Stranahan Forest Stewardship Committee Meeting
Time: 6:00-7:55 pm
Committee Members Present:Rich Phillips, Brett Engstrom, Jenny Warshow, Rain Bainbury, Michael Sabourin, Sarah Fowler, Ellen Cooke
Select board members: Andy Perchlik, Chris Martin
Conservation Members: Ann Miller,Ed Jalbert,
Public: James Arisman, Kass Phillips
Minutes Approved from 8/23/16
Sarah Galbraith presented the Bike Club’s proposal for the West side of the Thompson Road and answered several questions from members.Some of the questions:
Rich provided a few preliminary concerns and indicated we would be beginning our discussion of the proposal at next meeting. These concerns were noted as not official.
Current Balance $2,137.84
It was agreed that Bobbi Brimblecombe will attend the next meeting to explain the spreadsheets she uses for the tracking income and expenses for Stranahan. Rich Phillips will contact her.
Rain Banbury raised the question:what are we going to do to raise money to complete the improvement projects we identify?
Parking lot report:
Chris Martin and Rich Phillips reported on the cost of developing a gravel parking area at the originally planned site in the clearing off the west side of the Jake Martin Road. This cost was about $4,200 with the cost of gravel making up about $3,700 of the figure. Use of the town equipment and labor was not included in this estimate as the town would support these costs.It was agreed we did not have the money for this.
Chris Martin suggested we look into grants and also other options. Options included grading the planned site for parking but not gravel it, using a field site across from the sap storage tank, and using a site near the southeast corner of the property near the cemetery. Brett raised concerns about the field site across from the sal storage tank impinging on agricultural land
No decisions were made. Ed brought up if a lot is in an area that is going to managed for timber that considerations need to. Rich suggested getting cost estimates and determine affordability.
Rich or Chris will ask Dan Tetrault to come up with cost estimates for each area.
VLT Trustees visit on September 23rd: walked to moon field in rain. Folks were interested in soils and land use issues and were pleased with the efforts so far. We did not get into specific projects, rather it was an update for the Trustees.
Needs to be put together by December 2016
Rich asked that members think about projects they believe should be priority for the 2017 budget for the next meeting. Possibilities might be the parking lot, the drainage on Moon and Thompson, materials to mark the property corners,more trail markers on some trails. Rain suggested an additional kiosk at the Jake Martin end. Rain suggested an additional kiosk at the Moon Field.
Chris suggested looking into grant possibilities from AOT and others for the parking lot. Ellen will look into AOT grants for the parking lot. It was suggested that we could ask the town at town meeting for money for specific projects
Forest Management Plan:
Some committee members believe the Forestry Management Plan needs to be updated. No decision was made. When we take up the logging issue Committee needs to consider how that gets put together. Ellen suggested that we dedicate time at a future meeting to discuss a process to make the logging decisions.
Rain suggested that we move the updated the plan as top priority.Jenny suggested that we understand fully all of the topics???
Michael suggested that we rename the forest management plan the Forestry and the memorial town forest plan the Management No action was taken
Project leads: Discuss next meeting.
Next Meeting: Discuss the bike proposal including the process to decide and provide feedback to Bike club and how we are going to make decisions and communicate responsibly to project constituents Also, update on parking lot, Bobbi ‘s explanation of spreadsheets, budget development