Central Flyway Bylaws Adopted July 1998

Article I
Name:

The name of the organization shall be the Central Flyway Council.

 

Article II

Purpose:

The Council shall be constituted for the following purposes:

 

To manage migratory game birds in the Central Flyway and webless migratory game birds in the Central Management Unit so as to ensure adequate protection and maintenance of their populations and to continue the tradition of sport harvests.
To assist in the coordination and integration of all phases of migratory game bird management programs among Council members.
To work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on migratory game bird needs and issues in the Flyway and Unit, including harvest regulations that safeguard the resource and provide hunting opportunity.
To assist in the development, coordination and integration of national and international migratory game bird management programs and activities.

 

 

Article III

Membership:

Membership in the Central Flyway Council shall consist of one representative from each of the following states, provinces, and territory: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. Each representative shall be the administrative director of the State, Provincial, or Territorial Wildlife Agency or a designated member of the official staff of such agency.

 

 

Article IV

Officers and Appointees

The officers shall be a Chairperson who shall also serve as Secretary and a Vice-Chairperson. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson shall be elected:by Council members at the July meeting to serve for one year and shall take office on October 1 and serve until September 30 the following year. The Chairperson shall appoint a Treasurer. Said Treasurer shall state in a letter to Council whether or not he’s bonded to conduct the business meetings of the Council, appoint members to standing and ad-hoc committees, review and approve expenditures incurred, serve as Chairperson of the National Waterfowl Council as per rotational schedule, and otherwise oversee the business and activities of the Council. The Secretary shall assure that all official actions taken at each Council meeting are recorded and distributed as minutes to the membership, maintain the membership rolls and maintain and serve as custodian of Council records. The Treasurer shall collect annual dues and voluntary assessments, disburse Council funds for purposes authorized by the Council and maintain the accounts of the Council.

 

Article V

Flyway Consultants:

The Council shall elect 2 members to represent the Central Flyway and Central Management Unit as early season and/or late season consultants to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regulations Committee. The same or different members may be elected to serve as early season and/or late season consultants. Consultants shall be elected at an annual meeting by a majority of the voting members present.

 

Article VI

Meetings:

Meetings shall be held during March and July each year and shall be of sufficient length to ensure time for full discussion of relevant issues. Meetings shall be conducted under Roberts Rules of Order.

Article VII

Quorum:

A quorum at any meeting shall consist of not less than 7 voting members.

 

 

Article VIII

Dues and Project Funding

Central Flyway state membership dues shall be one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) payable to the Treasurer on July 1 of each year commencing July 1, 1995. Canadian, Provincial, and Territorial memberships dues shall be two hundred fifty dollars ($250 U.S. Funds) payable to the Treasurer on July 1 each year commencing July 1, 1995. The Wildlife Management Institute shall serve as banker. An audit committee of two appointed by the Chairperson shall review the accounts maintained by the Treasurer and present its findings at each July meeting.

 

The Council may fund research and other projects it considers necessary to achieve its purposes as stated in Article II. Initial requests for project funding should be brought before the Council at its July meeting. Formal action may be taken on those requests at the following March meeting. Emergency funding requests (based on clear emergency need and not poor long-range planning) may be considered by the Council at either meeting. The Council shall be briefed annually at its July meeting on projects it has funded.

 

The Council shall determine the method of funding allocation for each approved project. One of the three following formulas may be used to allocate funding for projects.

Each Council member contributes an equal share. This is most appropriate for projects that have flyway-wide applicability or benefits.
Waterfowl projects: 50% of each member's allocation based upon the distribution of harvest of those species targeted in the project, 25% based upon the distribution of duck stamp sales and 25% based on equal shares.
Webless species projects: 70% based upon harvest of those species targeted in the project and 30% based on equal shares.

Formulas 2 and 3 are considered most appropriate for projects that provide significant benefits to relatively few members. In lieu of the above formulas, the Council may enact any other funding formula it considers appropriate on a project by project basis.
If one or more Council members decline to participate in project funding, their allocation (based on the funding formula used) will be divided and an equal amount added to the share of each participating member.

 

The appropriate Technical Committee (Article IX) shall review each funding request and provide Council with a recommendation including a justification for a funding allocation method with each project proposal.

 

 

Article IX

Technical Committees

A Central Flyway Waterfowl Technical Committee shall be established to provide professional advice and recommendations to the Council as it may request or as the Committee deems necessary to aid the Council in sound management of migratory game bird resources. Committee members shall be representatives from the following states, provinces, and territory: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories.

 

A Central Management Unit Webless Game Bird Technical Committee shall be established to provide professional advice and recommendations to the Council as it may request or as the Committee deems necessary to aid the Council in sound management of webless migratory game bird resources. Committee members shall be from the following states, provinces, and territory: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories.

 

Article X

Amendments:

Amendments to the Bylaws shall be a majority of the voting members present at a meeting provided that notice of the proposed change be given to all voting members, not less than thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.