ASHLAND FOREST LANDS COMMISSION
January 8, 2003 4:30 – 6:30 PM
MEMBERS PRESENT: Frank Betlejewski, Richard Brock, Elizabeth Crosson, Jo Anne Eggers, Stephen Jensen, Anthony Kerwin, Bill Robertson (Chair),
Chris Hearn (Council Liaison)
Members Absent: None
Staff Present: Nancy Slocum, Pieter Smeenk, Keith Woodley
Marty Main (Consultant)
I. CALL TO ORDER AT 4:35 PM
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: December 11, 2002 minutes approved as amended.
III. PUBLIC FORUM: No one spoke.
IV. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
Robertson introduced City Councilor, Chris Hearn, the new council liaison.
Discussion of City Forest Lands Restoration Project: Phase Two – Main began by congratulating the volunteer commission on the exceptional quality of this evolving document. A special thanks to commissioners Crosson and Jensen for the difficult job of incorporating all the comments and final editing.
Betlejewski and the commission discussed qualitative terms versus quantitative figures. Eggers thought this document spoke to two groups: the public and more technical persons. She said the document needed to be as clear as possible to both groups. She thought it was important to invite the public to view demonstration markings. The document talks about many values: fire hazard, water quality, wildlife, late successional, etc. The commission agreed.
Crosson suggested form a subcommittee for final editing. Eggers and Betlejewski volunteered.
Robertson suggested removing Part II (Long Term Desired Conditions) from the document and presenting only Part I (the General Proposal) to the council and members of the public. Kerwin, Brock and Eggers disagreed. Main and Jensen agreed. Kerwin suggested moving the technical descriptions to the appendix. Commission agreed. Main believes a technical description of Winburn would be difficult.
Crosson thought the City Council would want to know the timeline. Robertson agreed. He suggested scheduling a meeting per week to finish the document in time for the March 5th Council Study Session. Brock thought that it was not clear in the document that some work will be done in steep areas. Also a discussion on small diameter thinning and clearing slash is missing. Crosson noticed that slash or fire is not discussed and thought it was a mistake. She asked if prescribed burning was obvious action. Brock suggested adding a paragraph that reiterated ongoing programs in the area. Robertson thought adding it under “Background” was appropriate. He volunteered to write a paragraph.
Commission noted that the Winburn Parcel had not yet been discussed in detail. Brock suggested categorizing it by forest-type.
V. OTHER BUSINESS
Next meeting was scheduled as a Study Session on January 22, 2003. There will be a regular meeting on February 12th and a special meeting on February 26th to ratify the document prior to the March 5th Council Study Session.
VI. MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:23 PM
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