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TNRC Minutes January 10, 2020

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Meeting Minutes for Transylvania County Natural Resource Council
Regular Meeting
January 10, 2020

The meeting was called to order at approximately 2:00 p.m. by Lee McMinn. The business meeting started at 3:30 p.m.

Members Present:
Dan Hodges
Lee McMinn
Stephanie Adam
Elizabeth Reshower
Kent Wilcox
Woody Noland
R.K. Young
Davis Whitfield-Cargile
Jennifer Kafsky
David Whitmire
Alissa Coburn (Gores SP)
Staff Present:
Kate Hayes
Samantha Trueman
Bart Renner
Michael Cheek
Jennifer Kafsky
Mary Smith

Speaker Series:
The program consisted of a presentation by Kenn Webb, Jan Foster, and Joele Emma about solid waste management and the plastic reduction taskforce.

Approval of Agenda: Unanimously approved

Approval of minutes from December 2019: Unanimously approved

Future Programs:
February 14th, 2020- River Keepers, “What do they do?” (Jennifer Kafsky)

March 13th, 2020- Kudzu and Other Invasives (David Whitmire, Torry Negart, and other)

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

May 8th, 2020- Maria Wise, Director at Mills River Partnership: Monetizing Riparian Zones (Foster Creek Project at Living Web Farm) (Meet at Cooperative Extension, 9:30 a.m. Carpool or use our transport)

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

October 9th, 2020- Mark Burrows and Tammy Hopkins- Blue zone

New Business:

Lee McMinn is resigning as the chair of TNRC. Stephanie Adams has been unanimously approved as the new chair of TNRC.

Old Business
Lee McMinn has withdrawn financial requests from the commission for money for the Ecusta trail at this time. There is a recommendation to endorse the concept of the Ecusta Trail.

Unanimous approval of TNRC recommending county support of the Ecusta Trail as outlined in the attached proposal (Davis Whitfield Cargile voted “present”. Per the 2015 Bylaws, this vote will be cast with the majority, rendering the vote unanimous.).

Updates from subcommittees:

Kent & Jennifer- Talking to the Brevard College Environmental Studies department about finding an intern.

Landslide Committee- Disbanded

Updates from public land managers:

Mary Smith- DuPont S.R.F.
• The forest is still very busy
• Currently, a timber harvest at Reasonover Creek should continue a few more months
• Starting soon on a reroute for the Hooker falls trail

Alyssa Coburn- Gorges S.P.
• Transitioning to the new campground while working to keep up with high traffic- looking to 2021 or 2022 for campground opening
• Found a landslide on Otter Hole trail, wintergreen trail will be closed
• We will be using an old logging road as a reroute, estimated to cost around $100,000.

David Whitmire- Town of Rosman, Wildlife Commission
• Wildlife Day January 11th
• Forest revision plan will be February 14th with a 90 day comment period
• Numbers for big game are up, deer and bear harvest equated to over 78,000 quarter-pound packages

Bart Renner- Cooperative Extension
• January is Radon Awareness Month. Test kits will not be available from our office this year but you can still go to to specifically request one

Kate Hayes- Transylvania County Planning
• Planning board is meeting Tuesday to prioritize road projects

The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.