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Fisheries and Wildlife Board meeting minutes

Meeting minutes and major agenda topics are posted on this page.

The Fisheries and Wildlife Board convenes monthly for a public meeting to listen to reports and program updates from MassWildlife staff, to discuss issues related to wildlife resources of Massachusetts, and to vote as needed on policy and regulation under its jurisdiction.

Meeting minutes and major agenda topics are posted below. Minutes are drafted and approved by the Board at the next scheduled meeting; therefore, please allow 46 weeks for final minutes to be posted on this page.

Meeting minutes

September 2018
  • Personnel Report
  • Tracking Dog Review
  • Connecticut Valley Wildlife District Activities
  • Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Appointments
August 2018
  • Southeast District Activities
  • Executive Session for the Purpose of Discussing Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
July 2018
  • Personnel Report
  • State Agency Vulnerability Assessment and Priority Actions
June 2018
  • Cabela’s Donation Presentation
  • Deer Review
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
May 2018
  • Personnel Report
  • Review/Discuss Public Comments from the Extended Archery Deer Season Public Hearing and Written Comment Period, and Vote
  • Coldwater Stream Restoration: Hamant Brook
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
April 2018
  • Personnel Report
  • Wood Turtle Conservation
  • 3:00 p.m.: Public Hearing: to amend the rules and regulations for the 2018-2019 Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
March 2018
  • Personnel Report
  • Review/Discuss Public Comments from the Dog Regulations Public Hearing, and Vote
  • Whip-poor-will Restoration Ecology
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
February 2018
  • Presentation on Proposed Extended Archery Deer Season in Certain Zones
  • Presentation on Proposed 2018-2019 Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
January 2018
  • Personnel Report
  • Review of MassWildlife’s Funding Mechanisms
  • Presentation on Proposed Regulation regarding the Leashing of Dogs and Restraint of Domesticated Animals on MassWildlife Wildlife Management Areas
  • Public Comment: Stanley Andriski: the use of dogs to recover harvested deer
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
December 2017
  • Personnel Report
  • Vote: 321 CMR 3.02(4)(o); Wildlife Management Zones
  • Canadian Wildfire Deployment
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
November 2017
  • Personnel Report
  • Eastern Spadefoot Population Introduction to the Southwick WMA: 2015–2017 Summary
October 2017
  • Personnel Report
  • Central Wildlife District Activities
  • Election of Officers
September 2017
  • The Human Dimensions of Suburban Deer Management in Eastern Massachusetts
  • Northeast Wildlife District Activities
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
  • 1:00 P.M.: Public Hearing: 321 CMR 3.02(4)(o); Wildlife Management Zones
August 2017
  • Personnel Report
  • Deer-hunting Expectations in Suburbia
  • Western Wildlife District Activities
July 2017
  • Bird-banders Meeting Update
  • Staff-Board Working Group Update
  • Southeast Wildlife District Activities
June 2017
  • Personnel Report
  • Ducks Unlimited Accomplishments in Duck Stamp Grants Program
  • Update on Priority Habitat Maps
  • 2017 Deer Review
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
May 2017
  • Review of the Revised MassWildlife Organization and Chart
  • Personnel Report
  • Staff-Board Working Committee Discussion
  • Birch Hill Young-forest Update
  • Update on LART and the Bear-attack Protocol
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
April 2017
  • Draft Prescribed Fire Policy Presentation
  • Personnel Report
  • VOTE: Youth Waterfowl Hunt and Early Goose Season and 2017-2018 Migratory Game Bird Season and Method of Take
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
March 2017
  • Personnel Report
  • Update on the 14th Edition of the Natural Heritage Atlas
  • 12:00 P.M.: Public Hearing: Youth Waterfowl Hunt and Early Goose Season and 2017-2018 Migratory Game Bird Season and Method of Take
  • A Member of the Public Addresses the Board: Thomas Murphy: Archery Season
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
February 2017
  • Correction of WMZ boundaries
  • Climate Change Adaptation in Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Schedule Public Hearing for the Expanded Youth Waterfowl Hunt, Early Goose Season, and the 2017-2018 Migratory Bird Seasons and Methods of Take on March 22, 2017, 12:00 P.M.
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
January 2017
  • The Effect of the Road Network on Moose in Massachusetts
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
December 2016
  • Personnel Report
  • Turtle Conservation in Massachusetts
  • Board Elections
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
November 2016
  • Personnel Report
  • Proposed Regulation Change: Youth Waterfowl Hunt
  • Invasive Species
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session
October 2016
  • Personnel Report
  • Vote: Acceptance of Letter of Support to the Massachusetts delegation for the Blue Ribbon Panel’s recommendations
    (Subcommittee Report)
  • The Young Forest Component of MassWildlife Habitat Management Goals
  • Western Wildlife District Activities
September 2016
  • Personnel Report
  • State-listed Mussel Conservation in Cooperation with the Cronin Aquatic Resources Center
  • Connecticut Valley Wildlife District Activities
  • Elaine Decoulos, Boxford, addresses the Board: beaver at Stiles Pond, Boxford
  • Executive Session: For the purpose of discussing certain land-protection negotiations wherein an open meeting will have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the Division
August 2016
  • Personnel Report
  • Vote: Wildlife Lands and Trails Policy
  • Review of MassWildlife’s Education Programs
  • Central Wildlife District Activities
July 2016
  • Personnel Report
  • Update on the Final Piping Plover Habitat Conservation Permit
  • Update: Draft Trails Policy
  • Vote: to amend the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s rules and regulations at 321 CMR 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, and 11.0 governing Miscellaneous Regulations Relating to Fisheries and Wildlife, Hunting, Fishing, and Nature Preserves; and to rescind the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s regulations at 321 CMR 6.0, the Dog Restraining Order, and at 321 CMR 8.0, which is a placeholder regulation that specifies the location of the State List of Endangered Wildlife and Wild Plants at 321 CMR 10.0
  • Executive Session: For the purpose of discussing certain land-protection negotiations wherein an open meeting will have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the Division
June 2016
  • Personnel Report
  • Open Meeting Law Review
  • Draft Trails Policy
  • 3:00 P.M.: Public Hearing to take public comment on the proposal to amend the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s rules and regulations at 321 CMR 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, and 11.0 governing Miscellaneous Regulations Relating to Fisheries and Wildlife, Hunting, Fishing, and Nature Preserves; and to rescind the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s regulations at 321 CMR 6.0, the Dog Restraining Order, and at 321 CMR 8.0, which is a placeholder regulation that specifies the location of the State List of Endangered Wildlife and Wild Plants at 321 CMR 10.0
  • Executive Session: Discussion of Proposed Land Acquisitions Whose Negotiations Would Be Compromised by Discussion in Open Session

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