June Wildlife Commission Agenda

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The upcoming TWRC Meeting is scheduled for June 22 & 23, 2005. The meeting will be held in Nashville at the Region II Ray Bell Office Building.

The following are brief explanations of agenda items:

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Ducks Unlimited Presentation – Personnel from D.U. will make a brief presentation about the status of habitat work being carried out in Canada. Tennessee provides a portion of the funding for this work through a grant to D.U. This work is being performed in a portion of Saskatchewan which produces a significant number of the waterfowl that migrates through Tennessee.

Amendment to Rule 1660-1-27 – Firing Ranges – This Amendment will add the Cheatham Wildlife Management Area Firing Range to those that require a fee. We are doing this because of the increased maintenance cost of keeping this range operational.

Proclamation 05-16 – Importation of Cervid Carcasses and Parts – This proclamation is a companion to the rule passed by the Commission earlier this year. It lists the specific states or portions of states and provinces where Chronic Wasting Disease has been detected and where restrictions on the import of carcasses and other parts will apply. Hunters will still be able to bring meat, mounts, hides, etc., back to Tennessee from these areas, but they must meet certain criteria prior to bringing the items into Tennessee.

Proclamation 05-17 – Proclaiming Kyle’s Ford WMA – This proclamation will establish Kyle’s Ford as a WMA. This tract is located in eastern Hancock County northeast of Sneedville, lying on the Clinch River or adjacent drainages. We plan to present proposals for the hunting seasons at the July Commission meeting.

BOATING COMMITTEE

Rule 1660-2-6-.01 – The designation of some buoys have changed in the federal law and this rule simply updates our rules to conform to the international standards.

RETENTION & RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE

Scholastic Shooting – The statewide scholastic shooting event will be held on June 18 & 19. We will review highlights of that event.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Legislative Update - Allen Gebhardt will present final Legislative Report.

BUDGET, NONGAME & ENDANGERED SPECIES COMMITTEE

Rule 1660-1-28 – This Rule has been opened and is ready for Commission action at this meeting. This is the Rule containing Commercial Fishing License Fees.

Budget Expansion FY05/06 - Holly Fork Project - Simmons Tract – Staff is recommending and requesting funding for a 109 +/- acre addition to the Holly Fork Project in Henry County. Additional acres will help provide space for a shooting facility and additional land for handicap hunters who are currently using the Holly Fork area. Funding is $200,000 for land and $19,000 for acquisition expenses, for a total budget adjustment of $219,000. Several partners have indicated willingness to help fund development of this tract.

Contracts and Grants Review – The Contracts and Grants List is included for Commission review and discussion.

The Financial Report and Real Estate Report will also be presented.

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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION
COMMITTEE MEETING
Region II Ray Bell Office Building
Nashville, TN
June 22, 2005

Time Discussion Subject

1:00 p.m.* Wildlife Management Committee
Jeanette Rudy, Chairperson
Thomas Edwards, Vice-Chairman
Gary Kimsey
Boyce Magli
Skip Simonton
Buddy Baird
Johnny Coleman

Larry Marcum 1. Proclamation 05-16
Importation of Cervid
Carcasses & Parts

2. Proclamation 05-17
Proclaiming Kyle’s Ford
as a WMA


Retention & Recruitment Committee
Thomas Edwards, Chairman
Gary Kimsey, Vice-Chairman
Jeanette Rudy
Tom Hensley
Jim Fyke
Johnny Coleman

Dave Woodward 1. Statewide Scholastic
Shooting Event –
June 18 & 19

Government Relations & Communications Committee
Tom Hensley, Chairman
Buddy Baird, Vice-Chairman
Boyce Magli
Jim Fyke
Johnny Coleman
Skip Simonton
Mike Hayes
Ken Givens

Allen Gebhardt 1. Final Legislative Report


Budget, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee
Gary Kimsey, Chairman
Boyce Magli, Vice-Chairman
Tom Hensley
Jeanette Rudy
Buddy Baird
Thomas Edwards
Mike Chase

1. Contract Review

John Gregory 2. Budget Expansion

Holly Fork Project
Simmons Tract
FY05/06
$219,000

3. Real Estate Report

TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION
COMMISSION MEETING
Region II Ray Bell Office Building
Nashville, TN
June 23, 2005

Time Discussion Subject

9:00 a.m.* Bill Cox, Chairman 1. Call to Order
2. Invocation
3. Pledge
4. Introduction
5. Approval of Minutes

Wildlife Management Committee
Jeanette Rudy, Chairperson
Thomas Edwards, Vice-Chairman
Gary Kimsey
Boyce Magli
Skip Simonton
Buddy Baird
Johnny Coleman

Ducks Unlimited Resolution 1. Ross Melinchuk, Director
of Public Policy – DU, Inc.

Dave Kostersky, State Grants
DU, Canada

Larry Marcum 2. Amendment to Rule 1660-1-27
This amendment will add
Cheatham WMA Firing Range
to those that require a fee.

3. Proclamation 05-16
Importation of Cervid
Carcasses & Parts

4. Proclamation 05-17
Establishing Kyle’s Ford
as a WMA


Boating Committee
Buddy Baird, Chairman
Tom Hensley, Vice-Chairman
Skip Simonton
Jeanette Rudy
Jim Fyke
Mike Hayes
Mike Chase

Ed Carter 1. Rule 1660-2-6-.01
Updating Rule to conform
to the international standards


Budget, Nongame and Endangered Species Committee
Gary Kimsey, Chairman
Boyce Magli, Vice-Chairman
Tom Hensley
Jeanette Rudy
Buddy Baird
Thomas Edwards
Mike Chase

Allen Gebhardt 1. Rule 1660-1-28
Commercial Fishing
License Fees

2. Budget Expansion

Holly Fork Project
Simmons Tract
FY05/06
$219,000

Ken Tarkington 3. Financial Report

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