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Agendas and Minutes

Forest Lands Commission (View All)

Regular Meeting

Minutes
Wednesday, April 13, 2005

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING
ASHLAND FOREST LANDS COMMISSION
April 13, 2005 - 4:30 PM
Community Development, 51 Winburn Way

MEMBERS PRESENT: Frank Betlejewski, Richard Brock, Jo Anne Eggers, Bill Robertson (Chair), Diane White
Members Absent: Anthony Kerwin
Staff Present: Nancy Slocum, Keith Woodley
Non-Voting Members Present: Cate Hartzell, Marty Main

I. CALL TO ORDER: Chair Robertson called the meeting to order at 4:32 PM in the Siskiyou Room.
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II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes of February 9, 2005 were approved as amended.
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III. PUBLIC FORUM: No one spoke.
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VI. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: Robertson announced that Mayor Morrison decided not to reappoint him to the commission. Robertson reported that the Mayor told him a majority of commissioners were against his reappointment. Robertson spoke with Eggers regarding her concerns, but he thought the other commissioners should have approached him directly. Robertson excused himself from the meeting.

Main reminded the commission that Robertson was a charter member and had served for 13 years, 12 years as the Chair. Hartzell said that after ten or so years there is a tendency for a person to be identified with the commission to the exclusion of other citizens.

Eggers volunteered to be the Chair for this meeting only. She asked that the role of the Chair be placed on the upcoming workshop agenda.

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IV. OLD BUSINESS:
A. Staff Report from Chief Woodley - Woodley reported he had been overseeing the burning program and preparing for the upcoming budget review process. He is requesting $60,000 to $70,000 for the next fiscal year for the commission. He said there was no immediate pressure in the water fund, but all other departments are feeling a great deal of fiscal pressure.

Woodley reported that the Forest Service Road Use Permit was complete except for some burn piles on the landing site. He felt it was too dry to burn this spring.

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B. Working Session April 21st, 5-9 PM, Pioneer Hall - The commission finalized the agenda and assigned tasks. The commission asked Slocum to email stakeholders asking for input on goals and ideas on future collaboration with the Forest Service.
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C. Winburn Parcel - Main handed out preliminary information on the status of inventory on both the lower parcel and Winburn, pre and post inventory data and a summary of 2000 inventory data in Winburn. Main did not feel the need for post fire mortality or post fire soil inventories. He thought fuel and fire models may be needed in the permanent plots.

Overall, with the amount of preliminary work yet to be done, the draft timeline ending in Fall of 2005 for implementation was not possible. He believed there was not the same urgency for action as in the lower parcel (except perhaps for stand density). The commission as well as the City through AFRCA has an obligation in the Ashland Fire Resiliency project. The Forest Service has delayed the draft EIS until June.

Eric Navickas, 711 Faith Street, said the 160 acre Winburn Parcel was historical and contained riparian areas. He suggested removing Winburn from commercial use and using it as a non-commercial experimental site.

Main would ask Darren Borgias to map Winburn to see what portions of AFRCA would apply to Winburn.

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V. NEW BUSINESS: None
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VIII. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS: None
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IX. REVIEW AND SET COMMISSION CALENDAR / NEXT MEETING:
A working session would be held Thursday, April 21st at Pioneer Hall from 5:00 - 9:00 PM.
The next regularly scheduled commission meeting was set for Wednesday, May 11, 2005.
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X. ADJOURN: 6:02 PM

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Slocum, Clerk


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