SENATE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

January 22, 2003†† Hearing Room B

8:30 am Tapes1 - 2

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:††††††††††† Sen. Frank Shields, Chair

Sen. Roger Beyer, Vice-Chair

Sen. Tony Corcoran

Sen. Bill Fisher

 

STAFF PRESENT:††††† ††††††††††† Judith Callens, Administrator

Megan Jensen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:††††††††††† Organizational Meeting

Member introductions

Adoption of committee rules

Informational Meeting

Governorís Natural Resources Agenda overview

Department of Fish and Wildlife overview

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speakerís exact words.For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 1, A

005

Chair Shields

Calls meeting to order at 8:35 a.m. Opens organizational meeting.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

010

Chair Shields

Introduces members.

012

Sen. Fisher

District 23. Introduces self.

037

Sen. Corcoran

District 4. Introduces self.

043

Sen. Beyer

District 9. Introduces self.

054

Chair Shields

District 24. Introduces self. Provides overview of committee work plan.

093

Judith Callens

Committee Administrator. Introduces self. Introduces staff.

141

Callens

Provides overview of committee propose rules (EXHIBIT A).

182

Sen. Fisher

Clarifies minority report requirements.

186

Callens

Responds.

190

Sen. Beyer

MOTION:Moves to ADOPT the proposed Committee Rules dated 01/22/03.

192

Sen. Beyer

Clarifies Rule 9.

193

Chair Shields

Clarifies tape log procedure.

195

 

VOTE:4-0

 

Chair Shields

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Governorís Natural Resources Agenda overview

226

Jim Brown

Governorís Natural Resources Advisor. Provides overview of Governorís Natural Resource agenda (EXHIBIT B):

  • Permitting process
  • Land use
  • Federal government interaction
  • Water supply
  • Environmental protection laws and conservation strategy
  • Section 404 assumption and mine reclamation
  • Current bills to clarify current policies and provide funding
  • Budget balancing
  • Economic Action Plan from each agency for jobs and environment

392

Chair Shields

Asks about timeline for Economic Action Plan.

396

Brown

Responds.

412

Chair Shields

Inquires about federal government interaction and forest practices.

TAPE 2, A

002

Brown

Responds.

045

Sen. Fisher

Comments on timber supply.

052

Brown

Responds.

058

Chair Shields

Inquires about Governorís consideration of water supply issues and energy with population growth.

068

Brown

Responds.

072

Chair Shields

Asks about geographical breakdown.

076

Brown

Explains.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) overview

086

Lindsay Ball

ODFW Director. Gives overview of ODFW operations. Provides written testimony (EXHIBIT C). Discusses legislative agenda:

  • Fee increases for hunting and fishing licenses
  • Repeal sunset on fee surcharges for Wildlife Access and Habitat Program
  • Extend surcharge on angling license fee to fund Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program
  • Hunting from aircraft

230

Sen. Corcoran

Asks about origins of bovine tuberculosis in elk herds.

234

Ball

Responds. Discusses placement of explosives in waters.

270

Sen. Fisher

Clarifies number of permits issued.

272

Ball

Responds.

279

Ball

Discusses additional issues:

  • Creation of Oregon Salmon Hatchery Research Center
  • Dispersal of wolves into Oregon from Idaho

350

Ball

Continues discussing wolf management.

TAPE 1, B

023

Sen. Corcoran

Asks ODFW to provide information and rules to help clarify issues as the session continues.

028

Ball

Responds with further discussion of wolf management issues.

058

Sen. Fisher

Inquires about the legal right to dispatch wolves which prey on livestock.

085

Ball

Responds and clarifies.

112

Sen. Fisher

Asks about available funding to remove unwanted wolves.

114

Ball

Explains.

134

Sen. Fisher

Inquires about increasing fees on hunting licenses and the total number of people who buy them.

142

Ball

Offers to return with ODFW statistics.

147

Sen. Fisher

Questions surcharge fees.

158

Ball

Clarifies surcharge fees.

160

Sen. Fisher

Further questions whether high surcharge fees are appropriate for a small group of people.

170

Ball

Explains surcharge fees.

175

Sen. Fisher

Expresses concern.

191

Ball

Discusses economic impact to Oregon and revenue amounts generated by hunters, anglers and wildlife viewing activities.

223

Sen. Fisher

Questions hunting surcharges for disabled veterans.

228

Ball

Responds that disabled veterans get a free license and defers issue for further discussion.

237

Sen. Beyer

Inquires about location of private lands open to public.

246

Ball

Responds that most private lands are located in western Oregon.

260

Sen. Beyer

Questions reseeding of private lands burned in forest fires.

266

Ball

Responds.

275

Sen. Beyer

Inquires about whether private land owners know about assistance for reseeding.

277

Ball

Describes ODFW attempts to get the information to the private land owners.

298

Sen. Beyer

Inquires about what happens to private land owners who donít know about government assistance.

300

Ball

Offers to provide information at a later date.

304

Sen. Beyer

Inquires about potential bills licensing shellfish harvesting.

309

Ball

Responds that ODFW will not propose a shellfish harvesting license bill and further clarifies.

355

Chair Shields

Questions whether current budget will help ODFW towards sustaining hatcheries.

372

Ball

Explains that Governorís budget would maintain all current service levels with ODFW.

389

Sen. Fisher

Asks what Washington charges for shellfish licenses.

394

Ball

Responds.

404

Sen. Fisher

Asks for the total number of people buying licenses and asks for breakdown.

413

Ball

Responds that ODFW will provide the information. Summarizes and concludes.

452

Sen. Shields

Closing comments. Closes informational meeting. Adjourns meeting at 10:00 a.m.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A Ė Proposed Committee Rules, staff, 3 pp

B Ė Governorís Natural Resources Agenda, written testimony, Jim Brown, 4 pp

C Ė ODFW, 2003 Legislative Concepts, Lindsay Ball, 6 pp