MEMBERS PRESENT: Frank Betlejewski, Richard Brock (Chair), Dan Maymar,
Joseph Vaile, Diane White
Members Absent: Anthony Kerwin, Jim Lewis
Staff Present: Keith Woodley, Nancy Slocum, Marty
Non-Voting Members Present: None
I. CALL TO ORDER: Chair Brock called the meeting to order at 5:07 PM in the Lithia Room.
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Brock/White m/s to approve the minutes of December 14th as submitted. Motion passed unanimously.
III. PUBLIC FORUM: None
IV. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA – None.
A. AFRCAT Update –
Woodley wondered if nesting and foraging was treated equally in the model.
The Commission discussed the final wording for the recommendation / clarification to the Forest Service regarding critical habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl. Thus far the suggested wording was: “Based on site specific and on-the-ground verification, elevate further for owl management the areas where prime habitat and abiotic potential overlap including the AFRCA interface (e.g. Upper Tolman and
Maymar / Betlejewski m/s to adopt the proposed modifications to be edited by Diane White and used for the communication to the Forest Service regarding the NSO abiotic model. Motion passed 4-0 with one abstention.
B. Monitoring Subcommittee Update – No report this month.
D. Finalize Three Year Commission Goals – Brock reminded the Commission that the goals and the estimated timelines are subject to future revision. White / Maymar moved to accept the Commission goal as written. Motion passed unanimously.
E. Winburn Parcel – Commission decided to table this item, but asked Commissioners to read
F. Vote on New Meeting Time and Length – Maymar/Vaile m/s to move the monthly Ashland Forest Lands Commission meeting to the second Tuesday of each month beginning March 14th and to change the meeting time to begin at 5:30 PM and end at 7:30 PM. Motion passed unanimously.
VI. NEW BUSINESS
A. Review MOU Draft – Betlejewski thought revising the 1996 MOU with the Forest Service to reflect the citizens of Ashland’s desired role in planning and monitoring present and future watershed projects would work better than such wording in the FEIS or through NEPA channels. The 1996 MOU stated that the City already had a “seat at the table” at the planning level and project level of projects involving the Ashland Watershed. The MOU also named the Parks Commission as the City contact. Betlejewski thought that should be changed to the Forest Lands Commission.
Commission reviewed Betlejewski’s draft and suggested a few changes. Vaile and Brock wondered what wording could be added in order to create a specific “adaptive management” process allowing the City the opportunity to make continuing modifications to the plan. Betlejewski asked the commission to email him additions and/or corrections by February 28th. He would incorporate Tony Kerwin’s emailed comments. Brock would then forward a new draft to staff to route to Woodley for budget concerns and to City Attorney Mike Frannell for legal considerations.
B. Update Commission Glossary – tabled.
VIII. ADJOURN: 6:31 PM
Richard Brock, Chair
Nancy Slocum, Clerk