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Agendas and Minutes

Forest Lands Commission (View All)

Regular Meeting

Minutes
Wednesday, May 11, 2005

MINUTES FOR THE MEETING
ASHLAND FOREST LANDS COMMISSION
May 11, 2005 - 4:30 PM
Community Development, 51 Winburn Way

MEMBERS PRESENT: Frank Betlejewski, Richard Brock (Acting Chair), Anthony Kerwin, Diane White
Members Absent: None
Staff Present: Nancy Slocum, Pieter Smeenk, Keith Woodley
Non-Voting Members Present: Jo Anne Eggers, Cate Hartzell, Marty Main, Bill Robertson

I. CALL TO ORDER:
Acting Chair Brock called the meeting to order at 4:38 PM in the Siskiyou Room.
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II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Kerwin /White m/s to approve the minutes from April 13, 2005 with two minor amendments. White / Betlejewski m/s the April 21, 2005 minutes as amended. Motions passed unanimously.
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III. NOMINATION AND VOTE FOR 2005-2006 CHAIR/VICE CHAIR
Betlejewski announced that he would not accept a nomination for Chair as he had a conflict of interest with his job. Kerwin and White may have the same conflict. Brock volunteered to chair this meeting. Commission agreed to table this agenda item.
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IV. PUBLIC FORUM
Eric Navickas, 711 Faith, asked the commission where they planned to replant within Phase II of the City's Forest Lands Restoration Project. He also wondered about the future use of herbicide on noxious weeds below the reservoir in city lands.

Main said the City has done minor reforestation every year since 1995. This practice is not a priority except in landslide prone areas and above the west-side road to re-establish conifers in hardwood laden areas. He had a 2005 reforestation map for Navickas' review at a later date. Herbicide had never been discussed as an option for weed control. Main used 3' by 3' mats for weed control. Eggers asked that the commission goal regarding noxious weed control include a statement regarding the use of herbicide.

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V. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA - None.
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VI. OLD BUSINESS
A. Staff Report from Woodley - Keith had no report. Main reported that the Forest Service Draft EIS for the Ashland Forest Resiliency plan is due out in June. AFRCATs are currently working on inventory and monitoring protocols. Mapping of the community alternative is finished except spotted owl habitat. They are looking at funding for inventory and monitoring work and Title II and III grants have been submitted. The AFRCATs next meeting was scheduled for May 12th at 4:30 PM.
B. Review and Vote on Revision Commission Charter - Tabled.
C. Review Council Communication Recommending Ad Hoc Committee - Howard Heiner did not see the need for an ad hoc committee as the community already had a role in the community alternative through the AFRCA Team. Eggers said the goal would be to clarify how the commission could work as equal partners within the community.

Kerwin wondered if the DEIS comments would be coming from the City, the Forest Commission or this Ad Hoc Committee. The goal was to get a process in place before the DEIS comes out. Hartzell saw the committee as similar to the Ashland Watershed Stewardship Alliance model where they assembled for one task, then disbanded. Eggers agreed. She believed the community did not want to give its power to the commission. Brock thought the CWPP served both political and technical functions with AFRCA as the technical team. He saw the need for community input on political/social issues as well as technical issues. Brock thought it did not work to have the commission as the decision making filter.

Betlejewski said that anyone can respond to the Forest Service DEIS through the National Environmental Policy Act process. The commission's current charter allowed the commission to submit a recommendation.

Woodley said that when approached with the idea of an ad hoc committee, AFRCA members were surprised.

Eggers suggested the commission compare the alternative with AFRCA and bring the results to interested community members.

Commission ran out of time and tabled further discussion and vote until June.

D. Review and Vote on 2005 Commission Goals - Tabled.
E. Winburn Parcel - Tabled.
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VII. NEW BUSINESS
A. Set Schedule and Process for "Scientific Paper of the Month" - Tabled.
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VII. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS - None.
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VIII. REVIEW AND SET COMMISSION CALENDAR / NEXT MEETING
A. Next regularly scheduled meeting: Wednesday, July 13, 2005
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VIII. ADJOURN: 6:05 PM

Respectfully Submitted,
Nancy Slocum, Clerk


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