Arizona Game and Fish Commission to meet Jan. 13 in Phoenix

PHOENIX — The next Arizona Game and Fish Commission meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 13 at the Game and Fish Department headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix (1.5 miles west of I-17). The public session begins at 8 a.m.

At the meeting, the commission will be provided a briefing on the Rotenone Review Advisory Committee’s final report and will be asked to approve a new commission policy on the use of rotenone, a chemical used to support native fish conservation in the state. 
    
Agenda items also include:

  • election of the commission’s chair and vice-chair for 2012 and committee appointments,
  • a request to approve a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a research and stewardship program on the Kane and Two Mile Ranches,
  • a request to approve a land exchange with the City of Phoenix at the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area,
  • a request to approve the 12A Habitat Stamp Fund Budget for 2012,
  • a discussion of the 2012 Director’s Goals and Objectives,
  • hearings on license revocations for violations of Game and Fish codes and civil assessments for the illegal taking and/or possession of wildlife (time certain at 2 p.m.),
  • and, updates on the department’s other activities and programs.

The public can view the meeting any of three ways: (1) attending the meeting in person in Phoenix; (2) viewing it via video stream at any of six Game and Fish regional offices; or, (3) viewing it over the Web at www.azgfd.gov/commissioncam.

Those wishing to submit “blue slips” to present oral comment during the meeting must do so either at the Phoenix meeting or at any of the regional Game and Fish offices (Pinetop, Flagstaff, Kingman, Yuma, Tucson and Mesa). For office addresses and contact information, visit www.azgfd.gov/offices.

The Game and Fish Commission is comprised of five members (serving staggered five-year terms) appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. No more than one commissioner may be from any one county. No more than three may be from the same political party.
      
The commission is the policy-setting board overseeing the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Since its inception in 1929, this organizational structure has served as a buffer for the best interests of science-driven wildlife conservation during eight decades of back-and-forth political change.
   
For a complete meeting agenda or to learn more about the Game and Fish Commission, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission.

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