1996 The 36th Ohio Fish and Wildlife Conference was held on Friday, February 16, 1996, at the Fawcett Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. The guest speaker was Dr. Rudolph A. Rosen, executive director, The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. His topic was “The Republican Congress: Will Management of Fish and Wildlife be Affected?” The annual meeting was called to order by President Gildo Tori. The minutes from the 1995 meeting were presented to the membership by Dave Swanson for Secretary Mark Witt. Treasurer Dave Swanson presented a financial report which showed a balance of $5,427.56. OLD BUSINESS Program - President-Elect Ray Petering provided an overview of this year’s conference. He stated that this was the fifth year at the Fawcett Center and all has gone well, but would welcome any suggestions for change. Ray stated that as in the past, the presenters and the poster exhibits were excellent and he also encouraged attendees to participate in the Firearms Training Simulator (F. A. T. S.) system that Jim Wentz had set up for this year’s conference. Nominations - Dan Frevert announced the following election results: President - Ray Petering President-Elect - Heidi Devine Secretary - Dan Kramer Treasurer` - Carolyn Caldwell Resolutions - John Daugherty submitted one resolution: to support the Division of Wildlife and the International Association of Fish and Wildlife in the National Wildlife Diversity Funding Initiative, Teaming with Wildlife and Wildfund. The motion passed. Legislation - Steve Gray provided an update on the following legislation: • H. B. 372 - would establish a wildlife conservation license plate. Steve recommended that OFWMA support this bill. • S. B. 51 - would establish Mohican State Forest as an experimental forest and could stop timber cutting and other forest management practices. OFWMA should oppose this bill. On the federal level, Steve reported that the Conservation Reserve Program and Swampbuster are in limbo as the Farm Bill has not been passed. The Refuge Reform Act - New legislation dealing with federal refuges; defines hunting and fishing as activities that should take place on federal refuges. Historian - John Matthews presented a historian’s report for the years 1990 through 1995. Copies of the report were made available to the membership. Awards - Mike Budzik presented the 1996 Achievement Award to David L. Risley, assistant administrator for the Division of Wildlife for his many accomplishments in the field of wildlife management. NEW BUSINESS B. A. S. S. Federation’s Natural Resource Summit will be held on February 25, 1996, at the Lennox Inn, Columbus, Ohio. Gildo asked for volunteers from OFWMA to attend the summit. Ohio Outdoor Sports Political Seminar will be held March 23 and 24, 1996. The Executive Committee will decide who to send to the seminar. The Wildlife Legislative Fund of America updated OFWMA members on their activities in Ohio and across the nation and encouraged members to stop by the exhibit at the conference. There being no other new business, Gildo Tori passed the gavel to new President Ray Petering and the meeting was adjourned.