Regular Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, January 24, 2001
ASHLAND FOREST LANDS COMMISSION
JANUARY 24, 2001, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
CONTINUATION OF JANUARY 10TH MEETING
MEMBERS PRESENT: Frank Betlejewski, Fred Binnewies, Richard Brock, Joe Charter and Jo Anne Eggers
Members Absent: John Morrison (Council Liaison), Bill Robertson
Staff: Keith Woodley, Nancy Slocum
Guests: Lyndia Hammer, REAL Corp
I. CALL TO ORDER AT 5:35 PM
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Not applicable
III. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
A. Continuation of Recommendation to City Council Regarding Ashland Watershed Protection Project Final EIS – Woodley suggested the commission meet with Linda Duffy, Forest Service, to discuss the FEIS. He thought the commission’s ideas and concerns would be well received. Betlejewski offered to be the liaison and meet with Duffy. Commission agreed.
Eggers informed the commission of a possible upcoming session with the Mayor-appointed ad hoc committee and the City Council. She thought the Forest Commission might want to participate. Betlejewski wanted to keep the two groups separate. Keith reminded commission that the ultimate decision making body was the Forest Service, however the commission was in a solid advisory position.
Commission members made minor changes to the draft letter to Council. Directed staff to make the changes, obtain Chairperson Robertson’s signature, sent it to council and copy Linda Duffy. Betlejewski would make an appointment with Duffy to go over the letter.
B. Wildfire Mitigation on Private Lands in Interface Zone -- Brock opened the discussion saying REAL Corp volunteered to help with this project. The suggested a “user’s” guide to educate property owners in the interface zone. He reported that Woodley is working on such a document. Brock asked Woodley for an update.
Woodley informed the commission he would have the draft ready for the next meeting. The document would address the history of fire in the area, methods of wildfire prevention, protection of structures, riparian areas, silvaculture, list of fire resistant vegetation, maintaining vegetation, fire resistant roofing material and fire emergency procedures.
Woodley reported he is supervising a SOU intern. The intern will map Meg Brown’s property on Strawberry. This preliminary work will help the department when expected federal funding becomes available. Commission discussed the need for qualified contractors working in the interface area. Eggers asked if REAL Corp was planning on doing work on private lands. Woodley thought REAL Corp would like more education-related jobs. He thought the Forest Commission might be a good contract review board. Required liability insurance would be a good idea as well. The overseeing of contractors would ultimately depend on federal funding guidelines.
Lyndia Hammer, REAL Corps, reported that the would like to treat one private property, have Marty Main write the prescription, and then use the work as an example for future grant proposals.
Funding to help property owners was discussed. Woodley knew no precedent for using tax monies on private lands. Hammer thought something might be worked out with REAL Corps. Brock posed the idea of REAL Corps conducting a survey of property owner willingness and the city could help facilitate the work.
IV. OTHER BUSINESS
A. Woodley informed the commission that Les Robertson is the watershed timber sale contracting administrator for the Forest Service. This project may dovetail with the Parks Department. They will contract in the fall and work should begin Spring, 2002.
B. Betlejewski reported that he had initiated free technical support to help the commission on any parcel project.
C. Commission discussed changing the time the commission meets. Some members and staff had regular commitments later in the evening. It was the consensus of the commission to begin the meeting at 4:30 and end at 6:00.
V. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
VI. REVIEW AND SET COMMISSION CALENDAR / NEXT MEETING
A. Next Meeting: Set for Wednesday, March 14, 2001, 4:30 PM.