Thursday, April 29, 2004
ASHLAND FOREST LANDS COMMISSION
April 29, 2004
MEMBERS PRESENT: Richard Brock, Jo Anne Eggers, Stephen Jensen (Chair),
Anthony Kerwin, Bill Robertson, Diane White
Members Absent: Frank Betlejewski
Staff Present: Nancy Slocum, Keith Woodley
Non Voting Members Present: Marty Main, Chris Hearn
Non Voting Members Absent: Cameron Meeks (Student Liaison)
I. CALL TO ORDER: 5:35 PM
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Tabled
III. PUBLIC FORUM: Incorporated into Items for Discussion.
IV. STAFF REPORTS (20 MIN) – Tabled.
V. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
A. Finalize Scoping Comments to the Forest Service’s Ashland Forest Resiliency Project - Cindy Deacon Williams, Headwaters, began the discussion summarizing recent changes to the scoping comments. Comments were received from members of Headwaters, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildland Center, World Wildlife Fund, Howard Heiner, City Councilor Cate Hartzell, Chris Chambers as well as members of the commission. The City would have four chances to comment on USFS’s proposal: currently during the scoping period, after the draft EIS, after the final EIS and after the Record of Decision. Woodley, Kerwin and Howard Heiner were concerned that the scoping comments, as written, would not be accepted by the Forest Service. This alternative must be detailed enough to able to be analyzed under HFRA. The fact that a “spatially explicit map” was missing was also a key issue. These concerns were discussed at length.
Eggers moved to authorize the Chair (Stephen Jensen) to sign the scoping comments for the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project with a recommended Community “Third” Alternative and Phase I Ashland Community Wildfire Protection Plan on behalf of the commission after the numerous edits discussed this night were complete. Brock seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
VI. PROJECTS PENDING/REQUIRING ACTION – Tabled.
VII. OTHER BUSINESS – None
VIII. REVIEW AND SET COMMISSION CALENDAR / NEXT MEETING
IX. ADJOURN 7:30 PM