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Agendas and Minutes

Forest Lands Commission (View All)

Regular Meeting

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

October 12, 2005 - 4:30 PM
Community Development, 51 Winburn Way

MEMBERS PRESENT: Richard Brock (Chair), Jo Anne Eggers (Vice Chair), Anthony Kerwin, Dan Maymar, Joseph Vaile
Members Absent: Frank Betlejewski, Diane White
Staff Present: Tyler Douglas, Nancy Slocum, Marty Main
Non-Voting Members Present: Cate Hartzell

I. CALL TO ORDER: Chair Brock called the meeting to order at 4:49 PM in the Siskiyou Room.
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Vaile/Eggers m/s to approve the minutes with two minor changes. Motion passed unanimously.
A. AFRCAT Update - Main announced that the next AFRCAT meeting was scheduled for Monday, October 17th. He was hoping to have the Forest Service's modeling map available for use at the meeting.
B. Council Presentation Report - Commission congratulated Brock and Betlejewski for a job well done. Vaile said he had wanted to impress upon the Council that AFR was a ten year project and the commission needed their help to lobby funding. Main said the Forest Service would soon send him the project's funding needs.
C. Winburn Parcel - The commission tabled the discussion until Main finished the inventory and draft prescriptions, but scheduled a public hike to the parcel on November 12th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM depending upon the weather. The public would meet at the swimming hole.
D. Finalize Three Year Commission Goals - The commission had not prepared objectives in advance of the meeting and so brainstormed objectives for the "Collaboration with others in watershed projects in the City" goal. They also discussed the need for a "Fire Management Plan" in lieu of Main's 2004 "The Ashland Wildland/Urban Interface Wildfire Management Inventory, Analysis and Opportunities." Main suggested that his report plus the CWPP would serve the purpose of a Fire Management Plan. Hartzell thought more was needed specifically regarding the Forest Service's plan.

Commissioners wondered if the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Forest Service had a written response to fire. Commission would ask a representative from ODF to a future meeting to discuss their fire suppression response plan and opportunities for input from City. They asked staff to check into whether the Forest Service had a fire response plan within the watershed other than what was included in the Upper Bear Assessment. They also requested information on existing contracts with these agencies and whether the City had a map if existing water sources. Vaile asked if prescribed fire was addressed within Main's report. Main said no.

Those commissioners assigned to a goal would clarify that goal, list objectives and bring them to the next meeting.

E. Monitoring on City Owned Land - Main handed out the City-owned forestlands inventory status dated April, 2005. He noted that the Winburn Parcel was still in need of summary and inventory work. Brock was interested in having access to the entire inventory and monitoring data in one binder. The binder would be stored in Slocum's office and be available to the commissioners and the public. Brock also requested that a one page-per-unit summary (number of acres, slope/aspect, stand information, productivity, soils inventory, snag inventory, woody debris inventory, fuels inventory, vegetation composition inventory) and relevant summary maps be prepared and distributed to all the commissioners.

Other items for further discussion on this topic include how often to gather information (e.g. post treatment info, beetle inventory, etc). Main thought the main question for the commission to consider was what data does the commission need to facilitate management of the city-owned portions of the watershed? Although some data would be of use to the Forest Service, there may be some funding issues. The commission also needed to discuss and decide on a report format.

The commission agreed to form a subcommittee to review monitoring needs. The subcommittee members would include Vaile, Brock, White and Main.

A. Update Commission Glossary - tabled.
B. Thoughts on getting through the agenda - tabled.

Richard Brock, Chair
Respectfully Submitted, Nancy Slocum, Clerk

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