February 7, 2013
Southern Division AFS Reservoir Committee Meeting
Sheraton Downtown, Nashville, TN
9:10am – 12:05pm; 1:20pm – 4:40pm
Recorded and submitted by Chad Holbrook, Secretary/Treasurer (South Carolina DNR)
Reservoir committee (RC) chair Kurt Kuklinski called the meeting to order, welcomed all attendees, and requested an updated list of email addresses from the attendees. Kuklinski presented Michael Abney with a plaque of appreciation for his six years of service as the secretary/treasurer and introduced Chad Holbrook as the incoming secretary/treasurer.
Financial Report – Michael Abney presented, and passed around summary, current financial standing of $19,059 in Edward Jones investment account at end of 2012. Abney noted that all RC monies are still consolidated into a single account with Edward Jones. He mentioned we were able to cover two $1,000 scholarships and the meeting costs from 2011 and have about the same amount in the account as we did at the end of 2011. The yearly performance of the account offset the yearly expenses. Abney reminded the membership not to expect similar performances every year.
Scholarship Report – Neal Jackson reported there were three new applicants for scholarships and two were chosen: 1) Kristopher Stahr (Oklahoma State University), PhD. dissertation – Factors related to stocking success of 178-mm channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus in medium size reservoirs in Oklahoma and 2) David Stewart (Oklahoma State University), M.S. thesis – The role of aquatic macrophytes and turbidity in mediating juvenile largemouth bass survival.
Neal brought up an interest in increasing the applicant pool. Suggestions were made to advertise the scholarships in the SDAFS winter newsletter, and also to send emails to professor’s who typically have students working on reservoir fisheries research projects.
Finances – The discussion returned to the finances of the committee and ideas for making money in the future. Gene Gilliland brought up reservoir symposium book sales. Dan Michaelson commented on the small impoundment committee’s new book and that AFS paid for the book and the small impoundment committee would not make any money from book sales. Rick Ott suggested making the book available electronically and to charge for downloads, and Mike Allen stated that in the near future all AFS books are going to be available electronically as a whole book or by chapters. Neal Jackson suggested running a workshop at a future SD-AFS meeting. Kuklinski and Jeff Boxrucker began a group discussion on presenting the habitat manual currently being drafted at a symposium and possibly having the symposium podcast. A copy of the habitat manual would be provided with registration.
Habitat Manual – Kuklinski changed gears to discuss the updated habitat manual and how to introduce it to interested user groups. A webinar was suggested as an alternative to hosting a symposium.
The priority for the 2013 summer meeting will be how to roll out the updated habitat manual. Fred Heitman suggested that the habitat manual be linked to the reservoir committee’s website and that if the site begins to see increased traffic that we could look into selling advertising to vendors that have direct products referenced in the habitat manual. Rick Ott suggested advertising on the RC web site as a funding source. Jimmy White (TX) has helped update the website.
2012 Summer Meeting Review – Kuklinski commented on the good attendance at the summer meeting, ~15 participants. The goals from the meeting were to provide a habitat manual for district and regional biologist. Kuklinski requested that information regarding individual state’s habitat plans be compiled, and he reminded the membership to look outside of our own agencies for these plans (e.g. Department of Environmental Quality or Army Corps of Engineers)
As an example of a statewide plan, Kuklinski spoke about a regional biologist in Oklahoma who is working on a species specific plan for habitat enhancement projects. He added that reservoir committee members may be contacted about any similar work that is ongoing in their states.
Kuklinski and Jeff Boxrucker asked members to send “in kind” support hours/relative cost from each member’s work on habitat manual.
2013 Summer Meeting – A few ideas for a location were brought up: Dale Hollow Lake, TN (houseboat); Kentucky Lake (youth camp), Brandon Springs on Land Between the Lakes, and Kuklinski offered up a return visit to the research station on Lake Texoma. No definitive decisions were made.
10:22 AM break
10:40 AM return from break
SDAFS President-elect Mike Allen gave an update from SDAFS and proposed that technical committee appointments be for 2 years instead of 1 year.
Jeff Boxrucker officially welcomed Larry Olmstead (retired Duke Energy and past SD-AFS President) to the meeting.
Mike Allen (Missouri) gave a presentation on a habitat enhancement project that is ongoing in Table Rock Lake, Missouri.
12:05 PM break for lunch
1:20 PM return from lunch
Mark Porath (Nebraska) gave a presentation entitled “Rehabilitating Nebraska’s Aging Reservoirs”
Mike McGhee (Iowa) gave a presentation entitled “Lake Restoration in Iowa”
Dave Terre (Texas) gave an update on NFHAP and a presentation entitled “Friends of Reservoirs Foundation” a Plan for Building and Growing Capacity to Improve Fish Habitat in our Nations Reservoirs
A motion was made to appoint a committee to put together a Habitat Workshop. John Taylor volunteered to help make the manual web-based, and Dave Terre volunteered to help coordinate a workshop.
All committee volunteers:
The goal of the committee is to evaluate running a workshop at the 2015 SDAFS meeting and if the workshop is successful to also present the workshop at the parent society meeting in 2016 in Kansas City.
4:40 PM call to adjourn
Kurt Kuklinski Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Stephen Brown Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
Matt Schroeder Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Jim Hendrick West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
Mike McGhee Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Mark Porath Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Fred Heitman Enercon Services
Mark Oliver Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Kevin Hopkins Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Dan Michaelson Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Dave Terre Texas Park and Wildlife Department
Barry Bolton Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Jeff Boxrucker Reservoir Partnership
Steve Miranda Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit
Neal Jackson Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Gene Gilliland Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Mike Allen Missouri Department of Conservation
Shane Bush Missouri Department of Conservation
Mike Siepker Missouri Department of Conservation
D. Colton Dennis Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Kristopher Stahr Oklahoma State University
Todd St.John Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Nathan Singer Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Rick Ott Texas Park and Wildlife Department
Jason Schooley Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Michael Abney Duke Energy
Chad Holbrook South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Tim Bonvechio Georgia Department of Natural Resources
John Taylor Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Dan Shoup Oklahoma State University