Frederick County

Forest Conservancy District Board

November 8, 2010 Meeting Minutes

Those Present: Jim Arnold, Tom Anderson, Ginny Brace, Lynne Marquess, Tyson Rose, Mike Kay

  1. The meeting was called to order and October’s Minutes were approved as written.

  2. Treasurer’s Report: Tom indicated that we have $10,080.44 in the Treasury. This balance includes a $900 deposit from Frederick County and the approx $600 check we paid Frederick Sign Company for the Tree Signs.

  3. Logging Site Plans: Five plans were submitted for review. We decided to visit these properties on Monday, November 15, 2010. Please meet at Gambrill at 8:00 am if you would like to be part of the review team.

  4. Tree Signs: Mike displayed the Tree Signs to Board members as well as the posts that were being built. Tom indicated that he sent a check as payment for these signs. Park Ranger, Rich Salvatore is leading the initiative of building the supports, painting them, them installing them next to the trees that Mike flagged. Rich has been able to finish about 5 – 6 signs per day so it will probably take about one week to complete the project. Mike and Rich have made plans with Karen Gardner to showcase the new trail with an in depth newspaper article and we plan on meeting with Karen on Tuesday. Lynne asked Mike to send out a notice when the signs have been installed so she can stop by and take a look. Tyson asked Mike to send him a copy of the signs that he can post on the Web Page.

  5. NRCC: Lynne mentioned that she attended the annual MFA meeting and staffed an exhibit on the NRCC program. Lynne distributed draft copies of the new pamphlets that have been developed by David Kehne of the Montgomery – Howard Counties Board. Much of the application material is complete but we are awaiting final approval before it can be distributed. Lynne will contact the Board of Education for permission to distribute this material to area schools then ask board members to help her hand out this material. The next meeting of the Educational Committee will be on December 2, 2010.

  6. Mel Noland Memorial: Lynne mentioned that the State Association along with the Baltimore County Forestry Board will be hosting a memorial program for Mel Noland on November 20, 2010. The program will include the planting of trees, erecting a plaque, and some benches in a public place in Baltimore County. The Forestry Board Foundation is requesting Donations from individual Boards to purchase trees for this Memorial. After some discussion the motion was made to appropriate $100 from the Darrell McCartney families contributions for this Memorial. The motion was seconded and passes by those present. Tom made out a check and gave it to Mike to be mailed.

  7. Fall Statewide Meeting: Lynne and Jim will be carpooling down to the meeting with Linda Pepe of the Montgomery County Board. Mike indicated that due to the expected dry weather and fire potential he will not be able to attend.

  8. Nature Notes: Ginny said that the column is doing well and that we have been able to provide the editor with a supply of content to tide us over a month orso. Ginny indicated that we still need some material and suggested that we do articles on sumac, native bittersweet vs. Oriental bittersweet, what is still green in the woods, and bears to name a few. Mike mentioned that he is working on a Thanksgiving article and will begin a series on basic tree identification.

  9. Web Site: Tyson mentioned that he just updated the website and requested that Lynne send him the NRCC material once it has been finalized.

  10. Other Business:

    1. Ginny suggested that we conduct the December through March meetings down at her house; and, everybody agreed that this is a good idea.

    2. Ginny mentioned that she recently purchased some tree from the Tree Mendous program and relayed how nice the trees looked.

    3. Ginny asked that members think about our Treasury and consider what would be appropriate ways to spend the funds; and come up with some ideas to distribute some of these funds.