Friends of Oak Creek Cleanup

Trout Unlimited Zane Grey and Grand Canyon Chapters Public Cleanup Event

Wednesday, August 9th, 9:00am-noon  Sign Up Here

We invite you to join Trout Unlimited, Zane Grey and Grand Canyon Chapters, along with the Oak Creek Watershed Council for a deep clean of our beloved canyon. We will meet at 9:00am, on Wenesday, August 9th, at Indian Gardens Market, along HWY 89A, in Oak Creek Canyon. There will be a short presentation, before teaming up to clean day use areas along Oak Creek. Around 11:45pm, we will all meet back at Indian Gardens to gather supplies, separate trash from recycling, report weights and thank volunteers.

We ask that volunteers bring comfortable shoes and some water as we will be hiking along the creek in some areas. The OCWC will provide buckets, trash pickers, gloves, reflective vests, and trash bags. Afterwards, we encourage you to enjoy a “creeky clean” spot or grab a delicious sandwich and catch up with new and old Friends of Oak Creek!

Thank you for your continued support!

If you have any questions regarding cleanups please feel free to contact Cordel Adler, Email: cordel@oakcreekwatershed.org

Zane Grey President to speak at Arizona Flycasters Meetng

jim-walker-fishermanSunnyslope Community Center,
802 E Vogel Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85020 (map)

Jim Walker Zane Grey Trout Unlimited Chapter President and Desert Fly Casters member will share his insights on the numerous TU activities in Arizona’s.

Improving and protecting water and fisheries does not just happen without lots of attention and work. Often many individuals and organizations collaborate to make the impossible possible. Here in Arizona many people are members of both Arizona Flycasters and Trout Unlimited.

Jim Walker and John Doss, members of the AFC and the Zane Grey TU chapter, will give examples of the numerous and varied collaborations with Trout Unlimited programs that have occurred and are being planned throughout Arizona.

Jim Walker has been a member of Arizona Flycasters for over ten years and has been a member of Trout Unlimited in various states for over 27 years. He has been a member of the Zane Grey TU Chapter here in Phoenix for over twelve years and currently serves as the President, on the Arizona Trout Unlimited Council and on the national Trout Unlimited Board of Trustees.

Jim will give an update on some of the projects he discussed in his 2014 presentation and introduce many of the new projects that are underway or planned throughout Arizona.

AZGFD Weekly Legislative Update – Mar 11, 2016

Weekly Report is published by the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Legislative and Government Affairs Division. While the state’s Legislature is in session, legislative staff provides a summary of bills that pertain to the Department, or that the Arizona Game and Fish Commission has voted to support or oppose, and a tracking list of bills that may have potential impacts to the state’s wildlife resources. The Legislative and Government Affairs staff also actively monitors and reports on Congressional Legislation with potential impacts to the Department, and those reports (Congressional Courant) are also available online at: AZGFD Government Affairs.

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Cast-N-Blast 2016 Gallery

While the attendance from legislators was limited it was a great opportunity for us to network with many Arizona Game and Fish personnel.  Below are a few shots from the event.

AZGFD Weekly Legislative Update – Mar 4, 2016

Weekly Report is published by the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Legislative and Government Affairs Division. While the state’s Legislature is in session, legislative staff provides a summary of bills that pertain to the Department, or that the Arizona Game and Fish Commission has voted to support or oppose, and a tracking list of bills that may have potential impacts to the state’s wildlife resources. The Legislative and Government Affairs staff also actively monitors and reports on Congressional Legislation with potential impacts to the Department, and those reports (Congressional Courant) are also available online at: AZGFD Government Affairs.

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Arizona Sportsmen’s Legislative Update – Updated Through: February 26, 2016

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Notes:

  • AGFD Legislative day on the Senate lawn will be held Tuesday.

 

Upcoming Committee Hearings

Bills may be added to an agenda up to 48 hours prior to the committee hearing.

  • HB 2324G&F; military spouses; resident licenses Senate Natural Resources (2/29 10:00 AM, Senate Rm. 109)
  • HB 2465G&F; in-lieu fee; trust fund Senate Natural Resources (2/29 10:00 AM, Senate Rm. 109

Bills of Interest

HB 2038G&F; law enforcement; omnibus

Summary: Various changes relating to game and fish regulations. Requires stand-up paddleboards to carry one U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device for each person on board. The fines for unlawfully taking, wounding or killing specified animals are applied to any person convicted of unlawfully feeding wildlife that results in the lethal removal of that wildlife. Monies in the Wildlife Theft Prevention Fund may be used for investigations of fraud related to licenses, permits, tags or stamps.

Sponsor: Rep. Borrelli

Disposition: 1/11         referred to House mil-pub (Dead)


HB 2176ivory; rhinoceros horn; sales; prohibition

Summary: A person is prohibited from importing, selling, purchasing, bartering or possessing with intent to sell any ivory, ivory product, rhinoceros horn or rhinoceros horn product unless the person receives a permit from the Game and Fish Commission to do so for educational or scientific purposes. Some exceptions. A first violation is punishable by a civil penalty of at least $1,000 or an amount equal to two times the total value of the products involved in the offense, whichever is greater. A second or subsequent violation is punishable by a civil penalty of at least $5,000 or an amount equal to two times the total value of the products involved in the offense, whichever is greater.

Sponsor: Rep. Andrade

Disposition: 1/25 referred to House commerce   (Dead)


HB 2220: firearms; state preemption; independent contractors

Summary: Statute establishing state preemption over local jurisdiction firearms regulations no longer specifically allows a political subdivision to enact or enforce an ordinance or rule regulating independent contractors of the political subdivision who are acting within the course and scope of their employment or contract.

Sponsor: Rep. Kern

Disposition: 1/21 referred to House jud.  (Dead)


HB 2224private firearm transactions; prohibited encumbrances

Summary: The transfer of a firearm between two private parties who are otherwise allowed to possess a firearm under federal law is not subject to any additional fee, tax, assessment, lien or other encumbrance by the state or any political subdivision.

Sponsor: Rep. Lawrence

Disposition: 2/23 Passed house 35-23 2/23  referred to Senate gov


HB 2305G&F; assessments; law enforcement; omnibus

Summary: Various changes relating to game and fish regulations. Requires stand-up paddleboards to carry one U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device for each person on board. The fines for unlawfully taking, wounding or killing specified animals are applied to any person convicted of unlawfully feeding wildlife that results in the lethal removal of that wildlife. Monies in the Wildlife Theft Prevention Fund may be used for investigations of fraud related to licenses, permits, tags or stamps.

Sponsor: Rep. Cobb

Disposition: Not yet assigned (Dead)


HB 2324G&F; military spouses; resident licenses

Summary: The spouse of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is on active duty and stationed in Arizona is allowed to purchase a resident license permitting the taking of wildlife.

Sponsor: Rep. Pratt

Disposition: 2/23 passed House 57-0 assigned to Senate nat res, pub mil tech


HB 2338educational institutions; firearms; rights of way

Summary: The governing board of an educational institution is prohibited from adopting or enforcing any policy or rule that prohibits a person from lawfully possessing or carrying in the person’s means of transportation a concealed weapon on a public right-of-way.

ARS Titles Affected: 13

Sponsor: Rep. Townsend

Disposition: 2/24        House COW approved


HB 2340wild horses; management prohibition

Summary: The Salt River wild horse herd is property of the state of Arizona under the jurisdiction of the Animal Services Division of the Department of Agriculture. A person is prohibited from actively managing, taking, slaughtering or euthanizing a horse that is part of the herd without written authorization from the Division. The state is not obligated to pay for the management of the herd. Violations are a class 1 misdemeanor. Emergency clause.

Sponsor: Rep. Townsend

Disposition: 2/25        passed House 38-22; ready for Senate


HB 2465G&F; in-lieu fee; trust fund

Summary: Establishes the Game and Fish In-Lieu Fee Program Restoration Endowment Trust Fund to be used to fulfill the Game and Fish Department’s obligations as an in-lieu fee sponsor under the federal Clean Water Act. The Fund consists of monies deposited from proceeds received by the Dept as an in-lieu fee sponsor. Monies in the Fund are continuously appropriated. The beneficiaries of the trust are the in-lieu fee projects sponsored by the Dept under the Clean Water Act.

First sponsor: Rep. Brophy McGee

Disposition: 2/18        passed House 60-0 referred to Senate nat res, appro


HB 2524 uniform firearms transfer compact

Summary: The state of Arizona adopts and agrees to be bound by a uniform firearms transfer compact, which prohibits member states from enacting or enforcing any law, regulation or policy that would “impose any fee, tax, penalty, mandate or regulation governing, punishing, restricting, conditioning or otherwise burdening in any respect or at any time the transfer of firearms by any person” in addition to then-existing federal law. Some exceptions. Any law, regulation or policy existing on the effective date of this compact which is in conflict with this prohibition is repealed and held for naught to the extent of the conflict. Provides for construction, enforcement, withdrawal from and severability of the compact.

Sponsor: Rep. Thorpe

Disposition: 2/25        House COW approved


SB 1164: G&F; licenses; veterans

Summary: The Game and Fish Department is required to award a bonus point to a person who submits satisfactory proof to the Department that the person is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Sponsor: Sen. McGuire

Disposition: 1/20        referred to Senate nat res, pub-mil-tech. (Dead)


SB 1189: department of forestry

Summary: Establishes the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management to provide resources for land management and the prevention and suppression of wildland fires on state land and private property located outside of municipalities. The State Forester is responsible for the direction, operation and control of the Dept, and the powers and duties of the State Forester are expanded to reflect those responsibilities. The Dept terminates on July 1, 2024.

Sponsor: Sen. Griffin

Disposition: 2/25        from House agri-water-land do pass


SB 1243: Mexican wolf; G&F approval; reporting

Summary: Before a Mexican gray wolf is released, translocated or cross-fostered in Arizona, the Game and Fish Commission is required to approve the release, translocation or cross-fostering. The Commission is prohibited from approving these actions within three miles of state trust land or without a full DNA profile on each Mexican gray wolf. The Game and Fish Department is required to report to the Commission at every Commission meeting a list of specified information relating to Mexican gray wolves.

Sponsor: Sen. Griffin

Disposition: 2/25        Senate COW approved with floor amend #4573


SB 1266: firearms; state preemption; penalties

Summary: Any ordinance, regulation, tax or rule that violates statute limiting political subdivisions regulating firearms is invalid and subject to a permanent injunction against the political subdivision from enforcing the ordinance, regulation, tax or rule. If a court determines the violation was knowing and willful, the court is permitted to assess a civil penalty of up to $50,000 against the political subdivision. If a court determines a person in their official capacity has knowingly and willfully violated these requirements, the person may be subject to termination from employment to the extent allowable under state law. A person or organization whose membership was adversely affected by an act is permitted to file a civil action for declaratory and injunctive relief and actual damages against the political subdivision in any court having jurisdiction over any defendant. The court is required to award the prevailing plaintiff in any civil action reasonable attorney fees and the actual damages incurred, up to $100,000.

Sponsor: Sen. Smith

Disposition: 2/18        passed Senate 18-11; ready for House


SB 1295: DUI; watercraft; medical practitioner; authorization

Summary: A person using a drug prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner “who is authorized to prescribe the drug,” instead of who is licensed under specified chapters of statute, is not guilty of violating the prohibition on operating a motorized watercraft or vehicle while there is any drug or its metabolite in the person’s body.$100,000.

Sponsor: Sen. Dial

Disposition: 2/18        passed Senate 28-1 referred to House jud


SB 1344: agriculture omnibus

Summary: Various changes to statutes relating to the Department of Agriculture. The service charge that livestock officers and inspectors collect form the person in charge of cattle or sheep inspected is an amount established by the Dept, instead of $3, and the Legislature intends that the service charge not exceed $25. County boards of supervisors are authorized to control and destroy reintroduced predatory wildlife in specified circumstances. The Dept is authorized to enter into agreements with public universities to implement an “Arizona Livestock Incident Response Team (ALIRT) Agreement” (defined). The Dept is required to annually distribute $50,000 from the Commercial Feed Trust Fund to execute the ALIRT Agreement.

Sponsor: Sen. Pierce

Disposition: 2/24        referred to House agri-water-land.  Passed Senate 20-9


SB 1361: G&F heritage fund; expenditures

Summary: At least 20 percent, decreased from 40 percent, of monies in the Game and Fish Commission Heritage Fund that are available for property with sensitive habitat must be spent to acquire property to acquire property with sensitive habitat used by endangered, threatened and candidate species. Not more than 20 percent of those monies may be spent on the operation and maintenance of the acquired property, including infrastructure.

Sponsor: Sen. Griffin

Disposition: 2/23        stricken from Senate consent calendar by Farley


SB 1368: salt river wild horse plates

Summary: The Department of Transportation is authorized to issue Salt River wild horse special license plates if a person pays $32,000 in start-up costs by December 31, 2016. Of the $25 annual fee, $8 is an administrative fee and $17 is a donation to the newly established Salt River Wild Horse Special Plate Fund. Monies in the Fund are to be distributed to a nonprofit entity meeting specified requirements, including having documented Salt River wild horses for at least 19 years.

Sponsor: Sen. McGuire

Disposition: 1/28        referred to Senate trans.  (Dead)


SB 1432: temporary conservation easement tax

Summary: Specifies that the requirement for a joint resolution adopted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor to consent to the acquisition of privately owned real property in Arizona by the United States is “to preserve the private property tax base.”

Sponsor: Sen. Griffin

Disposition: 2/25        Senate COW approved with amend #4274 and floor amend #4579.


SB 1433: private lands; use; enjoyment

Summary: The reclassification of trust lands as suitable for conservation purposes is prohibited from limiting “use or enjoyment of” private lands.

Sponsor: Sen. Griffin

Disposition: 2/18        passed Senate 23-6; ready for House

AZGFD Cast N’ Blast (February 2016)

cast-blast-300Jorge Canaca of AZGFD is finalizing details for a “Cast & Blast” event for Monday February 29th from 4:00 – 7:0p.m.

Jorge has indicated that he and Tony Guiles (Legislative Director) expect the Biscuit Tank to be arrival location and the BBQ dinner facility.   Also, he has the logos of the four organizations which will be added to his draft 2016 flyer (see attachment) as was done in 2015 (see attachment).

A total of 12 volunteers (collectively from Arizona Flycasters, Desert Fly Casters, Trout Unlimited and White Mountain Lakes Foundation)is being organized to conduct the “Cast” portion of the event.    Since many of the volunteers wear the hat of each of these organizations it is expected to not be a problem to have each organization represented.   As done at prior events, AFC has provided the fishing rods for the attendees and the volunteers bring their selection of flies for the event.   In addition to getting a free BBQ dinner and to meet some of the elected officials, IF there is a low turnout (as has been in the past) the volunteers can personally fish at Biscuit Tank.

Volunteers will meet at 4:00pm at the Biscuit Tank which is located near the AZGFD headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix and the Ben Avery Target Center (see attached map).  The fly casting and fishing session is expected to last until 6:00p.m.   Additional volunteer information will be sent over the coming weekend.  Any materials for the legislator’s packets promoting each organization or programs are being provided and coordinated by John Doss (AFC), Joe Miller (DFC), Glen Knight (WMLF), and Jim Walker (TU).

All volunteers are invited to stay and attend the BBQ with the legislators and AZGFD staff. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time to talk with the legislators and the AZGFD staff about our organizations, water, fishing and conservation issues.

Please let Ben Alteneder and I know by Tuesday at 5p.m. if you would be able to volunteer.

This will be the third year that conservation organizations are involved in this annual event with the AZGFD Community & Congressional Relations staff for legislative friends at the State Capitol.  The “Arizona Legislators for Wildlife” caucus will be in attendance and will be recruiting legislators to join the caucus.  This bi-partisan caucus serves as a medium for sportsmen and conservation groups to engage legislators who have an interest in fishing, hunting, wildlife watching and outdoor recreation.  Attendance at the event will include about 30+ legislators and their staff.  It is expected 15 legislative guests will want to experience an opportunity to be taught fly casting and a chance to fish with representatives of Arizona Flycasters, Desert Fly Casters, Trout Unlimited and White Mountain Lakes Foundation.

We will provide volunteers updated details as they are received.

Don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions.

Thanks.

Jim Walker