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TNRC Agenda October 9, 2020

9 a.m. Election Center Classroom
Attend remotely via Zoom. Anyone can either call in to listen (Meeting ID: 960 3596 1659, Passcode: 049598, Phone: 1 470 381 2552) or join with the link.
Presentations: Mark Burrows and Tammy Hopkins-Blue Zone and Natural Resources
Call to Order: Approximately 10:15 a.m.

Welcome new members:
Nominations for and election of chair, passing of the gavel.
Minutes from previous meetings (forwarded separately)
Future Programs: Adopted programs need sponsors to follow-up with speakers, etc.
November (13 or 20?), 2020 (An alternate site other than Cooperative Extension or Election Center will be needed for November 13. If November 20, Election Center is available)
December 11, 2020
January 8, 2020
February 12, 2020
March 12, 2020
April 9, 2020
Three POSSIBLE programs with no dates set:
??? Hellbender Trail (More information about the plan) Kate Hayes
Climate Change and Northern Migrations: Alligators in the French Broad River! (Lee, Dave Casey)
May 2021 – Foster Creek, Mills River: Monetizing riparian areas (Maria Wise maria.millsriverpartnership@gmail.com)

Conduct a wildlife audit/inventory (Elizabeth Reshower, attached)(NCWRC has volunteered but the subject must be narrowed: David Stewart, Southern Mountains Land Management Biologist, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Office: 828-648-0008, Cell: 828-448-9419, NC Wildlife website

New Business:
Kudzu Kommandos: are we interested?
Continue meetings in Election Center or Cooperative Extension? (EC will conflict with Elections from time to time)
What programming format? Continue as is, do quarterly briefings that are slightly larger or a big annual effort?

Old Business:
Updates from subcommittees, public land managers, and others:
Subcommittee on Significant Natural Areas, management recommendations, GIS (Kent, David, Dan, Torry Nergart).
Storm Water: (Gray Jernigan, Jennifer Kafsky, Lee McMinn)
Public Land Managers
Others

Announcements:
Next meeting: November 13 or 20, 2020 9-11 a.m.

From Elizabeth Reshhower
Dear Folks:
My recommendations for the optimum use of natural resources for the continued good of our county community:
A WILDLIFE CENSUS
So we can predict and protect our food supplies, I suggest that our school children be set to observing and counting all the wildlife running free, so we can keep track of the ones who taste like chicken or better in case we need to harmoniously harvest the excess populations thereof to feed our families.
This would teach the young ones observation skills, tracking, hunting, accurate describing and recording factual evidence of the wealth of our natural resources. A school curriculum could be developed in order to deliberately teach the skills required for factual accounting of these creatures: numbers, colors, speed, direction calendar and seasons. It would create a familiarity and harmony with nature, which could only benefit our future survival. The results could provide guidance for future activity to increase the living food supply for our people. Scientific analysis and careful planning could keep us alive for generations to come.