BOARD OF GAME
AND INLAND FISHERIES MEETING
4000 WEST BROAD STREET
JUNE 27, 2003,
McDaniel, Chairman, Dan Hoffler, Jimmy Dean, Richard Railey, Jr.,
Will McNeely, Sherry Crumley, Charles H. Cunningham; ABSENT:
Jack T. Shoosmith (personal illness), Richard L.
Corrigan (schedule conflict), Dan R. McCoy, (son’s illness),
Cecil T. Campbell (schedule conflict).
LEGAL COUNSEL: Roger Chaffe; DIRECTOR:
William L. Woodfin, Jr., SENIOR
STAFF: Raymond E. Davis, Gary F. Martel, Robert W. Duncan, Jeff
Uerz, Herb Foster, David Whitehurst, Charlie Sledd
Chairman McDaniel called
the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and Jeff Uerz was requested to
lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
In open session at 9:03
a.m., Sherry Crumley, moved, seconded by Mr. Cunningham, passed unanimously
that the Board go into a closed session pursuant to §
2.2-3711.A.1 of the Code of Virginia for discussion or
consideration of employment, assignment, appointment, promotion,
performance, demotion, salaries, disciplining, or resignation of
specific public officers, appointees or employees of the
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, specifically regarding
the Board’s annual evaluation of the performance of the
In open session at 9:25
a.m., Ms. Crumley certified, seconded by Mr. Railey, passed unanimously that
whereas the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries had convened a
closed meeting on this date pursuant to an affirmative recorded
vote and in accordance with the provisions of the Virginia Freedom
of Information Act, and whereas § 2.2-3712.D of the Code requires
a certification by this Board that such closed meeting was
conducted in conformity with Virginia law, now, therefore, be it
resolved that the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries hereby
certifies that (i) to the best of each member’s knowledge, only
public business matters lawfully exempted from open meeting
requirements by Virginia law were discussed in the closed meeting
to which this certification resolution applies, and (ii) only such
public business matters as were identified in the motion convening
the closed meeting were heard, discussed or considered by the
Mr. McNeely moved,
seconded by Ms. Crumley, passed unanimously that the Board of Game
and Inland Fisheries authorize a bonus of the maximum allowed by
law for the Director, based on this past year’s performance.
This bonus shall be paid during the first full pay period
of fiscal year 2004 (beginning July 1, 2003).
Non-Agenda Items: Ms.
Dale Taylor, Beaverdam, Virginia,
on behalf of the Virginia
Watchdog, distributed a handout to the Board (a copy was not
provided to the record keeper for the official record), and
indicated that under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, she
had acquired a copy of the recorded October 24, 2002 meeting of
the Board where the Board authorized the Department to allow
VIPNet to conduct on-line transactions (boat registration
creates an electronic database from on-line transactions and it
can subsequently sell that information to others when requested
for marketing purposes. The
Virginia Watchdog opposes the sale of that information as well as
possible access to such information on the worldwide web.
The Board practices a
three and five-minute time rule to insure that everyone interested
in approaching the Board with concerns is provided equal access.
When reminded that her allotted time had expired, Ms. Taylor
abruptly left the meeting.
RECOGNITION OF EMPLOYEES
AND OTHERS: Charlie
Sledd was recognized. Julia
Dixon Smith and Becky Wajda were recognized for receiving the
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
winner’s circle awards of excellence for two communication
campaigns they developed on the snakehead fish and the zebra
Colonel Herb Foster
recognized Major Terry Bradbery, the recipient of the Darrell Holt
Memorial Award at the recent 2003 International Hunter Education
Association (IHEA) conference.
Major Bradbery was recognized for his outstanding work in
enhancing hunter education in Virginia. Major Bradbery also serves on the Holiday Lake 4-H Education
Center Board of Directors.
Education Instructors John W. Dodson and Dr. William E. Nichols
were recognized for their outstanding work when they received Hall
of Fame awards from the International Hunter Education
The Board asked and was
informed that Lieutenant Ron Henry is home and recuperating from
serious injuries suffered when he was intentionally struck by an
ATV being operated by a juvenile.
Minutes of the May 1,
2003 Meeting. The
minutes of the May 1, 2003 meeting were provided to the Board with
their briefing materials. Chairman
McDaniel called for any additions or corrections to the minutes.
As there was none, Mr. Railey moved, seconded by Mr. McNeely, passed unanimously that the
minutes be approved as written.
Agency 2003-2004 Budget:
Power Point, Director Woodfin presented the agency’s proposed
operating and capital. The
Department’s operating budget cannot exceed the legislative
appropriate for FY 04, which is $41 million.
The capital budget is approximately $4 million.
The Department’s maximum employment level is 472.
Also, the Department’s rule is that personnel costs
should not exceed 65% of the total operating costs (FY 04 is 63%)
and it maintains the Board’s, by policy, required operating
reserve of $4 million. Central services costs are $1 million plus.
With the Department’s
Mission Statement and budget principles serving as a guide, the
budget is developed in four functional areas:
Wildlife Associated and Boating Outdoor Recreation,
Wildlife Associated and Boating Outdoor Education, Environmental
Diversity, and Administration.
The proposed budget for FY 2004 amounted to a total of
$44.9 million, composed of $18.4 million from license revenue,
$10.9 million in federal funds, $5.3 million in boat revenue and
$10.3 million from other sources.
For the record, Director
Woodfin reminded the Board that the Budget Bill overrides all
other state law. As a result of the state’s budget deficit, the Department
received a revenue reduction in the 2003 budget bill by $4.9
million ($3.2 million from the watercraft sales and use tax and
$1.7 from HB 38 funds, thus the proposed budget recommendations
reflect work being cut in areas that have traditionally been
funded from these revenue sources.
The differences in the
FY03 and FY 04 budgets are: eliminate
enforcement continuing education, enforcement firearms training is
reduced from four to three times per year, the long-term bear and
grouse research projects have ended, the Wildlife Division will be
reorganized, no major IT programs are planned due to the VITA
transformation, development of a point-of-sale license delivery
system has been eliminated, the Vinton District Office was closed,
fish hatcheries have been closed to public visitation, the
Department is reevaluating its regional office structure
(considering moving Ashland employees to Richmond), surplus the
Department’s airplanes, reductions in the boating recreation
program, reductions in boating access facility maintenance and
improvements, wage positions reduced by 90%, the hunting and
fishing laws digests have been changed, the shad reintroduction
work into the Rappahannock River system have expanded, the
addition of an introduction of fishing into school physical
education programs, development of a comprehensive wildlife
conservation plan, and strategy for incorporating new federal
funding into existing programs (Wildlife Conservation and
Restoration Program, WCRP, State Wildlife Grants, SWG, and the
Landowner Incentive Program, LIP).
The budget anticipates a
salary increase for its employees.
This is a balanced budget, and if new initiatives are
planned, adjustments will be required.
The agency’s revenue fluctuates with license agent
reporting periods. Director
Woodfin indicated that one full-time employee is dedicated to
looking for and acquiring new grant funding sources.
Major capital projects included in this budget include the
construction of wildlife resource centers on existing wildlife
management areas, continued renovations for the King and Queen
Hatchery, construction of the Marion Regional Office, and
additional development of rifle ranges on department-owned lands.
Boat access site development will only occur when an
outside entity provides 25% match funding.
The agency continues to look for opportunities to own its
own regional office facilities.
Chairman McDaniel noted for the record that the capital
needs of the agency are paramount.
Because of the reduction
in the part time work force, the agency has implemented temporary
boat registration decals to allow owners to continue to use their
boats while they are waiting for their renewals from the
At the conclusion of
Director Woodfin’s budget presentation at 10:45 a.m., Chairman
McDaniel called for a break.
The meeting reconvened at 10:55 a.m. and the Board
discussed the proposed budget.
Director Woodfin notified
the Board that the agency is working with Mike Ellerbrock, an
economist with Virginia Tech’s Extension Program, to identify
work being performed by the agency for which no identified revenue
sources are provided.
Upon completion of its
discussion of the budget, Chairman McDaniel called for a motion.
Ms. Crumley moved, seconded by Mr. Hoffler, passed
unanimously, that the budget be approved as proposed.
Webless Migratory Game
Bird Seasons: Bob
Duncan presented the following framework and staff recommendations
for webless migratory game bird seasons.
He noted for the record that the final framework would not
be available until late August.
Based on this, the Board authorized staff to adjust the
approved seasons, as needed, to meet framework requirements.
Except as noted, shooting hours are between one-half hour
before sunrise to sunset in both the federal framework and seasons
recommended by staff.
federal outside season dates for dove are September 1, 2003
through January 15, 2004, with two available options for season
length and bag limits. Option
A offers a season of not more than 70 days, with a bag limit of 12
daily, 24 in possession. Option
B offers a season of not more than 60 days, with a bag limit of
15, 30 in possession.
outside season dates for rail are September 1, 2003 through
January 20, 2004, with a season of not more than 70 days, straight
or in two segments. The
bag limit for clapper/king rail is 15 daily, 30 in possession,
sora/Virginia, 25 daily, 25 in possession.
outside season dates are October 1, 2003 through January 31, 2004,
with a season of not more than 30 days, straight or in two
segments. The bag
limit is 3 daily, 6 in possession.
outside season dates are September 1, 2003 thorough January 31,
2004, with a season of not more than 107 days, straight or in two
segments. The bag
limit is 8 daily, 16 in possession.
outside season dates for resident Canada goose are September 1
through 25, 2003, with a bag limit of 8, 16 in possession.
September Teal Season:
outside dates are September 1-30, 2003, with a season up to nine
days. The bag limit
is 4 daily, 8 in possession (only Blue winged and Green-winged
outside season dates are September 1, 2003 thorough March 10,
2004, with a season of not more than 107 days on any species
(firearms and falconry combined).
The bag limit is 3, 6 in possession.
recommended Option A, a 70 days season split into three segments:
September 1 through September 27, 2003, October 8 through
November 8, 2003 and December 31, 2003 through January 10, 2004.
The bag limit is 12 daily, 24 in possession.
Shooting hours are noon until sunset during the first
(Clapper, King, Sora and Virginia):
recommended season dates of September 10 through November 18,
2003, with a bag limit of 15 counted together daily, 30 in
possession for Clapper and King rail.
The bag limit for Sora and Virginia rail is 25 counted
together daily, 25 in possession.
two-segment, 30-day season was recommended (November 1-15, 2003
and December 20, 2003 through January 3, 2004).
The bag limit is 3 daily, 6 in possession.
recommended a two-segment season (October 8-11, 2003 and October
21, 2003 thorough January 31, 2004.
The bag limit is 8, 16 in possession.
dates recommended are September 1-25, 2003, with a bag limit of 5,
10 in possession, statewide.
dates recommended are September 13-23, 2003, East of I-95.
The bag limit is 4 daily, 8 in possession, any combination
of Blue-winged and Green-winged teal.
September 1 through November 8, 2003.
December 11, 2003 through January 17, 2004.
10, 2003 through November 18, 2003.
Woodcock: October 29, 2003 through February 1, 2004. Snipe:
October 8-11, 2003 and October 21, 2003 through January
31, 2004. Goose:
September 1-25, 2003.
13-23, 2003 (east of I-95 only).
An opportunity was
provided for the Board to discuss the recommended webless
migratory game bird seasons. Malcolm Wells, Richmond Dove Club, was unable to stay
for the full meeting, but he indicated that the club supported
staff recommendations for dove seasons.
As there were no other public requests received to comment,
Chairman McDaniel called for a motion.
Mr. Cunningham moved, seconded by Mr. Railey, passed
unanimously, that staff recommendations for webless migratory game
bird seasons and bag limits be approved.
and Sale of Non-Native (Exotic) Animals:
Whitehurst presented a proposal to the Board to amend 4 VAC
15-30-40 to limit the importation, possession and sale of all
rodent species native to Africa by adding them to the
Department’s list of predatory and undesirable non-native
(exotic) animals. Persons currently in possession of these species
would be required to obtain a permit to maintain them in
captivity, and they would not be able to sell them without a
permit. After the effective date of the amended regulation, captive
African rodents cannot be transferred from one person to another
unless the recipient obtains a permit.
The proposed amendment would remove prairie dogs and all
African rodents from the exception that allows certain non-native
mammals to be imported into the Commonwealth under license or
registration from the U. S. Department of Agriculture, without a
permit from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Prairie dogs and African
rodent species were recently implicated in the United States with
the transmission of the monkeypox virus to humans.
The Virginia Department of Health is concerned that the
virus could be spread further, and due to these disease concerns,
the Board was asked to approved the proposed regulation, to
establish a 30-day public comment period for the proposed
regulation to end July 27, 2003, to delegate to the Director,
without further Board action, per § 29.1-103.12 of the Code of
Virginia, the authority to adopt the amendment in final form, with
any changes deemed appropriate at the completion of the public
comment period on or after July 26, 2003, and direct that the
final regulation amendment be made effective immediately upon its
filing with the Registration of Regulations, on or after July 26,
Dr. Suzanne Jenkins,
Virginia Department of Health,
spoke in support of the
proposed regulation amendment and action due to the public health
implications and a potential risk to native wildlife populations.
Ms. Crumley moved, seconded by Mr. Hoffler, passed unanimously,
that a proposed amendment to 4 VAC 15-30-40 be advertised for
30-days, and at the end of that 30-day period, the proposed
amendment will be changed as necessary, and filed with the
Registrar of Regulations, to be effective immediately upon filing.
Woodfin recognized Catherine Slusser, from the Virginia
Department of Historic Resources (DHR). He indicated
that DHR would like to nominate a site located on the
department-owned Lands End Wildlife Management Area for inclusion
in the Virginia Register for Historic Sites.
Ms. Slusser presented
DHR’s proposal to expand from 6 to 15 acres, a site located on
the Lands End Wildlife Management Area for listing in the historic
register. This site
is known as the Nanzattico Indian Village at the Lands End
Wildlife Management Area located in King George County. The Board
of Historic Resources has approved this listing, pending the
approval of the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Ms. Slusser reported that listing this property in the
historic register will not impact the Department’s ability to
own or manage this property.
Ms. Crumley moved, seconded by Mr. Hoffler, passed unanimously,
that the Department of Historic Resources be allowed to list in
the Virginia Landmarks Register, an area located on the Lands End
Wildlife Management Area known as the Nanzattico Indian Village.
Mr. Woodfin reminded the Board that tickets will be available for
any members interested in attending the Virginia Outdoors
Sportsman Show being held at The Showplace in Richmond, Virginia
August 8-10, 2003.
Director Woodfin thanked
the Board for the Vic Thomas retirement event that was attended by
the Governor, members of the legislature and agency constituent
group representatives. Delegate
Thomas appreciated the recognition.
Governor Warner recently
held a bill-signing event for Hunters for the Hungry that will
provide for a $2.00 voluntary donation to the Hunters for the
Hungry by purchasers of hunting licenses.
Virgil Kopf presented a demonstration of an on-line system to
purchase a hunting license. This
system is offered through VIPNet, and an additional fee will be
charged by VIPNet to users of this system when they purchase their
licenses. Mr. Woodfin
noted that information obtained from individuals purchasing
licenses the on-line will be available to the public under the
state’s Freedom of Information Act via a database being created
by VIPNet. Once the
purchaser’s requested information is provided and verified, they
will be able to print their license.
Security measures will be in place for users of this system
and the state’s privacy act requirements are being enforced.
The Board did not object to implementing this on-line
ability to purchase hunting and fishing licenses.
A bear carved from wood
by children, under the supervision of a local artist, Willy Wilmoth,
was shown to the Board. The
carving was taken to sportsmen and outdoor education events being
attended by children, and they were provided an opportunity to
participate in the carving.
Mr. Hoffler was
recognized. He noted that Charles McDaniel’s term expires June 30,
2003, and he is ineligible for reappointment, having served nine
plus years on the Board. Mr.
Hoffler presented Mr. McDaniel a plaque expressing the Department
and Board’s appreciation to him for his dedicated services to
the state’s sportsmen and the many accomplishments of the Board
under his leadership. Mr.
McDaniel served as the Board chairman for four years.
A plaque was also presented to him recognizing his service
to the Board as its chairman.
Mr. McDaniel thanked the
Board. He then passed
the Chairman’s Gavel to Dan Hoffler, the incoming Board
McDaniel announced that the Board planned to tour the recently
acquired 4016 West Broad Street office building.
Lunch was being provided when the tour was completed.
The Chairman adjourned the meeting at 12:15 p.m.
Secretary to the Director