HARRISBURG, Pa., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following up on his commitment to make the workings of the Board of Game Commissioners more open and transparent, Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners President Ralph A. Martone today announced that the Board will be holding public working group meetings on Monday, March 26. The meetings, which will begin at 8 a.m., will be held in the auditorium of the Game Commission's Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81.
The working group meeting will be webcast through the agency's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) beginning at 8 a.m. This particular working group meeting is being held in advance of its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting on April 23-24.
Among the items that will be discussed at the working group meeting are the seasons and bag limits for the 2012-13 seasons that run from July 1 through June 30, which will be the subject of the Board's meeting on April 24; the preliminarily approved use of bait on "Red Tag" farms in Wildlife Management Units 5C and 5D; the preliminarily approved removal of shotgun-only regulations for fall turkey hunting in WMUs 1A, 1B and 2A; a briefing on the agency's furtaking enforcement efforts from 2011; an update on the agency's social media outreach efforts; and a report on streamlining fluorescent orange regulations.
"The working groups are strictly an opportunity for the Board and Game Commission staff to exchange ideas and information, and to ask questions about various proposals that may come before the Board at upcoming quarterly meetings," Martone said. "Since no votes are taken during these working group meetings, we have not scheduled time for public comments. However, we will allow for anyone in attendance to submit questions in writing to the Board.
"I would encourage the public to use the time between the working group meeting on March 26 and the official Board meeting in April to express their opinion on these and other issues before the Board. Public comments are scheduled at each of the Board's quarterly meetings, which is the time when the Board does take votes on proposed regulations and other action items. The Board also receives public comments through e-mail and letters."
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Game Commission