Arizona Game and Fish Commission to Meet Friday in Phoenix

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PHOENIX, Ariz. -( The next meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be Friday, Jan. 12, at the Game and Fish Department headquarters, Quail Room, 5000 W. Carefree Hwy, Phoenix, 85086.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. The meeting can be attended in person or viewed live here.

The meeting also can be viewed at any of the department’s regional offices statewide.

Those who wish to speak to the commission may submit “speaker cards” (blue cards) in person at the meeting, or from any regional office. The ability to speak to the commission is not available for those viewing the webcast.

Items on the agenda include:

  • An update on state and federal legislation
  • An update on commission priorities, including habitat improvement and conservation.
  • An update on the deployment of the Arizona Management System.
  • A briefing on Southern Winds, an internal collaboration by the department to conserve migratory birds through full-lifecycle observation.
    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 10 a.m. Friday).
  • An update on federal lands planning.
  • A briefing on the department’s engagement with Grand Canyon National Park related to planning and implementation of bison population reduction.
  • Briefing on a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Parks Service for the Department to serve as a cooperating agency for the completion of the NEPA compliance for the Expanded Non-Native Aquatic Species Management Plan.

See the full meeting agenda. On Saturday, Jan. 13, the public is invited to attend the Meet the Commission meeting at 3:30 p.m. at the Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Courtroom, 11111 N. 7th Street, Phoenix.

This is an opportunity to meet the commission members and find out more about the commission’s upcoming priorities. This will be followed by the Commission Awards Banquet, which is now closed to RVSPs.

Awards to be presented at the banquet are:

  • Award of Excellence: Lake Havasu Marine Association
  • Award of Excellence: Elizabeth Woodin
  • Youth Environmentalist of the Year: Chase Godbehere
  • Media of the Year: Kim Quintero (1) and National Veterans Magazine (2)
  • Conservation Organization of the Year: Phoenix Varmint Callers, Inc.
  • Conservationist of the Year: Clyde Weakley
  • Natural Resource Professional of the Year: Erica Stewart
  • Volunteer of the Year: Ron Adams
  • Educator of the Year: Michael Eilertsen
  • Mentor of the Year: Justin Stewart
  • Advocate of the Year: State: Gov. Doug Ducey; Federal: Senator Jeff Flake
  • Business Partner of the Year: OneAZ Credit Union
  • Buck Appleby Hunter Steward of the Year: Double O Ranch
  • North American Model Commissioners Award: Luke Thompson
  • Chairman’s Award: Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is a five-member, policy-setting board that oversees the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

For more information about the commission, visit their website.