Frederick County

Forest Conservancy District Board

September 9, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Those present: Claude Eans, Steve Thrasher, Ginny Brace, Tom Anderson, Vince Perrotta, Jim Arnold, Tyson Rose, Keith Schoonover, Mike Kay

  1. Call to order: The meeting was called to order.

  2. Treasurer’s Report: Tom mentioned that we received a $500 contribution from the Darrell McCartney family. Tom also mentioned that about $2,000 of the Treasury is earmarked for the Neighborhood Green program.

  3. Logging Site Exams: Mike mentioned that no plans were received prior to the meeting.

  4. Boy Scout Program: (Saturday, September 14): Claude showed everybody the signs, forms, study material, equipment that was assembled for the Merit Badge Training program and commented on how well organized the Scouts were especially Melissa. Claude asked us to be there at 8:30 am for setup and to be ready to go by 9:00 am. Claude mentioned that Patrol Leaders were identified and these individuals would be responsible for specific groups of Scouts. We expect 110 Scouts and numerous parents at this training. Tyson asked us to take some photographs for the Website. After some discussion we decided to bring our own cameras and take photos since we could not dedicate an official photographer. Claude will inquire if we need special permission to take photos of the scouts. Mike indicated that a reporter from the Frederick News Post will be there to cover the program. Mike mentioned that he will run off some recent or new copies of NRCC and make them available for the training. Tyson said he would be glad to update the pamphlet with the correct dates if Mike would send it to him. We spoke a little bit about of individual talks and we all came to the conclusion that we have to be brief and keep things moving along.

  5. Neighborhood Green: Mike indicated that the Neighborhood Green committee is meeting this Wednesday and will provide Heather with applications for cost share, site plans, and maps.

  6. Nature Notes: Ginny mentioned that the backlog is not very large and that we could use more articles. Ginny will be gone from October 9 -22 and asked us to provide her with enough articles to get through Halloween by the end of September.

  7. Web Site: Tyson mentioned that he would like to prune articles from the web site and thought that an article could be removed after appearing for 6 months. There was some discussion about this and we decided to table the discussion until the next meeting.

  8. Wood Stove Program: Many Board members seemed interested in helping sponsor this program and thought that it would be best run in early November when people are thinking about firewood. Board members asked Mike to contact Jon Kays to see what role the Forestry Board would be expected to play and flesh out other details of the program.

  9. Other Business: Mike indicated that interviews for the Western Regional Forester had been concluded and a selection had been made. We should hear soon who was selected as the new Regional Forester.

  10. Fall Meeting: The Statewide Fall meeting will be held on Saturday, November 2 at Anne Arundel Community College, the announcement has been included as an enclosure with the minutes.