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 Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife, ODFW News 1/3/06
Fish and Wildlife Commission to meet in Salem

Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet January 5-6 at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters in Salem.

The Commission will begin the Thursday meeting at 1 p.m. to review a draft management plan for cougars.
The briefing is expected to last approximately 30 minutes, and will be followed by a public testimony period.
Other agenda items for Thursday include approval of two appointments to the Restoration and Enhancement Board, possible changes to Oregon's outfitter and guide tag program for guides who sell deer and elk tags, and possible approval of the annual schedule of damages for commercial fishing violations.
Friday's meeting begins at 8 a.m. The agenda includes a review of non-treaty spring chinook and winter steelhead management issues on the mainstem Columbia River. Staff will ask the Commission for guidance as they work to negotiate management agreements with their counterparts in Washington for this shared fishery.
The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state. The seven-member panel meets monthly. Agenda item exhibits may be requested by calling the ODFW Director's Office at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044. Agenda items also can be found on ODFW's Web site at www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/.
Public testimony is invited.
Sign-up sheets will be available in the hallway outside the meeting room the day of the meeting for persons who want to testify on scheduled agenda items.
Persons seeking to testify on issues not on the formal agenda may do so by making arrangements with the ODFW Director's Office, at least 24 hours in advance, by calling 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044.
All non-agenda testimony, also called "unscheduled testimony," begins at 1 p.m. and is limited to about six speakers for up to five minutes each.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the ODFW Director's Office at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.



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