TNRC Minutes 2-14-2020

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Meeting Minutes for Transylvania County Natural Resource Council

Regular Meeting

February 14, 2020


The meeting was called to order at approximately 9:00 a.m. by Stephanie Adams. Business meeting was called to order at 10:20 a.m.

Roll Call:

Members present:

Lee McMinn

Stephanie Adams

Dave Casey

Jeff Parker

David Whitmire

Kent Wilcox

Elizabeth Reshower

Mitch Woodward

Neal Wilcox

Wesley Sketo

Davis Whitfield-Cargile

Woody Nolan

Peter Chaveas

Jennifer Kafsky


Addison Bradley

Samantha Trueman

Kate Hayes

Bart Renner

In addition, approximately 23 members of the public were present.

Speaker Series:

Program consisted of a presentation by Hartwell Carson, French Broad Riverkeeper and Gray Jernigan, Southern Regional Director of MountainTrue: Riverkeepers (or waterkeepers) and their purpose, as well as a report on the French Broad River.

Approval of agenda: None

Approval of minutes from January 2020: Minutes were approved with amendments to change spelling of Auger Hole location in Gorges S.P. and correction of Davis Whitfield-Cargile’s position to abstain, rather than vote present.

Future Programs:

March 13, 2020: Kudzu within the state (David Whitmire, Torry Nergart, and others). Will be held in the Election Center Classroom.

April 10, 2020: (Tentative) Forest Plan Revision (Dave Casey and David Whitmire)

May 8, 2020: Maria Wise, Director at Mills River Partnership: Monetizing Riparian Zones (Foster Creek Project at Living Web Farm). Meet at Cooperative Extension at 9:30 A.M. to carpool or use provided transport.

September 11, 2020: (Tentative) Cedar Mountain Small Area Plan Treatment of Natural Resources (Bart & Kate Renner)

October 9, 2020: (Tentative) Mark Burrows, Tammy Hopkins: the Blue Zone Project and Natural Resources (Lee McMinn)

New Business:

Replacements for three council members rotating off in September, members consider replacements.

Any concerns from members regarding county manager or county commissioners, please consult with Stephanie.

For any future presentation ideas, consult with Stephanie.

Davis Whitfield-Cargile: made a motion to create a subcommittee to research and make recommendations regarding development within flood plain (in response to the Dollar General building site). Seconded by Lee McMinn, motion passed unanimously. Subcommittee consists of Lee McMinn, Jennifer Kafsky, Grey Gernigan, and Davis Whitfield-Cargile.

Planning Board will meet next week to consider updating the flood ordinance.

 Old Business:

Endorsement for the Ecusta Trail was sent to the Board of Commissioners.

 Updates from subcommittees:

Significant Natural Areas: holding, will report further in March meeting.

Updates from public land managers and other staff members:

David Casey- Pisgah N.F.

Forest Management Plan will be available this afternoon following a meeting with the county manager. Public comment period begins today and will last for 90 days. Encouraged members to view the plan online. Management plan may be available at the library.

Davidson River Campground: timber sale continuing. The campground should be reopened following clean-up.

Road maintenance continuing.

Vegetation management project began in Haywood County.

Wesley Sketo- DuPont S.R.F.

Timber sale, road maintenance continuing.

Recovering of landfill occurring at plant site.

Partnering with U.S. Forest Service for an advanced sawer workshop which will occur the middle of March.

Conducting interviews for assistant forest supervisor position and a mechanic.

Learn and Burn Event: more information on Forest Guild website.

Partnered with The Nature Conservancy for burn preparation.

Neal Wilcox- Gorges S.P.

Back country trails require constant maintenance due to rainfall.

Road maintenance continued.

David Whitmire- Town of Rosman, Wildlife Commission

Forest management plan will be available to review this afternoon at Headwaters Outfitters.

Campaign on illegal dumps continuing.

March 28, 2020: North Fork Festival

Bart Renner – N.C. Cooperative Extension

Vegetable producers are having a difficult time with weather.

Jeff Parker- Soil and Water Conservation District

Received positive information regarding Cove Creek project through the Good Neighbor Program to remove cars from crossing the stream.

Just completed judging conservation education contest.

Motion was made to adjourn, approved unanimously.

Meeting was adjourned at 10:51

Respectfully submitted by Addison Bradley