N.H. Fish and Game Commission -- 2006 Meeting Minutes

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NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION
DRAFT -- Minutes of December 20, 2006

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

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

Commissioners Absent: G. Normandeau

Executive Director Perry - present

Vice Chairman Morse called the meeting to order at 1:03 p.m., and asked the audience to join in the pledge of allegiance. He informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized the public may speak on any item on the agenda.

ACTION ITEMS
1) Commissioner Tichy moved to approve the November Commission Minutes as written and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote carried with 1 abstention (S. Guaraldi, due to being absent from last month's meeting.)

2.) Commissioner Kalter moved to aprrove the expenditure of up to $50,000 from the Fish Habitat Conservation Fund for the physical removal of the Merrimack Village Dam on the Souhegan River in Merrimack and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Much discussion ensued. John Magee, Inland Fisheries Biologist, reported that the Department has worked with project partners such as the Pennichuck Water Works, NH Department of Environmental Services, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanographic and Atmostphere Administration, and others for three years to remove the dam. He reported that the requested funds would be used to physically remove the dam, which is anticipated for the summer or fall of 2007. He further reported that removal of the dam would eliminate a barrier to upstream passage of many diadromous (in particular, American shad, American eel, alewife, Atlantic salmon and blueback herring). John reported that fish would be able to access approximately fourteen miles of the Souhegan River and about five miles of its tributaries once the dam is removed. In closing, John reported that removal of the dam is also likely to improve aquatic habitat and water quality conditions upstream and downstream of the dam.

3.) Commissioner Phillipson moved to designate the Landowner Relations Program as the focus of the 2007 Wildlife Legacy Initiative and authorize funds raised to be used in support of the program and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Chuck Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator, reported that he would provide a quarterly report to the Commission. He further reported that there would be a new initiative each year. Commissioner Guaraldi questioned what projects would be funded with these monies. Chuck responded that the monies would be used toward maintenance to critical properties in the area, toward the sign program and the access program. Director Perry reported that the Super Sportsmen Program was phased out and the Landowner Relations Program replaced it. He further reported that a letter would be going out to constituents explaining the intentions of the program and what they can expect to happen.

4.) After much discussion, Commissioner Guaraldi moved to continue with the same Commission Awards of Excellence Committee, with Commissoner Tichy being the Chairman, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

LATE ACTION ITEMS
5.) Commissioner Costa moved to accept the donation of up to 200 pheasant, valued at approximately $1,600, from Michael Hastings of Barrington, NH, to supplement the pheasant stocking efforts in 2007 and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

6.) Commissioner Carney moved to accept the transfer of two 1988 Boston Whalers, each with twin model year 2000 70 hp OMC motors, and trailers valued at approximately $18,170.00 from the Dover Police Department and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Major Tim Acerno provided some background information as to how the department received these boats. He reported that the Dover Police Department accepted the boats from the U.S. Marine Crops through the Federal Surplus Program. Shortly thereafter, The Police Department determined that a 12-foot Zodiac would serve the Dover area better. Per the agreement with the Marine Corps, the boats were to be transferred to another law enforcement agency if Dover decided to stop utilizing them and it was then the Fish and Game Department was contacted.

INFORMATION ITEMS:
1.) Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, was not available to provide the monthly financial statement dated November 30, 2006 however, asked everyone to refer to the handout. (See attached)

2.) Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, provided a brief update on the Deer Management Task Force. He reported that the final report is not ready and the group will be meeting 1 more time to finalize proposals. He stated that he felt there was good representation on the team and reported that the team looked at and reviewed 9 different techniques. He encouraged the Commission to submit their proposals to Director Perry as soon as possible or at least by the end of December.

3.) Colonel Jeff Gray introduced Conservation Officer Chip Joseph, of the Law Enforcement Division. He reported that Officer Joseph was a 25 year veteran and works with the team of officers that trained to operate the division's airboat. Officer Joseph outlined the boats purpose and it's capabilities. He reported that the boat weights 3,500 pounds, is 18 feet long and 8 feet wide, with a 350 Chevrolet Motor, and is very noisy. He reported that the boat operates great in every type of water situation, whether it is calm, choppy or dangerously rushing waters. He reported that 10 Conservation Officers trained to use the boat. He stated that the boat uses 5 gallons of gas per hour and has a 30-gallon tank. He noted that the boat has no reverse gear, however, can easily maneuver in the water. He further reported that the boat is able to transport rescue personnel to remote areas where others boats are not able to go.

4.) Action Item #4 was deferred until the January 2007 Commission Meeting.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, M. Kalter, P. Costa and T. Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that the committee did not meet the morning of the Commission Meeting. He reported that the committee has come to a conclusion in regards to the muzzleloader issue and will present the findings at next month's Commission Meeting.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, T. Tichy, W. Carney, and W. Morse. Chairman Guaraldi reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission Meeting and discussed the following:

At this time, Commissioner Guaraldi moved to go forward with the Apprentice Hunting License proposal, to include archery, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to amend the language in the unrefunded gas tax proposal as follows: "We propose to increase the average number of gallons to 100 150 and to divide the unrefunded portion between Fish and Game and DRED", and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to go forward with the Uniform Fine Schedule as written and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to go forward with the proposal to consolidate dedicated accounts as written and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi reported that there would be a follow up meeting on January 9, 2007, at 1:00 p.m.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse reported that there was no report and that the next scheduled meeting would take place on January 3, 2007.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter reported that the committee was continuing to put together the action plan and discussing issues of cumulative impact. He reported that he would keep the Commission updated.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson reported that about a year and a half ago it was suggested to Commissioner Kalter that he review the Fishing Digest to try and make it more user friendly. He stated that to date he feels the book has made much progress and commends Commissioner Kalter for the final product.

COMMISSION REPORTS:
CCOMMISSIONER HUBERT - Commissioner Hubert reported that he received a few calls relative to the proposed kayak and canoe fees. Some callers support the concept and understand the reasoning.

COMMISSIONER KALTER - Commissioner Kalter reported that he received a call wanting to know where the tiger fish came from found in the Lamprey River. In addition, he reported that an issue came up regarding the procedure in which the Commission Minutes are posted. He stated that there was some confusion as to the public actually knowing how to find revisions to minutes and having to look at the next month's minutes to find them. He asked if they could possibly be posted "draft" until accepted by the Commission. He further reported that Chuck Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator attending his liaison meeting and was well received.

COMMISSIONER PHILLIPSON - Commissioner Phillipson reported that the GPS training class being held at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Facility in Holderness is full. He suggested offering GPS classes at Regional Offices as he was unaware how popular it has become and how many individuals are interested in learning about it. Commissioner Tichy reported that the NH Timberland Owners Association has done something similar.

COMMISSIONER CARNEY - Commissioner Carney reported that he has received calls from constituents voicing their concerns relative to the potential kayak and canoes fees. One constituent stated, "It's not the New Hampshire way". He further reported that he received a call from John Mock regarding a broad array of issues, including baiting, the use of ATV's, and tree stand use. In closing, he reported that he and Commissioner Costa have decided to stop holding monthly liaison meetings due to the lack of attendance.

COMMISSIONER COSTA - Commissioner Costa reported that she and Commissioner Carney held their last liaison meeting with still no attendance from the public. She reported that she has received calls regarding the department's funding issues. She stated that she is glad that she now has the tools she needs to disseminate the information to the public and reported that she would be attending the Farmington Fish and Game Club Meeting on January 10, 2007. She further reported that she received a letter from a constituent questioning why the moose season was earlier than usual. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, responded that it was actually later this year as the season starts the third Saturday in October.

COMMISSIONER TICHY - Commissioner Tichy reported that he serves on the Adhoc Deer Committee (Deer Task Force). He reported that he has been made aware that there is some concern relative to the deer population up north and that he would be holding a liaison meeting in the near future to obtain questions/suggestions relative to the North Country WMU's. He further stated that he has noticed some ice fishermen already out on very thin ice, if any, and ask if the Public Affairs Division could compile a press release reminding fishermen of the dangers of thin ice. Further, he reported that he met with the Androscoggin Valley Fish and Game Club and has asked the Regional Biologist to visit the club and answer any questions and to address the department's position on deer feeding. In closing, reported that he has heard some complaints in regards to the low number of baiting permits for the CT Lakes Headwaters area as constituents feel there are not enough permits.

COMMISSIONER NOTTONSON - Commissioner Nottonson reported that he received a call from Mountain Road Trading informing him of the number of people calling in opposition to the potential conservation decal. He further reported that he received a complaint in regards to the Pittsburg Moose Check Station being closed mid-week of the moose hunt, thus hunters had to drive an excessive distance to check in a moose. He reported that there were copies of two letters in front of Commissioners, one from Mr. Wetherbee, Rockingham County constituent, in regards to the severed deer head incident mentioned last month, along with a response letter from Director Perry.

COMMISSIONER RUSSELL - Commissioner Russell reported that he received a call from a guide, asking for some additional days to bait prior to the season. He stated that in Maine bear hunters can hunt 2 weeks sooner and asked what could be done to revisit that issue in New Hampshire. He further reported that he received comments regarding the lack of bucks in the woods and that people are only seeing does. He received a call from a constituent who suggested the department require a license for bob-houses as they use our resources of the state as well. In closing, he stated that it was suggested that the department put some employees/personnel on the website with a brief description of what each person does, as the public does not know personnel and/or field staff.

COMMISSIONER GUARALDI - Commissioner Guaraldi reported that he has received calls which required redirection of the caller in order for them to reach the appropriate person. She further reported that the received a call from a 73 year old constituent who would like to see the fishing season extended for residents only for 1 month. She reported that she attended the Owl Brook Funding Presentation and found it very informative. She further reported that she attended the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation Director's Meeting with much discussion over current use and lands being posted. She reported that the Federation is planning to develop a committee to pursue that and to look into keeping lands open. In closing, she wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

COMMISSIONER MORSE - Commissioner Morse reported that he is receiving a great deal of pressure in regards to there being no trails to ride on. He further reported that he attended the department Christmas Party and congratulated those who received service awards recognizing the valued work they do.

COMMISSIONER NORMANDEAU - Absent, therefore, not report.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS:
Director Perry was not available to provide the Director's report, however, he provided an electronic report for submission as follows:

Director Perry reported that since the November meeting considerable time has been spent on financial issues and the ongoing Fiscal year 2008-2009 budget process.

He reported that the budget process is a three-step process. Step one is the Department phase during which each Department prepares and submits its budget request to the Governor's Office. Step two is Governor's phase during which the Governor considers each Department's request, compiles them into the Governor's budget and submits his request and recommendations to the Legislature. The third phase is the legislative phase during which the House and Senate consider the budget and ultimately vote to appropriate funds to each Department. We are currently in the second phase of the budget process. After receiving each agency's budget request, the Governor 's Office schedules and holds hearings on each budget request. Each agency is asked to appear and present their budget and respond to questions regarding it. The Fish and Game Department's hearing was held on Monday afternoon, November 20, 2006. The Department's hearing was chaired by Administrative Services Commissioner Don Hill. In attendance were Linda Hodgdon, the Governor's budget Director, and legislators representing the Finance and Ways and Means Committees. Commissioner Carney attended on behalf of the Commission. During the hearing, we reviewed the steps we had taken since November 2004 to stretch available revenue as well as our financial forecast and needs for the next biennium. Following the meeting, we responded to various requests for additional information and prepared additional documents. The Governor's Office scheduled a follow up meeting with the Governor and his staff to discuss the Fish and Game budget request in greater detail. That meeting was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, December 20, 2006, in order to accommodate the Governor's schedule.

In addition to working through the formal budget process, we continue the work of the Comprehensive Funding Team. As you recall, this group comprised of a cross section of Department employees and Commissioners was established to solicit and evaluate cost saving and fund raising ideas, recommend solutions to the financial shortfall we are facing and to maintain open communications both internally and externally. Since the November Commission meeting, members of the Communications Committee, other staff and myself traveled to Lancaster, Keene, Durham and Holderness and held two meetings at the Concord headquarters building in an effort to provide all employees with up to date information of our financial status, to answer questions from them and to prepare them to answer questions from the public about this issue. Commissioner Costa, Guaraldi and Kalter's attendance at these meetings was appreciated.

Other meetings regarding our budget issues were also held. Director Perry met with SEA legislative liaison Jay Ward and attended a SEA employee luncheon to discuss the budget process. At Commissioner Carney's request, he met with Senator Lou D'Alessandro to provide him information that was presented at the Governor's budget hearing. Director Perry attended a second meeting with Senators D'Alessandro and Odell to review budget issues. In response to a request by Jason Stock, he attended a NH Timberland Association Board meeting and discussed our funding issues and played the DVD that was prepared to describe the Department's work and the current financial issues. At the request of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Commission Chairman Normandeau and Director Perry met with the Chamber's President and Vice President to discuss the issues we face and to address concerns that our funding request to dedicate a portion of the room and meals tax to Fish and Game might adversely affect them. He was invited by NHPR and participated in a one-hour discussion about the Department and the issues we face.

In addition to financial matters, Director Perry continues to participate as a member of the Site Evaluation Committee on hearings and meetings relative to a proposed wind generation project in Lempster. One half day hearing was attended and several more are anticipated before a decision is made relative to this application.

The Department continues to work with the incorporators of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. This group was formed as a result of legislation sponsored by Representative Dave Smith that authorized the Commission and Department to enter into an arrangement with a non-profit organization to solicit and receive funding to further the Department's mission. The third meeting of the group was held on Tuesday December 12, 2006. Another is scheduled for December 27, 2006. The group has filed its Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State's Office. Their work is focusing on finalizing their bylaws and preparing their application to the IRS to obtain non-profit status.

Director Perry reported that he attended the fall meeting of the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission. He stated that our efforts to develop a New England wide approach to prioritizing and funding Atlantic salmon restoration work continue. The New England Atlantic Salmon Committee hopes to finalize a funding proposal at its next meeting in January.

He stated that the winners of the annual Atlantic salmon diary drawing were invited in to be recognized and receive their prizes at an event in the Director' Office on November 17, 2006. All three winners attended. The department expressed its appreciation for their efforts. We would not be able to do the work we do if it were not for the many volunteers who contribute to this and many other programs.

He reported that the Performance Audit process continues. The LBA audit team presented their recommended scope of work to the legislative Performance Audit Committee on December 5, 2006. The Committee approved the scope of work after considerable discussion. The Committee's discussion was recorded and transcribed. A copy of the transcription was provided to each Commissioner at this meeting.

As Director Perry reported previously, we have received concerns about parking at the Squam Lake boat ramp. He reported that he asked Fisheries Division Chief Steve Perry to coordinate a meeting among affected parties. That meeting was held on December 12, 2006. A working committee has been formed to seek solutions to the problems.

Finally, the annual Holiday luncheon was held on December 8, 2006. The meeting was well attended by Fish and Game employees, Commissioners as well as representatives from other agencies that we work closely with the department during the year. As in the past, several employees were recognized for their years of service with the Department. While this event provides an opportunity to provide special recognition to employees as they complete their 10th year and subsequent 5-year incremental anniversaries, it is also a time to realize and recognize that the Department is blessed with a large number of talented and dedicated employees who provide exceptional service to the people of New Hampshire. He stated that it was a pleasure to serve with them and to be able to say thanks for a job well done as we close the year. On behalf of the Department and personally, Director Perry expressed his appreciation to each of you on the Commission for the hours you spend in support of the Department and the people we all serve. Thank you and Happy New Year.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Vice Chairman Morse recognized Joe Norton, Executive Director, New Hampshire Wildlife Federation. Joe reported that everyone is concerned with the posting of land, which is a terrible trend and stated that he would be working with Chuck Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator, within the next few months.

At this time, 2:56 p.m., Commissioner Tichy moved to adjourn and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Glenn Normandeau, Chair
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NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING
Minutes of November 15, 2006

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

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

Commissioners Absent: S. Guaraldi

Executive Director Perry - present

Chairman Normandeau called the meeting to order at 1:06 p.m., and asked the audience to join in the pledge of allegiance. He informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized the public may speak on any item on the agenda.

ACTION ITEMS
Director Perry opened the meeting by stating, "As the saying goes, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words". He was referring to a recent DVD that Jon Charpentier and Jason Phillipy, of the Public Affairs Division, compiled containing history of the department, benefits that are derived in this state as a result of that, and some of the issues the department is facing. The audience and Commission viewed the DVD which contained beautiful photographs of New Hampshire's fish and wildlife and touched on some of the different tasks entailed in managing them.

1) Commissioner Morse moved to approve the October Minutes with the following revisions and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Page 8 - (Commissioner Kalter's report - 3rd sentence) Should be clarified that the concerned fisherman asked if the waterflow could be better regulated during the fishing season on the Merrymeeting River.

2.) Commissioner Tichy moved to accept the donation of a full body mount of a black bear, donated by Fred Eichorn of Jaffrey, to be utilized for educational purposes, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. The mount is located in the Wildlife Division.

3.) Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries Division, provided a brief presentation relative to the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture. Commissioner Morse moved to approve the expenditure of up to $10,000 from the Fish Habitat Fund to support Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture actions and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Steve reported that the group is working to initiate a federal grant to keep the venture going for another 2 years.

4a.) Commissioner Kalter moved to approve the final proposal for marine rules relative to cod and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

4b.) Commissioner Morse moved to approve the initial proposal for rulemaking relative to other marine rules and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

5.) Commissioner Morse moved to approve the expenditure of $60,000 from the Wildlife Habitat and Waterfowl Accounts, toward the purchase of a conservation easement on 22.3 acres in Kingston, by the Nature Conservancy, as part of the Powwow River Conservation Initiative and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Charlie Bridges, Habitat & Diversity Coordinator, reported that the department has been working with the Nature Conservancy for 5 ? years on this project, a multi year initiative to acquire fee simple interest and conservation easements on approximately 300 acres along the Powwow River in Kingston. He stated that the targeted area provides high quality migratory and nesting habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl and other game and nongame wildlife. It also supports a warm water fishery and has abundant riparian and wetland habitats. Charlie further reported that the total cost of this acquisition was $346,000, with additional funding coming from the Department of Transportation (60,000) and the Town of Kingston.

In closing, Charlie reported that the Town would own the property with a conservation easement held by the Nature Conservancy. He assured the Commission that the right for public access for hunting and other pedestrian activities would be ensured by language in the conservation easement.

6.) Commissioner Costa moved to approve the donation of 2 signed and framed limited edition, First of State Striped Bass print, "Shadow" by Victor E. Young, donated by the Coastal Conservation Association, to be utilized as raffle items for the Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Doug Grout, Supervisor, Marine Program, stated that the information received from the anglers is very useful and is used for stocking assessments annually.

7.) Commissioner Hubert moved to revise the 2007 Commission Meeting Date schedule, with all meetings taking place on the third Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters, with the exception of March 28, 2007 and September 26, 2007 meeting dates and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

8.) Commissioner Carney moved to approve the expenditure of up to $7,860.00 from the Wild Turkey License or Permit Revenues, as outlined in RSA 206:35-b and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Colonel Gray thanked the Commission for their support and reported that these decoys would assist in addressing illegal activity and add to law enforcements bag of tricks.

Colonel Gray reported that the small replica of the "Locked Antler" moose exhibit was on display and available for purchase for $3,300 in the back of the conference room. Commissioner Nottonson suggested the Commission embrace the idea of the Commission donating a certain amount of money toward purchasing a replica.

9.) Commissioner Hubert moved to proceed forward to rulemaking for Fis 800 rules and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Sandy Falicon, Legislative Coordinator, apologized for not having the package complete. Director Perry stated that Sandy was apologetic, however, wished to elaborate that she has a full plate so to speak and thanked her for the work she has done. He reported that Sandy has been working with Senator Smith on some legislation, prepared for the recent meeting at the Audubon Society, and has been working on other related legislative tasks.

INFORMATION ITEMS:
1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated October 31, 2006. (per attached)

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, M. Kalter, P. Costa and T. Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that the committee did not meet the morning of the Commission Meeting.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, T. Tichy, W. Carney, and W. Morse. In Chairman Guaraldi's absence, Commissioner Morse provided the monthly report. He reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission Meeting to discuss a legislative initiative for an apprentice license that would allow a 1 time exception for the hunter safety certification. He reported that the proposal would allow a person to hunt when accompanied by a licensed hunter. He further reported that this proposal would not pertain to moose hunting. At this time, Commissioner Morse moved to go forward with the above proposal and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse reported that the committee had not met yet this month. He reported that it is a very active committee and not easy to keep up with at times. He further reported that he was reappointed to the Rivers Committee.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter reported that
there were some unaddressed issues from the Lakes Management Criteria that were published in 1996, and reported that LMAC wished to prioritize those issues. He stated that this list is a little different than what the Commission did with the Lakes Forum Action Items, although there is overlap on some of the issues. He reported that the Fish and Game Lakes Forum priority list that the Commission submitted was prioritized in conjunction with all the other participating agency responses. He reported that the final priority list that LMAC came up regarding attacking those unaddressed Lakes Management Criteria priorities are as follows: 1) to review state laws as they address cumulative impacts; 2) make revision recommendations to clarify the role of the wetlands bureau from a legal standpoint; 3) to revise the state laws which address cumulative impact issues for UNH, DES, and Fish and Game; 4) to investigate the affects of the fluctuating water levels during draw downs; 5) to obtain funding to study a method to assess the cumulative impacts of various recreational activities.

In addition, he reported that the next step for LMAC is to try to develop a plan
of action to get these priorities accomplished in short order. He further reported that he would get back to the Commission with the results of the Lakes Forum Action Items as to LMAC's overall prioritization and action plans.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson reported that the committee was just beginning to ask questions as to whether the department is taking advantage of timber harvesting opportunities on various properties. He further questioned whether the fisheries potential for production could be greater than what we are currently getting from hatcheries.

COMMISSION REPORTS:
CCOMMISSIONER RUSSELL - Commissioner Russell stated that he had nothing of significance to report, however, reported that he received a letter relative to fishing tournaments on Squam Lake. Director Perry stated that he would address that under his report.

COMMISSIONER MORSE - Commissioner Morse reported that he attended the Forum entitiled "Sustaining the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department", held at the Audubon Society and was very impressed with the staff and Director' presentations. He stated that the believed it may have stirred up some interest and thought it went very well.

COMMISSIONER NOTTONSON - Commissioner Nottonson reported that he recently attended a meeting with the Town of Derry Conservation Commission. He reported that he spoke in favor of postponing any decision until a subcommittee could establish whether there would be any accommodations regarding hunting on public land. He stated that Chuck Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator, and Conservation Officer Mike Mattson, spoke as well. Subsequent that meeting, he reported that he had an unannounced visitor, an irate Conservation Commission member who was attempting to do the right thing in her judgement and just went over the line a little bit. He stated, in summary, that the issue is still before the subcommittee for review in determining whether hunting can be a recreational sport on Derry public land. Since the incident the Derry Conservation Commissioner has resigned.

COMMISSIONER TICHY - Commissioner Tichy reported the he attended an Androscoggin Valley Fish and Game Club Director's Meeting where there was talk about a petition being circulated regarding search and rescue and having the National Forest pay for rescues and such. In addition, he reported that the club discussed their deer-feeding program, as for years they have felt adamant to do so and have raised money to feed the deer. He stated that he has provided input and the department's position for years on feeding deer, although, the club insists it is necessary. Commissioner Tichy reported that this year they had a glitch in the collection process and will not be promoting the feeding of deer. He requested that the department send someone to speak to the club and better inform they of our position and it's reasoning.

Further, he reported that the next Adhoc Deer Committee meeting would be taking place at Emerson's Store in Groveton on November 17, 2006.

COMMISSIONER NORMANDEAU - Commissioner Normandeau reported that he attended the Fisheries Advisory Meeting and the topic of interests were the potential funding issues the department is facing, discussion on the kayak fees, and the saltwater fishing license. He stated that the word is a bonus shrimp season coming up. He further reported that the attended the meeting on Monday at the Audubon Society as well and felt the department did a great job peaking everyone's interest as to what the department does and is about. He stated that he looked forward for some needed support.

COMMISSIONER COSTA - Commissioner Costa reported that she has been working with Chuck Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator, and the Department of Resources and Economic Development regarding an access issue at Hall Mountain Marsh due to a gate being put up. A club in the area was concerned because they can no longer drive in to the car top area where waterfowl hunters have been able to get to in the past. She stated that she attended the annual Ray Burton tour and saw some of the great work the department is doing in different areas. She reported that on the tour the group had lunch at the Audubon Center at Prescott Farm in Laconia.

In addition, she reported that she received a call from Tim Green of Gilmanton, who questioned whether his juvenile son could use the special juvenile license in the back of hunters digest during the muzzleloader season. He stated that the way he read the language it was not clear to him. Commissioner Costa suggested that the department clarify that to make it clear. She reported that she attended the Comprehensive Funding Team meeting and the Communications Sub Committee Meeting. In closing, she reported that timber activities are going on at the LaMontagne property. She reported that they are doing a nice job leaving the property in great condition to support partridge and wild turkeys, as she witnessed.

COMMISSIONER CARNEY - Commissioner Carney stated that everyone should be praised for their efforts at the recent Audubon event. He further reported that he and Commissioner Costa have held 3 advocacy meetings with no attendance at any. He stated that these meetings would cease if attendance does not increase. He reported that he is still receiving complaints regarding the pheasant season. In addition, he reported that there is no bag limit under the muzzleloader or rifle season. He suggested looking into clarifying the issue before next season. He stated that he received 2 compliments, 1 regarding Sergeant Eskeland and his helpful assistance at a local store explaining something to a hunter, the other regarding Officer Brown for making a juvenille's first deer such a great experience while registering it.

COMMISSIONER KALTER - Commissioner Kalter reported that at a recent New England Cottontail event in Durham, the group was able to see how the brontosaurus, giant chipper/shredder with an arm, works converting standing timber into early successional habitat. He reported that he attended a Hackle & Tackle Meeting and was asked to pass along that there are still a few signs to be erected at the Ellis Hatch Wildlife Management Area. He further reported that he received a "thank you very much and congratulations" on the great work the department did at Baxter Lake. He stated that there is concern that there is a safety issue with a lot of swimming taking place near the boat launch and asked if "no swimming" signs could be put up a as a precaution. In closing, he stated that he received a thank you after having referred a constituent who had access questions to Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, who then referred the call to Chuck Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator, who promptly addressed the call.

COMMISSIONER PHILLIPSON - Commissioner Phillipson reported that he has received calls concerning the timing of this year's seasons. He stated that apparently 1 weekend was youth hunt weekend, the moose hunt, and bear hunting, all overlapping. He stated that bear hunting, muzzleloading, and another season overlapped as well. He reported that the biggest concern was having bear season with dogs overlapping with muzzleloader season. He further reported that he received a call regarding constituents wanting to go back into the woods after dark to obtain a wounded deer and he referred the caller to State Police since it was after hours.

COMMISSIONER HUBERT - Commissioner Hubert reported most of his activities were phone related. He also reported that he received a call regarding the bear with dog season overlapping with muzzleloading season. He stated that Sullivan county constituents were concerned in regards to the many turkey registration stations that are typically active for spring and are not for fall. He further stated that he spoke to a few individuals who pheasant hunted for the first time and thought it was great and other sportsmen appreciate the efforts.

COMMISSIONER GUARALDI - Commissioner Guaraldi was absent, therefore, no report.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS:
Director Perry reported that he attended the annual tour with Councilor Ray Burton and viewed some ongoing activities in the Winnipesaukee area. He stated that he thought it was one of the better tours as it touched on a variety of things the department does.

He reported that he met with the Granite State Voters, to gain as much support as possible. He stated that there was quite a range of people there that day, people who were organized to deal with the speed limits on Lake Winnipesauke as well as people from the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

He stated that as all of you are aware, there was much discussion last session relative to Red Deer and Elk farming in the State. He stated that Representative Bob L'Heureux, Chairman, House Fish and Game Committee, called a meeting on October 24, 2006, to get interested parties back together to try to discuss options for some sort of compromise on the issue. He stated that there were a number of people in attendance and a great deal of discussion. Director Perry stated that the bottom line is that these individuals still want to shoot these animals behind high fences. He stated the discussion had come full circle and only existing big game shooting areas of the state, Corbin Park and Bo Gilberts, be the only two allowed to continue. In addition, he stated that he didn't think that anybody felt that trying to do this for one or two areas was is in the best interest of anybody. He stated that he is not sure where it will go from here, however, would not be surprised to see legislation again.

He reported on a wind generation project ongoing in Lempster Village along the ridgeline. He reported that the committee has had a number of meetings, including a field trip, public hearing, and are scheduled to have another Site Evaluation Committee meeting this month. In closing, he stated that he is learning a great deal about wind generation.

Director Perry reported that he was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Annual meeting of the Conservation Commission. He reported that it was a great turn out and the group felt they had representation from about 1/2 of the conservation organizations throughout the state. He stated that it was a great opportunity to talk about the Wildlife Action Plan with John Kanter and staff rolling out some mapping the department has done and talked about significant species in the state.

He thanked the Audubon Society and the NH Wildlife Federation for being co-sponsors of the forum "Sustaining the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department". He reported that the event took place on November 13, 2006 in order to help get the word out about the serious funding issues the department is facing.

He reported that there would be meeting with the legislative liaison person from the State Employees Association, as they are interested in helping out in any way they can. He reported that essentially Fish and Game has 2 unions now within the department, 1 representing the Law Enforcement Officers and the other representing department employees.

Director Perry reported that the Governor's Budget Hearing would be taking place on Monday, November 20, 2006, at 1:15 p.m. He reported that this would be the department's first opportunity to present the budget in a formal setting.

He stated that there were meetings held around the state when former Human Resource Administrator Peter Hanson was here in order to try and talk about where the department stood as far as funding. He reported that another series of meetings has been scheduled around the state for early December at the Regional Offices to update employees on the financial situation.

He reminded the Commission that the Department's Annual Christmas Party would be held on December 8, 2006, and encouraged everyone to participate.

He reported that the Foundation has had 2 meetings, 1 for the early formation and a recent conference call on how to get organized. He reported that the next meeting is scheduled for December 12th with hopes of establishing Officers and to discuss the possibility of getting a bigger Board of Director's.

Director Perry referred to the letter that Commissioner Russell mentioned from Squam Lake regarding tournaments. He stated that he received the letter and responded to it, and shortly thereafter received a call from Chris Devine, Executive Director, Lake Association, stating that he was not sure he wrote what he meant to say and requested a meeting with Director Perry. He reported that he has asked Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries Division, to work with Chris to schedule a meeting to get some of the bass people together to discuss some of the conflicts. He reported that there are two issues, 1 was the parking issue and the other was the large number of boats for certain tournaments. In closing, he thanked Steve for taking the time to get those individuals together.

He reported that he received a call from Jim Rubens, representing the Union of Concerned Scientists, requesting to be on the Commission Agenda. Director Perry stated that their interests are in climate change, impacts of global warming, and would like to discuss some of the implications we could have here in New Hampshire.

He reported that he received a call from Sheraton Brown, Senator Sununu's Office, stating that he read the discussion in the minutes about the search and rescue issue and requested the correspondence between the department and the Forest Service in hopes of assisting through legislation.

In closing, he reported that the he would request a meeting with the Department of Resources and Economic Development to find out what is happening with some of the gates being closed to access.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Kathy LaBonte, Chief, Support Services, reported that the front office has processed 824 fall turkey permits to date and further reported that there were 122 Unit M permits still available for purchase.

Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, reported that the deer kill is running ahead of season and encouraged people to take advantage of late season opportunities.

At this time, 3:46 p.m., Commissioner Tichy moved to adjourn and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,
Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Glenn Normandeau, Chairman
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NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING
Minutes of October 18, 2006

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

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

Commissioners Absent: n/a

Executive Director Perry - present

Chairman Normandeau called the meeting to order at 1:07 p.m., and asked the audience to join in the pledge of allegiance. He informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized the public may speak on any item on the agenda.

ACTION ITEMS
1.) Commissioner Hubert moved to approve the September Commission minutes with the following additions and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

(Pg 6, last paragraph of Commissioner Carney's Report) add the figure $7,500 after the statement "With notice, that being 2 weeks or 14 days".

(Pg 6, first paragraph) Commissioner Nottonson asked to elaborate on his comment. He stated that what he meant by this comments was that the Director could go to the Commission and ask for assistance in any area he feels they could provide beneficial information.

The agenda was not heard in chronological order due to time constraints in participants and attendees schedules.

5.) Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve donations totaling $293.13, from the below donors, to be utilized by the Landowner Relations Program and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

a) Donation of $200.00 from The Cheshire County Fish and Game Club of Keene.
b) Donation of $23.00 of printing services for publication of a Pheasant Hunter Tool Kit from Fred Parker of Sullivan, New Hampshire.
c) Donation of $19.75 of grade stakes and $11.38 of fasteners from Daniel Madden of Keene.
d) Donation of $39.00 of grade stakes by Rick Noyes of Hancock, New Hampshire.

Chuck Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator, reported that the Cheshire County Fish and Game Club is working in partnership with the Landowner Relations Program on a project to improve landowner relations at Cheshire County Pheasant sites. He stated that these donations would be used to carry out that project.

6.) Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, presented the final proposals for fur, state lands trapping, leashed dog tracking, snowshoe hare live capture, and the Connecticut Lakes Natural Area per the attached.

Suzanne Fournier, audience member, spoke relative to her concerns for the passage of the snowshoe hare live capture rules and asked the Commission to withdraw the proposal. She stated that many comments were submitted to the department in opposition and that she would be reviewing those as soon as the department makes the file available.

Commissioner Carney moved to approve the final proposals as presented and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Steve reported that the Chapter 800 rules would be coming before the Commission for readoption as an initial proposal at the November Commission Meeting.

At this time, Chairman Normandeau announced that the next portion of the meeting would take place outside in front of HQ to address items 2, 3, and 4.

2.) Commissioner Kalter moved to approve two donations totaling $1,030.00, consisting of a Sage 9 ft fly rod (Model XP 590) and a Hatch Monsoon 56 fly reel (Model H56MO-C), from Kittery Trading Post, for use as prizes awarded to randomly selected broodstock Atlantic salmon anglers who submit angler diaries on or before January 15, 2006 and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. On behalf of the Commission and Department, Director Perry thanked Kittery Trading Post for their continued generosity in donating these items for use in the salmon program.

3.) Director Perry welcomed everyone to the official unveiling ceremony of the new Anadromous fish transport vehicle. The vehicle was parked outside of HQ for all to view. He stated that the purchase of this vehicle was made possible through generous donations and supportive dedicated sportsmen representing organizations including Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, the NH Trout Unlimited Council, NH Trout Unlimited Chapters, Coastal Conservation Association, and small businesses. He stated, "To say thank you is not enough". Director Perry recognized and presented the Truck Committee with a framed certificate of appreciation for their contributions. The committee consisted of the following: Donald McGinley, Jim Norton, Angus Boezeman, Peter Denoncourt, James Timmins, Matthew Connolly, Dan Stickney, and William Carney. He further thanked Senator Lou D'Allesandro for his support for the project as well. He also thanked John Gimble, President, Yankee Truck, for providing such a quality truck at an affordable price. Director Perry reported that $16,000 was raised and matched with $45,000 of sport fish monies.

In addition, Jon Greenwood, Salmon Project Leader, thanked all parties involved in raising the money to purchase the much needed Anadromous fish transport vehicle. Jon was involved in painting the tanks and putting the names and logos of the major supporters on the tanks.

4). Jon asked members from the Truck Committee to randomly select a salmon diary from a box of angler diaries. The winners were as follows:

1st Prize - Gerald Wood, Ayer MA
2nd Prize - Michael Hayward, Bristol, NH
3rd Prize - William Potter, Berlin, NH

INFORMATION ITEMS:
5. Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries Division, stated that the department recognizes the need to implement management and control strategies for exotic aquatic plants that become established in state waters. He further reported that the department has some concerns pertaining to the escalation in the use of herbicides as the principal practice to control exotic aquatic weeds in New Hampshire waters. He reported that the first use of herbicides in New Hampshire waters was initiated in 1982, and since then there have been 156 separate treatments as of 2005. He stated that more recently, this means of control has increased dramatically. He reported that the treatments raise concerns as to the impacts on non-targeted plant species and possible toxicity of herbicides.

In addition, he reported that the Fish and Game Commission adopted a policy in December of 2005. He reported that the department was currently working with the Department of Environmental Services to compile a memorandum of agreement to establish management plans. Commissioner Costa questioned what monitoring has been done in Lower Suncook Lake to see whether there was any adverse affects following the use of 2,4D. Steve responded that he was not aware of any monitoring program in place and reported that the program was funded through the Department of Environmental Services. Commissioner Tichy inquired if the department waits to see what the affect will be, will it destroy the lake as far as aquatic life or would fish species be able to live in these environments. Steve responded that variable milfoil will be more prominent in certain locations in the lake and may not cause negative affects on the native plants and wildlife. He stated that each situation should be assessed individually in order to make an informed decision. He further stated that the pros and cons should be weighed in regards to the affects of the exotic plants and potentially the affects of the treatment method. Much discussion ensued. Commissioner Russell reported that property owners are seeing a considerable loss in lake home sales due to this and people are very concerned. Steve stated that evaluating the site before and after would be the most accurate way to determine what is happening in the lake. Stuart Lamprey of Moultonborough, audience member, stated that we have been losing the fight for 20 years and feels that 2,4D would work if it stayed seeded. Commissioner Costa stated that we need to recognize that if 2,4D is the silver bullet that is actually going to assist with the problem and bring it down to a manageable problem, we still need to address the education of the boating public. She reported that you could eradicate the milfoil from Suncook Lake and then it could be easily transported by means of milfoil on fishing tackle, the hull of a boat, etc. She further stated that some sort of penalty should be enforced to encourage the importance of the issue.

In closing, Steve stated that prevention is key and that it is a cooperative outreach program. He stated he feels comfortable that the department is making progress on communication.

1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated September 30, 2006. (per attached)

2. Judy Silverberg, Outdoor Education Coordinator, reported that the department is working on developing two proposals to provide education information to the public, provide moose viewing opportunities, and to increase support for moose management in northern New Hampshire. She stated that the first concept of the proposal is an Information Radio Station, which is intended for motorists in a 3 to 5 mile radius area. The broadcasts are voice only, noncommercial, controlled typically by telephone. She reported that this type of system would allow the department to provide eighteen minutes of interpretive information such as; safe moose viewing practices, why moose are there, why it's harder to see them then 10 years ago, brake for moose messages, and where to go to see moose in more natural settings. Judy stated that she believed the use of this type of system would help disperse viewing opportunities, hopefully assist with traffic control, and create less infrastructure to be maintained and provide a greater amount of information than an interpretive sign.

In addition, Judy reported that phase II of the project consists of the construction of a viewing platform on East Inlet. She stated that the boardwalk would go from a current woods road, where there is a landing area that can be modified with minimum work to be used as a parking lot. She further reported that there would be a kiosk at the parking area and 4 or 5 interpretive signs installed along the boardwalk. This provides the viewer an opportunity to get out of the vehicle and have a viewing experience that has the potential to see a variety of wildlife including moose, loons, mergansers, and a variety of songbirds. Much discussion ensued. Steve Weber, Wildlife Division Chief, reported that the funding for the project would come from the Moose Account and stated he felt education is a very important factor. Commissioner Carney inquired whether there had been any input from the North Country constituents on the subject. Steve responded that the department would reach out, however, anticipates it to be well received. Commissioner Guaraldi inquired as to how much funding would be required for the maintenance of the facility. Judy responded that there would be minimal maintenance required, mowing the grass, changing/updating of the messages, which is done via the telephone. In addition, she reported that cost to construct the viewing area at the East Inlet site, consisting of a boardwalk and viewing platform, interpretive signs, and a kiosk at the parking, would be approximately $20,000. She further reported that she double ordered the signs in order to keep the costs down.

In closing, Commissioner Carney stated, "I agree with Steve Weber, this is a good way to spend dedicated moose funds".

3. Charlie Bridges, Habitat & Diversity Coordinator, introduced Will Staats, Regional Wildlife Biologist, and Jill Kelly, Assistant Regional Wildlife Biologist. Charlie reported that these two individuals are the primary operational stewards of the Connecticut Lakes Area. He stated that they have spent a great deal of time on the project and recognized Darrell Burtnett, President, Nature Conservancy as well. Jill provided an excellent presentation of the stewardship plan for the Connecticut Lakes Natural Area Wildlife Management Area. Jill reported that the property was acquired by the state in conjunction with the sale of International Paper Lands in Pittsburg. She reported that the area consists of $25,000 acres, with a 15,000 acre nature preserve and 10,000 acres of wildlife management area. She further reported that a conservation easement is held over the entire property by the Nature Conservancy. She stated that no timber harvesting is allowed in the natural area, however, it may be conducted in the wildlife management areas to achieve specific wildlife management habitat objectives. She reported that the major players in the project were the Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, Legislative Delegation, and DRED. Jill stated that the above list were all very instrumental in making the plan happen along with local officials such as Bing Judd, Rep. Fred King, and John Lanier, former Wildlife Biologist.

In addition, Jill reported that the plan provides an evaluation of the wildlife management areas, recreation, infrastructure, monitoring and research, and provides public involvement in the planning process. Darrell Burtnett stated that he was grateful to partner with Fish and Game as it has been terrific from the beginning. He stated that Will and Jill have been the eyes and ears on the ground and are irreplaceable.

Commissioner Tichy stated that he has the utmost confidence in Will and Jill. Commissioner Nottonson commended Jill on the informative presentation and stated that it was one of the best presentations he has seen.

4.) Charlie Bridges, Habitat & Diversity Coordinator, provided an overview of Robb Reservoir Conservation Initiative by the Trust for Public Land. Charlie reported that the Trust for Public Land has been working in partnership with many organizations, including NHFG, to conserve the 1,617 acre Robb Reservoir property in Stoddard. He reported that the property consists of the 110 acre Robb Reservoir, a portion of Rye Pond, a 34 acre un-named pond and 4.5 miles of the North Branch of the Contoocook River and its headwaters. In total, the property contains 750 acres of wetlands and open water. The property is also a critical link connecting more than 40,000 acres of other conserved land. Charlie introduced Rodger Krussman, from the Trust for Public Lands. Rodger stated that over the past several months, the Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the Harris Center for Conservation Education, the Town of Stoddard, and several other State and nonprofit organizations have been working hard to permanently conserve this land. Charlie stated that this conservation initiative provides an opportunity for Fish and Game to re-establish a presence on the property through ownership of the dam and management of the flowage to sustain high quality waterfowl habitat and provide public access to the water and uplands.

Charlie further reported that the Department of Environmental Services concluded that the dam is in good shape and would just require annual inspection and some cutting of brush. In closing, Charlie stated that it was the department's hope that property would be transferred to the Harris Center with State holding hold the conservation easement by March or April of 2007.

LATE ITEMS:
1.) Steve Perry provided an overview of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture, a unique partnership between state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, academia, and scientific societies. He reported that the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture functions at multiple geographic and jurisdictional scales to achieve measurable on-the-ground conservation success while securing the adoption of policies favoring aquatic habitat protection. He stated that it seems to maximize the energies, expertise and existing partnerships throughout Eastern Brook trout range through a collaborative, non-regulatory framework. He provided a package of information to the Commission for their information. He reported that the partners are working to assess the status, trends, and current vs. historical distribution of native Eastern brook trout populations from Georgia to Maine, to identify data needed to facilitate species conservation and management, prioritize actions based on measurable improvements for the least investment, in the shortest period of time, with a focus on common, critical habitat threats, share information and successes with partners and Congressional delegations, and develop, implement, and manage a public outreach, education and advocacy campaign.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, M. Kalter, P. Costa and T. Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission Meeting to discuss prioritizing the Lakes Survey, mentioned by Commissioner Kalter last month, who sits on the Lakes Management Advisory Committee. He then turned the report over to Commissioner Kalter to announce the result of the survey. Commissioner Kalter reported that 8 Commissioners responded to the survey with the priority list being the following:

1) Water Quality 6) Shoreline Alteration
2) Public Access 7) Land Development
3) Native Fish 8) Fish Consumption
4) Shoreline Habitat 9) Lead
5) Drawdowns

Commissioner Phillipson moved to accept the above prioritized list as the opinion of the Commission and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. He further reported that Tom Flynn, Hunter Education Coordinator, attended the committee meeting to answer some questions the committee had in regards to safety aspects of muzzleloading and to provide shotgun only town information. He reported that Tom provided some insight on the law and stated that the reason for creating shotgun only towns was to regulate and limit the number of shots.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, T. Tichy, W. Carney, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission Meeting and as a result she brought forward the following legislation for discussion and or action.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to go forward with enabling legislation for a marine fisheries license or permit to include; a means to identify saltwater participants, the ability for saltwater sportsmen to pay fair share, the ability to address party boat participation, and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

In addition, Commissioner Guaraldi moved to have the director and his designees move forward with discussions of a reciprocal program for a marine license with neighboring states and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to pursue a % of the rooms and meals taxes in New Hampshire being dedicated to the Fish and Game Fund and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved that as an alternative, if it's needed and the opportunity arises, the department is directed to pursue an allocation of the Real Estate Transfer Tax to the Fish and Game Fund, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to direct the department to develop proposed language for a bill to allow the department to issue an apprentice hunting license and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Hubert stated that it might pull some new people in. Commissioner Carney stated that this is very popular in other states. Commissioner Phillipson thought the price should be the same or greater than the normal hunting license or it may encourage people to put off hunter education and go this route.

Commissioner Russell moved to pursue legislation to make hunter orange mandatory in New Hampshire and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. Much discussion ensued. Commissioner Phillipson stated that you can't assume that by making hunter orange mandatory that the woods will be safer. He stated that he feels this measure is a bad idea. Commissioner Carney reported that he was shot himself while duck hunting and had on a hunter orange vest and hat. He further stated that he did not think it would pass through the legislature, as the issue is always killed in the committee.

Commissioner Russell stated that he could not see any Commissioners voting down something to do with safety. He stated that he realizes he knows his target and has taught hunter education for 25 years, however, feels that being seen by other hunters is a good thing. A vote was taken and the motion failed with 3 in favor and 7 opposed.

In conclusion, Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the next committee meeting would take place on November 15, 2006, at 9:00 a.m.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse reported that the committee was focused on stream gauging and stated that he would provide a handout at the next meeting.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter reported that he provided his update under the Policy Committee's portion of the agenda.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson stated that he had nothing to report at this time.

COMMISSION REPORTS:
CCOMMISSIONER HUBERT - Commissioner Hubert reported that he has been busy helping with the volunteer pheasant program. He stated that he has received comments relative to the change in this year's birds being smaller than in past years, and not as well flighted. In addition, he reported that he spoke with some out of state hunters who felt the $48.00 bear license was outrageous and that they would no longer be purchasing a tag in New Hampshire. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, responded that all these factors pertaining to pheasant would be considered next year when choosing the vendor and has head similar comments.

COMMISSIONER KALTER - Commissioner Kalter reported that he had a vocal liaison meeting with discussion relative to crabapple trees for deer habitat. He reported that constituents were told that there were no trees available and that they should go out and buy them retail and then submit a funding grant to obtain reimbursement. Further, he reported that he spoke with concerned fishermen who asked what the potential was for extending the fishing season on the Merrymeeting River. Steve Perry responded that there were many factors that would have to be considered prior to making a decision. In addition, Commissioner Kalter reported that he has completed reviewing the freshwater fishing digest and thanked all the staff involved in its production, including Commissioner Nottonson for the help in getting organized.

COMMISSIONER PHILLIPSON - Commissioner Phillipson reported that his liaison meeting was fairly quiet. He reported that he is also helping with the pheasant volunteer program, which is working out very well. He reported that he and Commissioner Costa hosted a "Woman on Target Program", in Cheshire County with 60 women in attendance that basically had no prior firearm experience. He stated they wanted to learn how to use a rifle, handgun, and a shotgun. He reported that 80 women have signed up for the spring course already. He stated, "I just didn't realize the large resource out there that maybe hasn't been targeted to it's fullest potential". Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs, responded that she was glad to see that the Commission could experience the excitement, much as the staff does when conducting the "Becoming an Outdoor Woman Weekend:"

COMMISSIONER CARNEY - Commissioner Carney reported the recent liaison meeting was not well attended. He reported that he received a telephone call regarding Chapman's Pond and the lack of signage as to it being fly-fishing only. The caller reported that the appearance was messy and that there was trash on site. Commissioner Carney further reported that he also received similar calls pertaining to pheasant this year and the disappointing size and conditions of the birds.

COMMISSIONER COSTA - Commissioner Costa reported that she attended the signing ceremony of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation. She reported that it was nice to meet the original founders, including Chairman Normandeau's father, Dr. Normandeau. She stated she was hoping it was something the Commissioners could promote when attending sportsmen's clubs and related events. She further reported that she attended the recent Comprehensive Funding Team Meeting. In addition, she reported that she spoke with Representative Allen regarding the crossbow bill, who provided some background as to why she was sponsoring that bill. She stated, "Anything we can do to make it easier for the disabled hunter to get back in the woods we should be pursuing, as we will have a lot of disabled veterans coming home".

COMMISSIONER NORMANDEAU - Commissioner Normandeau reported that he did not have much to report as he was just returning from a trip. He reported that he has received a few phone calls from the North Country constituents regarding the Deer Task Force.

COMMISSIONER TICHY - Commissioner Tichy reported he had nothing significant to report at this time, just that he also received a few calls from upset pheasant hunters.

COMMISSIONER NOTTONSON - Commissioner Nottonson reported that he has been invited to a hearing that the Town of Derry is having regarding whether or not hunting should be allowed on a new piece of property they've purchased. He reported that he would attend the hearing and let them know he is a landowner and will provide Chuck Miner's name to them. He further reported that the Commission was copied on a letter addressed to Director Perry, signed by all the Lieutenants, outlining their concerns regarding the budget and the effects they feel it will have. He reported that Director Perry responded to the letter addressing the funding concerns, however, not the communication concerns mentioned.

Commissioner Carney stated that he felt that further discussion on the subject should take place in a non-public session. Commissioner Normandeau stated that the only part of that letter that is the Commission's jurisdiction if the financial portion.

COMMISSIONER MORSE - Commissioner Morse reported that he also received pheasant complaint calls. He further reported that the kids fishing licenses are a big hit and youngsters love them. He reported that agents could make one out for the children while the adult purchases a license.

COMMISSIONER RUSSELL - Commissioner Russell reported that has also received pheasant calls. He stated that we haven't accomplished anything by stocking on Thursdays and Fridays. He stated that what is happening is that there is nothing left by the time the weekend comes. He suggested being more secretive about it and spreading it out some. He reported that the Commission received a copy of a letter from former Hunter Education Instructor, Peter Lester, who states his concerns and objections on the subject of having a moose auction in New Hampshire. He stated that he agrees with the letter. In addition, he stated that he was hoping that Fish and Game would sponsor the hunter orange mandatory bill, and assured the Commission that one would get sponsored in the future and asked that no Commissioners testify against this legislation if brought forward.

COMMISSIONER GUARALDI - Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she has purchased some crabapples from a New Hampshire nursery in the past and stated she would provide Commissioner Kalter with the contact information. She reported that the Winter Becoming an Outdoor Woman Program would take place in February, which is a 1-day program. She stated she did not have the exact date yet and would get that to the Commission at a later date. She further reported that the ATV Club had an open house in Canaan, with well over 100 people attending, gaining 25 new members. She stated that she attended the Enfield Outing Club meeting, which was quiet, just wondering where they will get their financing.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS:
Director Perry reported that he received a response from the Forest Service regarding the department's request for financial assistance through the Forest Service's Cooperative Law Enforcement Funding Program to help defray expenses incurred by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department while conducting search and rescue missions on the White Mountain National Forest. He reported that the response letter basically stated that it does not qualify for their programs and that they were sorry they could not help.

He reported that the performance audit is underway and reported that the auditors are currently conducting interviews with staff.

He reported that there was one issue that he wanted to make the Commission aware of. He reported that NH Public Service has a discharge permit for the Merrimack River, which is up for renewal through the Environmental Protection Agency. He stated that one of the issues is the temperature of the water being discharged into the Merrimack. He stated that there is much discussion as to what it should be and has concerns that it may become an issue in the future at some point.

In addition, Director Perry reported that the department is actually making a fair amount of money on the bear permit fee, 4 times what it was last year.

He further reported that the annual Ray Burton Tour would take place on October 19, 2006, and invited anyone who wished to attend.

In closing, Steve Weber reported, "It is a great year to deer hunt". He reported that the kill to date was 1,675, almost a record and the highest since 9 years ago.

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

At this time, 5:42 p.m., Commissioner Carney moved to adjourn and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,


Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Glenn Normandeau, Chairman
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NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING
Minutes of September 27, 2006

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

Commissioners Absent: n/a

Executive Director Perry - present

Chairman Normandeau called the meeting to order at 1:06 p.m., and asked the audience to join in the pledge of allegiance. He informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized, the public may speak on any item on the agenda.

  • ACTION ITEMS
    1. Commissioner Kalter moved to approve the August Commission minutes with the following correction and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    (Pg 4, Item 8) lease/should read leashed.
    (Pg 6, Item 4) Commissioner Nottonson requested to add the word "extensive" before the word overview in the first sentence.

    2. Commissioner Costa moved to approve the donation of $300.00, from the David K. "Zip" McBurney Memorial Fund, to be utilized for fish stocking purposed and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    3. Mary Goodyear, Wildlife Educator, provided an overview of the Furbearer Education Curriculum kits. Mary reported that each state has 1 kit and New Hampshire has 2, using 1 for a template. She reported that the kits include curriculum activity guides, books and field guides, brochures, pamphlets, information sheets, videos, set of 14 furbearer rubber tracks, samples of rubber scat, skulls, and a set of 14 furbearer pelts. She further reported that the kits are available by reservation only from the Public Affairs Division for educational purposes, such as teacher workshops, conferences, etc. Mary stated that she recently did a pilot project at Linwood High School, which was very informative as to how school children perceive trapping. She stated that it was interesting to see that some students were against trapping prior to the project's beginning and how their feelings changed to support trapping at the conclusion of the project.

    In addition, Director Perry reported that there was a dedicated account in which the funds came from seized furs and road kills. He reported that the funds went into the Trapper Education Account and has been there for some time. He stated that purchasing these supplies seems to be a good means for closing out that account.

    Commissioner Guaraldi questioned the condition of the kits upon their return. Mary responded that on the whole, most kits are returned in tact, with all the supplies. She further stated that on occasion there are some reinforcements made to fragile items.

    Commissioner Costa inquired whether the NH Trapper's Association donates pelts for these kits. Judy Silverberg, Wildlife Education Coordinator, responded that the Trapper's Association has donated in the past.

    At this time, Commissioner Hubert moved to approve the expenditure of $5,267.08, from the Trapper Education Account, to purchase items for furbearer education curriculum kits, and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    4. Commissioner Tichy moved to approve the donation of a 2006 Yamaha RX1, four stroke snowmobile, valued approximately $9,200, from John Ferreira of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, to be utilized by the Law Enforcement Division, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Major Acerno thanked Conservation Officer Wayne Saunders for his continued fundraising efforts in the North Country. He further reported that the snowmobile would be housed in District 1.

    5. Commissioner Carney deferred this item until Commissioner's Reports were heard.

    6. Commissioner Phillipson moved to establish the 2007 Commission Meeting schedule, being the 3rd Wednesday of every month, at 1:00 p.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Much discussion ensued.

    INFORMATION ITEMS:
    1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided monthly financial statements dated July 31, 2006, and August 31, 2006. (See attached)

    Commissioner Guaraldi questioned why the reduction in miscellaneous sales. Dan responded that he would get that information to share with the Commission.

    2. Major Acerno reported that Jason Philippy, Broadcast Media Specialist, was unavailable to attend the Commission Meeting, however, wanted to present him with the 2005 National Award from the Association for Conservation Information, and to recognize him for his efforts in the production of "Expect the Unexpected" video for use in the OHRV Responsible Riders Education Classes. He reported that the video depicts the problems a mother had to face when her son was killed in a snowmobile related crash.

    In addition, it was decided to write letters of appreciation to both Jason Philippy and Frances Tiskevich, mother of deceased, signed by Director Perry and the Commission.

    STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
    POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, M. Kalter, P. Costa and T. Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission Meeting. He reported that the topic of discussion was magnum muzzleloader. He further reported that the committee has some unanswered questions and that Tom Flynn, HE Coordinator, would be attending the next Policy meeting on October 18, 2006, at 10:00 a.m., to provide the committee with safety aspects of muzzleloading in general, provide shotgun only town information, and to answer any other questions the committee may have.

    LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, T. Tichy, W. Carney, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the committee met 3 times since the last Commission Meeting. She further reported that the committee would be meeting on October 18, 2006, at 9:00 a.m.

    It was decided that Commissioner Tichy would replace Chairman Normandeau on the Legislative Committee.

    Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support a legislative initiative requesting additional funding from the general fund for the search and rescue operations, in the amount of $200,000, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    Commissioner Guaraldi moved to pursue a legislative initiative for the establishment of the Game Management Fund, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    Commissioner Guaraldi moved to bring forward an amendment to RSA 214:9, a turkey license fee increase, and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support an amendment to RSA 214:1-d, waterfowl stamp conversion to a license, and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support an amendment to RSA 212-B:6, to pursue matching funds for nongame species management act, and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support an amendment to RSA 207:17, relative to seizures and acquisitions by eliminating the dedicated account and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support amending RSA 210:25, relative to furbearer trapping education by eliminating the dedicated account and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Tichy stated that he would like to keep trapping education within the department and not eliminated all together.

    Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support amending RSA 207:55, relative to restitution for illegal taking or possessing by eliminating the dedicated account and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. These funds would be deposited into the Fish and Game Fund.

    Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support amending RSA 260:61, through a gas tax legislative proposal to support OHRV and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    Commissioner Guaraldi moved to bring forward a legislative initiative to allow a moose permit auction for 5 permits and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Nottonson stated that this was an opportunity for the department to earn some money. He suggested putting an attractive package together for interested hunters. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the proceeds would be deposited into the Fish and Game Fund.

    Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support amending RSA 211:5, eliminating certain restrictions relative to fishing the Connecticut River, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    Commissioner Guaraldi moved to direct the department of personnel to pursue the development of a proposal for a conservation decal for non-motorized boats and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse stated that there was nothing to report at this time, however, reported that there was a meeting in the near future.

    LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter reported that he distributed a handout containing the action items formulated at the lakes forum back in February. He reported that the committee is asking all of the members to prioritize these items. He stated that it illustrates that there are ongoing issues that keep coming to the forefront that need addressing. Commissioner Normandeau stated that he would like to have an informal poll taken over the next week or two, with each Commissioner prioritizing the list and submitting that information to Commissioner Phillipson to be addressed at the Policy Meeting. He further stated that he would then like it to come before the full Commission for a vote at the October Commission Meeting.

    REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson reported that he has received calls relative to trespassing. He suggested that trespass be part of the next hunting digest (07-08). He further reported that the hunting digest had been published and encouraged anyone who had any suggested changes for next year to get those ideas to him.

    COMMISSION REPORTS:
    CCOMMISSIONER HUBERT - Commissioner Hubert reported that there was no liaison meeting in July or August. He reported that he met Duncan Barnes, who discussed the possibility of the creation of a saltwater fishing decal/stamp, with a multi state possibility. He reported that there has not been much success in pulling states together. He further reported that he spoke with some of the Sullivan County sportsmen who were upset that Sullivan County lost some pheasant sites this year and indicated that they would like to see what could be done in regards to getting some of those sites back if possible.

    COMMISSIONER KALTER - Commissioner Kalter reported that he had a liaison meeting coming up in the near future and would report on that at the next meeting.

    COMMISSIONER PHILLIPSON - Commissioner Phillipson reported that he has been working on the pheasant volunteer program. He reported that last year there were 17 volunteers and this year there were 26. He further reported that Chuck Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator, has been working with the group on landowner relations, in hopes of not losing any more sites.

    COMMISSIONER CARNEY - Commissioner Carney reported he and Commissioner Costa had a joint liaison meeting, with 2 individuals in attendance. He reported that they would try it again for a few months to see if the turnout improves. He further reported that he has received calls regarding dog training areas and that they are over crowded every weekend. He received a particular call from the Granite State Retriever Club, who would like to use the Brentwood area for dog training. He reported that he met an individual at Kittery Trading Post who approached Commissioner Carney with his thoughts pertaining to the fee for tracking dogs and his concern for the fee being charged.

    In addition, Commissioner Carney spoke relative to the motion he made last month regarding funding. He stated that he is concerned about some expenditures and would like to have a preamble in place to be approved by the Director for items over $1,000 that require immediate addressing and a vote. He stated that he would like to receive that information ahead of time to allow for proper questioning and discussions with staff if necessary.

    At this time, Commissioner Carney moved that any action item which proposes an expenditure of $1,000 or more shall be brought forward to the Commission. Such action items will include a written estimate of all costs and will identify the account or accounts from which the funding shall be drawn. The Commission will accept such action items for consideration and a vote will be taken at the next regularly scheduled Commission Meeting. If an action item proposing an expenditure of more than $1,000 requires an immediate vote of the Commission, it must include a preamble approved by the Director which details the specific need for such immediate approval and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. Much discussion ensued.

    Commissioner Nottonson stated that he had some concerns with this motion. He stated that he felt this was micromanaging the chiefs and support staff. He further stated that he felt the Director has the opportunity to communicate with chiefs to obtain unanswered questions and that the Director could go to the chairman to field it if necessary. He stated that the department has good people in place and feels the Commission should let them do their jobs. In closing, he stated, "I'm not in favor of this request".

    Commissioner Tichy stated that he could see both sides point. He further stated that it is the Commission's responsibility to be informed on issues. He stated that having to vote with minimal information is difficult and feels allowing 1 month to review expenditure requests gives proper time to ask necessary questions and have discussion relative to the request. In closing, he stated, "I agree with Commissioner Carney".

    Commissioner Hubert stated the Commission has the opportunity now to defer acting on an item and deferring it until next month in order to obtain additional information.

    Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, stated that everyone needs to realize that there is a significant process in place which sometimes takes 3 months to get to the end stage. He suggested deferring the item until the next month if that is what needs to happen and asked the Commission not to pass this motion. He stated that it is not necessary most of the time and would be overly burdensome for staff, which will most likely be a hindrance to them.

    Commissioner Carney reported that he voted to approve some land acquisition projects on the day the item was put before the Commission, only to find out at a later date that trapping is not being allowed on the property. Steve responded that the law says you do not have to allow trapping. Commissioner Carney stated that when the law was passed it was the intention to allow trapping. He further reiterated that this is how he interprets the law to read and will seek legislation to change it if necessary.

    Director Perry stated that his concern is the same as Steve's. He confirmed that it is a lengthy process, although he stated that he can understand why the Commission would like to receive these types of requests in a timely fashion.

    Commissioner Guaraldi suggested having a higher threshold.

    At this time, Commissioner Carney moved to amend his motion to include the wording, "With notice, that being 2 weeks or 14 days", rather than the $1,000 stipulation and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    COMMISSIONER COSTA - Commissioner Costa reported that she helped Commissioner Phillipson on September 9th with the "Woman on Target" event. She reported that there were 60 participants with 30 people on a waiting list. She further reported that she attended the Trappers Rendezvous at Owl Brook on September 17, 2006. She reported that she met with Representative Janet Allen and Ed Neister, of the Barnstead Lake Milfoil Control Committee, who hope to work with the Department of Environmental Services to address the issue at the Suncook Watershed. She reported that she received a call from a gentleman from Massachusetts who was very upset that the department raised the fee for bear.

    COMMISSIONER GUARALDI - Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she worked at the recent Becoming an Outdoor Woman weekend and they had a full house. She reported that the weekend was a success, having beautiful weather and 130 reservations, with approximately 40 volunteer instructors. She further reported that she also received comments relative to the bear license increase. She stated that a few sportsmen reported that they would no longer be purchasing that license. She stated that the ATV Club in Grafton County has become active in trying to acquire lands to ride on. She also reported that she attended the first Deer Task Force Meeting, which was a new learning experience.

    COMMISSIONER RUSSELL - Commissioner Russell stated that at one of the prior Commission Meetings the topic of doe permits was discussed and was to be brought before the Policy committee for discussion. He asked that it go before the committee for discussion and debate. He further reported that he and a group of hunters applied for a doe permit in Maine and all received a permit. He stated, "It works, and those people can hunt the whole season for doe, rather than 1 or 2 days". He further stated that the department is sending contradicting messages as the law book states, "Do not feed deer", and further in the book it states that you can bait deer. He stated that he felt this should be a subject for discussion at a future meeting.

    COMMISSIONER MORSE - Commissioner Morse reported that he has received complaints in regards to shotgun fall turkey hunting.

    COMMISSIONER NOTTONSON - Commissioner Nottonson departed the meeting early due to a prior commitment, therefore, no report.

    COMMISSIONER TICHY - Commissioner Tichy reported that he attended the first Deer Task Force Meeting as well. He stated, "This will be an eye opener for some people as to what goes into deer management". He further reported that the forever locked display was a the Lancaster Fair and got a great deal of positive recognition.

    COMMISSIONER NORMANDEAU - Commissioner Normandeau reported that he recently attended the public hearing relative to changes in the herring rules. He reported that there would be an upcoming hearing relative to cod length, which is to get in line with federal regulations. He further reported that there has been discussion relative to the potential for a saltwater fishing license. He stated that he would like to have an open forum at the seacoast in the near future and invite all interested parties.

    DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS:
    Director Perry reported that the department is continuing with the budget process. He reported that Chairman Normandeau attended a meeting with Director Perry and Governor Lynch to discuss the department's budget and the shortfall. He reported that the meeting was beneficial and the department was granted approval to put forward a budget that includes general fund monies.

    He further reported that a merchandising bid was solicited to 70 companies for the department to obtain it's own line of merchandise. He reported that the department has received bids back and is in the process of reviewing them

    Further, Director Perry reported that he recently returned from the annual Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Meeting where there were a number of interesting topics discussed. He stated that the USDA has authority over regulating the transport of animals relative to CWD. He reported that there were new regulations issued that contained strong language that states, "These regulations supercede all state authority to regulate transportation and control". He further reported that the legal council for the Association is concerned and would be involved and monitoring the issue.

    Director Perry reported that there was legislation passed during the last session that allows the Commission to designate one or more non-profit foundations. The foundations can essentially accept donations for the support of the department. The legislation gives the department the authority to work with a designated foundation. He reported that there would be a signing ceremony on Friday, September 29, 2006, at 9:30 a.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters, with the 5 interested individuals to form a foundation. He invited the Commission to attend as well.

    In addition, Director Perry reported that there were some upcoming hearings per the below schedule:
    Furbearer Hearing - October 2, 2006, at 3:00 p.m Fish & Game HQ, Concord
    Marine Hearing - October 3, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. Urban Forestry Ctr, Portsmouth
    Tracking Dogs/Hare - October 4, 2006, at 3:00 p.m. Fish & Game HQ, Concord
    CT Lakes Natural Area - October 5, 2006, at 3:00 p.m. Fish & Game HQ, Concord

    In closing, Director Perry reported that the annual Ray Burton Tour would be held on October 19, 2006, and invited the Commission to attend as well.

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

    At this time, 3:30 p.m., Commissioner Guaraldi moved to adjourn and Commissioner Tichy seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

    Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
    Glenn Normandeau, Chairman
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NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING
Minutes of August 16, 2006

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

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

Commissioners Absent: n/a

Executive Director Perry - present

Commissioner Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:12 p.m., and asked the audience to join in the pledge of allegiance. He informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized, the public may speak on any item on the agenda.

ACTION ITEMS
1. At this time, Chairman Tichy stated that in accordance with Title XVII, RSA 207:37-b, the Commission and Executive Director will conduct a hearing to determine if the application of Mr. Anthony Merrill, Jr. to obtain a hunting license be granted and his privilege to obtain future hunting licenses be restored. Mr. Merrill's hunting license was revoked and hunting privileges suspended for a period of 10 years following conviction of the charge of simple assault on December 12, 1991. Mr. Merrill has completed a hunter education program and requested a hearing. Mr. Merrill has the right to have an attorney present at his own expense. The Commission may vote to grant a hunting license and restore Mr. Merrill's hunting privileges.

Chairman Tichy requested that Mr. Merrill stand and raise his right hand. Mr. Merrill was sworn in and asked to state his desire to the Fish and Game Commission and Executive Director.

Mr. Merrill requested to have his license and hunter privileges reinstated. He stated that hunting is his way of life and a means to provide food for his family. He stated that he realizes he made a huge mistake and is sorry for what he has done. He further stated that not a day goes by without him feeling sorry for that mistake.

Mr. Don Phelps, Deputy Chief Hunter Education Instructor, was in attendance to support Mr. Merrill and reported that Anthony Merrill took a hunter education class taught by him in October of 2003. "Live and learn," he stated. He further reported that not only Anthony learned from this mistake, but many other young men and women did as well. He reported that Anthony spoke to the hunter education class and discussed the details of the hunting accident. Mr. Phelps stated that he feels that by Anthony discussing the issue with the class it provided the class with a valuable lesson and also helped Anthony to live with what happened.

Commissioner Nottonson asked Mr. Merrill to explain the second issue, hunting while under suspension.

Anthony responded that he believed that "peer pressure" got the best of him and feels he has learned his lesson. "I am truly sorry for that".

Commissioner Nottonson inquired as to whether Mr. Merrill discussed the second issue (hunting after revocation) with the hunter education class or just the hunting accident.

Mr. Merrill responded that he only discussed the hunting accident with the class.

Commissioner Russell stated that apparently Mr. Merrill made another mistake on that same day. He stated that the report indicated that there were 12 people participating in a deer drive. He asked Mr. Merrill if he knew what the law states pertaining to a deer drive.

Mr. Merrill responded that 6 people are allowed to participate. Mr. Merrill reported that at the time, there were only 6 individuals in the party that left the camp. He stated that he was unaware others had arrived to hunt.

Commissioner Russell asked if any individuals in the hunting party were wearing hunter orange.

Mr. Merrill responded that he was wearing an orange hat, Scott had orange on, and Clarence had orange on as well.

Commissioner Russell inquired whether Mr. Merrill could see them in the woods.

Mr. Merrill responded that he could see them at times. He reported he ran into Clarence, but not Scott. "When I did find him, I noticed he had an orange hat on". He reported that he told Scott that the dogs were up ahead and to please get out of shooting range as he believed they would be coming their way.

Commissioner Carney inquired whether Mr. Merrill was still friendly with Mr. Souther.

Mr. Merrill responded, "Yes".

Commissioner Guaraldi inquired whether Mr. Merrill has spoke at other Hunter Education classes.

Mr. Merrill stated that he has not, but would be willing to do so. He reported that he would be attending a hunter education class with his granddaughter and would be happy to speak.

Commissioner Nottonson inquired whether Mr. Merrill offered compensation of any sort to Mr. Souther.

Mr. Merrill reported that when he went to apologize he made out a check to give to Mr. Souther to assist with any bills and Mr. Souther would not take it. He further reported that he does see Scott on occasion, just to wave on the road as they both have families and busy lives. He reported he still considers them to be friends.

Commissioner Phillipson inquired if there was anyone present in the audience who objected to Mr. Merrill getting his license and privileges back. Commissioner Tichy stated that he was waiting to ask that question until after the Commission was finished asking questions.

Commissioner Carney questioned whether Mr. Merrill notified the conservation officer of the shooting or if someone else did.

Mr. Merrill responded that he notified the conservation officer himself. He further reported that he carried Mr. Souther out of the woods on his back.

At this time, Commissioner Nottonson moved to reinstate Mr. Merrill's hunting license and privileges and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote carried with 9 in favor and 1 opposed. (N. Russell).

Director Perry announced that he concurred with the vote.

2. Commissioner Russell moved to approve the June Commission Minutes with the following amendments and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

* (Page 3, Action Item #6 of June Commission Minutes) Commissioner Carney Russell moved to approve the expenditure of up to $12,918 in class 50 & 60 in the wildlife habitat account for temporary services and associated benefits for part time staff to conduct and monitor habitat management operations on Wildlife Management Areas and other state-owned lands, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

* (Page 8, Commissioner Kalter's report) Commissioner Kalter reported that he received a call from the Farmington Fish and Game Club thanking the department for the support, particularly the three Conservation Officers who assisted in the special kids fishing day.

3. Commissioner Costa moved to accept the donation of 2,000 pounds of Orient LP grower diet for trout, from Skretting Manufacturing, valued at approximately $1,040.00 and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

4. Commissioner Carney moved to approve the request to move forward to rulemaking for Atlantic Cod and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

5. Commissioner Guaraldi moved to accept the donation of $50.00, from Michele Angers and Tom Dooley, in memory of her father, Raymond Angers, to be utilized by the Let's Go Fishing Program and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

6. Commissioner Hubert moved to accept the donation of 4 coffee urns, 2 signs, and 2 cribbage boxes, valued at approximately $540.00, from Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor Allen MacNeil, to be utilized by the Owl Brook Hunter Education Facility and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, reported that Allen MacNeil graciously donated these items as door prizes for the Hunter Education and Aquatic Resources Education Programs Recognition Banquet.

7. Commissioner Costa moved to approve the placement of a memorial stone with plaque, honoring Ray Bond, to be placed at Archery Pond in Allenstown and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. A good friend of Mr. Bond provided a sketch of where the memorial stone is to be placed and informed the department that Mr. Bond had fished the Archery Pond area for over 40 years.

8. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, requested to move forward to rulemaking for various wildlife rules as presented:

FUR SEASON - Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the fur season proposals as presented and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

STATE MANAGED LANDS TRAPPING - Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve the state managed lands proposals as presented and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

CT LAKES NATURAL AREA - Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve the proposed rules for the Connecticut Lakes Natural Area as presented and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

LEASED DOG TRACKING - Steve reported that the license fee would be $50.00 and that dogs would be required to remain leased at all times. He reported that the department would encourage the tracker to obtain a relationship with the local conservation officer, which would make things much easier. He further reported that the tracker must wear a florescent orange hat and florescent orange torso cover of some sort, vest or jacket. Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve the proposed rules relative to leashed dog tracking as presented and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Phillipson stated, "This was a much needed package and will be useful". Commissioner Costa inquired whether the hunter orange requirement should be for the dogs as well. Much discussion ensued relative to making hunter orange mandatory when conducting this activity. Commissioner Russell stated that he wasn't sure how it could be enforced, as it is not mandatory to wear hunter orange in New Hampshire, although he felt it was a good idea.

SNOWSHOE HARE - Commissioner Hubert moved to approve the proposed rules relative to Snowshoe hare and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Phillipson stated that for consistency purposes he would like to see the Club's trapping reports due on April 15th, the same day that annual trapping reports are due. Commissioner Carney stated that he felt there were to many restrictions on clubs and soon it will not be worth their while to do it.

Chairman Tichy asked that Steve Weber provide a timeline for comments relative to rulemaking to Tanya so she can send a reminder to the Commission. Steve stated that comments will be taken, however, it will not be part of this particular package.

9. Judy Stokes requested that item 9 be deferred to the September Commission Meeting in order for her to provide a more detailed breakdown of what the furbearer education curriculum kits consist of and the associated costs.

10. Director Perry stated that he would defer this item (Consideration of Department Funding Strategies) until the Legislative Committee Report.

INFORMATION ITEMS:
1. Director Perry introduced Representative Drisko and stated that he would be providing a brief presentation on the control of aquatic/exotic plants.

Representative Drisko stated that he was from Hillsboro County, District 5, and that he was currently seeking election for his fourth term. He reported that he was the Chairman of the Exotic/Aquatic Weeds Committee, which is an oversight committee. He stated that he was here to provide some information to the Fish and Game Commission on a very important subject taking over our lakes and ponds. Representative Drisko provided a slide show on variable milfoil and how it takes over our bodies of water.

He reported that the spread is moving north very rapidly and only Coos County is not yet infected. He stated that milfoil starts very small and is a fragment from some other location that was on a motor, hull, or a fishing rod and is transported to another water body from the infected water body. He reported that the fragments float for a few weeks, grow roots and settle to the bottom and take hold in the sediment to form a new colony. He reported that it then becomes unimaginable and then unmanageable. Eventually the plant takes over the entire available habitat. The infestations are so thick that fishery management is difficult to achieve. The plant can grow approximately 15 feet tall. He stated that there are 74 overall infested water bodies in New Hampshire. He reported that milfoil and exotics would soon choke and suffocate the fish in the lakes, pond and streams of New Hampshire.

He spoke of the 2,4-D treatment and stated that prevention, early detection, rapid response, containment, and control, using integrated methods are key to addressing this problem. He reported that The Suncook Lake Association took measures to address the issue in Lower Suncook Lake and within 6 days post they saw a big difference. He stated that 2,4-D has not been a problem in moving from the bottom of the lake and into wells. He reported that 5 wells were tested and no herbicide was detected on the first day as well as 60 days later. He stated that he felt this was a model to move forward.

In closing, Representative Drisko stated, "We've done the research, we've got a method, we know the herbicide stays put, we can treat wells if they become contaminated, and we now need the cooperation between state agencies, special interest groups, and others to continue to prevent, combat, and control infestations".

Commissioner Tichy thanked Representative Drisko for the informative presentation. Commissioner Costa thanked Representative Drisko for mailing the package of information to the Commission.

2. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated June 30, 2006. (See attached)

3. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, distributed a handout containing the purpose, operating guidelines, membership list, and meeting information relative to the Ad Hoc Deer Management Task Force to the Commission. He reported that the task force would focus mainly on the northern part of the state. Steve reported that he would be sending out a meeting notice in the near future to establish the first meeting date in order to compile a list of objectives and to come up with a schedule that meets the needs of the group.

4. Chuck Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator, provided an overview of the Landowner Relations Program. Chuck reported that the mission of the Landowner Relations Program is to recognize, build, and maintain the critical partnership between Fish and Game, hunters, anglers, and private landowners, which is necessary to maintain and enhance access to private lands for hunting and fishing. He further reported that 76% of hunting occurs on private lands, which is a privilege provided through the generosity of landowners. Chuck stated that hunter and angler access to private lands are decreasing throughout New Hampshire partly due to inappropriate behavior, safety concerns, landowner liability concerns, the impact of hunting to wildlife populations, etc. Chuck reported that 37% of hunters that have given up hunting in New Hampshire say that the lack of access played a significant role in their decision.

In addition, Chuck reported that there are several important tools in the program. He reported that the program provides an avenue of communication between landowners and the department and provides information to landowners on services available to them. Some of the services mentioned were a dedicated phone line, dedicated e-mail address, and a landowner newsletter. Chuck further reported that there would be some sort of landowner recognition, including an annual landowner recognition week. He reported that the funding for the program comes from the annual expenditure of up to 1% of revenue from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. The stated that the remainder of the program funding is derived through 10 voluntary funding strategies implemented under RSA 206:33-c, Agreements with non-profit partners and RSA 206:33-d, Wildlife Legacy Initiative, and RSA 206:22-a, Publications. He reported that the Advisory Council would review the program after 3 years to identify additional needs and sources.

Chairman Tichy thanked Chuck for an informative presentation.
At this time, 4:20 p.m., Commissioner Tichy moved to go into a Non-Public Session and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners present; Commissioners Hubert, Kalter, Phillipson, Carney, Costa, Tichy, Normandeau, Nottonson, Morse, Russell, and Guaraldi all voted "Yes" to enter into a Non-Public Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Tichy moved to come out of a Non-Public Session at 4:40 p.m., and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. A poll was taken of all Commissioners. Commissioners Hubert, Kalter, Phillipson, Carney, Costa, Tichy, Normandeau, Nottonson, Morse, Russell, and Guaraldi all voted "Yes" to come out of Non-Public Session. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, Kalter, Costa and Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission Meeting.

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 and decided to reaffirm a policy that was voted on at a previous Commission Meeting, directing the department to pursue alternative funding sources. Commissioner Guaraldi moved that the Commission endorses the concept of the department seeking $1.3 million in immediate stopgap funding and additional long term funding through a variety of new sources and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. In closing, Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the next scheduled meeting would take place on August 30, 2006, at 9:00 a.m., at Fish & Game HQ, Director's Conference Room.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse stated that there was nothing to report at this time.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter reported that the committee picked the top 5 priorities regarding lakes management criteria that could be acted upon on a short term basis. He reported that based on the responses he received, the list that was put forward included: issues regarding cumulative impact, and following up with legislation in that respect; for DES, UNH, and Fish and Game to investigate the affects of the yearly water fluctuations from the draw-downs and how they affect our lakes; expanding the boat inspection program which relates to exotic species; and hopefully to provide funding for DES to study recreational impacts an the usage on the lakes. He further reported that the committee attended the state agency lakes forum in the governor's chambers, which Director Perry also attended. The Lakes Management Advisory Committee came up with an extensive list of action items from this meeting.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson stated that there was no report at this time.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Commissioner Russell stated that the Commission has had discussions relative to the slate of officers. He reported that the committee brings forward the following slate of officers:

Commissioner Glen Normandeau - Chairman
Commissioner Walter Morse - Vice Chairman
Commissioner Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary/Treasurer

Commissioner Nottonson moved to nominate Commissioner Tichy for Chairman as Commissioner Nottonson feels he has done a great job over the past few years and that the department is in a situation now where the Commission needs to make the right move. He reported that he felt that any change in top management would be a mistake at this time.

Commissioner Tichy reported that he discussed the issue with Commissioner Russell, who informed him that the Commission would like to see a change in leadership on the Commission. He stated that he understands that decision and also understands Commissioner Nottonson's thoughts as well. He stated, "Nothing against Commissioner Normandeau, however, I would stay as Chairman if that is what the Commission wanted". He further stated that it would not hurt his feeling if the Commission wanted a change either. Commissioner Russell announced that he would be abstaining from voting as his official term was up as of June 30, 2006. Commissioner Russell moved to put forward the slate of officers as discussed, Commissioner Normandeau, Chairman, Commissioner Morse, Vice Chairman, and Commissioner Guaraldi, Secretary/Treasurer and Commissioner Carney seconded. Commissioner Phillipson stated that it is nice to be out of the pattern of continuing to have the same chairman all the time and to keep the rotation amongst Commissioners moving. He further stated that Commissioner Tichy has done an excellent job as Chair and it is not a reflection on him at all. Commissioner Morse agreed with Commissioner Phillipson and stated that he considers all Commissioners to be equal and that everyone should have an opportunity to run for Chairman if they so wish. The vote carried with 8 in favor, 1 opposed (S. Nottonson), and 1 abstention (N. Russell). Commissioner Normandeau stated that he hoped to follow in Commissioner Tichy's footsteps and felt Chairman Tichy did an excellent job.

Commissioner Tichy reported that he received a response from the Attorney General's Office clarifying the following:

1) Can the Chairman, by himself, invalidate a vote taken by the Commission at an earlier meeting?

Answer: "No, the Chairman does not have unilateral authority to void a vote of the Commission. Either the earlier vote was legally void, or it was valid. If it was valid, only the full Commission could alter it. A determination of whether a particular vote was void would involve a more detailed analysis and possibly a court ruling. If the Chairman is concerned that an earlier vote may have been void due to a failure to follow Commission policy, a better course for him would be to ask that the matter be raised and voted on again, in accordance with appropriate procedures, to ensure that there is no question as to the vote's validity. It is also appropriate for the Chairman to caution Commissioners that it is important to abide by Commission procedures to avoid any situation where the validity of a vote might be challenged".

2) Does each item that the Commission votes on require public notice that such action may occur?

Answer: "No, RSA 91-A:2, II requires public notice of the time and place of any public meeting. This includes meetings of the Commission. Further, under the statute the minutes must include a brief description of the subject matter discussed and the final decisions. So long as these requirements are met, the public notice need not list each specific item on which the Commission may vote".

COMMISSION REPORTS:
CCOMMISSIONER HUBERT - Commissioner Hubert reported that there was no liaison meeting in July. He reported that he continues to receive calls relative to the Wild Goose Site. He also reported that there has been a great deal of positive press as well. He stated that the Cornish Fair is around the corner and that he is looking forward to meeting some of the sportsmen. He further reported the "forever locked" display would be on hand at the fair.

COMMISSIONER KALTER - Commissioner Kalter reported that he has received calls and comments at the liaison meetings praising the recent work done on the seacoast regarding the crack down on the poaching of striped bass and lobsters. He further reported that he received positive comments and calls regarding the efforts of our law enforcement division in the tragic drowning of a lobsterman. In closing, he reported that he received a call from a licensed agent who thought that it would be a positive thing to have a meeting with the department and licensed agents to discuss some issues. He reported that the agent felt the process could be better and currently requires a lot of paper work.

COMMISSIONER PHILLIPSON - Commissioner Phillipson reported that there was no liaison meeting this month. He further reported that he recently traveled to Colorado and while there took a few photographs of signs on state game lands, which said, "Habitat Stamp required to enter." He reported that the fee charged when purchased with your license was $5 and $10 without. He stated, "This is an interesting concept".

COMMISSIONER CARNEY - Commissioner Carney reported that the Fish Truck has arrived from the vendor and is currently having the holding tanks put in place on the truck. He reported that thank you letters were sent out to all parties involved in obtaining the truck. In addition, he reported that he started holding monthly liaison meetings at HQ on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. He spoke relative to some concerns he had relative to financial requests that come before the Commission for approval. Commissioner Carney stated that effective with this passage of the following motion, all financial expenditure action items that require Commission approval and are for the expenditure of more than $1,000 will be held until the next scheduled Commission meeting for an authorization vote by the Commission. He stated that all expenditure action items submitted in September would be acted on in October, allowing the Commission members more time to review the requests, ask pertinent questions of the staff, and not be forced to vote on the item with little or no time to become familiarized with the request and the reason for it.

He further stated, if an expenditure of more than $1,000 needs immediate acceptance a the Commission Meeting, it is presented at then a preamble explanation approved by the Director and should be made a part of the financial action item request explaining the reason for immediate approval.

At this time, Commissioner Carney stated that Commissioner Costa had similar wording for the motion and asked Commissioner Costa to read the wording she drafted relative to this motion. Commissioner Costa read the motion aloud: Any action item which proposes an expenditure of $________or more shall be brought forward to the Commission. Such action items will include a written estimate of all costs and will identify the account or accounts from which the funding shall be drawn. The Commission will accept such action items for consideration and a vote will be taken at the next regularly scheduled Commission Meeting. If an action item proposing an expenditure of more than $_______ requires an immediate vote of the Commission, it must include a preamble approved by the Director which details the specific need for such immediate approval. Commissioner Carney stated that either version was acceptable to him. After much discussion, it was decided to place this issue on the September Commission Agenda to be addressed.

COMMISSIONER COSTA - Commissioner Costa reported that she attended the Volunteer and Donor Recognition Event held on July 22, 2006, at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. She stated that it was the general consensus that the facility has a perfect location and is very user friendly. She further reported that she had a great fishing experience on August 9, 2006 thanks to Mark Beauchesne, Advertising & Promotions Coordinator, Jason Phillipy, Broadcast Media Specialist, and Dianne Matott, Licensed Fishing Guide/Volunteer Let's Go Fishing Instructor. She reported that the segment will appear on Channel 50 (WZMY) and hopefully may get some women interested in fishing. Further, Commissioner Costa inquired on behalf of her constituents, whether a lifetime archery license would be offered at some point. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, responded that the department would be offering a lifetime archery license as of January 1, 2007.

COMMISSIONER TICHY - Commissioner Tichy announced that 2007 Fish and Game Calendars are available for Commissioners to purchase at $3.00/ea. He stated that things are relatively quiet in the North Country. He reported that there has been discussion relative to search and rescue and the Commission was copied on a letter Director Perry sent to the Forest Service asking for assistance in paying for these rescues.

COMMISSIONER NORMANDEAU - Commissioner Normandeau reported that things are quiet on the coast for the most part. He reported that the Shore Fisheries Committee Meetings would be starting in September. He further reported that there was a recent accident on the coast, involving a 30 year old man in Rye who got his leg tangled in lobster pots and died. He further stated that there was a huge lobster kill in Great Bay due to the influx of heavy rain.

COMMISSIONER NOTTONSON - Commissioner Nottonson reported that there has been some e-mail exchanges regarding financial reports. He inquired whether the Commission wanted to have a discussion on what type of format the Commission would like to see it in. Commissioner Phillipson stated that he was looking to get a breakdown by division, per year of what is projected to be spent and how much has been spent. He stated that he feels it may be helpful to the Commission. Chairman Tichy recommended this item by put on a future agenda for discussion.

COMMISSIONER MORSE - Commissioner Morse reported that he received a call from the Queen City Beagle Club inquiring whether their club could be listed in the snowshoe hare resolution recently passed. He further reported that he has received calls inquiring as to why the state has spent money on snowmobile trails and not ATV trails.

COMMISSIONER RUSSELL - Commissioner Russell reported that he recently had some interested home buyers back out of purchasing a waterfront home in Meredith due to the cove not being treated for milfoil.

COMMISSIONER GUARALDI - Commissioner Guaraldi reported that the Becoming an Outdoor Woman Weekend was fastly approaching and that the committee is currently preparing for that event. She reported that Chuck Miner, Landowner Relations Coordinator, has been very active in pursuing access to Bryant Pond and obtaining the proper signage. She reported that there was a new ATV club in Grafton County and that she has been meeting with the club to encourage them to work together to get some land open for this activity. In addition, she reported that the department has been doing some work at the Mascoma Wildlife Management Area to remove the undergrowth.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS:
Director Perry reported that he has not yet heard back from the Forest Service regarding search and rescue.

He reported that there has been some mosquito control taking place in Stratham. He reported that there is an agreement with the Town of Stratham to treat certain areas and that Jim Oehler, Habitat Biologist, sits on the Arbo Virus State Task Force and is keeping the department updated on the situation.

Director Perry reported that herbicide and aquatic plants have been an issue as well. He stated that the Commission passed a new policy, trying to take a planned approach and unfortunately people are submitting applications and it is an imperfect process. He agreed with Representative Drisko that we do need to look at the process. He further stated that the concern is for structural habitat, not just 2,4D, it is the whole mix of chemicals turning up in bodies of water that potentially may have an impact on fish and wildlife.

He reported that Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs, has been working on a new line of merchandise. He stated that the proposal is out for bid and the department hopes to have the new merchandise in time for the Christmas Holiday.

In addition, he reported that Judy is also coordinating the organizational work to establish the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. Currently the department is seeking individuals to act as incorporators for the foundation. The next step will be to select a Board of Directors.

He reported that access to Lake Winnisquam is still moving forward. He reported that there has been one individual who has taken a real interest in the facility on water street. He further reported that the issue was raised again as to why it isn't being built at Ahern State Park. He reported that he received a letter from Senator Carl Johnson asking to have the intent of the law adhered to, being there would be a state boat launch built at Ahern State Park within a year. He stated that he inquired as to what that meant and Senator Johnson said that he would get back to Director Perry. Director Perry reported that things are still moving forward on the Water Street site and stated that a launch at Ahern would not be built overnight either.

He reported that he met with Governor Lynch since the last Commission Meeting to discuss Wild Goose and that no further comments have been received from the Governor's Office since. He further reported that the Fish and Wildlife Refuge owns property across from the Wild Goose Site (Old Hay Estate) and they are looking at giving up control of a portion of that property in exchange for some other lands. He stated that he talked with the Refuge Service and discussed some considerations in regards to providing better public access

Director Perry reported that Jeff Everett, Land Agent, notified him that the department has successfully obtained a piece of property which will provide much needed access to Forrest Lake. He reported that he signed a Purchase & Sales Agreement on the property on Commission Day.

He reported that Jared Tuesch, new Lakes Association Executive Director, came to Fish and Game last week to introduce himself and indicated that he wanted to work with the department in any way he would and offered to assist in anyway he could with funding.

Director Perry reported that he met with Councilor Burton and others at the Department of Environmental Services to discuss a political issue in the Town of Enfield. He reported that the department hosts the town's stump-dump, which has been used for the disposal of stumps and woody debris for many years, and now neighbors are complaining about the burning of the debris. He reported that the permit has expired and the town is now asking for an extension of the permit until an alternative locations is found.

Further, Director Perry reported that he had discussion with Jeff Eames and some beagle clubs regarding the proposed rules and felt that the clubs were happy with them.

He reported that the performance audit is still pending. He reported that there was a meeting with Kathy Provencher and staff on August 9th and things are not moving as fast as originally envisioned. He stated that the Legislative Budget Assistant reported that the scope of work may not be done for another 2 to 3 months, with a complete report late in the session.

He reported that Peter Hanson, HR Administrator's last day was August 10th. He stated, "The department misses him already". He reported that Pete was offered a great opportunity that he could not refuse and the department wishes him well. He reported that the department is currently soliciting for the position.

Director Perry reminded everyone that the Waterfowl Hearing would take place on August 23, 2006, at 6:30 p.m., at Fish and Game Headquarters. He further reported that the Salmon Meeting would take place on August 25, 2006, at Fish and Game Headquarters.

In closing, Director Perry reported that he was invited to the Farm Bureau Policy Meeting on August 29, 2006 and plans to attend.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
At this time, 6:11 p.m., Commissioner Normandeau moved to adjourn and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Glenn Normandeau, Chairman


NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING
Minutes of June 21, 2006

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

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

Commissioners Absent: T. Tichy, W. Morse, G. Normandeau, and S. Nottonson

Executive Director Perry - present

Commissioner Guaraldi announced that she would chair the June meeting in the absence of the Chairman and Vice Chairman. She called the meeting to order at 1:06 p.m., and asked the audience to join in the pledge of allegiance. She informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized, the public may speak on any item on the agenda.

ACTION ITEMS
At this time, on behalf of the Commission, Commissioner Hubert read the following resolution aloud honoring former Sullivan County Commissioner, Donald Clarke:

Honoring Donald Clarke

Whereas, Donald Clarke served the citizens of New Hampshire and Sullivan County on the Fish and Game Commission for 7 years, with great passion and dedication; and

Whereas, the Commission's connection to landowners and agriculturalists was improved through his interest and leadership; and

Whereas, his insight into agricultural issues, strong County connections and active service on the Fencing Committee was invaluable to the Department; and

Whereas, Commissioner Clarke initiated and held regular Liaison Meetings with the citizens in his County in order to understand their views and concerns; and

Whereas, he was and remains a strong proponent for providing state-owned and controlled access to Lake Sunapee, and

Whereas, his enthusiasm about the outdoor traditions and persistence in pursing solutions to difficult resource issues served the Fish and Game Department and the people of New Hampshire well;

Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission hereby honors and congratulates Donald Clarke on his retirement from service as Sullivan County Fish and Game Commissioner and wishes him many years of enjoyment in the fields, woods and waters of New Hampshire.

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Theodore A. Tichy, Chairman
NH Fish and Game Commission

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

Don thanked everyone in attendance and stated, "I thoroughly enjoyed my time with you". He further stated that it might seem like an anecdotal thing, however, he stated that he felt being involved with Fish and Game leads to a long life. He reported that he attended a meeting on the Sunapee boat access issue and in attendance was former Conservation Officer, Jess Scott, 98 years old.

In addition, on behalf of the Commission, Commissioner Hubert presented Don with a fish and game jacket with his name and tenure embroidered on it. Commissioner Guaraldi thanked former Commissioner Clarke for his years of service.

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

2. At this time, Director Perry presented Timothy Carey of Hooksett with the Youth Conservationist of the Year Award. Director Perry reported that Timothy was unable to attend Discover Wild New Hampshire Day when the awards were originally presented, however, is here today to accept the award. Director Perry reported that Timothy was chosen in 6th grade by Mutual Omaha's Wild Kingdom, based on his essay, "How to Save the Karner Blue Butterfly", to represent New Hampshire at a kid's summit on endangered species held in California. He reported that Timothy joined the Wonders of Wildlife Docents, a specially trained group of adults who conduct classroom presentations in elementary schools on habitats, pond ecology, endangered species and wetlands. He further reported that in addition to his classroom teaching, Timothy has offered programs at the Little Nature Museum in Hopkinton.

In closing, Director Perry stated, "I can't think of a better role model for young people anywhere than Timothy Carey, the Commission's Youth Conservationist of the Year".

3. Commissioner Costa moved to approve the donation of $50.00 from Tom W. Merrill, in memory of Tom E. Merrill of Campton, NH, to be utilized by the Barry Conservation Camp and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

4. Commissioner Kalter moved to approve the donation of $250.00 from the Mt. Cardigan Fish and Game Club, to be utilized by the Landowner Relations Program for the Bryant and Derby Ponds Access Project and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

5. Commissioner Costa moved to approve the donation of a G2 contender 30-30 Win Mag gun, valued at approximately $653.80 from Thompson Center Arms Company, to be utilized by the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

6. Commissioner Russell moved to approve the expenditure of up to $12,918 in class 50 & 60, in the Wildlife Habitat Account, for temporary services and associated benefits for part time staff to conduct and monitor habitat management operations on Wildlife Management Areas and other state-owned lands, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

7. Commissioner Hubert moved to approve the expenditure of up to $55,648 from the Turkey Dedicated Account to fund the operational budget for FY'07 and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

8. Commissioner Carney moved to approve the expenditure of up to $64,009 from the Waterfowl Dedicated Account to fund the operational budget for FY'07 and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Director Perry asked Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, to provide an update on what the department is doing in regards to the Avian Flu. Steve reported that the department is in the process of formalizing an agreement with Wildlife Services that will provide reimbursement for expenses associated with the collection of approximately 400 samples taken from turkeys, terns, geese and ducks. He reported that the samples would be sent to the University of Connecticut for analysis this fall. He reported that Ed Robinson, Waterfowl Biologist, is the Department's liaison person and is on the communications team. He reported that he would keep the Commission updated on the situation.

9. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the expenditure of $108,000 from the Pheasant Dedicated Account, to purchase 13,500 pheasants in FY'07 and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Steve reported that the department is using a new vendor this year to purchase pheasants and that the cost per bird would be $8.00.

Linda Dionne, audience member, spoke relative to the New Hampshire Animal Rights League's opposition to the department's pheasant program. She stated that New Hampshire does not have suitable habitat for pheasants and that the birds are not familiar with the terrain, therefore are prone to starvation, road death, and a high rate of predation. In closing, she submitted a list of individuals who oppose the pheasant program.

Linda Rauter, of Canterbury, submitted a letter containing similar comments in opposition to the pheasant program and asked the Commission not to provide the necessary funds for the pheasant stocking program.

10. Commissioner Costa moved to approve the interim rules for nongame relative to turtles and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Sandy Falicon, Rules/Legislative Coordinator, reported that the rules are being promulgated as interim rules as they have expired and this action will keep them effective until permanent rules are implemented. She further reported that no changes are being made to the original text.

11. Charlie Bridges, Habitat & Diversity Coordinator, provided a brief presentation on the Webster Farm Conservation Project. He reported that the conservation project would permanently conserve public access, agricultural land, Merrimack River shoreline, fish and wildlife habitat, and the historic buildings on Daniels Webster's farm in Franklin, New Hampshire. He stated that the initiative was a broad-based partnership lead by The Trust for Public Land (TPL). He reported that the principal funding partners include LCHIP ($750,000) and the USDA Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP $340,000). He stated that the total project cost would be approximately $2.5 million.

In addition, Charlie introduced Julie Iffland, Senior Project Manager, TPL. Julie answered many questions, including a question from Commissioner Carney inquiring whether trapping would be allowed on the property. She stated that she believed trapping would be allowed, however, reported that she would get the answer and report back to Charlie.

Further, Charlie reported that the project would take place in 2 sections, farm-land being addressed first starting in July of this year. Julie reported that there is a campaign underway to raise the additional funding needed.

Commissioner Costa moved to approve the expenditure of $100,000 total from department dedicated accounts (waterfowl, boat access, wild turkey, and wildlife habitat) in support of the Webster Farm Conservation Project in Franklin, NH, and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

INFORMATION ITEMS:
1. At this time, Director Perry introduced Stephen Fox, Audit Supervisor, Office of Legislative Budget Assistant, who provided an overview of the upcoming Performance Audit process. He reported that the first step is to have an entrance conference to discuss in more detail what the focus of the audit will be. He reported that he would need to meet more extensively with the Legislators who requested that audit in order to specifically determine what they would like reviewed. He introduced Erin Laska, Audit Manager, and stated that they both would be reporting to Cathy Provencher, Director of Audits. Stephen gave a brief description of the 10 steps involved in the process below:

1. Audit Topic Approval - Audit topics are generated by the joint Legislative Performance Audit and Oversight Committee (LPAOC).

2. Entrance Conference - The LBA Audit Director schedules a meeting with top administrators of the auditee when preparing to begin the audit.

3. Audit Scope Statement - The audit team determines the audit scope by reviewing pertinent LPAOC and Fiscal Committee transcripts, as well as interviewing Legislators requesting the audit, auditee management, and acknowledgeable external parties.

4. Audit Plan - The Audit Plan details the audit issues (scope), objectives, and methodologies proposed to research the issues and also includes the proposed time budget for the audit.

5. Fieldwork - Detailed information related to the audit issues is gathered from various sources that may include surveys, interviews, file and/or document reviews, and automated data bases.

6. Observation Worksheets - Draft observation worksheets are written based on information gathered during fieldwork and planning.

7. Draft Report - The draft report is based on the draft observation worksheets, including the auditee responses. Observations contained in the draft report may contain modifications to the draft observation worksheet where supporting documentation has been provided.

8. Exit Conference - Auditee management and the audit team, including the Director of Audits, meet at the LBA Audit Division office to discuss the audit report. The timing of the exit conference is generally two weeks following delivery of the draft report.

9. Final Report Transmittal to Fiscal Committee - The final report is sent to the Fiscal Committee and auditee one week in advance of the Fiscal Committee meeting when the report is scheduled to be presented.

10. Report Follow Up - Six months after the report is released, the LBA will request a status of Recommendations. The audit team will perform verification procedures and submit a report to the Fiscal Committee commenting on the status of the recommendations.

2. Eric Aldrich of the Nature Conservancy provided an overview of the proposed additions to the Silvio O.Conte National Wildlife Refuge in the towns of Richmond and Winchester in Cheshire County. Eric reported that he recently attended the Cheshire County Liaison Meeting and had a good discussion and received unanimous support for the concept. He stated that this was a huge opportunity to think big for land protection near the Ashuelot River. He reported that Senator Gregg supports the project and would like to see it move forward. He showed a brief slide presentation of the property in question and stated that the plan has many natural resource values as it is open to hunting, fishing, provides public access, and anticipates trapping as well.

Barry Parrish, Refuge Manager, was also in attendance. He reported that across the nation there are approximately 545 National Wildlife Refuge systems that protect nearly 100 million acres. He stated that there is a refuge within an hour's drive from every major providence. He reported that this was a great opportunity to conserve land in this area. Barry described the area of the Ashuelot and indicated that it had great habitat for wildlife and fish.

Director Perry reported that a few years ago there was a real shortfall in the fisheries program and stated that now is the time we need to secure land for the future.

Commissioner Guaraldi thanked Eric and Barry for the informative presentation.

After much discussion, Commissioner Phillipson moved to support the project and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated May 31, 2006 (see attached).

4. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, provided an update on the Deer Management Task Force. Steve reported that this committee was formed by the request of the Commission to look at alternative ways to reach population objectives in the Deer Management Plan. He stated that the purpose of the committee is to develop recommendations for Department consideration relative to the best methods for achieving the population management, age class distribution and sex ratio objectives of the 2006 - 2015 Deer Management Plan as adopted by the Commission. Steve provided an information sheet to the Commission with a draft list of committee members.

Commissioner Carney stated that he felt the draft committee members list was heavily weighed by North Country individuals. Commissioner Phillipson agreed. Steve responded that he would review the list and look for another mix of individuals. Steve stated that the task force would not be making the decisions, however, providing recommendations to the Director for his review, through whichever process the Director chooses, to determine which are reasonable for implementation, and at that point would require going through the rulemaking process. Commissioner Guaraldi stated that since she is on the committee members list, she asked to withdraw from this committee and offered the position to someone from the southern part of the state to take her place and to provide a report to the Commission. Commissioner Russell suggested adding Commissioner Morse to the committee, Commissioner Costa recommended adding Bruce Gray, NH Wildlife Federation, to the committee, and Commissioner Carney suggested adding Bruce Swain from Capital Well as a representative on the committee. Steve reported that he has been in contact with Dan Dockham to represent the NH Wildlife Federation in lieu of Bruce Gray. Commissioner Hubert inquired whether there could be representative from Sullivan County as well. Steve stated that he would do some research to find a representative from Sullivan County.

In closing, Commissioner Guaraldi asked Steve Weber to e-mail the final committee list to the full Commission with the date of the first meeting. Steve agreed to do so.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Commissioner Guaraldi reported that Chairman Tichy asked her to confirm with Commissioners Carney, Costa and Russell whether they agree to serve on the Nominating Committee with Commissioner Russell serving as Chairman. All Commissioners agreed.

At this time, Commissioner Phillipson moved to cancel the July Commission Meeting and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, Kalter, Costa and Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that there was no meeting prior to the Commission Meeting this month.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, G. Normandeau, W. Carney, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that there was no meeting prior to the Commission meeting this month. She reminded the Commission to bring forward any legislative suggestions or initiatives they may have for next year to her via e-mail or phone call. She reported that there would most likely be a committee meeting prior to the August Commission Meeting and would notify members in the future.

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

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter reported that the committee would be reviewing a draft of the shoreline protection act to determine ways to improve the act. In addition, he reported that his appointment to the Lakes Committee would be expiring in August, 2006, and that he would be happy to continue this role. Acting Chairman Guaraldi asked Tanya Croteau, Administrative Assistant, to prepare the necessary paperwork to be submitted to the Governor's Office for Commissioner Kalter's reappointment to the Lakes Committee.

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

COMMISSION REPORTS:
CCOMMISSIONER HUBERT - Commissioner Hubert reported that he coordinated the Sullivan's County Sportsmen's meeting to discuss "Perry Landing", formerly known as the Wild Goose site. He reported that the meeting was productive, particularly in getting the sportsmen's feelings and support. He further reported that he continues to work on pheasant stocking sites and that his goal is to not lose any sites this year in Sullivan County. He reported that on Father's Day he received a call from an excited constituent who's 8-year-old daughter caught an 18-inch large mouth bass in Croydon. The proud little girl's photo was in the paper.

COMMISSIONER PHILLIPSON - Commissioner Phillipson reported that there was no attendance at his recent liaison meeting. He reported that he received calls regarding his wisdom for voting for the live transportation of fish after leaving a body of water. He stated that the new law does not allow you to keep horned pout in a bucket of water until suitable cleaning time. Steve Perry, Chief, Fisheries Division, reported that he could make a recommendation for a rulechange.

COMMISSIONER CARNEY - Commissioner Carney reported that he has received ATV calls and referred them to the appropriate person for addressing. He further reported that the new fish stocking truck has been ordered.

COMMISSIONER COSTA - Commissioner Costa reported that she had a chance to visit a few of the hatcheries during the the Hatchery Open House and also attended the Annual Meeting of the Audubon Society. She stated that it was nice to interact with the members of the Audubon Society as she feels they are important partners in conservation. She further reported that she attended the Hugh Gregg Dedication at the Sandy Point Discovery Center.

COMMISSIONER RUSSELL - Commissioner Russell reported that he has received comments relative to Section A being closed early. He inquired whether the department could publicize more to get the word out as people have reservations for accommodations when the season will be closed.

COMMISSIONER KALTER - Commissioner Kalter reported that he received a call from the Farmington Fish and Game Club thanking the department for the support, particularly the three Conservation Officers who assisting in the kids fishing day.

COMMISSIONER NORMANDEAU - Commissioner Normandeau was absent, therefore, no report.

COMMISSIONER NOTTONSON - Commissioner Nottonson was absent, therefore, no report.

COMMISSIONER TICHY - Commissioner Tichy was absent, therefore, no report.

COMMISSIONER MORSE - Commissioner Morse was absent, therefore, no report.

COMMISSIONER GUARALDI - Commissioner Guaraldi reported that her activities have been with the Becomming an Outdoor Woman Program. She reported that out of the 130 spaces available, the program has already received 115 applications. She further reported that she attended the Sullivan County Sportsmen's Meeting and was asked to think more about shorline access for the single parent who does not have access to a boat.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS:
Director Perry reported that the Moose Lottery Drawing would be held on Friday, June 23, 2006, at Fish and Game Headquarters. He reported that the department lost the individual who used to operate and maintain the software to operate the draw, therefore, new software is being constructed to run this year's draw. In addition, he reported that there have been issues with the bonus point system in how individuals are identifying themselves with a different identification number as in years past.

He reported that he and Peter Hanson, HR Administrator, toured Fish and Game facilities, which gave Peter a chance to see the facilities and to talk to employees.

He further reported that he met with Sullivan County representatives to discuss Sunapee access and is still unsure as to what would happen next, however, he stated that he feels it will be a slow process.

Director Perry stated that he would like to thank the members on the Fish Stocking Committee and reported that he would like to have an acceptance ceremony, hopefully in conjunction with the Commission Meeting so everyone can see the truck. He reported that donations exceeded the target and that the department is grateful to the vendor, Yankee GMC, who offered a Kenworth Truck for approximately $30,000 less than list price.

He further reported that all department vehicles now have the new door seals on them. He thanked Gary Blake, Equipment Operations Supervisor, for taking the time to get them all switched over. He stated that if you see a vehicle with the old decal, it is simply because the vehicle will be going to surplus and will not be kept on the fleet.

He reported that there would be a recognition event on July 22, 2006, at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, in Holderness, for the Let's Go Fishing and Hunter Education Programs. He reported that facility donors would be invited as well.

Director Perry reported that herbicide application for aquatic plants has become an issue in some areas. He stated that there was a Commission Policy that there would be no chemical applications, however, a new policy was passed that essentially calls upon a cooperative and planned approach using best management practices. The Department will be working with the Department of Environmental Services as well as the Pesticide's Board to achieve that goal.

In addition, he reported that the treatment of misquitos on department lands has become an issue. He reported that the policy did state, "If there was an emergency delared by the Governor, than the policy would essentially not apply". He further reported that department staff has met with the Town of Stratham to reach an agreement on department lands around Great Bay.

Director Perry discussed the upcoming Performance Audit. He reported that he talked with Stephen Fox, Audit Supervisor, as he was departing the meeting and indicated that he would be in contact to schedule a meeting sometime after July 4, 2006.

In closing, Director Perry reported that there would be a hearing tonight, June 21, 2006, at 5:30 p.m., with the Site Evaluation Committee in Lempster, regarding the Wind Farm Project, which seems to be growing into a statewide issue.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Steve Weber reported that Roger Bellerose, dedicated audience member and huge Fish and Game supporter, sustained a head injury a short time ago and has since come out of a coma.

At this time, 4:11 p.m., Commissioner Costa moved to adjourn and Commissioner Carney 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 of May 17, 2006

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

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

Commissioners Absent: T. Tichy

Executive Director Perry - absent

Vice Chairman Morse called the meeting to order at 1:04 p.m., and asked the audience to join in the pledge of allegiance. He informed the audience that the public is entitled to attend all Commission meetings and when recognized, the public may speak on any item on the agenda.

ACTION ITEMS
At this time, Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, introduced Don Gilbert, NH Audubon, Chair, Board of Directors, to present an award to the Department.

Don stated that the New Hampshire Audubon Society if grateful to be partners with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and presented the Trustee's Award for Excellence, which was a photograph of the track of a lynx seen this past winter in the Jefferson/Randolph area. The award reads:

"Presented to the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game for distinguished leadership in creating the New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan. A comprehensive plan that will guide conservation throughout the Granite State."

He reported that the award is given by the trustee's because the Department of Fish and Game exercised tremendous leadership in the creation of this plan, particularly the structure. He stated that the high quality of the plan is nationally recognized and makes everyone in New Hampshire feel proud of this accomplishment. He further stated that the New Hampshire Audubon Society was most pleased to participate in developing the plan.

In closing, he reported that on June 3, 2006, with John Kanter's assistance, Nongame and Endangered Species Coordinator, The New Hampshire Audubon Society would be introducing the Wildlife Action Plan to members and friends at the annual meeting. A group photo was taken with members from the Audubon Society and the Fish and Game Department.

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

John Kanter, Nongame & Endangered Species Coordinator, spoke briefly about the accomplishment. He spoke about the long-standing partnership with the New Hampshire Audubon Society and the organization's similar goals. He stated that the Wildlife Action Plan was a huge undertaking that they greatly assisted in producing.

2. Commissioner Carney moved to approve items 2a - 2f as presented, and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Scott Decker, Fisheries Supervisor, requested Commission participation in the drawing of 2 names of people who took the pledge to protect New Hampshire waters from aquatic nuisance species. The winners of the rod and reels donated by Bass Pro Shops were:

Martin J. Kashuunes, Hopkinton, NH
Jim Lamora, Concord, NH

4. Julie Robinson, Biologist, requested Commission participation in the drawing of the winner of an MRK-77 Sturm Ruger Shotgun, donated by Sturm Ruger Company. She reported that the shotgun is to be utilized as a raffle item for the Small Game Survey. The winners was:

Jeff Sinon, Farmington, NH

5. Commissioner Phillipson moved to approve the expenditure of up to $25,000 from the Fish Habitat Conservation Fund to pay for the necessary assessment work relative to the Cold River Restoration Project and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Phillipson inquired whether there would be any funding put towards reconstructing the fish structure at lower Cold River. John Magee, Fisheries Biologist, responded that they are working to spend the money wisely and has not asked that yet. Commissioner Phillipson inquired whether it could be included in the assessment in order to regain what the department paid to be built. John responded that he would make it a point to see about getting the structure rebuilt to be as good or better than before.

Commissioner Hubert agreed that there was good fish habitat there and that some focus should be put on making the structure at least as good as before.

6. Commissioner Kalter moved to approve the expenditure of up to $85,000 from the Fish Habitat Conservation Fund for work on the Nash Stream Restoration Project and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Costa reported that there was no water going through the dam at the Old Mill in Epsom and inquired whether the department could look at doing the same sort of project. John responded that he has heard about the situation, however, has not had an opportunity to visit the site and stated that he would try to get there within the week.

LATE ACTION ITEMS
1. Commissioner Russell moved to approve the donation of 2,000 from the Ruffed Grouse Society for habitat improvement work on state lands and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve the expenditure of an additional $1,700 from the Dedicated Waterfowl Account to pay for airline tickets and registrations for the Summer 2007 Atlantic Flyway Technical Section and Flyway Council Meetings, and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Carney questioned whether the Commission recently allocated money for this a few months ago. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, responded that he should have anticipated these costs at that time and that he used the opportunity to send employees from the Wildlife Division to the Fish and Wildlife Conference recently held in Burlington, Vermont. Commissioner Carney stated that the $1,700 bothers him, as it would be matched for lands. Commissioner Phillipson questioned how many people would be attending the flyway meeting. Steve stated that there would be three people attending, as there are several meetings held at the same time, "It is very bureaucratic."

3. Commissioner Kalter moved to approve a donation in the amount of $1,000 from Robert & Lee Blythe Lillkedahl, of New Durham, to be utilized for the Jones Pond Dam Restoration Project and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Kalter reported that former Commissioner Ellis Hatch derived the donation and is still working toward obtaining funding for the important project.

INFORMATION ITEMS:
1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated April 30, 2006 (see attached). Dan presented the financial statement and reported that next month's statement would reflect a $64,000 appropriation for energy costs for the hatchery system.

2. Colonel Gray stated that he was here today to recognize the exemplary initiative of several conservation officers for awards and medals they have received. He reported that the awards were for calendar year 2005. He stated that the first two awards were for Conservation Officer of the Year Award recipients. He further reported that each year the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chief's Association and Shikar Safari Club International present a deserving New Hampshire Conservation Officer with their Wildlife Officer of the Year Award. These prestigious awards recognize two Conservation Officers who have demonstrated exemplary performance of their duties in the protection of wildlife, enforcement of game laws, and the implementation of conservation programs.

At this time, Colonel Gray recognized Sergeant James S. Juneau as the 2005 Shikar Safari Club Wildlife Officer of the Year Award recipient and presented him with a plaque. He reported that Sergeant Juneau is an 8-year veteran of the Department's Law Enforcement Division, in addition to his supervisory responsibilities as the District 2 Sergeant he has made outstanding contributions to a number of enhanced division initiatives. Photographs were taken with the officer and his family.

In addition, Colonel Gray recognized Conservation Officer Jeremy R. Hawkes as the 2005 Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chief's Association Officer of the Year Award and presented him with a plaque. He reported the award was originally presented at the recent Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference held in Burlington, Vermont. He reported that Officer Hawkes is a 5-year veteran of the Law Enforcement Division and throughout his short tenure has shown tremendous tenacity in the performance of his duties, consistently producing a high volume of activity. He further reported that during the past year Officer Hawkes was credited with a total of 114 summonses and 72 warnings. He stated that the quality of his court cases is readily apparent with the high rate of convictions being 100%. Photographs were taken with the officer and his family.

In closing, Colonel Gray recognized Conservation Officers Adam P. Cheney and Jeremy Hawkes and presented them with lifesaving medals for their efforts in rescuing a severely hypothermic victim who fell through the ice while trying to cross Lake Francis, near the mouth of the Connecticut River. He reported that the Officers were on routine snowmobile patrol in Pittsburg and ignoring their own safety utilized a canoe that was stored near by to retrieve the victim who was minutes away from death by drowning.

Colonel Gray commended all of the Conservation Officers for their continued dedication and commitment.

3. Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries Division, distributed an overview of public comments received for the 2006 Fish Rule Proposals to the Commission (see attached). Commissioner Carney stated that he had concerns about our methods of taking a poll, especially via the Internet; as many people have more than 1 e-mail address and could voice their opinion in duplicate having additional e-mail addresses. Steve Perry reported that staff reviews the reasons behind the opinion, not how many are similar.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, Kalter, Costa and Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that there was no meeting prior to the Commission Meeting this month. He reported that last month a resolution was passed allowing clubs to trap snowshoe hare. He further reported that there was an article in the Hawkeye Magazine thanking the Commission and Department for their support on the issue and a sign on Rte 1 thanking the Commission for allowing the resolution to pass.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, G. Normandeau, W. Carney, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi reported that there was no meeting prior to the Commission meeting this month. She reported that the efforts on obtaining funding for search and rescue was not going very well. She reminded the Commission to bring forward any legislative suggestions or initiatives for next year.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse reported that the committee was busy working on various issues.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter reported that the committee has been involved with 3 state land review proposals, one accepted for the Town of Weare for repair to a the Abidga Bridge, two others came up, one for a fairly sizable 1300 plus foot dock structure on Lake Winnisquam in the Town of Belmont, and a smaller dock on Mascoma Lake. He reported that both were voted down simply because Lake Winnisquam has some eagles nesting in the area and the other reasons were due to early signs of bacterial problems for both Lakes and it was thought that this would contribute to the problem. In addition, he reported that the memorandum of agreement with the Lakes Management Advisory Committee and the Department of Transportation is thought to be finalized in the near future.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson thanked the Commission for their comments on the housekeeping changes to the hunting digest. He stated that the checking stations were a topic between the Commission. He asked Commissioner Carney to address the issue. Commissioner Carney stated that he had a discussion with a few fellow Commissioners and Director Perry on a trip to the North Country to attend a meeting and the topic of the different locations of the moose check stations came up in the conversation. He reported that Commissioner Morse's son runs a large sporting good store and discussed moving a few stations off the highway in order for people to gather and watch moose as they are checked in. Commissioner Carney asked Commissioner Morse if this would be feasible and Commissioner Morse thought it could be done. Commissioner Morse stated, it might not be improper to include the store as long as I'm a Commissioner." Commissioner Nottonson stated that he would do some further research and get in touch with Director Perry.

COMMISSION REPORTS:
CCOMMISSIONER HUBERT - Commissioner Hubert reported that everything was quiet for the most part. He reported that he received a call from a constituent regarding live hare trapping who was opposed to it. He also received calls regarding the Wild Goose Site on Lake Sunapee. He stated that supporters are looking get the word out that they feel there is a balance on both sides regarding the issue.

COMMISSIONER KALTER- Commissioner Kalter reported that he was away the first week in May and when he returned he had calls regarding problems with the Merrymeeting Lake boating access structure. He stated that it was reported that the structure was almost in unusable condition. He said "kudos", to the Support Services Division, because when he arrived at the site it was already repaired.

COMMISSIONER PHILLIPSON - Commissioner Phillipson reported that at his recent liaison meeting Eric Aldrich from the Nature Conservancy discussed the potential for a Wildlife Refuge to be built in Cheshire County between Richmond and Winchester. He reported that it would consists of approximately 1,000 acres and the property uses would include hunting, fishing, possibly horseback riding and would have snowmobile trails as well. He stated that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nature Conservancy came up with this idea to try to purchase these parcels of land to form a refuge similar to Pondicherry. He reported that Eric wanted Commissioner Phillipson and his constituent's support. He further reported that they are looking for Commission endorsement as well and that it may be a good idea to invite them to provide a presentation at the next Commission Meeting. Commissioner Carney inquired as to what species were looking to be protected. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, reported that there needs to be a purpose for the acquisition.

COMMISSIONER CARNEY - Commissioner Carney reported that the Everett Dam is open again and stated that the Army Corps of Engineers did an excellent job constructing a road. He further reported that he received calls pertaining to ATV problems at Kimball Pond, which is causing a parking issue. He reported that the plan is to erect a gate to alleviate some of the problems.

COMMISSIONER COSTA - Commissioner Costa stated that she was sorry to see Sergeant Juneau leave the meeting as she reported that she received a nice comment from Sarah Thorne, a Teacher at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, stating that her field ecology class met with Sergeant Juneau and had a tour of the Powdermill Hatchery. Commissioner Costa stated that she was glad to see she has already built a relationship with the department and thought that maybe some of her students could assist with some volunteer work. She further reported that she attended the moose awareness event at the state house and recently while driving on Rte. 28 in Chichester and there were 2 young moose crossing the road. She further advised people to take note and slow down through that area for safety reasons.

COMMISSIONER NORMANDEAU - Commissioner Normandeau reported that he attended the annual trap day program to collect traps that have landed on the shoreline and reported that approximately 1,000 were collected in the Rye/Hampton area. In addition he reported that a great deal of trash was collected to clean up the beach and water.

COMMISSIONER NOTTONSON - Commissioner Nottonson stated that he received a complimentary call from a constituent regarding an e-mail from the Public Affairs Division and stated that the caller reported that the information was not only very useful, however, was very well written. He thanked Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs, and the division for their hard work. In addition, he reported that the Commission contact information in the hunting digest has been moved to page 5 and suggested that it could be moved further into the book if the Commission so wished.

Commissioner Phillipson stated that he didn't think the calls merit those measures and felt that it was the Commission's duty to accept those calls and respond in a timely fashion. He stated that he felt moving the contact information would make things more difficult for constituents to contact their Commissioners.

COMMISSIONER RUSSELL - Commissioner Russell reported that he received a comment from an individual giving Law Enforcement a great deal of credit for addressing a posted property issue he recently had with a turkey hunter.

COMMISSIONER GUARALDI - Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she received calls regarding dead birds. In addition, she reported that the majority of calls pertained to turkey hunting. She further reported that she thought the colorful kids fishing license available at the front office at headquarters was a great idea. She reported that it does clearly state that the license is for children under the age of 16. In closing, she reported that she noticed that Michigan was looking to establish an Apprentice License and thought maybe the Policy or Legislative Committee could discuss the issue.

COMMISSIONER TICHY - Commissioner Tichy was absent, therefore, no report.

COMMISSIONER MORSE - Commissioner Morse reported that Hillsborough County was opening a forest consisting of 600 ± acres on the Hillsboro/Henniker line and that there would be a walk through the property on Saturday, May 20, 2006. He further reported that there was an article in this month's NRA Hunter Magazine regarding antler restrictions and thought it may be worth reading.

At this time, Commissioner Carney reported that the Commission recently solicited funds to purchase an Anadromous Fisheries Truck and came up with $15,000 to purchase the much needed truck. He further reported that there were many contributors as people are pleased with the salmon program. Commissioner Morse complimented Commissioner Carney for his efforts in accomplishing this task.

DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS: Director Perry was not in attendance, however, Dan Lynch, Assistant Director reported the following:

Dan reported that the department is moving forward to purchase the stocking truck from Yankee GMC in Concord and is currently compiling the sole source information to do so.

He further reported that Commissioner Stephen is looking to discuss the mosquito spraying policy with the department.

Dan stated that the department is currently assessing flood damage to wildlife management roads, kiosks, etc., to obtain some reimbursement from FEMA.

He reported that Director Perry attended the board of selectmen's meeting on April 17, 2006, with a representative from Fay Spoffard and Thorndike, Consulting Firm, and Jennifer Patterson from the Attorney General's Office, and basically received similar comment as in the past.

He reported that the department continues to move forward with the Winnisquam Access project and anticipates getting a bid package out by this summer to keep things on the fast track.

He reported that the department received calls relative to Merrymeeting Lake and the low water level and that there was a pothole in the asphalt portion of the ramp. He reported that the necessary measures were taken and it was repaired very quickly. He stated that a meeting would be taking place with members of the Merrymeeting Lake Association to review final plans for the hatchery pipeline project in the near future.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
No comments at this time.

At this time, 3:32 p.m., Commissioner Carney 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 of April 19, 2006

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

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

Commissioners Absent: All present

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:07 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 Normandeau moved to approve the March Commission Minutes with the spelling revision of Bob Parry's Bare name on page 8, under "Call to the Public", and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Russell moved to accept a $5,000 donation from the Meredith Rotary Club, to be utilized to support fisheries research and management activities and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Carney moved to accept the donation of 2 rods and 2 reels, valued at approximately $479.96 from Bass Pro Shops, for use as prize incentives for people to take a pledge to protect New Hampshire waters from aquatic nuisance species and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

4. Commissioner Kalter moved to approve the expenditure of up to $18,000, from the Fish Habitat Conservation Fund for temporary personnel services and supplies to be spent in 2006 to conduct stream habitat, river morphology and fisheries surveys and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

LATE ACTION ITEMS
1. Commissioner Kalter moved to approve the donation of 2 fly rods with cases, valued at approximately $200.00 from the Hackle & Tackle Club of Rochester, to be utilized by the "Let's Go Fishing" program and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

2. Commissioner Morse moved to approve the request to use the Executive Director's promotional authority under RSA 214:9-f, to provide coupons for promotional purposes under a variety of circumstances and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, reported that this would be an entry-level system involving coupons worth a $10.00 discount on a license purchase via mail to or in person at Concord Headquarters. The coupons could also be redeemed at the Lancaster, Keene, or New Hampton regional offices. A coupon signed by the Executive Director would entitle the bearer to a $10.00 discount on the purchase of a general fishing or hunting license. Coupons would not be redeemable towards dedicated license types such as turkey, bear, waterfowl stamp, etc. Because they are not redeemable online or at license agents, no additional training or technical support would be needed.

Commissioner Kalter inquired whether this would include on-line purchases. Dan responded that the department has not yet looked into that and would prefer to see how it works as a means to promote the department.

3. Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve the artwork for the Waterfowl Stamp program as presented, and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Tichy inquired whether there would be prints available for purchase this year. Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, responded that there were not prints for sale this year, however, she reported that it was being looked at for next year. The artwork is by Jim Collins and is of a Common eider.

(returned to action item #5)

5. Steve Weber presented the 2006/2007 Hunting Season recommendations to the Commission. He reported that the department has gone through the public phase of the program and will be requesting conditional approval as there was a clerical error on the notice form that states, "We will be accepting public comment through April 25, 2006". He further stated that if the department receives new public comment, new public comment refers to comments different than what we have heard to date, we will consider them and then do a telephone poll of the Commission with any recommended changes, or to confirm that the approval that is decided upon today would just move forward without modification.

Commissioner Nottonson stated that there is a great deal of housing in Unit M and not enough habitat for the deer in that area. Kent Gustafson, Deer Project Leader, responded that by reducing the population the intent is to mitigate some of the impacts such as road kill and human/deer conflicts.

Commissioner Carney stated that he had concerns relative to the closing of the rifle season and that there would be a substantial monetary loss.

Commissioner Russell stated that he was against the baiting of deer, he further reported that is not legal to bait deer in the State of Maine.

He further stated that it seemed we were trying to manage hunters and not wildlife. Much discussion ensued about the rulemaking process and procedures.

Chairman Tichy stated that it may be beneficial for the Commission to be more involved in the initial process with staff and to decide on goals.

Director Perry suggested having the Wildlife Division, as soon as feasible, gather a small working group to address deer baiting and the 3 point rule.

Commissioner Morse moved to conditionally approve the deer season recommendations as presented, and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote carried with 9 in favor and 1 opposed. (B. Carney)

Commissioner Hubert moved to conditionally approve the moose season recommendations as presented, and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Tichy inquired whether breaking the unit A2 down had ever been discussed. Kent Gustafson, Deer Project Leader, reported that staff has had that discussion and since the units are defined on the basis of things that people can easily find, such as rivers or boundaries, staff could not determine a desirable way to break the unit down based on those factors.

Commissioner Nottonson moved to conditionally approve the bear season recommendations as presented, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to conditionally approve the turkey season recommendations as presented, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Carney inquired as to law enforcement's feelings on the season. Colonel Gray reported that there were no objections from law enforcement.

Commissioner Hubert moved to conditionally approve the furbearer season as presented, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote carried with 9 in favor and 1 opposed. (R. Phillipson)

Commissioner Russell moved to conditionally approve the baiting season 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. (see attached).

2. Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, introduced Mr. David Miles, Director of Advertising and Promotion for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Mr. Miles provided a presentation on the Hunting Heritage Partnership grant awarded to New Hampshire in 2005. He stated that the Outdoor Challenge media campaign was to aid in promoting the exciting sport of hunting to the 18-35 year old market. He worked with New Hampshire to use this program in advertising and building awareness of the hunter education program, driving increased web traffic and the number of graduates last year. He reported that New Hampshire received 2 grants to help reach out to the next generation of hunters and shooters. He reported that the target audience was primarily the Manchester/Nashua area, which has the heaviest concentration of lapsed hunters. In addition, he reported that the reasoning most people gave for being lapsed was due to lack of time, lack of equipment and social support. The website huntnh.com was heavily pushed and publicized and seemed to have increase website traffic by 50% and downloads for the hunting digest went up 4.8%. Commissioner Tichy stated that hunting is a growing component for female enthusiasts and felt that more photos of women should be added to the brochure. He further stated, "We need to encourage people to take someone along to get individuals involved and enjoy the sport as well".

Commissioner Guaraldi suggested running a public service announcement to encourage participation. Judy Stokes stated that the department does have strong supporters in the media.

3. Judy Stokes provided an update on the initial proposal for the hunter and bow education programs and adoption of the rule that established Free Fishing Day. She announced that the Commission had until Monday, April 24, 2006, to provide comments, at which time the initial proposal would be submitted.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, Kalter, Costa and Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission meeting to discuss recommended changes to the fishing digest and to discuss regulating the capture of snowshoe hares. Commissioner Phillipson stated the future of clubs is being threatened due to the fact that clubs are no longer able to acquire hares for breeding purposes, and other uses within their facilities such as dog training and field trials. He read the below resolution:

A Resolution Allowing For The Regulated Capture of Snowshoe Hares
For Use By NH Beagle Clubs

Notwithstanding the language of Fish and Game Commission Resolution #8 entitled Keep New Hampshire Wildlife Wild, the Commission finds:

Whereas, pursuant to RSA 207:58, it is the duty and responsibility of the Commission to recognize, preserve, and promote the rich traditions of New Hampshire's hunting heritage, and;

Whereas, beagle training on penned snowshoe hares is a long-held tradition in New Hampshire that fosters responsible dog training and breeding and promotes interest in the hunting of snowshoe hares using traditional means, and;

Whereas, snowshoe hares are highly valued and well cared for by beagle clubs, and;

Whereas, hares have traditionally been acquired for placement in pens from out-of-state sources, which sources no longer exist, and;

Whereas, there are 4 beagle clubs in New Hampshire, 3 of which no longer can sustain their existing captive snowshoe hare populations, despite having made significant efforts to propagate their own populations, and;

Whereas, New Hampshire beagle clubs have acknowledged that captive rearing programs represent their first choice for satisfying their need for snowshoe hares, and these same clubs have demonstrated a commitment to continued efforts to develop and improve their captive rearing capacity and success;

Be it resolved that the Fish and Game Commission hereby supports the regulated capture of snowshoe hares by the Claremont, New Hampshire, Spacetown and White Mountain beagle clubs and their agents for their exclusive use, in accordance with the methods and means described by the Fish and Game Director.

Be it further resolved that the Fish and Game Commission does not support the trapping of snowshoe hare for any other purpose or by any other clubs.

At this time, Commissioner Phillipson moved to adopt the above resolution as presented and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. Buck Mercier, audience member, questioned whether the resolution would apply only to those clubs listed in the resolution. He reported that the Queen City Beagle Club was never contacted about the issue and would like to be named in the resolution. Much discussion ensued.

Commissioner Phillipson withdrew his previous motion and tabled the item until further information was gathered. Commissioner Nottonson stated that he was concerned that by tabling the item that it may hold up other clubs from moving forward.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to adopt the resolution with possible future amendments and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Suzanne Fournier, audience member, stated that she strongly disagreed with the resolution and felt that it was not the Commission's decision to give hares away as if it were their own property. She stated that the Commission took a position to keep New Hampshire wildlife wild and to not be kept in captivity. She further reported that hares were not a species of conservation concern and questioned where the Wildlife Action Plan fits in to this. In addition, she reported that she visited a club that had no running water and felt it was not a well-kept facility.

She further reported that the Commission would be judged by the Governor and Council, the general public, hikers, canoeist, and non-consumptive groups for thinking of such a proposal of putting hare in captivity. In closing, she stated that she would be submitting information requests for any material related to the proposal and hares.

Jeff Eames, Spacetown Beagle Club representative, reported that more people are getting involved in the sport and would like seeing the tradition carry on.

Buck Mercier, audience member, agreed that an amendment could be made to the resolution at a later date and felt it was a good idea for the tradition to continue as people have been standing up for it forever, "It is the right thing to do".

Commissioner Tichy stated that the Commission was not looking to promote the activity, however, felt allowing the resolution to pass would give clubs an opportunity to succeed in their mission in raising hare.

Director Perry stated that people should recognize that snowshoe hare are classified as a game animal in the state and that there is an open season on them. He stated that from visits to clubs around the state and in talking with them, they have been involved almost in a scientific approach to looking at the propagation and the keeping of these animals in captivity. He stated that it is something that has been tried for a number of years and to his knowledge has not been successful, not for a lack of effort on the clubs part.

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 reported that she e-mailed the Commission on HB-1673 and stated that she wished to ratify the vote at this time.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support HB-1673, relative to the reduction of mercury emissions, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi stated that the Elk Bill was tabled by the Senate, and further reported that the bill for search and rescue was in process.

Commissioner Guaraldi read the following resolution:

Maintaining the Independence of the Fish and Game Department

Whereas, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has served the citizens of the State of New Hampshire in its current form since 1935 carrying out it mission as guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources, working in partnership with the public and other state agencies to conserve, manage, and protect those resources and their habitats; inform and educate the public about those resources; provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate those resources; and

Whereas, the Fish and Game Department provides economic value including more than $578 million dollars per year spent on fishing, hunting and wildlife associated recreation contributing more than $13 million dollars in rooms and meals tax; and

Whereas, the Fish and Game Department provides recreational opportunities for 78,000 hunters, 267,000 anglers and 766,000 wildlife watchers residents and non-residents over the age of 16 and an additional 154,000 NH residents under age 16 according to the latest Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-associated Recreation; and

Whereas, the Fish and Game Department also promotes social values to the citizens of the state including family values, public safety and health interests, tourism, hospitality and business opportunities, maintaining natural areas and thereby protecting clean water and air, assistance to communities in preserving critical wildlife habitats, open space and recreational access, and creating conservation stewards for tomorrow; and

Whereas, the work of the Fish and Game Department contributes to the economy, promotes positive recreational and social values and conserves and manages wildlife and their habitats, the Commission recognizes the need for and supports new, creative and/or supplemental funding sources;

Therefore be it resolved that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission believes the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department should remain as a fully funded and independent agency working for wildlife and the citizens of the State of New Hampshire.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to adopt the above resolution and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous.

In closing, she asked the Commission to seriously start to communicate their thoughts about 2007 legislation with her.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse reported that the committee has been busy working on various issues. He reported that the committee has been discussing the Ammonusuc River as that it was nominated to be included in the River's Management and Protection Program.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter stated he had nothing to report and that he would report at next month's meeting.

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, Carney, and Guaraldi. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Chairman Tichy announced that the Commission Awards of Excellence would be distributed at Discover Wild New Hampshire Day on April 22, 2006, at Fish and Game Headquarters, at 11:45 a.m, in the 1st floor conference room.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson reported that HB-1659, relative to small caliber firearms in the taking of wildlife, was recently signed by the Governor. He asked that the department publicize the news in the Hunter Education newsletter, in a news release, and to put it on the department website to inform the public that the law has changed. He further reported that he would be circulating the next draft of the hunting digest and would forward it to Director Perry for review.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS:
COMMISSIONER GUARALDI - Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she had nothing substantial to report. She reported that she did receive some rule change comments.

COMMISSIONER RUSSELL - Commissioner Russell reported that he would like to see the doe permit system discussed. He reported that the Policy Committee did not have time to discuss the issue at their most recent meeting.

COMMISSIONER MORSE - Commissioner Morse reported that he had nothing substantial to report at this time.

COMMISSIONER HUBERT - Commissioner Hubert reported that he received calls regarding the Wild Goose site debate. He further reported that he has received calls from constituents relative to the department's funding shortfall and was surprised as to how many people are trying to help the department. In addition, he reported that he received calls from non-hunting and fishing individuals who stated that they would be willing to pay a fee of some sort for the search and rescue element.

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

COMMISSIONER NORMANDEAU - Commissioner Normandeau reported that he attended the New Hampshire Seacoast Region Wastewater Management Feasibility Study Meeting, which was a much larger version of the Big Game Study. He reported that it was well attended and was an interesting meeting with mapping and displays.

COMMISSIONER TICHY - Chairman Tichy thanked the Commission for putting in a great deal of time recently on various issues and returning numerous phone calls from constituents. He further thanked the North Country people for providing input and comments.

Buck Mercier, audience member, thanked the Commission and stated that he appreciates the return phone calls and hard work done by the Commission and Department. He further reported that it was an honor to be on the Public Working Group.

COMMISSIONER COSTA - Commissioner Costa reported that she filed an application to seek reappointment for another 5-year term on the Commission. In addition, she inquired as to the Dam at Jones Pond and the status of the repairs. Director Perry responded that the delay is due to the lack of funding for the project. She further stated that the reason she got involved with the Commission was because she believes in continuing the hunting heritage. She further stated that she appreciates the correspondence from constituents and encouraged them to continue with their letters and phone calls as they make a difference.

COMMISSIONER CARNEY - Commissioner Carney reported that he received a phone call from a hunter in Dunbarton regarding a locked gate. He stated that the hunter reported that ATV people are parking in the public access portion, which is causing a problem. He further reported that there was a legislative luncheon held recently, inviting 8 Senate Members, 8 House Members, President of the Senate and Deputy Speaker. He stated that the sportsmen sponsored the luncheon and raised the necessary money to make it happen. He reported that Commissioners Morse, Costa, Tichy, Guaraldi and himself were in attendance.

COMMISSIONER PHILLIPSON - Commissioner Phillipson stated that he already covered the topics in his area and has received comments on the small game season as well.

COMMISSIONER KALTER- Commissioner Kalter reported that he received a call regarding the frequency of updating stocking information on the website. The individual stated that they felt it was not being updated adequately. Liza Poinier, Information Representative, reported that the stocking information is updated every Thursday.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT - Director Perry thanked the Commission and staff for dedicating a great deal of time and participation in the recent public hearings held across the state. He stated that a lot of time went into the hearings, including much discussion and debate in arriving at the Department's final proposal.

Director Perry reported that there were some hunting and fishing promotion activities underway.

He further reported that the New Hampshire Seacoast Region Wastewater Management Feasibility Study's 90 page preliminary report had been published. Information regarding this project is available on line at: www.coastalclear.com

In addition, Director Perry reported that the new department door decals have been purchased at about $3.00 ea/$6.00 per vehicle. He stated that the department is moving forward in replacing the decals on all vehicles.

He reported that HB-1420, which includes exceptions to the prohibitions on the sale of firearms to minors and the furnishing of arms to person under the age of 16, was moving along and near completion. He further reported that until passed, hunter education instructors could not use live fire demonstration and that it would complicate the youth hunt weekends.

Director Perry reported that SB-364 came out of the Senate with an amount of $100,000 to come from the General Fund and be put into the Search & Rescue Fund on an annual basis. He further reported that the House Finance Committee amended the bill to $1.00 on an annual basis. He stated that the bill is moving along and is expected to be addressed in a Committee of Conference in the near future.

Director Perry reported that the Department is waiting for the Department of Environmental Services Dam Bureau to provide cost estimates for repair alternatives for Jones Brook Pond Dam in Milton.

He reported that Big Brook Bog was drained in February of 2003 and that there is some question as to what needs to be done in order to obtain the rights to reconstruct the dam.

Director Perry reported that an agreement is going through Governor and Council to extend a contract with the Department of Environmental Services to construct a boat access facility at Baxter Lake. He reported that the work would take place this fall during low water levels.

He reported that a contract has been issued to demolish the building at the Winnisquam Access Site and that the department, through it's engineering firm, is working on the final site design. He stated that he does not anticipate any problems in moving forward.

He further reported that he met with the Newbury Selectman and unfortunately made no progress in moving forward on the Wild Goose site. He stated that it would be a challenge as the selectmen are not in support of the project and would like the department to find an alternative site.

Director Perry announced that there would be an OHRV park opening in Berlin with a portion of it scheduled to open this summer. He reported that Major Acerno was the contact person for the agency.

In closing, Director Perry reported that there was a legislative luncheon held recently with a short presentation by the department. He stated that the intent was to have discussion and to derive some sort of solution to the budget shortfall.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
A gentleman from Pittsburg was in attendance and thanked the Commission for listening to public input and stated that it was a good feeling knowing their comments and suggestions weigh on the decisions that are made.

At this time, 4:45 p.m., Commissioner Hubert moved to adjourn and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,


Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Ted Tichy, Chairman

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NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING
Minutes of March 15, 2006

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

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

Commissioners Absent: M. Kalter

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:06 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 February Commission Minutes with the below revisions and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Revisions:
a.) Add additional language to the revisions of the February Commission Minutes by including language under the rulemaking table on page 5 to read: "Option of a two deer at one time proposal had been discussed by the Commission in conjunction with the approval of that initial recommendation".

b) Page 5, first paragraph, Kent Gustafson, Biometrician, more accurate to acknowledge him as The Deer Project Leader in that context.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Due to time constraints in Director Perry's schedule, he provided the Director's report at this time.

He reported that he and a few members of the Commission met with the Spacetown Beagle Club and was very impressed with the scientific approach that they are taking. He thanked Jeff Eames for an enjoyable afternoon.

He reported that the hatcheries are trying to meet discharge standards and that the New Hampton Hatchery is in the process of relocating some pipes, tying some together, and installing monitoring equipment to track the amount of formaldehyde going into the water. He reported that the issue is that there is not enough flow to dilute the formaldehyde before going into the stream and that there have been some instances where the level has exceeded the water quality standards. He further reported that there was a meeting with the Department of Environmental Services and that a decision was made to not use formaldehyde until the construction is complete.

In relation to the Winnisquam Access site, he reported that March 17th was the deadline for accepting bids for the demolition of the Laconia building and hoped to move forward.

He reported that he met with Governor Lynch, Eric Anderson, and some representatives of the Coop to discuss the groundfish issue that is brewing and the potential impact it will have on the fishermen. He stated that the group brought forward some information and asked the Governor's Office, The Attorney General's Office, and John Nelson, Chief, Marine Division, to review and to look into some possible solution to mitigation for some of their loss.

In closing, he reported that there was a meeting scheduled for April 17, 2006, with the Town of Sunapee to talk with the selectmen to discuss Wild Goose.

2. Commissioner Phillipson reported that Policy Committee met the morning of the Commission Meeting and stated that the best person to present the resolution was Bill Ingham, Ecologist. Bill stated that the draft policy before the Commission was due to an increasing number of applications the Department Agriculture received for mosquito control throughout the state. He further reported that the current policy would not allow treatment. Commissioner Phillipson read the resolution aloud:

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTION POLICY

INSECT CONTROL
ON FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT PROPERTIES RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the legal responsibility of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is to "preserve, protect, and propagate the fish and wildlife resources of the state" pursuant to RSA 206:9 and RSA 206:10;

WHEREAS, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department currently owns or holds conservation easements on several thousand acres in this state which contain thousands of acres of tidal and non-tidal wetlands, vernal pools, and uplands habitats;

WHEREAS, these habitats produce numerous species of insects that are part of the food web and therefore are critical for the survival of fish and wildlife some of which are rare;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will recommend that no chemical pesticide treatment for insect control occur on any lands that it holds conservation easements, and not allow chemical pesticide treatment on lands that it owns;

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that this policy may be altered if the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department determines that an insect species presents a threat to fish and wildlife resources;

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED; that the policy may be altered if the Governor declares a Public Health Emergency pursuant to RSA 107 C:5.

Adopted March 15, 2006

Commissioner Phillipson moved to adopt the above resolution relative to pesticide spraying on department properties and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Phillipson reported that the Policy Committee is working on a resolution that could lead to the live capture of hares for use by beagle clubs. He further reported that the Committee was not ready to bring the resolution forward to the Commission at this time, however, stated that he would present the item at the April Commission Meeting.

4. Commissioner Normandeau moved to approve 5 donations totaling $245.00, in memory of Tom Merrill, to be utilized by the Barry Conservation Camp and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

93 Showcase, Ed Cote, Ashland $100.00
Jim & Laura Hall, Holderness $50.00
Zita Bello, Ashland $10.00
June & Bev Pfeffer $60.00
Dave & Jacki Carbonneau $25.00
$245.00

5. Commissioner Carney moved to approve donations up to $15,000 from the Trout Unlimited Anadromous Fish Truck Committee and the TRCP, to fund the purchase of a new anadromous fish truck and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Carney reported that the department's 20 year old stocking truck was out of commission. He stated that the Trout Unlimited Anadroumous Committee was working on raising $60,000 to replace the truck and necessary equipment. He reported to date that $14,477 has been raised by sportsmen, TRCP, The NH Trout Unlimited Council and state chapters of Trout Unlimited, and the Coastal Conservation Association.

Director Perry thanked Commissioner Carney and everyone involved for their efforts in getting this accomplished. He stated that it would now go through the approval process and then move forward to acquire the vehicle.

INFORMATION ITEMS:
Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the February 28, 2006, Financial Statement. (see attached).

Dan reported that the marketing team has put ideas together to get the word out to people that the weather and water are warming up in an attempt to address some of the slacking license sales.

2. Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries Division, provided an overview of proposed changes to administrative rules relative to fishing. Steve reported that the department received a number of proposals to change administrative rules and in order to move forward to the formal rulemaking process, he provided an opportunity to review the draft proposals.

Administrative Rule Proposals
2006


Proposal #1: Silver Lake (Harrisville) and Nubanusit Lake (Hancock/Nelson)

Proposed Administrative Rule: Fis 406.04 (c)

The proposed changes would eliminate the 15-inch minimum length for rainbow trout and increase the combined daily limit for rainbow trout and lake trout to 4 fish of which no more than 2 fish may be lake trout.

Administrative Rule Proposal Submitted by: The public.

Recommendation: To move this proposal forward to the formal rule-making process, with the understanding that the group of waters currently managed under this particular set of regulations will be reviewed over the next year to determine the need to reduce the daily aggregate limit from four fish to two fish.


Proposal #2: Dublin Lake (Dublin)

Proposed Administrative Rule:

Implement a daily weight limit for brook trout in addition to the 3 fish daily bag limit.

Administrative Rule Proposal Submitted by: The public.

Recommendation: To not move this proposal forward to the formal rule-making process because it has not been established there is a resource-related need for this regulatory measure.

Proposal #3: PART Fis 402 General Restriction

Proposed Administrative Rule:

Prohibit the use of corn as bait or "chum".

Administrative Rule Proposal Submitted by: The public.

Recommendation: To not move this proposal forward to the formal rule-making process because it has not been established there is a resource-related need for this regulatory measure.

Proposal #4: Fly Fishing Only Trout Ponds (Fis 406.03)

Proposed Administrative Rule:

o These water bodies shall to be open to the taking of all species, except smelt, all year round.
o Fishing through the ice, from the ice, or from any object supported by the ice shall be prohibited.

Administrative Rule Proposal Submitted by: The Inland Fisheries Division.

Recommendation: To move this proposal forward to the formal rule-making process because angler surveys conducted on Fly Fishing Only Trout Ponds (1998-1999) indicated these waters experience high catch and release rates (>95%) so extending the fishing season on these waters should not have a detrimental impact on their respective fisheries. Adding these ponds to the current list of lakes/ponds that are managed for trout with no closed seasons will mean almost half (49%) the lakes/ponds the NHFGD stocks with trout will be opened all year round to fishing.

Proposal #5:

Connecticut River (from the dam at Second Lake to the upstream side of the logging bridge on the Magalloway Road)

Proposed Administrative Rule:

This water shall to be open to the taking of all species, except smelt, all year round.

Administrative Rule Proposal Submitted by: The Inland Fisheries Division.

Recommendation: To move this proposal forward to the formal rule-making process because this reach of the Connecticut River is currently restricted to catch and release during the open season so extending fishing opportunities to all year round should not have detrimental impacts on its fisheries. Implementing this proposed change will mean the number of river reaches managed for trout with no closed season will increase to 16.

Proposal #6: FIS 405.07 Hooks or Other Devices for Attachment of Bait

Proposed Administrative Rule:

(a) While ice fishing only a single hook with a single hook point, per ice fishing device, shall be used for bait.
(b) While taking fish in open water, 2 hooks may be used with bait per line, one with a single hook point and the other with no more than 3 hook points.
Administrative Rule Proposal Submitted by: The Law Enforcement Division.

Recommendation: To move this proposal forward to the formal rule-making process because modifying the wording of FIS 405.07 (a) and (b) will clarify the intent and allows for a consistent interpretation on the number of hooks that may be utilized for bait while fishing.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, Kalter, Costa and Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that the committee met the morning of the Commission meeting to discuss recommended changes to the fishing digest. Commissioner Nottonson reported that Commissioner Kalter offered to re-write the fishing digest. In addition, Commissioner Nottonson reported that he and Commissioner Kalter met and reviewed the digest to try and find common threads for each area and made a list of them. The outcome was to have the names of ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers in the first category, which town and county it is in, and next to it have the water body size, species, regulations and limits, parking access, boat ramps, and any special regulations. The consensus was that the information is held by 4 state agencies, thus, constituents must do research to answer all their questions. He reported that Commissioner Kalter wrote to Director Perry informing of what was discussed to date.

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 reported that there were 7 hearings scheduled for the week of March 19th and reported that 4 bills had passed.

HB-1605 (prepaid license fund) HB-1658 (non-profit, to accept gifts)
HB-1657 (legacy fund) HB-1659 (relative to small caliber firearms)

In closing, Commissioner Guaraldi stated that the committee would meet next month if necessary.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse reported that the committee has been very busy discussing issues and the spreading of bio-solids.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter was absent, therefore, no report.

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, Carney, and Guaraldi. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Chairman Tichy announced that the awards committee met the morning of the Commission meeting to discuss various awards. He reported that the committee required more time to conduct research and would come before the Commission in April for approval to move forward.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson reported that he attended the Spacetown Beagle Club meeting as well. He reported that a discussion took place with the Commissioners present and Director Perry on several draft proposals to enhance revenue. He further reported that from that discussion, it was proposed to look into the possibility of implementing an additional revenue source by asking nonresidents, who come to New Hampshire and enjoy our state and it's benefits, to purchase a one day fishing license for $15.00 as a way to contribute to using our resources such as boat ramps, parking lots, etc. He stated that he has not determined how this would be enforced or if it would work, however, he felt it was worth doing some research. He further reported that he asked Director Perry to create a model for further review.

Commissioner Russell reported that a friend of his, who no longer hunts, continues to purchase a hunting license because he realizes that the department is a self funded agency and he wants to help.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS:
COMMISSIONER HUBERT - Commissioner Hubert reported that he was unable to attend the Spacetown club meeting. He further reported that he has received numerous calls from bow hunters in WMA A relative to the shortening of the deer season. In addition, he reported that he received confirmation from Lt. Wimsatt for the, "Forever Locked" display to be at the Cornish Fair.

COMMISSIONER KALTER- Commissioner Kalter was absent, therefore, no report.

COMMISSIONER PHILLIPSON - Commissioner Phillipson reported that he had no unusual topics discussed at his last liaison meeting. He reported that Hawk-Eye Magazine published the dates for the public hearings and that the Keene hearing had the wrong location listed. The hearing was to take place at the High School and not the Middle School as listed. He further reported that the department's website had the dates and locations listed correctly.

COMMISSIONER CARNEY - Commissioner Carney reported that he also received calls from local people who had camps in Pittsburg voicing their concerns.

COMMISSIONER COSTA - Commissioner Costa reported that she received a number of calls from the North Country and people who spend alot of time there regarding the shortening of the season.

COMMISSIONER TICHY - Commissioner Tichy reported that he received calls about the deer season, baiting, and the limiting of bait sites. He further reported that a petition is being circulated in relation to the White Mountain National Forest and the fact that they do not handle their own search and rescues. Research determined that they are the only one across the country that is not responsible for their own rescues. The petition would call for a legislative change to take the responsibility off the Fish and Game Department and make the White Mountain National Forest responsible, saving a great deal of money for the department.

COMMISSIONER NORMANDEAU - Commissioner Normandeau reported that he attended the Shore Advisory Meeting where some commercial fishery issues were discussed. He reported that the cod minimum length has been changed to 24 inches and that the cod season was closed until April 1st. He further reported that the Seacoast Wastewater Management Study would be holding a public meeting on Saturday, March 25th, from 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., at the Stratham Middle School.

COMMISSIONER NOTTONSON - Commissioner Nottonson invited the Commission to submit hunting digest housekeeping suggestions and recommendations to him.

COMMISSIONER MORSE - Commissioner Morse reported that he has received calls relative to the fall shotgun season and that the majority are not in favor of it. He stated that he has received calls of concern from both sides relative to hunting inWMA A. In addition, he reported that he felt the Spacetown Beagle Club had a great facility and hoped something could be done to assist them in their mission to obtain hare.

COMMISSIONER RUSSELL - Commissioner Russell reported that he has received calls from constituents concerning hunting in WMA A. He further reported that he encouraged everyone to attend the public hearing in Lancaster to voice his or her concerns. He reported that he received a letter from a constituent who has property abutting the Ellis Hatch Wildlife Management Area who was concerned about the signage and that the new sign has not been installed yet. Commissioner Carney reported that he and Rick Estees replaced 1 sign and the other sign is in the process of being made. He further spoke relative to the bird flu and was curious as to what the department was doing. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, reported that he would be attending a meeting in Ohio to discuss the issue. He further reported that the department would be receiving approximately $50,000 this summer to collect 500 samples from birds that the department handles to be part of an active surveillance program. In closing, he reported that the department would continue to be involved as the issue progresses and that he would keep the Commission updated and provide a briefing report.

COMMISSIONER GUARALDI - Commissioner Guaraldi reported that things are quiet and had nothing to report at this time.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
There was much discussion relative to the proposed hunting and baiting season. Individuals from the North Country were in attendance and voiced their concerns.

Bob Barey, Pittsburg, stated that he felt the rifle season should be shut down.

Toby Owen, Pittsburg, reported that 32 bucks were registered at 2 stations. His thought was to implement a 3 point restriction on 1 antler for 92 days, thus less adult bucks would be taken and allow the bow hunters the late season and a chance to take a trophy buck.

Much discussion took place relative to the baiting season and the restrictions.

Steve Couchesne, audience member, reported that store owners and people up north depend on revenue that is brought in from the hunting season and felt that the economy would be off to a bad start. He also suggested some sort of 3-point restriction. He stated that if the State had larger bucks, it would generate more license sales. In closing, he reported, "This is the opportunity to do something".

Commissioner Carney stated that since Vermont has a problem with their deer herd, there are a number of Vermont hunters coming to New Hampshire to take a deer, not necessarily a trophy buck, just to take a deer, however, it is not helping in what the department is trying to accomplish. He further stated that it is the Department and Commission's responsibility to protect the resource first.

Charlie Thoits, audience member, thanked everyone who participated in raising the money to replace the much needed fish stocking truck.

At this time, 3:07 p.m., Commissioner Normandeau moved to adjourn and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,


Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: _____________

___________ Date: _________________________

Ted Tichy, Chairman

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NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING
Minutes of February 15, 2006

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

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

Commissioners Absent: W. Morse

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:07 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.

At this time, Director Perry introduced recently hired Land Agents, Betsey McNaughten and Jeff Everett. He reported that Betsey came to the department in August of 2005, and that Jeff filled the newly created Land Agent position in January 2006. He stated that the additional Land Agent position was created after realizing the number of pending issues and the volume of work facing the department. He further introduced Peter Hanson, Human Resource Administrator. Director Perry reported that Peter is the first HR Administrator the department has ever had as the position was newly created as well.

In addition, Director Perry announced that there have been some organizational changes within headquarters. He reported that the Human Resources section is now located within the Public Affairs Division, and that the Hunter Education Program in it's entirety, is now located in building 2. He encouraged anyone passing by to stop and say hello.

ACTION ITEMS
1. Commissioner Nottonson moved to approve the February Commission Minutes with the below revisions and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Revisions
a). Change paragraph 2 under Information Items to read: Steve Weber announced that the department wants to reduce the deer herd in WMU M by 25%. Commissioner Nottonson reported that a suggestion was made to allow the taking of two deer in M, tag two deer, and bring both to a checking station. Discussion followed and it was agreed that this proposal would help to achieve the department's goal and that the Policy Committee could write a proposal to change the hunting regulations. Steve Weber agreed to have his staff write the proposal.

b) Insert the word had on the second to last paragraph of page 3. "Steve Weber reported that the issue has been brought up before and the Commission had voted to add a restriction that a hunter could not take a second deer until the first has been registered".

c) Revenue Committee Revision - 2nd to last sentence should read: "At this time, Commissioner Nottonson moved to monitor the newspapers and have the Revenue Committee investigate how the department would benefit.

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 Guaraldi moved to approve donations 2a-2c as follows, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

DONATIONS:
2-a.) Donations totaling $285.00, in memory of Jason Brown, to be utilized by the Hunter Education Program. Donors are as follows:

Denise Stark - $25.00 Helen & John Downing- $50.00
Paul Smith Elementary School - $30.00 Zita & Gordon Vittum - $20.00
Wayne & Deborah Vlk - $25.00 Aaron & Geneva Shortt - $10.00
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Mercier - $25.00 Mt. Washington Assurance Corp - $50.00
Noyes Insurance Agency - $50.00

2-b.) Donation in the amount of $5,000, from the Lakes Region Inland Fishing Association, to be utilized to support fisheries research and management activities.

2-c.) Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, apologized for the confusion, however, reported that the firearms were accepted at the June, 2005 Commission Meeting, and requested that the Deer Hunter Mail Survey drawing take place today. The winners of the drawing were as follows:

WINNERS PRIZES
Theodore Matte Jr., Dracut MA Ruger Rifle
Christopher Merrill, Hampton Falls, NH Thompson Center Muzzleloader

Kent Gustafson, Biometrician, reported that this was the 14th year of the Deer Hunter Mail Survey. He further reported that the survey is distributed to successful deer hunters from the previous year. He reported that there were 1150 respondents, with 50 individuals preferring to provide the information anonymously. Kent thanked Brad Marshall, of Marshall Firearms, for handling the necessary paperwork and thanked all the hunters who participated in the survey.

Chairman Tichy inquired as to why the Bow Hunter Mail Survey was due back to the department at such an early date. Kent responded that all the information received is entered into the computer, verified, and analyzed by the first of the year. Chairman Tichy asked if there was any type of raffle for bow hunters and that it may improve the number of responses. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, stated that he would look into having a Bow Hunters Survey to enhance participation. Chairman Tichy inquired as to why there wasn't a question on the survey asking the hunter for the number of deer seen. Steve responded that the department does not need additional deer observation information, as the department receives enough through the harvest collection information and biological/registration stations, to manage deer using that data. He further stated that bow hunters are some of the best observers, as they are mostly sitting in tree stands or on the ground and see small game as well as other game that we require data on.

3. Commissioner Kalter moved to expend $1,000 of additional out-of-state travel funds from the Waterfowl Dedicated Account, to be utilized for travel purposes to attend meetings and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

4. Commissioner Phillipson moved to allocate up to $1,600 from the Fish Habitat Conservation Fund, for the purchase of an underwater camera and GPS/depth sounder to be utilized for warm-water fish habitat restoration projects and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. John Magee, Habitat Biologist, reported that the Fish Habitat Project has been in place for approximately 5 years. He further reported that this equipment would be used in other bodies of water to conduct fish surveys. John answered many questions about the equipment.

5. Commissioner Normandeau moved to expend up to $50,000, from the Wildlife Habitat Account, to assist the Weare Conservation Commission in acquiring 600 acres, and to develop a land management stewardship plan and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Charlie Bridges, Habitat & Diversity Coordinator, introduced Steve Najar, of the Weare Conservation Commission, and Jim Oehler, Habitat Biologist, to discuss the property and the project. Jim reported that the 600 acres is in close proximity to other conservation land in the area. He stated that the property consists of a 10-15 acre field on site and provides for many opportunities to enhance wildlife habitat. He reported that there are marshes along the railroad right of way, which provide special habitat for blandings and spotted turtles, species of conservation concern. In addition, he reported that there are shrubby areas along the edge of the marsh for woodcock. In closing, he reported that the property would be maintained for hunting and fishing activities.

Commissioner Carney questioned whether there would be a Memorandum of Agreement to ensure the land would remain open to hunting and fishing. Steve Najar reported that the Conservation Easement would include the language, stating the property would be open for outdoor activities, such as hunting and fishing. He further stated that there was a strong value there and felt that there would be no conflict. Commissioner Carney stated that there has been changes made in the past at Town Meetings and wanted to be reassured. Charlie reported that there is a strong conservation ethic in the Town of Weare and that the language would be written into the conservation deed. Commissioner Russell questioned whether ATV's were permitted on the property. Steve reported that he believed ATV's are not allowed, as there is no motorized recreation. Commissioner Nottonson questioned what the balance was in the Wildlife Habitat Account. Charlie reported that there was $285,000 in the account un-obligated, however, stated that he anticipated another $60,000 to come into the account before next fiscal year.

Steve Najar reported that the town is working with Natural Heritage and the intent is to have management plans on all properties. He further reported that he was confident that the property would be well managed.

6. Commissioner Hubert moved to expend $70,000, divided equally between the Wildlife Habitat and Fisheries Habitat Accounts, to acquire a conservation easement from the Town of Farmington and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Charlie Bridges stated that protecting the corridor is a priority. He reported that the Town of Farmington was able to raise $100,000 and could not come up with the remaining balance. He stated that the department has proposed to split the required funding between the Wildlife Habitat and Fisheries Habitat Accounts in order to make this happen. He further reported that the Fish and Game Department would hold the conservation easement on the property. Commissioner Normandeau stated, "This is exactly what those funds are for".

A short recess was taken.

Due to time constraints, Chairman Tichy asked to hear Information Item #2 at this time.

I-2). Sean Bresnahan, Department of Resources & Economic Development Flood Control Worker, provided a brief overview of the management of flood control areas by the Army Corps of Engineers. David Kratz, Representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, was also present at the meeting and reported that the floods this year has been major and will require a great deal of work prior to reopening many gates. Sean reported that he oversees licenses that DRED holds and provides on site advice. He reported that he works closely with the Army Corps of Engineers on many lands and understands the complexity of the work they do. The Army Corps of Engineers explained that flood issues have taken a great deal of time and man-power this year. Commissioner Phillipson reported that he lives close to the Surry Mountain Project and learned that the usual pheasant stocking site was not able to be stocked this year due to the property being 15 feet underwater. He announced that individuals could visit their website for more information at: wwwnae.usace.army.mil, and to obtain dam updates every four hours.

7. Steve Weber provided the 2006-2007 Hunting Season recommendations to the Commission (per the attached proposals). He explained the steps of the rulemaking process below:

Commissioner Phillipson moved to go forward with the deer season proposal as presented and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Chairman Tichy thanked Kent Gustafson, Biometrician, for the informative presentation.

Commissioner Carney moved to go forward with the moose season proposal as presented and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Chairman Tichy thanked Kris Bontaites, Moose Project Leader, for her presentation.

Commissioner Costa moved to go forward with the bear season proposals as presented and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Chairman Tichy thanked Andy Timmins, Bear Project Leader, for his presentation.

Commissioner Phillipson moved to go forward with the turkey season proposals as presented and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Chairman Tichy thanked Ted Walski, Turkey Project Leader, for his presentation.

Commissioner Russell moved to go forward with the furbearer season proposals as presented and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Chairman Tichy thanked Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Programs Administrator, for his presentation.

Commissioner Costa moved to go forward with the baiting season proposals as presented and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Chairman Tichy again thanked Mark Ellingwood, Wildlife Programs Administrator, for his presentation.

I-1). Due to time constraints, Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, did not review the financial statement dated January 31, 2006, however, reported that the monthly financial statement was included in the Commissioners packets for their review.

LATE ACTION ITEM:
1. Commissioner Kalter moved to approve a donation in the amount of $25.00, from Mr. Mike Lauze, of Rochester, to be utilized toward the repair of the Jones Pond Dam and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, Kalter, Costa and Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that there was a meeting the morning of the Commission Meeting to discuss the trapping of hares for breeding purposes by beagle clubs. He reported that the beagle clubs are not able to obtain hare by other methods any longer and are at risk of closing. He reported that if the clubs are subject to close, this would end generations of rabbit hunters, which there are still quite a few in the state. He further reported that the committee is in favor of moving forward in addressing the issue, however, the Commission handbook prohibits this activity, which would require re-writing the policy. He stated that the committee would compile the new policy for adoption at the next Commission Meeting.

Director Perry asked the Policy Committee to review the Pesticide Spraying Resolution on Department properties. Commissioner Phillipson agreed to review the resolution at the next committee meeting.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE Commissioner Guaraldi, Chair; Commissioners N. Russell, G. Normandeau, W. Carney, and W. Morse. Commissioner Guaraldi asked Commissioner Russell to provide the committee report this month as she had laryngitis. The Commission took a position on the following bills:

Commissioner Russell moved to continue to support HB-162, (New Title) relative to general rules for vessels operating on water and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote carried with 8 in favor and 1 opposed. (T. Hubert)

Commissioner Russell moved to monitor HB-254-FN, (New Title), relative to establishing lifetime licenses for bow and arrow, muzzleloading firearm, and crossbow and bolt licenses, and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Russell moved to support HB-1182, as amended, relative to the limited lobster license fees and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Russell moved to support HB-1646-FN, as amended, relative to using a leashed tracking dog for the recovery of wounded game, and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Commissioner Phillipson stated that it was important to have this capability and hoped that it goes through.

Commissioner Russell moved to support HB-1657 as written, relative to establishing a wildlife legacy initiative for gifts and donations for fish and wildlife conservation programs and to further support HB-1658, relative to authorizing agreements by the fish and game department with nonprofit partners for the purpose of accepting gifts, grants, bequests, or donations to further department goals, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Russell moved to support HB-1747 as written, relative to establishing a healthy tidal waters and shellfish protection program and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Director Perry reported that he received a letter from Bill McAllister, Hunter Education Instructor, making the department aware of a certain section of the law that makes it unlawful for the department to continue with live-fire relative to the Hunter Education Program and could impact some of the youth hunts as well. Director Perry reported that the department is working with the Attorney General's Office to obtain some language to allow these activities to occur in a lawful manner. In the meantime, the department is offering some direction to hunter education instructors by having them inform parents and/or guardians of the person engaged in the activity that they should accompany the youth at the time of the live-fire or simulated exercise.

Director Perry reported that the department is proposing to amend RSA 159:12, which is relative to the sale of pistols or revolvers to minors, and 644:15, relative to furnishing ammunition to children under the age of 16. The language was developed to provide exceptions to the prohibitions on the sale of firearms to minors and the furnishing of arms to persons under 16.
Commissioner Normandeau moved to seek an amendment to RSA 159:12 and 644:15, to make activities associated with firearms training, youth hunts, and any other lawful shooting event or activity legal and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse was absent, therefore, not report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter reported that the committee would be meeting with the Governor and Commissioners who have involvement with surface water management on February 24, 2006. He stated that the hope was to develop a handbook on how to work on better inter-agency cooperation and to identify the gray areas.

Chairman Tichy reported that Commission Kalter has been receiving revisions and has been working on the fishing digest.

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, Carney, and Guaraldi. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Chairman Tichy announced that the awards committee meeting was cancelled and reschedule for March 15, 2006, at 9:00 a.m., the morning of the next Commission Meeting.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson reported, "Nothing has surfaced yet". He reported that he was still monitoring the Cabelas issue.

Commissioner Nottonson suggested that the Chairman of the Policy Committee have agenda items in order for the committee to do their, "homework", and be prepared for discussion at the next meeting. Commissioner Phillipson reported that the homework was for each committee member to come up with guidelines on how to implement a rabbit trapping and relocation program.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS:
COMMISSIONER HUBERT - Commissioner Hubert reported that he has received deer season calls. He reported that he was unable to attend the Wildlife Summit, however, was able at lunchtime to attend the Space Town Beagle Club's Meeting. He stated that he walked away fairly impressed with the groups effort to try and continue this tradition.

COMMISSIONER KALTER- Commissioner Kalter reported that he received a call from a Licensed Agent who was upset about the lead sale law that went into affect on January 1, 2006. He reported that he apparently he was confused as it made a debut in the department's fishing digest and he thought, "If you can you it in saltwater, why can't I sell it".

COMMISSIONER PHILLIPSON - Commissioner Phillipson reported that at his last liaison meeting most of the discussion was relative to the upcoming seasons. He reported that he attended the Wildlife Summit and that it was such a wide array of people with different and interesting agendas. He stated that it was amazing that everyone could come together to make one conclusion.

COMMISSIONER CARNEY - Commissioner Carney reported that he stopped in at a store and was told that an officer visited him and informed him of the lead law changing and that the store-owner new nothing of the change prior to his visit.

COMMISSIONER COSTA - Commissioner Costa reported that she also attended the Wildlife Summit. She stated that she felt a great deal of good things came out of the working group, even with people from diverse backgrounds and with different agendas. She stated that she thought the group identified some common goals and objectives. She further reported that she was on the Communications Sub-Committee and that it was identified that communication was the key to accomplishing the goals that were so importantly identified.

COMMISSIONER TICHY - Commissioner Tichy reported that he had nothing further to report or comment on.

COMMISSIONER NORMANDEAU - Commissioner Normandeau reported that he was unable to attend the Wildlife Summit. He reported that the fishing reduction about to happen would eliminate 1/2 of the fishermen, and will reduce the days at sea to 1/2, making it impossible for the fishermen to make a living. He reported that the lead sinker issue was also discussed at the liaison meeting.

COMMISSIONER NOTTONSON - Commissioner Nottonson stated that he had nothing further to report.

COMMISSIONER RUSSELL - Commissioner Russell reported that he received a call from a disabled gentleman inquiring whether he could ride his OHRV on state lands and wasn't sure if there was anything the department could do to assist him. Steve Weber responded that there are special circumstances. In addition, Commissioner Russell reported that there were a number of concerns for the fishing derby and the fact that there was still a large amount of open water. Colonel Gray reported that they are working with Public Affairs to get a strong message out to the media to alert them to use caution.

COMMISSIONER GUARALDI - Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she attended the Worcester Show, which was a great opportunity to meet sportsmen and women. She reported that she received positive comments about Director Perry being in attendance at the show. She stated that she also attended the winter Becoming an Outdoor Woman Program, held at the Owl Brook Conservation Center in Holderness. She reported that there were 50 participants and that the program was again a success.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry reported that he has been in contact with the Governor's Office to request a meeting with the Governor and the commercial fishermen who will be affected by the new ground fishing regulations and the effects it will have on their businesses.

He further stated that the department has been in discussion with the Governor's Office relative to Wild Goose. He reported that the Town of Newbury had requested that the Governor's Office get involved. The issue has been pending for 3 months, however, a decision has been made that we should move forward with discussions with the Town. He reported that he spoke with the Town Manager to try and meet to discuss the matters.

Director Perry reported that the leadership at the Audubon Society has changed. He announced that David Houghton had stepped down and that Bruce Swegler was now acting in his place. He reported that he would be meeting with the Audubon Society soon to discuss contracts and the financial situation they are facing, as they are talking additional lay-offs, which may affect our work as they have contracts to conduct work for the department.

He thanked the participants of the Wildlife Summit and stated that he felt it was a great program and good start at moving forward.

He spoke relative to the department's financial situation. He stated that the department has been doing some research regarding payment of retiree health benefits that the department is currently charged with paying. Administrative Services reported that there was not a surplus in the state's self-insurance fund, as state law requires that a cash reserve equal to one year's expenses be accrued to cover this cost.

Director Perry reported that John Dolan, Governor Lynch's Budget Director, met with agency business managers to discuss the FY'08 & FY'09 budget development schedule and directions for compiling a budget by late spring/early summer. Typically, budget instructions are that the budget cannot be greater than the agencies available revenue. He further stated the financial status is not adequate to cover anticipated expenses. He reported that he is working with them so that the governor's budget directions would hopefully address the situation upfront.

Director Perry reported that he was unable to attend the Space Town Beagle Club Meeting due to the Wildlife Summit being held on the same day, causing a scheduling conflict. He stated that he would like to set up an alternative date for he and the Commissioners to meet with the club. There was potential discussion to hold an upcoming Commission Meeting and/or Policy Committee Meeting at the club.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
No comments from the public.

At this time, 5:50 p.m., Commissioner Normandeau moved to adjourn and Commissioner Morse seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: Ted Tichy, Chairman

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NEW HAMPSHIRE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
January 18, 2006

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

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

Commissioners Absent: W. Morse

Executive Director Perry - present

Commission Chair Tichy called the meeting to order at 1:06 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 Carney moved to approve the January Commission Minutes with the following revisions and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Revisions
a). Page 6, first paragraph - Discussion regarding the Jones Pond Repairs. Commissioner Carney stated that the December 2005 minutes reflect that the repairs would take place next spring, however, he reported that only a meeting would be taking place in the spring and not the actual repairs at that time.

b) Page 2, last paragraph - Commissioner Nottonson request that Chairman Tichy's discussion in the minutes regarding the department door seals be clarified as he read several lines to the Commission, quoting from the Commission Handbook, "items would be informational only and no action would be taken", concluding that he would vacate the September 2005 vote based on the fact that Commission procedures were not followed.

2. Commissioner Phillipson moved to accept a donation in the amount of $250.00, from the Seacoast Beekeepers Association, in memory of Sterling Chamberlain, to be utilized by the "Let's Go Fishing Program" and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Commissioner Hubert moved to approve the donation of $2,000 from the family of Michael Carlson, to purchase hands free helmet communications to be used by Conservation Officers on snowmobile patrol and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Lt. Gralinski reported that on January 29, 2005, a freak snowmobiling accident happed on the1st Connecticut Lake and 2 people died as a result. He stated that one victim was Michael Carlson. A family member of Michael Carlson was in the audience and presented the check to Director Perry and stated that she wanted to assist in purchasing this equipment in hopes that it assists the officers in these types of accidents. Chairman Tichy, on behalf of the Commission, thanked the family of Michael Carlson for their donation.

4. Commissioner Carney moved to approve the expenditure of up to $15,000 to host the Atlantic Flyway Council and Technical Section Summer 2007 Meeting and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, reported that the money would be used toward rooms, meals, and hotel fees, in order to have appropriate accommodations for the meeting. He further reported that a registration fee would be charged and expects to receive over 50% of the $15,000 back, however, does expect some waterfowl funds to be expended. He stated that the Atlantic Flyway consists of 17 states from Maine to Florida, 7 Canadian Provinces and Puerto Rico.

5. Steve Weber, Chief, Wildlife Division, reported that the department has received a request from beagle clubs to allow them to live trap snowshoe hare for use during their dog training activities. Steve reported that the last time the issue was discussed; the Commission referred it to the Policy Committee, who at that time rejected the request and stated that they wished to keep wildlife in the wild. Director Perry stated that there are three options for consideration; 1: a request that came last fall for a change to the rules that would allow for the live trapping of hares for training purposes; 2: Commission Policy, although Director Perry stated that he wasn't sure under which policy it would be allowed to happen without changing policy, 3: the general statute that allows the Executive Director to grant authority to remove animals from the wildlife for propagation purposes. Director Perry further reported that he felt the first thing to do was to decided whether or not the Commission wished to try and find some way to accommodate this for continuous stocking purposes, propagation purpose, or not at all and determine a way to move forward. Chairman Tichy agreed. Jeff Eames, represents numerous different beagle clubs and spoke regarding snowshoe hares. Jeff reported that his family is still active, although there is not enough game to train with hunting dogs. He further stated that the ability to live trap is very limited and can remember purchasing hare from New Brunswick for 35 years. He stated that it is very important to gather hare because more than likely the clubs will start to disappear. At this time, Bob Ploxton of the Epping Beagle Club stated that the clubs feed fishercat, bobcat, etc and have hit rock bottom this year. He reported that a great deal of animals were lost last year due to bad weather conditions. He stated that once the club becomes over populated, the desire is to release the remainder into the wild. He stated that the clubs need the ability to get a reasonable amount of hare in order to keep the process working and would appreciate the department's support. Commissioner Tichy referred the issue to the Policy Committee, inviting Jeff Eames and Fred Sheppard, NH Trapper's Association, to join the committee for the discussions. Commissioner Phillipson, Chairman, Policy Committee, reported that the next Policy Committee Meeting would take place on February 15, 2006, at 9:00 a.m., in the West Conference Room.

LATE ACTION ITEM:
1. Commissioner Kalter moved to approve a donation in the amount of $10.00 to be utilized toward the repair of the Jones Pond Dam and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

INFORMATION ITEMS
1. Dan Lynch, Assistant Director, provided the monthly financial statement dated December 31, 2006 (see attached).

2. Steve Weber provided an overview of the potential changes to the hunting season and obtained input from the Commission. He distributed a copy of the 2006/2007 potential changes to the hunting seasons and the rulemaking schedule to the Commission and stated that the department was in the very early stages at this time. He reported that the Wildlife Programs Committee would be meeting on February 10, 2006, and at that time department recommendations to the Commission would be finalized. Steve reported that the handout contained tentative dates for the upcoming hearings, which are:

Dates Meeting Locations
April 3, 2006 Lancaster, Region 1 Fish & Game Office
April 4, 2006 Keene, Region 4 Fish & Game Office
April 5, 2006 Fish and Game Headquarters, Concord, NH

Much discussion ensued relative to the deer season. Steve stated that the biggest change is the either sex days in WMU's. Chairman Tichy instructed the Commission to submit their suggestions/changes to Director Perry and he will forward them to Steve Weber.

Commissioner Nottonson reported that a suggestion was made that in WMU M, a hunter be allowed to take 2 deer at the same time and bring 2 to check station, rather than go through the process and wait a day in order to proceed. Steve Weber reported that the issue has been brought up before and the Commission voted to add a restriction that a hunter could not take a second deer until the first has been registered. Steve stated that the department is looking to take more deer from Unit M and without the restriction it may be beneficial.

Commissioner Russell stated the he believed the department would have better control over the deer population with the doe permit system. He stated that the deer population has grown and grown and suggested allowing more permits to assist in reducing the herd. Steve Weber asked Chairman Tichy if the issue should be forwarded to the Policy Committee for discussion. Commissioner Russell stated that most people would feel better to have a doe permit all season vs. taking a doe on 1 or 2 days. Commissioner Russell moved to refer the doe permit system to the Policy Committee for study and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

3. Steve Weber provided an update on rulemaking for bear feeding and correction to cooperative fencing rules. Steve reported that the Big Game Team would be meeting on Friday, January 20, 2006, to have internal discussion and review on the proposals. He asked that the Commission submit their recommendations as soon as possible.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
POLICY COMMITTEE: Commissioner R. Phillipson, Chair; Commissioners; S. Nottonson, Kalter, Costa and Hubert. Commissioner Phillipson reported that there was not a meeting the morning of the Commission meeting as the information needed regarding high-powered muzzleloaders was unavailable, therefore, the committee will be meeting in February.

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. The Commission took a position on the following bills:

Commissioner Guaraldi reported that HB 1657 and HB 1658 were not in the package, however, is in relation to funding for the department, the wildlife legacy initiative, and charitable foundation. She stated that Director Perry would speak to that subject. Director Perry stated that there had been some discussion within the Fish and Game Committee in regards to donations and how to increase them. He reported that Representative Smith has taken a great deal of interest and has received suggestions on how the department may move forward. After much discussion, the department recommended a course of action for a new program to be known as the "Legacy Initiative". He stated that the idea behind it is to essentially replace the 2 Supersport Licenses with a program the department could promote through the initiative of various projects, and accept donations that could be utilized for essentially anything.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support HB-1115, regarding OHRV: definition of resident, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support HB-1294, regarding the current definition of an antique snowmobile, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support HB-1402 as amended, defining "occupant for purposes of liability for construction or maintenance of recreational trails, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support the concept of HB-1423 FN, relative to prorating the initial registration fee for off highway recreational vehicles, and to allow Major Acerno to work on details of the bill and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-1446 as written, regarding establishing requirements for the development of a regional all terrain vehicle park in the City of Berlin, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-1519, regarding Off Highway Vehicles and Trails; Evaluation Process, and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi stated that Representative Smith, Major Acerno, and Commissioner Nottonson spent a great deal of time on the proper wording of this bill. At this time, Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support HB-1659 as amended, regarding the use of certain small caliber firearms in taking wildlife, and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support SB-259, regarding the duty of care of occupants of land constructing or maintaining snowmobile trails, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose the amendment to HB 1572, regarding establishing a commission to study the mission and organization of the Fish and Game Department, and continue to monitor the original bill, Commissioner Russell seconded. Much discussion ensued.

Commissioner Tichy reported that he was preparing to testify on the bill tomorrow. He stated that he met with Governor Lynch yesterday and discussed the bill. Commissioner Phillipson stated that after the meeting with the Governor, he believed that the Commission should be supporting the bill as the Governor may get a sense that the Commission does not want to work with him. Commissioner Carney stated that the Commission should to be careful on how they vote on this bill. Commissioner Nottonson suggested giving the Chairman the authority to make the decision as to how to vote based on the timing of events. At this time, Commissioner Nottonson moved to allow Chairman Tichy to provide testimony on behalf of the Commission regarding HB-1572, and if the amendment becomes the bill, to oppose the bill and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Director Perry stated that the minutes should reflect that everyone is considering this and felt it was important to point out that surveys indicate the department and it's programs are highly thought of. He stated that it is going to be very difficult to really encompass within that small group of people the diversified constituents that the Department and Commission deal with. He stated that the department does well as far as reaching out for public input through Liaison Meeting, Public Hearings, Commission Meetings, Sporting Club Meetings, etc. Director Perry stated that if a review is to be done, peer groups, or people who are trained to do that type of work should complete a portion of the review. Chairman Tichy agreed that the message needs to relayed that standards are already in place.

At this time, 3:00 p.m., Chairman Tichy called for a 10 minute recess.

The meeting reconvened at 3:10 p.m.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support the draft amendment to HB-1646 FN, relative to leashed dog tracking, and allow staff to work with sponsors on the bill and Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support the concept of HB-1167-FN-A, relative to making an appropriation to the land and community heritage investment program, and to leave the mechanics to the Director and staff to move forward, Commissioner Normandeau seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to support HB-1737-FN-A, relative to establishing a beverage fee to be paid by beverage manufacturers and distributors, and direct department staff to explore the possibility of funding for the Fish and Game Department, and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to monitor and allow HB-254-FN to be handled through fiscal notes, relative to establishing a lifetime license for bow and arrow, muzzleloading firearm, and crossbow and bolt licenses, and Commissioner Carney seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-1341 as written, relative to the use of land for hunting and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-1317, relative to the eradication of exotic weeds, and Commissioner Hubert seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi informed the Commission that they did not have a copy of HB-298 in front of them, however, stated that the bill was a carry over from last year relative to consolidating statutes pertaining to driving while intoxicated. Commissioner Guaraldi moved to allow Major Acerno to work with the sponsor of HB-298 to obtain the appropriate language and Commissioner Costa seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to oppose HB-1747-FN as written, and allow staff to work with the bill sponsor to address concerns relative to establishing a healthy tidal waters and shellfish protection program and establish fees, and Commissioner Kalter seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi moved to reaffirm the Commission's opposition to HB-1183, relative to a 2 year term for the Executive Director and Fish and Game Commissioners, and Commissioner Nottonson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Commissioner Guaraldi stated that the Legislative Committee decided postpone taking a position on HB-162, relative to a speed limit on Lake Winnipesaukee until the next Commission Meeting due to a pending decision before the full House. Commissioner Russell announced that the bill has been in the headlines of all the local newspapers for weeks now. He further reported that there has been much support from Thurston's Marina, Mills Falls Inn & Market Place, many landowners, etc. He stated that he understands the Bass Clubs are against the speed limit, however, does not feel that they will be impacted. He further reported that excessive speed has left older people very nervous and not wanting to return to the Lake.

In closing, he reported that Lake George enforced a 45-mph speed limit and people who desired the high speed simply chose another unrestricted water body such as Lake Winnipesaukee. Commissioner Hubert stated that he sees it as a safety issue. At this time, Commissioner Carney moved to support HB-162, if passing on to the Senate, and Commissioner Russell seconded. The vote carried with 7 in favor and 2 opposed (S. Nottonson, T. Hubert).

Commissioner Guaraldi announced that the next Legislative Committee Meeting would take place on February 15, 2006, at 9:30 a.m., in the Director's Conference Room, at Fish and Game Headquarters.

RIVERS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Morse; Commissioner Morse was absent, therefore, not report.

LAKES COMMITTEE: Commissioner Kalter; Commissioner Kalter reported that the committee was using the last meeting and the upcoming meeting to revisit their priority list of lake issues and are reviewing Department of Transportation Properties.

AWARDS COMMITTEE: Commissioner Tichy, Carney, and Guaraldi. Department staff: D. Preve, J. Stokes, and M. Garabedian. Judy Stokes, Chief, Public Affairs Division, reported that the deadline for nominations was December 31, 2005. She reported that 15 nominations were received to cover all categories except Habitat Stewardship. She announced that the awards would be presented on Discover Wild New Hampshire Day, April 22, 2006. In closing, she reported that the committee would be meeting in the near future.

REVENUE COMMITTEE: Commissioner Nottonson, Chair; Commissioners Morse, and Guaraldi. Commissioner Nottonson reported that there was an article in the Union Leader today announcing that Cabelas is considering opening a store at Exit 11, off I-93 in Hooksett. Commissioner Nottonson suggested having the Chairman of the Revenue Committee communicate with Dick Cabela to discuss what opportunities there may be for the department to take advantage of, including the publicity, location, etc. Commissioner Tichy stated that he sees this as a large undertaking for the department and suggested it go before the Revenue Committee for discussion prior to any action being taken. Commissioner Nottonson moved to allow the Revenue Committee Chairman to make contact with Cabelas to discuss joint opportunities to work together and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. Chairman Tichy stated that it could be beneficial to wait until the announcement for the construction of store is made public prior to moving forward. Commissioner Nottonson withdrew his original motion. At this time, Commissioner Nottonson moved to monitor the newspapers and have internal committee discussion on how the department will benefit and Commissioner Phillipson seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

COMMISSIONERS REPORTS:
COMMISSIONER HUBERT - Commissioner Hubert reported that he has been working on obtaining a commitment for the "Forever Locked" Exhibit to be displayed at the Cornish Fair this year. He further reported that he has received input from constituents regarding hunter orange with 100% in favor of hunter orange and 100% against making it mandatory.

COMMISSIONER KALTER- Commissioner Kalter reported that he received numerous comments at his recent liaison meeting in regards to the State of Maine and reciprocity. He reported that constituents were very upset and wondering if any plans are in place to address those issues. Major Acerno reported that there used to be reciprocity in the State of Maine, however, they rescinded it. He further reported that the department would start to discuss the issue with Maine Department of Inland Fish & Wildlife to see what could be done. Director Perry reported that negotiations were successful last winter in obtaining reciprocity on the Evan's Notch Trail and Success Pond, however, that was as far as the State of Maine would go as far as reciprocity.

In addition, Commissioner Kalter reported that he received a lengthy e-mail regarding the letter from Jon Greenwood, Fisheries Biologist, mailed to anglers reminding them to submit their salmon diary. Commissioner Kalter seemed to think that there was an error on the informational sheet attached to the letter, as it stated that the number of anglers and permits have gone down, however, it shows an estimated benefit of over $700,000. The angler was concerned about the permit decrease, number of hours fished, and cost to operate the program. Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries, reported that there have recently been some administrative changes to try to reduce the overhead of the program, which consisted of eliminating the stamp process, eliminating the tagging of 5 salmon, as far as having possession tag, and opened up the season to year round fishing.

COMMISSIONER PHILLIPSON - Commissioner Phillipson reported that at his last liaison meeting most of the discussion was relative to the deer season.

COMMISSIONER CARNEY - Commissioner Carney reported that he received numerous calls pertaining to snowshoe hare and the hunter orange bill. He further reported that he has received inquiries as to when gates would be re-opened after being closed by the Army Corps of Engineers last fall. Commissioner Carney suggested asking the Army Corps of Engineers to provide an overview to the Commission.

COMMISSIONER COSTA - Commissioner Costa reported that she also received calls regarding snowshoe hare trapping, which is a very involved subject. She stated that initially she was uncomfortable with the idea of taking hare from the wild, however, stated that her view would be different having the surplus released into the wild. She further reported that she received a letter from the President of Great Bay Trout Unlimited regarding the December 2005 rule proposal and forwarded it to Director Perry.

COMMISSIONER TICHY - Commissioner Tichy reported that he has received calls of support regarding the trapping of hares as well. He further reported that he has dedicated some time to legislative issues. "Things are quiet up north".

COMMISSIONER NORMANDEAU - Commissioner Normandeau reported that he has received snowshoe hare calls and the same Trout Unlimited letter as others. He reported that the fish regulations were underway and that things were calm on the coast.

COMMISSIONER NOTTONSON - Commissioner Nottonson stated that he reported during the meeting.

COMMISSIONER RUSSELL - Commissioner Russell reported that he has been receiving calls relative to snowshoe hare trapping and the hunter orange bill as well. He reported that not 1 person spoke against the Hunter Orange Bill. He further reported that he contacted Corbin Park and inquired as to whether they have a hunter orange policy. Park representatives informed him that some shareholders have enforced their own policy, however the Park provides hunter orange caps to all parties. He reported that the Park invited the Commission to visit the facility.

In addition, Commissioner Russell reported that he has received comments relative to the Winnisquam Boat Access and the concern that the current will be too strong this spring. Director Perry reported that they recognized that as a potential issue and the ramp will be constructed on an angle to accommodate the current.

COMMISSIONER GUARALDI - Commissioner Guaraldi reported that she received the same calls as other Commissioners and that all was fairly quiet.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
Director Perry reported that Marc Stettner of Portsmouth, who was in attendance at the last Commission meeting, expressed some concerns relative to rule changes. Mr. Stettner expressed those same concerns to the House Fish and Game Committee. Director Perry reported that John Nelson, Chief, Marine Division, would be meeting with the Fish and Game Committee in the near future to discuss those concerns.

He reported that an individual from the Great Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited had met with he and Steve Perry, Chief, Inland Fisheries, to discuss extending the season on Winnipesaukee. During the meeting, it was mentioned that there were some reasons that it may not happen, however, the door was left open to look at other opportunities to extend fishing seasons or other waterbodies. The department worked with them on a number of rivers in the state. Following the meeting, the situation got fairly heated and Director Perry had discussion with Sean Smith, President of Trout Unlimited, to clarify everyone's position. Trout Unlimited State Council also is involved in addressing this matter and it appears that the issue has been resolved.

Director Perry reported that he met with Northeast Directors in Hadley, Massachusetts, to discuss Atlantic Salmon Management. He stated that it was agreed to rejuvenate the old New England Atlantic Salmon Committee. Hopefully through this collaborative approach, we will be more successful in obtaining funding.

He further reported on the status of the Winnisquam Boat Access. He reported that the department is in the process of contracting for the demolition of the buildings on site. He further reported that there would be a meeting with permitting agencies to coordinate permitting and to avoid any unnecessary delays in the process.

Director Perry reported that John Nelson, Chief, Marine Division, attended the New England Fisheries Council Meeting and reported that the ground fish stocks were not doing well. He reported that there has been discussion that there could be a reduction, however, John was informed at the last meeting that the reduction would probably be more than originally anticipated. If adopted, the decision will have a large economic impact on New Hampshire.

He reported that he attended the Rockingham Show, which seemed to have great participation this year. He reported that the department sold numerous licenses at the show, received comments relative to bear permit fees, and answered questions on Mountain Lions.

Director Perry reported that the department is still waiting a decision from the National Acceptance Team on the Wildlife Action Plan. He further reported that the Commission should have received an invitation to the Wildlife Summit II, to be held on February 9th, in Manchester, NH, to discuss the implementation process.

He reported that he attended the hearing on HB-1364, a bill to study the transfer of the old pheasant farm in Brentwood. He stated that he sat in on the hearing and was available to answer questions. He further reported that the department may seek advise from the Policy Committee for further direction if necessary.

Chairman Tichy reported that a few Commissioners met with Governor Lynch for approximately a 1/2 hour to discuss view points and thoughts on HB-1572, committee to study the Fish and Game Department. He reported that the bill originated out of the Governor's Office and stated that the Governor felt it was a good thing to look into problems at Fish and Game and to get some feed back. Chairman Tichy informed the Governor that the Commission feels that they are in touch with their constituency and are working on the problems. He further stated that some of the issues may have been resolved, however, the individuals involved may not have liked the outcome and notified the Governor's Office. Chairman Tichy invited the Governor to sit with the Commission to have further discussion.

CALL TO THE PUBLIC
Roger Bellerose, audience member, spoke in regards to the Legacy Fund and stated that he felt the Super Sportsmen License should remain active and in a separate fund, as he is proud to donate $8 to the Super Sportsmen Fund.

Charlie Thoits, audience member, reported that the Super Sportsmen Fund is valuable to Fish and Game as it allows for purchases that are not budgeted, such as the gators last month.

At this time, 4:27 p.m., Commissioner Phillipson moved to adjourn and Commissioner Guaraldi seconded. The vote was unanimous in the affirmative.

Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Guaraldi, Secretary

Approved: ________________________ Date: _________________________
Ted Tichy, Chairman

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