Frederick County

Forest Conservancy District Board

May 14, 2012 Meeting Minutes

Those present: Claude Eans, Steve Thrasher, Tom Anderson, Jim Arnold, Lynne Marquess, Heather Montgomery, Tyson Rose, Mike Kay

  1. Call to order: The meeting was called to order and April’s minutes were approved as written.

  2. Treasurer’s Report: Tom noted that we received $.95 interest in our account along with a contribution of $50.00 for the NRCC camp.

  3. Logging site exams: Mike noted that no plans were submitted this month for review.

  4. Big Tree program: Heather mentioned that a nice article appeared in the Frederick News Post about the program. Lynne agreed and noted that was written by John Bennett of Cecil County Forestry Board. We also received a $50.00 donation for NRCC from a landowner whose tree was measured.

  5. NRCC: So far 23 students have applied for camp none from Frederick County. Lynne produced 500 of the one page fliers that will be placed in each packet distributed to all the sophomores that will be attending the careers field day at Frederick County Public schools event. Lynne also provided Heather (who will be speaking at this event) a supply of brochures in case a student shows interest in attending this program. Lindsey Major, Steve Koehn and Josh Davidsburg recently met with the NRCC Team to devise a strategy to increase attendance at this program a list of strategies includes: have the DNR Homepage feature NRCC for a week, have Fisheries, Parks, Wildlife, Watershed Services, Boating, and Forestry send out an email to all their contacts about NRCC, Have NRCC brochures and the DNR magazine featuring the NRCC article in all of the visitor centers of the State Parks, hold a Facebook event. Our own Lynne Marquess drafted the NRCC article that has run in the latest edition of the DNR magazine! Jim mentioned that a friend of his has two sons that would like to attend camp and these students reside in Virginia. Jim and Lynne were wondering if the Frederick Board would be interested in sending them. After a brief discussion a motion was made to: Sponsor the students from Virginia to NRCC unless we can identify two students from Frederick County. This motion was seconded and passed by those present.

  6. Neighborhood Green: Heather mentioned that she was very pleased with the recent Neighborhood Green workshop although the cafeteria at Linganore High was not ideal for Power Point presentations due to the great amount of sunlight streaming through (which made viewing the graphics on Power Points very difficult). Heather thought that the speakers were very informative, the audience was great, and she thanked forestry board members (Claude, Steve, Keith, Jim) for stopping by and helping out. Heather mentioned that she received $615 application fees and once all the bills were paid and people reimbursed she has $117 that will be donated to the Forestry Board Treasury.

  7. Forestry Lecture Series: Everybody thought that the May program on Urban Forestry went very well with great presentations by Jen Willoughby, Becky Wilson and Michelle; and, we had good turnout. Claude mentioned that he is all set for the June program and is in the process of finishing the agenda. Jim is still working on the July agenda; and Tom continues to work on the August agenda. Mike will contact Phil Pannill and Kerrie Kyde to see if they would be interested in assisting with the August program on invasive plants.

  8. Nature Notes: Tom indicated that last Sunday’s column featured an article by Michelle on Goldfinch. We are in the process of drafting more articles to build up a pool of articles that can tide us over the summer.

  9. Web Site: Tyson said that the site is up to date and he thanked Claude for his article and photos on the Neighborhood Green workshop.

  10. Larry Sharpe Memorial: Lynne distributed a very nice card that Blanche Sharpe sent her offering her thanks to the Board for Larry’s tree and the memorial service.

  11. Steve indicated that he is very impressed with the Board and asked if we would send him an application for membership. Mike will send one out as soon as possible.