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June 24-25, 2020

Webinar and Teleconference
The California Fish and Game Commission is conducting this meeting by webinar and teleconference to avoid a public gathering and protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, consistent with Executive Order N-33-20.

Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, commissioners may participate in meetings remotely. The public may provide public comment during the public comment periods, and otherwise observe remotely consistent with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.

*This agenda is revised to provide a link to instructions to participate in the webinar, add detail to existing agenda item numbers 8 and 24, update the “amended sections” under agenda item 7, and add agenda item (D)II under Executive Session.

The meeting will be live streamed; visit the day of the meeting. To provide public comment during the meeting, please join via Zoom Webinar or by telephone. Please click here for instructions on how to join the meeting.

Note: See important meeting deadlines, including written public comment deadlines, and procedures at the end of the agenda starting on page 12. Unless otherwise indicated, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is identified as Department.

DAY 2 – June 25, 2020, 9:00 AM

Call to order/roll call to establish quorum
18. General public comment for items not on agenda
Receive public comment regarding topics within the Commission’s authority that are not included on the agenda.
Note: The Commission may not discuss or take action on any matter raised during this item, except to decide whether to place the matter on the agenda of a future meeting (sections 11125 and 11125.7(a), Government Code).
CONSENT ITEMS      Motion and Vote
19.Private lands wildlife habitat enhancement and management area (PLM) licences and plans (annual and five-year)
Consider approving or amending annual PLM plans and 2020/2021 licenses for: (Pursuant to Section 601, Title 14, CCR)
 (A)Butte County
  I.Deseret Farms – Ballard Unit
  II.Deseret Farms – Wilson Unit
 (B)Calaveras County
  I.Ordway Ranch
 (C)Glenn County
  I.Anderson Ranch
  II.Bird Haven Ranch
 (D)Kern/Los Angeles
  I.Tejon Ranch (correction to season dates only)
 (E)Lassen County
  I.Ash Valley Ranch
  II.Clarks Valley Ranch
  III.Dixie Valley Ranch
  IV.Five Dot Ranch - Avila
  V.Kramer Ranch PLM
  VI.Mendiboure Cold Springs Ranch
  VII.Observation Peak Ranch
  VIII.Red Rock Ranch
  IX.Walton Homestead Family, LLC (formerly Coon Camp Springs)
 (F)Mendocino County
  I.Four Pines Ranch
  II.R-R Ranch
  III.Schneider Ranch
 (G)Modoc County
  I.Basin View Ranch
  II.Lookout Ranch
  III.SL Ranch
 (H)San Bernardino County
  I.Big Morongo Springs Ranch
 (I)Shasta County
  I.Black Ranch
  II.Clover Creek Ranch PLM
  III.Duncan Creek Ranch
  IV.Hathaway Oak Run Ranch
  V.Jerusalem Creek Ranch
  VI.Rickert Ranch
 (J)Siskiyou County
  I.Long Prairie Farms
  III.Red Rock Valley Farms
 (K)Tehama County
  I.El Rancho Rio Frio
  II.Little Dry Creek Ranch
  III.Salt Creek Ranch
 (L)Yuba County
  I.Sugarloaf-Bangor Ranch
 Consider approving five-year PLM plans and 2020-2024 licenses for: (Pursuant to Section 601, Title 14, CCR)
 (M)Butte County
  I.Llano Seco Rancho
 (N)Butte/Tehama counties
  I.Rock Creek
 (O)Glenn County
  I.Spurlock Ranch
 (P)Lassen County
  I.Five Dot Ranch - Horse Lake
  II.Five Dot Ranch - School Section
  III.Five Dot Ranch - Tunnel Springs
  IV.Five Dot Ranch - Willow Creek
  V.Mendiboure Ranch
 (Q)Mendocino County
  I.Ackerman-South Daugherty WMA
 (R)Monterey County
  I.Bardin Ranch
 (S)Shasta County
  I.JS Ranch
 (T)Tehama County
  I.Big Bluff Ranch
 (U)Trinity County
  I.Stewart Ranch
20.Agassiz’s desert tortoise
Receive the Department’s 90-day evaluation report for the petition to list Agassiz’s desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) as a threatened or endangered species under CESA.
(Pursuant to Section 2073.5, Fish and Game Code)

The evaluation report is not due until July 12, 2020. Staff mistakenly added this item to the draft list of agenda items the Commission approved at its April 15-16, 2020 meeting and recommends that it be continued to the August 2020 meeting.
21. San Bernardino kangaroo rat
Receive the Department’s request for a six-month extension to deliver the one-year status review report on the petition to list San Bernardino kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami parvus) as threatened or endangered species under CESA. (Pursuant to Section 2074.6, Fish and Game Code)
22.Owens pupfish
Receive Department’s five-year status review for Owens pupfish (Cyprinodon radiosus), which is listed as an endangered species under CESA. (Pursuant to Section 2077, Fish and Game Code)
23.Duck Stamps
Consider approving proposed projects for the Duck Stamp Dedicated Account funds in Fiscal Year 2020-21.
(Pursuant to Section 3702, Fish and Game Code)
24. Department informational items (wildlife and inland fisheries)
The Department will highlight wildlife and inland fisheries items of note since the last Commission meeting.
 (A) Director’s report
  I.Update on actions taken after May 14, 2020 pursuant to the emergency sport and recreational fishing regulations that expired on May 31, 2020
 (B) Wildlife and Fisheries Division, and Ecosystem Conservation Division
  I.Update on the Strategic Surveillance Plan for the Treponeme-Associated Hoof Disease in California
 (C) Law Enforcement Division
25. Wildlife Resources Committee
Discuss updates and recommendations from the May 14, 2020 committee meeting. Consider approving new topics to address at a future committee meeting.
Motion and Vote
 (A)May 14, 2020 meeting summary
 (B)Work plan development
  I.Update on work plan
  II.Discuss and consider approving new topics
26. Simplification of statewide inland fishing
Consider authorizing publication of notice of intent to amend inland sport fishing regulations
(Add sections 5.84, 5.89, 7.40, and amend sections 3.00, 4.00, 5.00, 5.41, 5.85, 7.00, 7.50, and 8.10, Title 14, CCR)
Motion and Vote
27. Western Joshua tree
Consider and potentially act on the petition, the Department’s evaluation report, and comments received to determine whether listing western Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) as a threatened or endangered species under CESA may be warranted. (Pursuant to sections 2074 and 2074.2, Fish and Game Code) Note: if the Commission determines listing may be warranted, a one-year status review will commence before the final decision on listing is made.

Staff will recommend this item be continued to the August 19-20, 2020 meeting based on conversations with the petitioner, other stakeholders, and the Department.
Motion and Vote
28. Riparian brush rabbit
Receive overview of the Department’s five-year status review of riparian brush rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani riparius), which is listed as an endangered species under CESA. (Pursuant to Section 2077, Fish and Game Code)
29. Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year
Announce recipient of the Commission’s annual Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year award, consistent with the Commission’s policy adopted in 2016.
30. Wildlife and inland fisheries petitions for regulation change
Consider requests submitted by members of the public to adopt, amend, or repeal a regulation.
(Pursuant to Section 662, Title 14, CCR)
Motion and Vote
 (A)Action on current petitions
  I.Petition #2020-003: Eliminate authorized recreational uses in Area C and currently allowed parking in existing designated areas at Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve
  II.Petition #2020-004: Steelhead fishery opener date change on Trinity River
  III.Petition #2020-005: Striped bass slot limits
 (B)Action on pending regulation petitions referred to staff or the Department for review – None scheduled at this time
31. Wildlife and inland fisheries non-regulatory requests
Consider non-regulatory requests submitted by members of the public at previous meetings.
Motion and Vote
 (A)Action on non-regulatory requests
 (B)Action on pending non-regulatory requests referred to staff or the Department for review
32. Wildlife and inland fisheries items of interest from previous meetings
These items are generally updates on agenda topics recently heard before the Commission.
Motion and Vote
 (A)Discuss urban coyote issues
 Staff will recommend that this item be continued to a future meeting.
33. Commission administrative items
 (A) Next meeting – August 19-20, 2020 in Fortuna     Motion and Vote
 (B) Rulemaking timetable updates       Motion and Vote
 (C) New business
Return to Day 1 Item 5: 150th Anniversary
Discuss the 150th anniversary of the Commission.