MEMBERS PRESENT: Richard Brock (Chair), Anthony Kerwin, Jim Lewis, Dan Maymar,
Joseph Vaile, Zach Williams
Members Absent: Diane White
Staff Present: Chris Chambers, Marty
Non-Voting Members Present: Cate Hartzell
I. CALL TO ORDER: Chair Brock called the meeting to order at 5:50 PM in the Siskiyou Room..
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Williams/Vaile m/s to approve the minutes of November 14, 2006 correcting the capacity of the reservoir from 0.150 MG to 0.250 MG (under “New Business,” A., first paragraph)
III. PUBLIC FORUM: None
IV. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA: Noxious Vegetation Inventory Update was moved to the first item under “Old Business.”
V. OLD BUSINESS
A. Noxious Vegetation Inventory Update: Parks Department Update – Jeff McFarland and Anne Rich provided the Commission with a review of Parks Problematic Non-Native Plant Control Plan and reported on their efforts to control Scotch Broom, English Ivy, Vinca and Hypericum and Himalayan Blackberry. Preliminary information was provided in the packet. It was estimated that Scotch Broom on Parks land would take 10 to 50 years to eradicate.
“Pulling Together Initiative” Grant - Chambers said he was nearly finished writing the NFWF grant for $35,000 which requires a $35,000 match (including some city work done is 2006). If approved, $15,000 would be used for GIS mapping and $20,000 for on-the-ground treatments. Cost sharing with property owners would help make the grant money go further. Other grants may be available, but even if no grant money is received, the work would still need to be completed. Vaile noted that the lesson used from Parks experience is that after-treatment maintenance work was essential.
Chambers noted that the Commission would be asked to develop a strategic plan to prioritize implementation after the inventory mapping was complete.
B. AFRCAT / AFR Update – Woodley asked for final comments on his draft letter to Linda Duffy, Ashland Forest District Ranger. Brock talked to Duffy this past month. Under the HFRA she is considering the Community Alternative (AFRCA) yet Forest Service had a problem with roadless area and the Horn Gulch area (City of
Brock was fine with the existing language if the Forest Service would be adding language regarding the City’s continued involvement in the upcoming Record of Decision. The City could then protest it if needed. Hartzell and Vaile wanted to soften the language of the letter. Woodley said the intent of the letter was not to sound harsh. Wording was deleted and a sentence added recognizing that AFRCA focused on
Hartzell wondered if the Forest Service abandoned the abiotic mode. Woodley said no, it was only that the model was not appropriate for the
Kerwin/ Williams m/s to have staff send the letter as edited. Motion passed unanimously.
It was noted that Linda Duffy would soon be supervising the Applegate and her support staff will increase. The Commission thought this was a positive change.
C. Review of “Post Treatment Monitoring on Lower Ownership” Report – Brock commended
Woodley reminded the Commission that they requested a report to make future land management decision.
The significant increase in hairy honeysuckle within moisture limited area raises questions about it as a competitor for moisture. Future moisture measurements would be taken.
Other observations included a 40% live crown.
Vail agreed with the recommendation for continued maintenance. He asked about prescribed underburning.
D. Winburn Management Plan – Tabled.
E. MOU Revision – Tabled.
VI. NEW BUSINESS
A. Commission Charter Review – Tabled.
B. 2007 Goal Setting – Tabled.
VII. ADJOURN: 7:30 PM
Richard Brock, Chair
Respectfully Submitted, Nancy Slocum, Clerk