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Forest Lands Commission (View All)

Regular Meeting

Tuesday, June 12, 2007



June 12, 2007 – 5:30 PM

Community Development, 51 Winburn Way


MEMBERS PRESENT:           Anthony Kerwin (Chair), Jim Lewis, Dan Maymar, Chris Iverson         

Members Absent:                     Zach Williams

Staff Present:                            Keith Woodley

Non-Voting Members Present: None

Also Present:                            Marty Main


I.     CALL TO ORDER: Chair Kerwin called the meeting to order at  5:35 PM in the Siskiyou Room.


II.     APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Jim Lewis / Dan Maymar m/s to approve the minutes of April 10, 2007 as submitted. Motion passed unanimously. 








A.    Winburn Management Plan


Commission reviewed pages 16 through 23 of the draft “City Forest Lands Restoration Project For The Winburn Parcel.”  Edits to sections on Hydrology, Forest Pathogens, Fire History, Cultural Resources and Monitoring were discussed. Chair Kerwin will forward edits to Nancy Slocum for updates to the document. Commissioner Maymar will review Monitoring section with Darren Borgias for suggested edits.  Chair Kerwin asked Commissioners to review the sections to determine if additional changes need to be made to any of the sections.


B.  Prescribed Fire Project


Commission reviewed the Prescribed Fire Project Summary provided by Marty Main. General consensus that it was a “light burn” as a result of concern for preservation of adequate ground cover for erosive soil conditions. Commission decided to schedule a Forest Lands Commission site visit of the Prescribed Fire Project for educational purposes on July 10th , in lieu of holding their regularly scheduled Forest Commission meeting in the Siskiyou Room. 


C. AFR Implementation


Commission briefly discussed the letter from Linda Duffy requesting additional information from the City regarding how mitigation measures or the monitoring framework meets the City’s interests. The Monitoring Subcommittee has not met to begin to assemble this information due to the recent expiration of the terms of service of the Commissioners who were working on this project. Commissioner Maymar is the only remaining subcommittee member of the Commission. Chair Kerwin asked that this issue be the priority agenda item for the next meeting.




A.     Council Goal-Setting:


Commission discussed suggestions for City Council goals for the 2007/08 fiscal year. Decision to direct staff to send a memo to the City Council offering three

suggested goals for City Council consideration: (1) Continued City involvement in, and support of, the USFS Ashland Forest Resiliency Project, (2) City Council support of Commission’s efforts to prepare the Winburn Forest Parcel Management Plan and complete the work prescribed in the plan, (3) City Council support of Commission’s efforts to complete a Noxious Vegetation Management Plan for City owned lands.


B.  2007/08 Work Projects:


Marty Main presented the list of current and proposed work projects for City-owned forest lands and explained the status of those projects currently underway. Commission approved the list in the general order of prioritization as presented, but recognized that a number of the projects were moving forward concurrently.  Work on the USFS Ashland Forest Resiliency Project is a high priority, but provides limited opportunity for additional effort until Survey & Management work is completed this summer by USFS contractors.




VII.      ADJOURN: Motion by Commissioner Maymar to adjourn at 7:30 PM.


Anthony Kerwin, Chair


Respectfully Submitted, Keith E. Woodley, Fire Chief

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