Minutes
Board of the Department of Natural Resources

Environmental Learning Center at Edisto Island State Park
8377 State Cabin Road
Edisto Island, SC
July 23, 2014
2:00 pm

The regular meeting of the Board of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was held at 2:00 pm, July 23, 2014, at the Environmental Learning Center at Edisto Island State Park, Edisto Island, SC. Notice of the date, time and place of the meeting was posted and mailed to the news media. Chairman Glenn McFadden presided at the meeting. Board members present included Cary Chastain, Michael Hutchins, Randy Lowe, Norman Pulliam Elizabeth Willis and Larry Yonce. Director Alvin Taylor and staff members of the Department of Natural Resources were present at the meeting.

  1. Call to Order
    Chairman Glenn McFadden called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
  2. Invocation
    Rev. Ron Kenyon, SC Law Enforcement Assistance Program, offered the invocation.
  3. Pledge of Allegiance
    Cary Chastain led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Chairman McFadden introduced newly appointed Board member Elizabeth Willis and asked that she briefly share her background with the Board.
  4. Introduction of Guests
    Robert Boyles, Deputy Director for Marine Resources, introduced the following guests: Norm Brunswick, Audubon; Erin Weeks, Audubon; Bud Skidmore, Edisto Island Preservation Alliance; Richard Covey, Audubon; Jim Brailsford, Edisto Island Preservation Alliance; Lloyd, Brary, Edisto Island Preservation Alliance; Bob Sandifer, Edisto Island Preservation Alliance; John Greider, Superintendent, Edisto State Park; Patrick Brown, Town of Edisto Beach; Shelby Berry, Beaufort Soil and Water Conservation District; Daren Moore; Jennifer Koches, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Tom McCloy, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Chief Denney Conley, Edisto Beach Fire Department; Nancy Fitzgerald, Town of Edisto Beach; Benton Wislinski, SC Wildlife Federation and Camo Coalition; and Brett Hugler, Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Committee.
  5. Constituent Comments
    Mr. Boyles informed the Board that Mr. Brunswick has requested to make comments to the Board. Mr. Brunswick expressed his pleasure to the Board for the implementation of restrictions placed on Deveaux Bank to protect nesting sea birds. Mr. Boyles informed the Board that Mr. Skidmore has requested to make comments to the Board. Mr. Skidmore also expressed his pleasure to the Board for the implementation of restrictions placed on Deveaux Bank to protect nesting sea birds.
  6. Approval of Minutes
    Chairman McFadden asked if there were any amendments, additions, deletions or corrections to the May 29, 2014, meeting minutes. Norman Pulliam made a motion that the Board approve the minutes of the May 29, 2014, meeting as submitted. Mr. Chastain seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
  7. Presentations/Commendations
    Director Taylor commended CPT Billy Downer and staff who coordinated and hosted the International Hunter Education Association-USA conference on June 3-5. CPT Ric Rodriguez, commanding officer of the US Coast Guard at Charleston - presented US Coast Guard Certificates of Merit to SCDNR LCPL Hogan L. Tyler and PFC Steven M. Terry.
  8. Item for Board Information
    1. DNR Strategic Plan
      Director Taylor distributed the current strategic plan and informed the Board that it should be updated by January. Director Taylor reviewed some initiatives for 2014-15. Director Taylor distributed a three year progress report on the budget and legislation.
    2. Climate Update
      Hope Mizzell, Land, Water and Conservation Division, reviewed rainfall totals, precipitation percentiles, 3 day outlook, 8-14 day and 90 day outlook for temperature and precipitation.
    3. Directorís Briefings
      Director Taylor met with Chip Salak and Everett McMillian of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) and Deputy Director Cope and staff on June 24 about deer management. Director Taylor participated in event on July 16 at the Marine Center recognizing Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) for their role in stewardship of SCís natural resources and dedicating equipment donated by CCA.
  9. Legislative Report
    Nothing to report.
  10. Environmental Report
    Bob Perry, Director of Environmental Programs, highlighted the following proposed projects, which were contained in the environmental report in the Board meeting package: Haile Gold Mine project, I-73; Boeing project; and the Rural Electrification Administration and US Forest Serviceís proposal for providing better service to the McClellanville area.
  11. Items for Board Action
    1. Approval of Lake Hartwell Fish Habitat Enhancement Budget
      Ross Self, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, briefly reviewed the Lake Hartwell Fish Habitat Enhancement Fund, as included in the Board meeting packet. Mike Hutchins made a motion that the Board approve the use of up to $268,000 from the Lake Hartwell Fish Habitat Enhancement Fund as presented. Mr. Chastain seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
    2. Proposed 2014-15 Early Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons
      Emily Cope, Deputy Director for Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, reviewed the 2014-15 USFWS Migratory Bird Early Season Frameworks and the staff recommendations for the 2014-15 Early Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons, as included in the Board meeting packet. Larry Yonce made a motion that the Board approve the 2014-15 Early Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons as presented. Mr. Hutchins seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
    3. Lower Saluda River Fish Kill Report
      Mr. Self briefly reviewed the Lower Saluda River Fish Kill Report as included in the Board meeting packet. Mr. Hutchins made a motion that the Board approve the Lower Saluda River Fish Kill Report as presented. Mr. Chastain seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
    4. Family Privacy Protection Act Policy (500.02)
      Terri McGee, Human Resources Director, reviewed the Family Privacy Protection Act Policy, as included in the Board meeting packet. Mr. Pulliam made a motion that the Board approve the Family Privacy Protection Act Policy (500.02) as presented. Mrs. Willis seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
    5. Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy and Procedures Update (705.05)
      Ms. McGee reviewed the proposed updates to the Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy and Procedures (705.05), as included in the Board meeting packet. Mr. Yonce made a motion that the Board approve the updates for the Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy and Procedures. Mr. Hutchins seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
  12. Deputy Directors' Reports
    1. Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
      Nothing further to report.
    2. Law Enforcement
      COL Chisolm Frampton, Deputy Director for Law Enforcement, provided an update on hiring. COL Frampton informed the Board that MAJ Jamie Landrum is attending the FBI Academy.
    3. Marine Resources
      Mr. Boyles provided updates on saltwater recreational license sales and shellfish.
    4. Outreach and Support Services
      Nothing further to report.
    5. Land, Water and Conservation
      Ken Rentiers, Deputy Director for Land, Water and Conservation, announced the hiring of the new GIS Manager. Mr. Rentiers gave a brief report on the cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Mr. Rentiers distributed the current Heritage Trust revenue report.
  13. Executive Session
    Mr. Hutchins made a motion for the Board to hold an Executive Session to discuss personnel, legal and contractual matters. Mr. Chastain seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
  14. Open Session
    Mr. Hutchins made a motion that the Board return to regular session, noting that no actions were taken during Executive Session. Mr. Chastain seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

    Mr. Yonce made a motion that the Board approve the appointment of the following individuals to the Land, Water and Conservation Advisory Committee: Patricia Hartung, James McLeod, Charles Broadwell, W. Dean Moss, Jr., William S. Simpson, III, Thomas Garrison, III, Dr. Webb M. Smathers, Jr., Marvin Davant and Larry Nates. Mr. Lowe seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

    Mr. Pulliam made a motion that the Board approve the appointment of the following individuals to the Law Enforcement Advisory Committee: Terry LeCroy, Gene Adams, Dwight Frierson, Knox Haynsworth, Dr. Gabie Ingraham, Nickey Maxey, Foster McKissick, Paul Napper, Rodney Redd, JB Schwiers, Burke Watson and Johnny Williamson. Mrs. Willis seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

    Mr. Chastain made a motion that the Board approve the appointment of the following individuals to the Marine Advisory Committee: Frank Gibson, Byron Bailey, Coker Day, Ed Holder, Fred Dockery, Ryan Dukes, Fred Rourk and Brian Rose. Mr. Yonce seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.

    Mr. Hutchins made a motion that the Board approve the appointment of the following individuals to the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Committee: John Gramling, Cleve Smith, Stan Halliday, Sam Hiott, Stephen Thomas and Bobby Garmany. Mr. Pulliam seconded the motion and the motion carried unanimously.
  15. Time and Location of the Next Meetings
    The August 2014 meeting will be held Wednesday, August 27 at the Madren Center, Clemson, SC.

    The September 2014 meeting will be held Friday, September 19 in Columbia.
  16. Adjournment
    There being no further business to be brought before the DNR Board at this time, the meeting was adjourned.