a brief overview on the status of the Forest Plan Revision Process. Tom reported that there have been 6,000 responses to the plan, with much support for the Preferred Alternative. He stated that the White Mountain National Forest would be working diligently with the plan over the next 9 months, with the expectation of having the final plan completed by September 30, 2005.

Commissioner Tichy inquired as to gravel access roads on the forest and whether or not he felt that those roads could be left open for the public to use during hunting season. Tom responded that he would look into the possibility, in that the decision sometimes is relative to certain wildlife issues in the area where the roads are.

Commissioner Russell inquired as to what the funds from the parking pass were used towards when entering Sandwich Notch Road. He further stated that residence feel that they should receive a discount or have the fee waived. Tom reported that the funds go directly back to the White Mountain National Forest and are utilized to provide additional services, such as maintenance of trails, and funding the White Mountain National Forest's portion of the "Hike Safe Program", and to assist with search and rescue efforts. Commissioner Hatch stated that he has seen great improvement and benefits from the fee.

Commissioner Hatch inquired as to what the monies derived from the timber harvest were used for. Tom responded that a portion of the money comes back to the forest to be used for habitat improvements, work to be done in the forest, with a portion going to the county where the work is being done.

Tom reported that he has worked with many states and that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has some great professionals and is a good group to work with. The Commission thanked Tom for providing a great presentation.

6. Tom Thomson, Thomson Tree Farm, Orford, New Hampshire, requested to speak to the Commission relative to important landowner issues, such as vandalism on landowners property. He distributed a newspaper article entitled "Mud season mayhem earns stiff penalties". Mr. Thomson spoke relative to past vandalism incidents that he has had on the farm and the impact they had. He reported that he has asked Senator Carl Johnson, and Representative John Alger, to sponsor SB-156, legislation that would enforce trespassing on one's property and causing damage over $1,000, would be a Class B Felony. Much discussion ensued. Commissioner Phillipson stated that he himself had done some stupid things as a youngster and does not feel enforcing such a stiff penalty on the first offense is an appropriate thing to do. He stated that for making one mistake individuals would be held accountable for the rest of their lives with a Class B Felony hanging over their heads. Commissioner Clarke stated that although he understands where Mr. Thomson's frustrations are coming from, he agrees with Commissioner Phillipson. Commissioner Russell agreed and suggested revising the bill language to read second offense or repeat offenders. Commissioner Normandeau stated that he agrees with revising the language to second offense/repeat offenders, and enforcing restitution. Commissioner Clarke moved to strongly support SB-156, with the incorporation of second offense language, and that any vehicle found on the property will be confiscated and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

At this time, 3:13 p.m., Commissioner Tichy called for a 10-minute recess.

The meeting reconvened at 3:23 p.m.

7. Darrell Covell, Wildlife Specialist, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, and Matt Tarr, Extension Course Resource Educator in Rockingham County, provided an update on the status of Cooperative Extension Programs. He stated that the program works with volunteers to promote wildlife and to understand wildlife management. Matt reported that the program provides direct assistant to landowners and natural resource professionals as well. He stated that a number of education workshops are offered to landowners and training volunteers, such as the coverts cooperators. He reported that in 2004, he and Darrell met individually with approximately 100 landowners and walked their property to offer them verbal and written habitat management recommendations on over 8,000 acres across the state. He stated that the objective is to identify the habitat conditions on landowner's property and to suggest options to creating, enhancing, and maintaining certain wildlife habitats. He reported that the Extension refers landowners to a variety of certain consulting professionals that can assist with their projects. Darrell distributed a "Making Tracks" newsletter from the Coverts Program to the Commission. He stated that the Coverts Program is basically made up of volunteers working for wildlife. He reported that the Fish and Game Department, as well as the Ruffed Grouse Society, has played an intrical part in the success of the program. He reported that the program brings approximately 25 landowners and community conservation individuals together each year for 3 days of training regarding wildlife habitat management, stewardship information, and how to work with their community. Long-term objectives of the program are to enhance, restore, and preserve habitat for native wildlife and to increase the amount of public and private land managed through the stewardship ethic. Darrell stated that raising community awareness is important as well. He reported that the program was created in 1985 and that there are 224 active covert cooperators to date, with 118 towns represented throughout the state. The Commission thanked Darrell and Matt for an excellent presentation.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Clarke, Chair; Commissioners E. Hatch, R. Phillipson, and S. Nottonson. Commissioner Clarke stated that there was no meeting, therefore, not report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, E. Hatch, G. Normandeau, and W. Morse.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB 655-FN-A, relative to increasing the boat registration fee for public boat access and exotic aquatic weed control and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved that Chairman Tichy send a letter to the Congressional Delegation, on behalf of the Commission, in support of continued funding of federal fisheries programs at current levels, and that Director Perry pursue whatever avenues he feels most productive and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

In addition, Commissioner Guaraldi moved that Chairman Tichy send a letter to the Congressional Delegation, on behalf of the Commission, in support of continued funding for Nongame program grants, and that Director Perry pursue whatever avenues he feels are most productive and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

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

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse was absent, therefore, no report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Guaraldi; Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the committee is continuing to work on recommendations for leased lands along the lake.

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, and Hatch. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Commissioner Tichy reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, Guaraldi, and Hatch. Commissioner Nottonson was absent, therefore, no report.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS
Commissioner Hatch stated that he received a phone call from Commissioner Nottonson asking Commissioner Hatch to request on his behalf, that the Responsive Management Report be placed on the March agenda for discussion.

Commissioner Clarke reported that he and Commissioner Phillipson attended a public hearing in Vermont with approximately 500 people in attendance. He reported that the public is upset with the status of Vermont's deer herd. He reported that the State of Vermont is willing to take drastic measures to rectify the situation. Commissioner Phillipson stated that he was informed that the reasoning for the extremely large turn out was due to the lack of response by the Vermont Commissioners after the last public hearing.

Commissioner Guaraldi reported that Allen MacNeil, Chairman, Public Water Access Advisory Board, asked her to convey an invite to all Commissioners to attend his monthly meetings. She reported that the meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 9:00 a.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord. In addition, Commissioner Guaraldi stated that Chairman MacNeil asked her to relay his strong feelings to the Commission in regards to wanting to see access funding spent on nothing but access. In addition, Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the winter Becoming an Outdoor Woman Event held at Owl Brook Hunter Education Facility in Holderness was a great success. She reported that the group had great weather with 51 women in attendance. She further reported that Major Tim Acerno led 9 or 10 women who had never snowmobiled on a great day of fun and adventure. The classes included snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and winter survival. Commissioner Guaraldi stated that the department employees did their usual excellent job. In closing, Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she stopped in to a house that had a Fish and Game Vehicle parked in the yard, which belonged to a Conservation Office who could not say enough positive comments about Director Perry. The Conservation Officer stated that it is nice to see and have communication high on the priority list.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry stated the feeling is mutual and appreciated the positive comments. Director Perry introduced Kyle Stockwell, Land Resource Bureau Supervisor, and newest employee. He reported that Kyle has come to New Hampshire from the Maine branch of the Nature Conservancy, where he worked for 14 years. Director Perry reported that he did not know Kyle during his tenure in Maine, however, he stated that they apparently lived in the next town and had never crossed paths. He stated that Kyle would be responsible for overseeing the Access Program and related activities.

In addition, Director Perry reported that a letter was sent to Mr. Laro informing him of a formal hearing to be held at the March Commission Meeting. He reported that the department has not heard back from Mr. Laro as of yet.

Director Perry reported that things are moving forward relative to Wild Goose and that the department is attempting to resolve highway issues.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Charlie Thoits, audience member, and former employee, stated that he wished to go on record that he strongly supports the comments that Commissioner Guaraldi made relative to sending letters to the Congressional Delegation. He stated that it could be beneficial.

At this time, 4:01 p.m., Commissioner Guaraldi moved to adjourn and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,


Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Ted Tichy, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
JANUARY 19, 2005
FISH AND GAME HEADQUARTERS, 11 HAZEN DRIVE, CONCORD, NH 03301

Commissioners Present: G. Normandeau, W. Morse, S. Guaraldi, D. Clarke, R. Phillipson, E. Hatch, T. Tichy, W. Carney and S. Nottonson.

Commissioners Absent: N. Russell

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:12 p.m., and asked the audience join in the pledge of allegiance. He requested that the audience remain standing for a moment of silence honoring the passing of Wayne Carter, former Chief of the Information and Education Division, now Public Affairs Division, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. At this time, Commissioner Tichy 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.

Commissioner Tichy, on behalf of the Commission, welcomed Bill Carney to the Commission, who will be representing Merrimack County.

ACTION ITEMS:
1. Commissioner Hatch moved to approve the December Commission Minutes as written, and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve a donation in the amount of $64.00 from Stan Buck, to be utilized to support fisheries management activities and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Clarke moved to approve the expenditure of up to $6,000 of dedicated waterfowl conservation funds to host the summer 2005 North American Wetlands Act Council Meeting and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

4. Commissioner Morse moved to approve the allocation of up to $35,000 from the Fish Habitat Conservation Fund to help fund a fish habitat restoration project for a 181-acre prime wetland marsh on the North Branch of the Piscataquog River in Weare, NH, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Much discussion ensued.

Commissioner Morse stated, "This is the time to do it". Commissioner Tichy questioned whether there was an access site for the public to utilize. John Magee, Habitat Biologist, responded that the department could work with the Town of Weare to develop and access as well as a water-control structure.

5. Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve the final proposal for the 2005 Marine Regulations as presented, and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Sandy Falicon, Rules/Legislative Coordinator, provided an update on the public hearing and changes to the guide rules.

6. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, presented the initial proposal for rulemaking on the Wildlife Rules for the 2005/2006 hunting/trapping seasons. Much discussion ensued.

Commissioner Tichy reported that at the majority of hearings he has attended, the question routinely surfaces relative to what the department plans to do regarding coyotes. He stated that people are emotional regarding the subject and that their opinions are highly valued.

Commissioner Clarke stated that the public wants to see the coyote population decline as the population is seriously underestimated. He suggested training hounds at night vs. the daytime.

Commissioner Normandeau stated, "Coyotes are like milfoil". He reported that he is in support of anything that could be done to minimize the species. He further stated that coyotes have a worse affect on small game vs. deer.

Commissioner Nottonson reported that he spoke with Roscoe Blaisdel, President, New Hampshire Antler and Skull Trophy Club, who told him that there are approximately 2,000 coyotes in the New Hampshire and that each coyote is responsible for killing 40 deer over the course of one year. Commissioner Nottonson stated, "It is pretty serious what the coyotes are doing to the deer herd". Steve Weber responded that it was in no way possible for coyotes to take that many deer and that the figures were incorrect.

Colonel Gray spoke to the topic and stated, "Trapping is more efficient in reducing coyote numbers". He further stated that coyotes are smart, adaptable and learn very readily.

At this time, Commissioner Nottonson moved to bring forward to public hearing a proposal to expand the night hunting of coyote from April through August and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote carried with 6 in favor and 2 opposed. (E. Hatch, B. Carney)

Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve the recommended changes as presented and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

INFORMATION ITEMS
1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated December 31, 2004 (See attached). Dan reported that the department is in line with last fiscal year at this time.

2. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, reported that this item would be heard at the February Commission Meeting.

3. John Kanter, Nongame & Endangered Species Coordinator, provided an update on the Statewide Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Planning process. John stated that the major planning initiative is well underway and involves the work of many staff and contracted organizations. John reported that this would be the State's first Comprehensive Wildlife Plan. He reported that there are eight elements to be included in the plan, those being:

1. Where are they now? - current distribution and abundance of wildlife species.
2. How they are doing? - location and condition of habitats critical to species survival.
3. What is threatening their survival? - indentify problems that may harm wildlife species
and critical habitats.
4. What can we do? - goals for conserving wildlife species and critical habitats.
5. How do we know what we are doing is working? - monitoring of wildlife
populations/habitats and success of prescribed actions.
6. Do we need to make some changes? - assessment of the plan at intervals not to exceed 10 years.
7. How are other agencies going to be participating in the planning? - manage lands or programs affecting wildlife.
8. How is the general public participating? - public participating is imperative for successful completion of the plan.

He further stated that the plan is mandated and funded by the federal government, through the State Wildlife Grant Program. He stated that the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan is required to be submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by October 1, 2005. In addition, he reported that there are 23 critical habitat areas in New Hampshire, 105 species of concern, of which 35 are threatened or endangered species, and 70 additional species with low or declining populations. John announced that more detailed information could be found at the department's website at www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/wildlife_plan.htm, as it is continually being updated. In closing, John stated that this is a pro-active effort to define and implement a strategy that will help keep species off the rare or endangered species list, thus saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner Clarke, Chair; Commissioners E. Hatch, R. Phillipson, and S. Nottonson. Commissioner Clarke stated that there was no meeting, therefore, not report.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, E. Hatch, G. Normandeau, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission Meeting and that there were approximately 60 bills to monitor, however, the text has not arrived yet. In addition, Commissioner Guaraldi reported on the following bills:

Commissioner Guaraldi moved that the Legislative Committee meet and conduct a phone poll of the entire Commission on bills that are scheduled for hearings prior to the next regularly scheduled Commission Meeting and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-139, as written, authorizing the establishment of a moose permit raffle by the fish and game department, and further recommend it go to study committee, and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved that HB-140 go to study committee, relative to prohibiting the use of drugs and poisons in hunting, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-179-FN, permitting certain hunting activities on one's own land without a license, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support HB-107, relative to the use of artificial light to view moose in Coos County, and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-211, relative to the sale of lead sinkers, jigs, and establishing a study committee on New Hampshire's loon population, and Commissioner Hatch seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to take no action on HB-80, relative to the definition of a deadly weapon, and to allow the Law Enforcement Division to work with the Attorney General's Office to derive the appropriate language, and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

In closing, Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the next Legislative Committee Meeting has not been scheduled yet.

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

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Guaraldi; Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the next meeting is scheduled for January 28, 2005.

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, and Hatch. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Commissioner Tichy reported that there was no meeting, therefore, no report.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, Guaraldi, and Hatch. Commissioner Nottonson reported that the committee has not made progress on compiling questions for department staff in order for them to create a model to determine the financial viability of adding other individuals into the mix regarding paying for conservation wildlife. He further stated that by the next Commission Meeting he should have a report for the Commission, updating them on where things are at and what progress has been made.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS
Commissioner Normandeau stated that the Seacoast Region Wastewater Management Study has gained a great deal of attention. He reported that the proposal is before the legislature for study and that it would entail connecting everyone in Southeastern New Hampshire and running a pipeline off-shore for disposal. He further reported that many towns would have to make improvements to their sewer systems in order to improve the water quality going into the rivers. In closing, he stated that there is a great deal of concern in the seacoast area over the issue and does not believe that public meetings are being held.

Commissioner Nottonson inquired whether Commissioner Tichy wished to discuss the Responsive Management Report that was distributed at last month's Commission Meeting. Commissioner Tichy responded that he has not had a chance to read the entire document yet, however, stated that he would put it on the February agenda for discussion.

Commissioner Hatch reported that there is talk that U.S. Springs Bottling Plant will be potentially building in the area, which has many individuals upset and concerned in regards to water withdrawals and what will happen to the ground water and the ponds in the area. He further reported that the Department of Environmental Services has permitted the operation and things seem to be moving forward. Commissioner Normandeau reported that an appeal has been filed to the Water Council in regards to that permit and that it may end up in court for a decision, however, he stated that he felt it was a long way down the road.

Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she received 3 letters in regards to making the moose seminars optional. She distributed the letters to the Commission.

Commissioner Phillipson stated that he and Commissioner Clarke held a meeting on
Wednesday, January 12, 2005, at the Walpole Town Hall, to discuss changes to the Pheasant Program. He reported that the meeting was well attended, considering there was an ice storm. He, as well as Commissioner Clarke, thanked Director Perry for traveling in the bad weather. Commissioner Phillipson stated that he felt the meeting was beneficial and that there seemed to be many interested volunteers in assisting the department.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry thanked Commissioner Phillipson and Clarke for the opportunity to attend the Pheasant Meeting. He stated that the Issues in the 21st Century is owed a report on the Pheasant Stocking Program and reported that it is currently being worked on and that he would get it to the committee as soon as possible.

He reported that he attended Governor Lynch's inauguration, as well as the first Agency Heads Meeting.

In addition, Director Perry reported that the Public Water Access Advisory Board recently met at Horilla's Landing, in Moultonborough, New Hampshire, to try and resolve some land issues, whereby there have been some private encroachment relative to highway right of way, and to look at some alternatives to address the commercial interests as well as recreational boating access. Director Perry stated that he appreciated the fact that board members traveled to attend the meeting in such bad weather.

Director Perry reported that there would be a meeting with the Department of Environmental Services to discuss Winnisquam access. He stated that they have agreed to conduct and fund the historical resource review as they own the site and are looking to make other revisions to the wastewater treatment plant which will require the review at some point. Director Perry stated that he could not thank Commissioner Nolin enough for the extremely high level of cooperation the department is receiving from them, as well as the City of Laconia. In closing, Director Perry reported that things are moving forward, however, the process sometimes does not seem as fast as we'd like.

Director Perry reported on the Wild Goose site. He stated that the department has drafted a letter to the Department of Transportation and is currently waiting for the final report from Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Consultants, regarding highway and safety issues in that area. Director Perry reported that once the report is received, the department would meet with Carol Murray, Commissioner, Department of Transportation, to discuss the issues.

Director Perry reported that the department received a letter from an attorney representing the family of the individual who was shot at Corbin Park, Croydon, New Hampshire, requesting that Mr. Laro's license be revoked. He further reported that the department is in the process of obtaining information relative the issue and will be addressing the matter in the near future.

In closing, Director Perry stated that the department is aware of the issues raised by Mr. Thomson relative to the benefits of enforcing moose seminars as the department recently met with he and other landowners in Orford to discuss landowner expectations.

Commissioner Nottonson inquired whether Director Perry had sent a letter to the White Mountain National Forest addressing the Commission and Department's forest plan concerns. Director Perry responded that the department did send a letter and that he would provide the Commission with a copy.

Commissioner Tichy reported that he would be contacting Kathy Goode, Governor's Appointment Secretary, in regards to the vacant positions on the Commission.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Stan Weatherbee, Claremont Beagle Club, stated that in the past most clubs have been able to purchase snowshoe hare from New Brusnwick. He inquired if there was any legal precedent that prohibits individuals from importing hare from another state to stock running ground. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, responded that it is legal to import them with the proper permitting.

At this time, 3:40 p.m., Commissioner Phillipson moved to adjourn and Commissioner Clarke seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Ted Tichy, Chairman


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