Minutes

Board of the Department of Natural Resources

15717 Bennettís Point Road
Green Pond, SC

Friday, November 15, 2002
9:30 a.m.

 

The regular meeting of the Board of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was held at 9:30 am, on Friday, November 15, 2002, at the Bennettís Point NERR Field Station, Green Pond, South Carolina. Notice of the date, time and place of the meeting was posted and mailed to the news media. Chairman Dr. Joab M. Lesesne presided at the meeting. Board members present included Dr. Julius Leary, Danny Ford, Ben Gregg, M. Russell Holliday, Jr., Malloy McEachin 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.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Meditation
  3. Introduction of Guests
  4. Approval of Minutes
  5. Presentations/Commendations

     

  6. Advisory Committee Reports
    1. Governorís Cup Billfishing Series
      • Dr. John Miglarese distributed copies of the annual report to the Board and asked that this be an action item at the January meeting. Dr. Miglarese stated that the Advisory Boardís latest meeting was mainly a strategic planning meeting regarding their tournaments.
    2. Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
      • Ms. Holliday reported that the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Committee met on November 12, in Columbia. Ms. Holliday stated that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss fox pens regulations and prepare a final recommendation for the Board relating to fox pens.
    3. Law Enforcement
      • Dr. Leary reported that the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee met in Columbia on November 13. Dr. Leary stated that the Advisory Committee received a report on budget cuts.
      • Dr. Leary announced that Col. Wright was named as Chairman of the Law Enforcement Committee on Zero Tolerance.
    4. Heritage Trust
      • Billy McTeer reported that the Advisory Board had discussion on the management of Heritage Trust properties.
    5. Saltwater Recreational Fisheries
      • Dr. Miglarese reported that much of the discussion of the Advisory Committee related to the success of red drum stock enhancement efforts.
      • Ben Gregg commended Angela Viney and the SC Wildlife Federation for the stand taken regarding the legislatures use of trust fund interest in their recent White Paper.

       

  7. Items for Board Action
  1. Furbearer Hunting Enclosure Recommendations
  1. 2003 Legislative Package
    • Derrick Meggie reviewed the proposed 2003 Legislative Package. Dr. Leary made a motion that legislation to increase the combination license fee from $20 to $25 be removed from the 2003 Legislative Package. Mr. McEachin seconded the motion. Dr. Leary and Mr. McEachin voted in favor of the motion, Mr. Gregg, Dr. Rucker, Ms. Holliday and Mr. Ford voted against the motion and the motion failed. Mr. Gregg made a motion that the Board approve the proposed 2003 Legislative Package as presented. Mr. Ford seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
  2. Adoption of North American Model of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
    • Dr. Sandifer reviewed the North American Model of Fish and Wildlife Conservation paper distributed at the last meeting. Mr. Gregg made a motion that the Board approve the adoption of the North American Model of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. Mr. Ford seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
  3. Heritage Trust Property Acquisition
    • This item will be discussed in executive session.
  4. Request by McConnells Fire Department to use Draper WMA Pond
    • Tim Ivey reviewed the request from McConnells Fire Department to use the water from the Draper Pond for emergency fire fighting and training, with the Board and addressed their questions. Mr. Ford made a motion that the Board approve the request by the Mcconnells Fire Department as presented. Mr. McEachin seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
  5. Proposed and Final WMA Regulations
    • Tim Ivey reviewed the proposed and final WMA regulations with the Board and addressed their questions. Ms. Holliday made a motion that the Board approve the proposed and final WMA regulations as presented. Mr. Gregg seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
  6. Morgan Island Management
    • This item will be discussed in executive session.
  7. Overtime Policy
    • Jean Cowell reviewed the changes in the Overtime Policy with the Board and addressed their questions. Mr. Gregg made a motion that the Board approve the Overtime Policy as presented. Mr. Ford seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
  1. Executive Session
  1. Return to Regular Session
  2. Other Reports
  3. XI. Time and Location of the Next Meeting
  4. XII. Adjournment