Open to the public and media, the Fisheries and Wildlife Board meets monthly. These public meetings provide Board members with information from MassWildlife on wildlife and related topics and issues across the state. The Board's mandate is to protect and manage the wildlife of the Commonwealth as an essential public natural resource for the use and enjoyment of all citizens who hunt, fish, trap, and enjoy nature study and wildlife observation. This includes all mammals, birds, and freshwater fish, plus insects, invertebrates and plants that are listed under state and federal regulations as rare, endangered, threatened, or of special concern. The Board has hiring authority over agency staff and makes decisions concerning the acquisition and protection of land and water for wildlife.

 

If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at 508-389-6342.

Anyone wishing to be placed on the agenda to speak must notify the Board 2 weeks prior to the Board meeting; for more detailed information, contact Susan Sacco at the phone number above.

 

December 18, 2014 The December meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 11:00 A.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, off North Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts.

A public hearing follows the meeting, at 1:00 P.M., to amend the rules and regulations relative to the hunting of black bear in Massachusetts. The public hearing notice and related draft regulations can be found here.

Agenda

  1. Acceptance of Minutes
  2. Chairman’s Comments
  3. Commissioner’s Comments
  4. Director’s Comments
  5. Law Enforcement Comments
  6. Personnel Report (Jack Buckley)
  7. Stewardship of Wildlife Lands (Craig MacDonnell)
  8. Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Report
  9. Set Next Meeting Date
  10. Members’ Comments
  11. Executive Session
  12. 1:00 P.M.: Public Hearing: to establish and amend the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s rules and regulations relative to the hunting and tagging of bear.

 

Posted November 18, 2014, 2:00 P.M.

Updated December 16, 2014; 11:00 A.M.

 


 

November 15, 2014 The November meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 10:00 A.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, Richard Cronin Building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road (off North Drive), Westborough, Massachusetts.

Immediately following the Board meeting, at approximately 11:30 A.M., the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Sport Fishing Awards ceremony will be held at the same location.

Posted October 21, 2014, 3:00 P.M.

Updated November 13, 2014, 10:00 A.M.

 


 

October 7, 2014 The September meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 1:00 P.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road (off North Drive), Westborough, Massachusetts.

     Posted September 22, 2014; 11:00 A.M.

Updated October 3, 2014, 10:00 A.M.

There are  two public hearings,  scheduled for the same day, October 7, 2014, beginning at 3:00 P.M. Details and links to proposed regulations are available on the Division’s Public Hearings web page.

 


September 16, 2014 The September meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 12:00 P.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Western Wildlife District office, 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, Massachusetts.

Posted August 20, 2014, 12:30 P.M.;

Updated September 12, 10:00 A.M.


 

August 12, 2014 Fisheries and Wildlife Board meeting, Newburyport. The August meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on August 12, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors' Center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, Massachusetts.

A public hearing to establish rules and regulations relative to the 2014-2015 migratory game bird seasons and method of take is scheduled on the same date and at the same location at 3:00 P.M.

                                                Posted July 29, 2014, 2:00 P.M.

Updated August 8, 2014, 11:00 A.M.


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July 22, 2014 Fisheries and Wildlife Board meeting, Greenfield. The July meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 12:00 P.M., at the Greenfield Community College, downtown Greenfield campus, 270 Main Street, Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Posted June 18, 2014, 10:00 A.M.;

Updated  July 18, 2014, 10:00 A.M.

Directions to the Greenfield Community College downtown campus

From I-91, Take Exit 26 for Route 2 West/Route 2A East toward Greenfield Center/North Adams. At the traffic circle, take Route 2A East. If coming from the South, this will be the 1st exit off the circle; if from the North, it will be the 3rd exit. 270 Main Street is about 1 mile East, on the left. There is parking in the rear of the building.

 


 

June 17, 2014 Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, East Wareham. The June meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 1:00 P.M., at the UMass Cranberry Station, 1 State Bog Road, East Wareham, Massachusetts.

The meeting will be followed by two public hearings, beginning at 3:00 P.M.

Posted June 12, 2014, 1:00 P.M.

Updated June 16, 2014, 10:00 A.M.

 


 

May 14, 2014 Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Dalton. The May meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 12:00 P.M., at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s Western Wildlife District office, 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, Massachusetts.

Posted April 30, 2014, 11:00 A.M.;

Updated May 12, 2014, 11:30 A.M.;

Revised May 13, 2014, 9:30 A.M.


 

April 29, 2014 Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Ludlow. The April meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 1:00 P.M., at the Ludlow Elks Lodge, 69 Chapin Street, Ludlow, Massachusetts.

Posted April 3, 2014, 11:00 A.M.

Revised April 24, 2014, 11:00 A.M.


 

March 31, 2014 Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, West Boylston. The March meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014, at 12:00 noon, at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, Massachusetts.

Posted February 19, 2014, at 10:15 A.M.

Updated March 27, 2014, 3:30 P.M.


 

February 18, 2014 Fisheries & Wildlife Board Meeting, West Boylston. The February meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at 12:00 noon, at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, Massachusetts.

Posted January 22, 2014, 11:00 A.M.;

Updated February 12, 2014, 3:00 P.M.


 

January 21, 2014 Fisheries & Wildlife Board Meeting, West Boylston. The January meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 12:00 noon, at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, Massachusetts.

Posted December 18, 2013, 1:00 P.M.;

Updated January 16, 2014, 11:00 A.M.


December 17, 2013 Fisheries & Wildlife Board Meeting, West Boylston. The December meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 11:00 A.M., at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, Massachusetts.

Posted November 27, 2013, at 9:00 A.M.

Updated December 13, at 9:30 A.M.


November 26, 2013 Fisheries & Wildlife Board Meeting, West Boylston. The November meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at 11:00 A.M., at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, Massachusetts.

Posted October 30, 2013, at 12:15 P.M.

Updated November 22, at 9:00 A.M.


October 29, 2013 Fisheries & Wildlife Board Meeting, Belchertown. The October meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 1:00 P.M., at the Connecticut Valley Wildlife District office of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, East Street, Belchertown, Massachusetts.Posted September 25, 2013, at 1:30 P.M.

Updated October 28, 2013, at 9:00 A.M.


September 24, 2013 -- Fisheries & Wildlife Board Meeting, Dalton – The September meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 1:00 P.M. at the Western Wildlife District office of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, Massachusetts.

Revised and Posted September 19, 2013. 11:30 A.M.

A public hearing will be held on the same date at 3:00 P.M., at the same location, to establish rules and regulations relative to the Artificial Propagation of Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians; the Exemption List; and the List of Domestic Animals.


August 29, 2013 -- Fisheries & Wildlife Board Meeting, Sudbury -- 1:00 P.M. at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, Massachusetts.

An informational hearing to establish rules and regulations relative to the 2013-2014 migratory game bird seasons and methods of take will be held on the same date in the same location at 3:00 P.M.

August 2, 2013; 12:00 P.M


 July 31, 2013 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board meeting, Dalton -- The July meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 1:00 P.M., at the Western Wildlife District office of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton.


June 21, 2013 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Bourne -- The June meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Friday, June 21, 1:00 PM at the Worcester Surf Casting Club, 40 Old Monument Neck Rd, Bourne MA.

A Public Hearing will be held at the same location at 3:00 pm to to establish and amend rules and regulations governing the issuance of certain classes of Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Licenses.


May 14, 2013 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Belchertown -- The May meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 PM at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife's Connecticut Valley District Office on East Street, Belchertown MA. Directions

 


SATURDAY, April 20, 2013 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Hudson -- The April meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Saturday, April 20, 10:30 AM at the Riverside Gun Club, 16 Wilkins Street in Hudson.

At 11:10 on April 20, 2013, the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will hold a Public Hearing to establish and amend rules and regulations relative to the Taking of Certain Fish (American Shad) .

Immediately following the Board Meeting and Public Hearing, at 11:30 A.M., the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife's Freshwater Sport Fishing Awards Ceremony, postponed from February 9, 2013, will be held at the same location.

Directions (and GPS Coordinates) to Riverside Rod & Gun Club, Hudson


UPDATE --Fisheries & Wildlife Board Meeting on 3/8/13 -- Please be advised that the Fisheries & Wildlife Board meeting scheduled for this morning at the Division's FHQ, was CANCELLED due to the snow storm.

The meeting has been re-scheduled for Monday, March 11, @ 1:30 PM at the same location on 100 Hartwell St, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA.

PLEASE NOTE NEW FHQ ADDRESS.

Directions


February 21, 2013 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, West Boylston -- The February meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell St, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA.

PLEASE NOTE NEW FHQ ADDRESS.

Directions


January 16, 2013 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, West Boylston -- The February meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell St, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA.

PLEASE NOTE NEW FHQ ADDRESS.

Directions


December 11 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, West Boylston -- The December meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Noon at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell St, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA. NOTE NEW FHQ ADDRESS. Directions


November 20 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, West Boylston -- The November meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Field Headquarters, 100 Hartwell St, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA. NOTE NEW FHQ ADDRESS. Directions


October 23 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Dalton -- The Fisheries and Wildlife Board will hold its October meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at the MassWildlife Western District Office on 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton.

A Public Hearing will be held at the same location at 2:00 P.M. which will permanently establish the seasons, bag limits, and methods of take for the 2012-2013 migratory game bird regulations promulgated under emergency regulations in late August.

Click link for directions or call the District Office at (413) 684-1646.


September 25 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Turners Falls (Montague) -- The Fisheries and Wildlife Board will hold its September meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at the USGS Silvio O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center, One Migratory Way, Turner Falls, Montague, MA. For directions, go to http://www.lsc.usgs.gov/?q=cafb-directions or call the Lab at (413) 863-3800.


August 30 -- Fisheries & Wildlife Board Meeting & Hearing, Wareham -- The Fisheries and Wildlife Board August meeting will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the UMass Cranberry Experiment Station, 1 State Bog Road, E. Wareham MA. A Public Hearing will be held at the same location at 3:00 pm to establish rules and regulations relative to the fall turkey hunt. This will be followed by an Informational Hearing on the 2012-13 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons.

This venue is handicapped accessible. Directions


July 24 -- Fisheries & Wildlife Board Meeting, Pelham -- The Fisheries and Wildlife Board July meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Pelham Town Hall, 376 Amherst Road, Pelham, MA. (Junction of Amherst Road, Rte 202, and Quabbin Reservoir Gate 11) This venue is handicapped accessible.

Map to meeting location


June 20 -- Fisheries & Wildlife Board Meeting, Dalton -- The Fisheries and Wildlife Board June meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Western District Office, 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, MA.

A Public Hearing will be held at the same location at 3 PM to establish rules and regulations relative to the regulations concerning the game harvest reporting and to hunting, fishing, and trapping license classes.

Directions


May 22 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough--The Fisheries & Wildlife Board will meet on Tuesday, May 22, at 1 PM, at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Westborough Field Headquarters , 1 Rabbit Hill Road, (off North Drive) Westborough, MA.


April 24 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, WestboroughWestborough Field Headquarters--The Fisheries & Wildlife Board will meet on Tuesday, April 24, at 1 PM, at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, , 1 Rabbit Hill Road, (off North Drive) Westborough, MA.


March 27-- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough--The Fisheries & Wildlife Board will meet on Tuesday, March 27, at 1 PM, at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Westborough Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, (off North Drive) Westborough, MA.

At 3 PM, Tuesday, March 27, 2011, the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be holding 2 Public Hearings at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Westborough Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, (off North Drive) Westborough, MA.

The first hearing regarding falconry regulations, would ensure that Massachusetts remains in compliance with the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, eliminate the need for Massachusetts falconers to obtain both a federal and state permit, enhance and improve the sport of falconry, and clarify federal and state regulatory requirements for falconry.

The second hearing would prohibit the harvest of wild Atlantic salmon upstream of the Essex Dam in the Merrimack River and would coincide with the opening in Spring 2012 of the fish trap at the Essex Dam. The changes will have no practical effect on anglers in the Merrimack River north of the Essex dam because wild Atlantic Salmon have been prevented from passing north of the dam and the taking of tagged hatchery-raised salmon will still be allowed.


February 14-- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough--The Fisheries & Wildlife Board will meet on Tuesday, February 14, at 1 PM, at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Westborough Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, (off North Drive) Westborough, MA. In case of inclement weather the meeting will be held the following day on the 15th at 1:00 p.m. at the DFW Field Headquarters. Call (508)389-6300 in case of a severe weather forecast.


January 18-- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough--The Fisheries & Wildlife Board will meet on Wednesday, January 18, at 1 PM, at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Westborough Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, (off North Drive) Westborough, MA. The inclement weather date is Thursday, January 19 at the same time and location. Call (508) 389-6300 in case of a severe weather forecast.


December 21 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough--The Fisheries & Wildlife Board will meet on Wednesday, December 21, at Noon, at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Westborough Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, (off North Drive) Westborough, MA.


November 21--Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough--The Fisheries & Wildlife Board will meet on Monday, November 21, at 2:00 p.m. 2011, at the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Westborough Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, (off North Drive) Westborough, MA.
 


October 25 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Dalton -- The Fisheries and Wildlife Board will hold their October meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at 2p.m., at the DFW Western District Office on 88 Old Windsor Road.

Directions.


September 28 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough -- The Fisheries and Wildlife Board will hold their September meeting on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 2p.m., at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Karl Weiss Education and Conference Center, 100 North Drive, Westborough, MA.

At 3 PM, Wednesday, September 28, 2011, the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be holding a Public Hearing at the DFW Field Headquarters, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Karl Weiss Education and Conference Center, 100 North Drive, Westborough. The proposed draft regulatory revisions amend the list of species protected under MESA and clarify the timing of updates to priority habitat maps.

The building is handicapped accessible.


August 25 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Newbury - The Fisheries & Wildlife Board will hold its August meeting at 1:00 p.m. at the Newbury Fire Fighters Memorial Hall, 3 Morgan Ave., Newbury, MA. This building is handicapped accessible.

Directions: Take I-495 North through Lowell and Lawrence. Take the Rte 110 Exit in Salisbury, and go east on Rte 110 to the exit to Rt. 95 (stay in right lane about 14/12 mile). Take Route 95 South, take exit 57 and head east on Story Avenue. Story Ave. in Newburyport turns into High St, then in Newbury becomes High St. then becomes High Road. Continue into the center of Newbury and turn left on Morgan Street. The Newbury Town Hall is on corner of High Road and Morgan. The Fire Fighters Memorial Hall is in the back.
 

At 3 PM, a Public Hearing will be held at the same location to set the seasons and bag limits for migratory game birds.


July 28 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Newbury - The Fisheries & Wildlife Board will hold its July meeting at the Newbury Public Library on 0 Lunt Street in Byfield at 1:30 PM. This building is handicapped accessible. Directions.


June 10 - Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting and Hearing, Westborough - The Fisheries & Wildlife Board will meet on Friday June, 10, 2011 at 10:30 AM at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife's Field Headquarters located off North Drive in Westborough.

At 3 PM, Friday, June 10, the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be holding a Public Hearing at the DFW Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road (off North Drive) to consider proposed regulation changes regarding youth turkey hunting permits. The proposed change would allow the Division to issue licensed youths ages 12-14 years-old a permit with 2 tags that can be used through the duration of the spring turkey season. The building is handicapped accessible.


May 18, 2011 -- The May meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on May 18, 2011, at 1 PM at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd (off North Drive) in Westborough. This location is handicapped accessible. Call (508) 389-6300 for inclement weather postponement.

May 18 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Hosts Public Informational Meeting on Eastern Box Turtle Conservation Plan 
The Fisheries and Wildlife Board will conduct an informational meeting for the public on the proposed Eastern Box Turtle Conservation Plan. The plan has been developed by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) pursuant to the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, M.G.L. c. 131A, (MESA) and DFW's MESA regulations at 321 CMR 10.12 6(a) (6), 10.23(6) and 10.26. The Fisheries and Wildlife Board will hold this informational meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 3:30 p.m., at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Karl Weiss Education and Conference Center, 100 North Drive, Westborough, MA.


April 21, 2011 -- The April meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 2 PM at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd (off North Drive) in Westborough. This location is handicapped accessible. Call (508) 389-6300 for inclement weather postponement.


March 22, 2011 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough. The March meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at noon at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd (off North Drive) in Westborough. This location is handicapped accessible. If there is inclement weather, the meeting will be held Wednesday March 23 at the same time and location. Call (508) 389-6300 for inclement weather postponement.

March 22 -- A Public Hearing will be held by the Board at 3 PM at the same location as above. The Hunting and Tagging of Deer regulation revisions propose the allowance of the use of break-open breech muzzleloaders which have become widely available and popular.


February 22, 2011 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough. The February meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at noon at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd (off North Drive) in Westborough. This location is handicapped accessible. If there is inclement weather, the meeting will be held Wednesday February 23 at the same time and location. Call (508) 389-6300 for inclement weather postponement.


January 25, 2011 -- Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Westborough. The January meeting of the Fisheries & Wildlife Board will be held on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at noon at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd (off North Drive) in Westborough. This location is handicapped accessible. If there is inclement weather, the meeting will be held Wednesday January 26 at the same time and location. Call (508) 389-6300 for inclement weather postponement.