Rembert C. Dennis Building, Room 335
Columbia, South Carolina
Friday, April 20, 2001
The regular meeting of the Board of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was held at 10:00 am, on Friday, April 20, 2001, at the Rembert C. Dennis Building, Room 335, Columbia, South Carolina. Notice of the date, time and place of the meeting was posted and mailed to the news media. Chairman Dr. Joab Lesesne presided at the meeting. Board members present included Dr. Julius Leary, Ben Gregg, M. Russell Holliday, Jr., and Malloy McEachin. Absent from the meeting were Danny Ford and Dr. Douglas Rucker. Dr. Paul A. Sandifer and staff members of the Department of Natural Resources were present at the meeting, as were various guests.
Chairman Lesesne called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Chairman Lesesne asked for a moment of silent meditation.
Chairman Lesesne asked Cary Chamblee to introduce guests present at the meeting. Mr. Chamblee introduced Joey Holleman, The State newspaper; and Rebecca Parke, Forest Watch.
Mr. Chamblee introduced Mr. Jim Methe and asked him to address the Board. Mr. Methe’s comments were directed toward a predator depredation permit. Mr. Methe, who is a trapper, would like for the Department to support a wider range of trapping and take methods for predators, especially coyotes. After discussion Mr. Methe was asked to work with Billy McTeer and his staff on this issue.
Mr. Chamblee introduced Jeff Glitzenstein, SC Native Plant Society, and asked him to address the Board. Mr. Glitzenstein’s advocate the use of native plant materials for soil stabilization at Jocassee Gorges. Mr. McTeer offered to meet with Mr. Glitzenstein at his convenience to discuss use of native plants at Jocassee Gorges.
At this time Mr. Gregg asked if the Board could be provided with a list of members of the individual Jocassee Committees, meetings held and dates of upcoming meetings.
Larry Nates offered an overview of the South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts and its partnerships with state and federal agencies. Mr. Nates introduced members of the Association’s Executive Committee and Linda Tandsill, Executive Director. Mr. Nates spoke of the Department’s proposed budget cuts and of their concerns regarding the cuts to conservation districts funding.
Dr. Sandifer commended Jim Goller, Mary Pugh and volunteers from across the agency for their outstanding job in planning and carrying out the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic. Dr. Sandifer also thanked the Harry Hampton Fund for their support.
Dr. Sandifer commended Heritage Trust staff for their hard work on many recent projects having such short time frame for completion.
Dr. Sandifer commended Charles Farmer for his work with the Donnelley Foundation at the ACE Basin.
Dr. Sandifer commended Charles Barans and Amy Ringwood for receiving $53,422 in a grant award from the National Science Foundation for their project “Research Experiences for Minorities in Marine and Environmental Science”.
VII. Advisory Committee Reports
Ms. Holliday reported that the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Committee met on April 12. The Committee received an update on the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA). The Committee had discussion on feeding wildlife as it pertains to hunting deer over bait. The Committee received updates on the budget, legislation and the Walhalla Hatchery Discharge. Billy Dukes provided information on the results of a survey conducted of hunters utilizing public fields in South Carolina.
Freddy Vang reported that the Land, Water and Conservation Advisory Committee met on April 5. Mr. Vang reminded the Board that the drought regulations will come before the them for public hearing. Mr. Vang noted the release of the “Reedy River Report: Managing a Watershed”. Mr. Vang distributed copies of the 2001 SC Aquatic Plant Management Plan. Mr. Vang reported that Larry Turner with DHEC’s Water Quality Monitoring Section, discussed the development of TMDL’s - or Total Maximum Daily Loads - that are being developed for the Ashley and Cooper Rivers.
A. Amendments to FOIA Policy #500.01
B. SC Conservation Incentives Act – Conservation Grant Fund
Buford Mabry informed the Board that the legislature has enacted the Conservation Incentives Act and a part of that Act is the Conservation Grant Fund. Under the Conservation Grant Fund, the DNR Board serves ex officio as the Conservation Grant Fund Board and must administer the funds. The Board must also establish procedures and criteria for awarding grants under the fund. After a brief discussion Mr. Gregg made a motion that the Board direct staff to begin developing criteria for the Conservation Incentives Act – Conservation Grant Fund. Dr. Leary seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
A. Executive Office
Dr. Sandifer referred to copies of three articles from The State regarding FEMA/Burroughs & Chapin. Dr. Sandifer mentioned the upcoming meeting scheduled by FEMA for Friday, April 27, at the State Museum.
Dr. Sandifer welcomed attendees to the Eastern Black Bear Workshop held at the Madren Center at Clemson on Marcy 26.
Dr. Sandifer, Jean Cowell, Bill Pace and Cary Chamblee met with the Civil Rights and Affirmative Action subcommittee of the Legislative Black Caucus, at their request, on March 29, to discuss diversity at DNR in employment and procurement.
Cary Chamblee represented Dr. Sandifer on March 30, at activities marking the Fourth Anniversary of the Sandy Island Mitigation Bank including a tour of Sandy Island and a briefing by DOT on the project.
Dr. Sandifer attended the Bundrick Island dedication of the Joseph Drew Smith Lake Murray Marine Patrol Station held on March 30.
At the request of Boykin Rose, Dr. Sandifer spoke at the Department of Public Safety’s graduation of DPS’s basic class held on April 6.
Cary Chamblee and Ed Duncan attended a Federal Highway Administration and DOT partnering workshop held at Hickory Knob State Park on April 11 and 12.
Dr. Sandifer attended the Land Legacy Executive Committee and Steering Committee held on April 18.
Dr. Sandifer attended the House Ways and Means Committee meeting regarding the Conservation Bank Bill held the afternoon of April 18.
B. Habitat Protection Activities
Barry Beasley reported that the Land Legacy Initiative Committee had met primarily to work on the Conservation Bank Bill with the General Assembly. Mr. Beasley also stated that the internal committee is continuing to develop its strategy and should have it finalized by mid-summer.
C. Legislative Report
Derrick Meggie updated the Board on the status of bills proposed by the Department and those that are of interest to the Department.
X. Deputy Directors’ Reports
John Miglarese reviewed the results of the Mercury Symposium held in Charleston. He will be sending on a letter of recommendation to Dr. Sandifer indicating a need for more in-depth analysis of mercury contamination in SC. Dr. Miglarese also reported that plans are finalized for the 2001 Series Tournaments. The Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series Advisory Board’s annual report was approved. The nominations committee presented their slate of nominees for the GCBS board and these nominations will be passed on to the DNR Board for action.
Benny Reeves stated that the Board should have each received a copy of the Department’s Audit Report.
Derrell Shipes distributed copies of the 2000 Public Dove Survey, the 2000 Small Game Technical Assistance Program Landowner Survey and the SC DNR Hunter Harvest Survey 1999-2000 as conducted by Responsive Management.
Alvin Wright reported on the cases made by the Law Enforcement Division and reminded the Board that the current class for Law Enforcement Officers will graduate on May 2.
Carole Collins informed the Board of the upcoming Coastal BOW. Ms. Collins also distributed a copy of an entry in the Department of Revenue Art Contest which used DNR’s logo.
No further report.
At this time Dr. Leary made a motion that the Board hold an Executive Session to discuss legal, contractual and personnel matters.
The Board returned to regular session and invited staff and guests to join the meeting.
Dr. Leary made a motion that the Board reject the counter offer by Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority and direct legal staff to use any and all remedies.
Dr. Leary made a motion that the Board approve the appointments and reappointments of conservation district commissioners as presented. (copy attached to original minutes) Ms. Holliday seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
XIII. Time and Location of the Next Meeting
Chairman Lesesne stated that the next meeting of the DNR Board will be held on Friday, May 18, 2001, at USC-Lancaster, in the Hubbard Hall Gallery, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
There being no further business to be brought before the DNR Board at this time, the meeting was adjourned.