The department is NEUTRAL on this proposal.
As described in the proposal, the Parks, Glenn, and Richardson highways would be used to
define boundaries of the nonsubsistence area in GMU 13.
Relatively small portions of GMUs
13A, 13B, and 13E are consequently left out of the nonsubsistence area. The highways also
bisect many GMU 13 communities whose residents hunt and fish within the proposed area. If the
Board advances the proposal for further consideration, the board might consider options for
adjusting the boundaries of the proposed area to reflect GMU subunit boundaries to conform
more closely with the structure of current hunting regulations.
Even though this modification
would use GMU boundaries, it also would apply to subsistence fishing in the area. Existing
subsistence fisheries are within this proposed nonsubsistence area.
The department will prepare a report summarizes available information for the 12 factors,
modeled after the report that was prepared for the 1992 Joint Board meeting. The department
recommends that the Board review this information to determine if significant changes have
occurred since the present nonsubsistence areas were established in 1992 to justify further public
review and department analysis prior to regulatory action at a second meeting to be scheduled in