Legislature(2013 - 2014)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

04/08/2014 08:00 AM RESOURCES

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08:06:40 AM Start
08:07:21 AM HB246
08:13:49 AM Adjourn
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Moved HB 246 Out of Committee
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         April 8, 2014                                                                                          
                           8:06 a.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Senator Fred Dyson, Vice Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Anna Fairclough                                                                                                         
Senator Hollis French                                                                                                           
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Senator Cathy Giessel, Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator Lesil McGuire                                                                                                           
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
HOUSE BILL NO. 246                                                                                                              
"An Act adding additional land and water to the Creamer's Field                                                                 
Migratory Waterfowl Refuge."                                                                                                    
     - MOVED HB 246 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
BILL: HB 246                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: CREAMER'S FIELD WATERFOWL REFUGE                                                                                   
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) HIGGINS                                                                                           
01/21/14       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/10/14                                                                               


01/21/14 (H) RES 02/24/14 (H) RES AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124 02/24/14 (H) Moved Out of Committee 02/24/14 (H) MINUTE(RES) 02/26/14 (H) RES RPT 6DP 1NR 02/26/14 (H) DP: HAWKER, P.WILSON, OLSON, SEATON, SADDLER, FEIGE 02/26/14 (H) NR: JOHNSON 03/13/14 (H) TRANSMITTED TO (S) 03/13/14 (H) VERSION: HB 246 03/14/14 (S) READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS 03/14/14 (S) RES 04/08/14 (S) RES AT 8:00 AM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg) WITNESS REGISTER REPRESENTATIVE PETE HIGGINS Alaska State Legislature Juneau, Alaska, POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of HB 246 ACTION NARRATIVE 8:06:40 AM CHAIR CATHY GIESSEL called the Senate Resources Standing Committee meeting to order at 8:06 a.m. Present at the call to order were Senators Fairclough, Micciche, French, and Vice Chair Dyson. HB 246-CREAMER'S FIELD WATERFOWL REFUGE 8:07:21 AM VICE CHAIR DYSON announced the consideration of HB 246. "An Act adding additional land and water to the Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge." 8:07:39 AM REPRESENTATIVE PETE HIGGINS, sponsor of HB 246, Alaska State Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, introduced the bill speaking to the following sponsor statement: [Original punctuation provided.] HB 246 repeals and reenacts AS 16.20.039 to add additional lands to Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. The boundary change in HB 246 proposes to incorporate a total of four parcels of land adjacent to Creamer's Migratory Waterfowl Refuge purchased by the State of Alaska, some dating back to 2001. These acquired parcels, although not officially part of the refuge, have been managed as refuge land since management authority was delegated to the Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Alaska Department of Fish & Games, Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge Interim Management Plan strives to achieve balance between a variety of user groups including bird watchers, skijors, dog mushers, cross country skiers, hunters, trappers, snowmachiners, a variety of dog training groups, school groups, etc. The ADF&G staff at Creamer's Refuge takes great pride in the fact that they are truly a multi-user refuge. ADF&G currently see no reason to alter the Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge Interim Management Plan to restrict, deny, or otherwise impinge on any of the recognized activities that were addressed in this plan. SENATOR FAIRCLOUGH asked if any other entity is asking for a different ownership style for these parcels. REPRESENTATIVE HIGGINS replied he is not aware of anyone asking for any different use. He added that most of the property is wetlands so the refuse designation is appropriate. VICE CHAIR DYSON commented that this is a significant part of the migratory water fowl flyway. SENATOR MICCICHE asked if this property is open to both hunting and water fowl viewing. REPRESENTATIVE HIGGINS offered his understanding that there is a little bit of hunting and trapping, which will continue to be allowed. 8:11:26 AM SENATOR FAIRCLOUGH asked if there are natural boundaries so that people will know these four parcels are part of the refuge. REPRESENTATIVE HIGGINS answered no; the area is mostly flat and swampy. SENATOR FRENCH summarized that this makes the refuge bigger but does not change the way it's managed. REPRESENTATIVE HIGGINS confirmed it would be larger, but management remains the same. Responding to a further question, he said there has been no opposition. VICE CHAIR DYSON noted that Doug Vincent-Lang with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game was available to answer questions. Finding no questions or public testimony, he solicited a motion. 8:12:58 AM SENATOR FAIRCLOUGH moved to report HB 246, version 28-LS1214\A, from committee with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s). VICE CHAIR DYSON announced that without objection HB 246 passes from the Senate Resources Standing Committee. 8:13:49 AM VICE CHAIR DYSON adjourned the Senate Resources Standing Committee.

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 246 vs A.pdf SRES 4/8/2014 8:00:00 AM
HB 246
HB 246 Sponsors Statement.pdf SRES 4/8/2014 8:00:00 AM
HB 246
HB 246 Fiscal Note-DFG.pdf SRES 4/8/2014 8:00:00 AM
HB 246
HB 246 Map of Creamer's field.pdf SRES 4/8/2014 8:00:00 AM
HB 246
HB 246 Creamer's Field Plan abbreviated.pdf SRES 4/8/2014 8:00:00 AM
HB 246
HB 246 Satellite image of Creamer's Field.pdf SRES 4/8/2014 8:00:00 AM
HB 246
HB 246 Special Area Permit Letter ADF&G.pdf SRES 4/8/2014 8:00:00 AM
HB 246
HB 246 Supp Letter Wildlife Society 20140213.pdf SRES 4/8/2014 8:00:00 AM
HB 246