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TNRC Agenda January 11, 2019

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Transylvania Natural Resources Council
Agenda for January 11, 2019
Presentations: (Beginning at 9 a.m.) N.C. Cooperative Extension Programs Impacting the Environment
Introduction: Brannon Bryson representing Gorges State Park
Business Meeting (Approximately 10:30 a.m.)
Minutes from December 2018 (attached)
Future Programs:
February 8 – No business meeting
Event co-sponsored with Chamber of Commerce and Transylvania Economic Alliance: Tom Sweeney, The economic impact of the outdoor recreation industry in TC. (Sourced from the Economic Conference on Outdoor Recreation hosted by WNCU in October 2018.) To be held in the classroom of the Election Center.
February 14 – Event co-sponsored with Library: Climate Stories NC (David Salvesen, Institute for the Environment, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) To be held in the Rogow Room, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
March 8 – College Day: Jennifer Kafsky
April 12 – Kids in the Forest, presented by various “Kids outdoors” groups [Mountain Sun (Michael Brown), Outdoor Academy (Glenn Delaney), Muddy Sneakers (Lindsay Green), Mountain Roots (Ali Lien)]
May 10 – Field trip to DSRF to revisit Chestnut restoration project (Jason)
December 14 – Mitch Woodward, NC State University, Storm Water Management
Match or April 2020 Maria Wise, Director Mills River Partnership, Monetizing Riparian Zones
New Business: Accepting program suggestions for FY 2020 beginning September 2019
Old Business:
Updates from subcommittees, public land managers, and others:
Landslide maps/GIS
Subcommittee on Significant Natural Areas, management recommendations (Kent, David, Dan, Mark Tooley, Torry Nergart). GIS Archive update.
Websites to peruse:

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services TEAM
Hemlock Restoration Initiative

Public Land Managers
Announcements: None
Next meeting: February 8, 2019

Response to an inquiry on landslide mapping:
Dr. Kenneth B. Taylor, PG (N.C. License #1823)
State Geologist of North Carolina

N.C. Geological Survey
Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ)

I am responding to your request for information on the potential sequence of counties or parts of counties which will be mapped for landslide hazards in the next three years. At this time, the N.C. Geological Survey (NCGS) is focused on hiring and equipping a landslide mapping team. Positions have been advertised and we plan to have a team in-place in January.

Mapping has already begun in the steep portions of Polk and Rutherford counties. Staff from Asheville also responded to a slide in Warrensville (Ashe County), which resulted in a fire that destroyed a bank. That slide was triggered by the rainfall associated with Hurricane Florence.

Transylvania County was one of the counties designated for landslide mapping in the Hurricane Recovery Act of 2005 and was programmed for mapping by the NCGS prior to the end of funding in 2011. Transylvania County remains on the N.C. Geological Survey’s list of counties to be mapped because of the past and potential future landslide activity there. With the current funding appropriated to the Department of Environmental Quality to continue landslide mapping, the mapping will be done and turned over to the county at no cost to the county.

Thank you for your interest in the renewed landslide mapping effort. The NCGS mission is to provide unbiased and technically accurate applied earth science scientific information to address societal needs and to encourage the wise conservation and use of geologic resources by industry, commerce, agriculture, and government agencies for the general welfare of the citizens of North Carolina. The results of N.C. Geological Survey research includes geologic maps, mineral resource, and geochemical information, topographic maps, and digital products, and earth science education initiatives.

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