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TNRC Minutes September 11, 2020

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Meeting Minutes for Transylvania County Natural Resource Council Regular Meeting

September 11, 2020


 The meeting was called to order at approximately 9:05 a.m. by Bart Renner, the business meeting was called to order by Kate Hayes at 9:55 a.m.

Members Present

 Dave Casey, Jeff Parker, David Whitmire, Kent Wilcox, Jason  Guidry, Dan Hodges, Stephanie Adams, Lee McMinn


 Addison Bradley, Bart Renner, Kate Hayes

In addition, approximately 3 members of the public were present.

Introductions: Welcome new member, Greg Evans.

Presentation: Allen McNeill: Cedar Mountain Small Area Plan, Public Input Survey Presentation.

Nominations for Chair: None, elections deferred until October 2020 meeting.

Approval of minutes from May 2020: Kent Wilcox suggested to include that the meeting was held both in-person and remotely. Kent Wilcox moved and seconded by Dan Hodges, motion passed unanimously.

Future Programs

 Three possible programs to consider:

  1. Hellbender Trail, Kate Hayes
  2. Climate Change and Northern Migrations, David Whitmire and Dave
  3. Dark Skies Presentation, Kent

October 9, 2020: Mark Burrows and Tammy Hopkins, The Blue Zone Project and Natural Resources (held in the Elections Center Classroom).

November 13 or 20, 2020: Location and date to be determined. December 11, 2020

January 8, 2020

February 12, 2020

March 12, 2020

April 9, 2020

May 2021: Foster Creek, Mills River, Monetizing Riparian Areas with Maria Wise.

New Business


  • Kudzu Kommandos: Torry Nergart has requested Greg Minor to present regarding kudzu control. Conserving Carolina and Pisgah Conservancy will team to recruit volunteers for kudzu control
  • Location of Future Meetings: to be determined at October meeting. Kate Hayes will check with Board of Elections concerning availability for future
  • Programming Format: At October meeting, to consider hosting quarterly meetings which will cater to a larger public

Old Business


  • Poaching in Transylvania: N.R.C. members met with sheriff’s department following the conviction of poachers following the T.N.R.C’s effort, as well as the effort of Wildlife Resource Commission, the D.A., and local press, to decrease the numbered of deer poached in the county, especially in East Fork.

Updates from Subcommittees, Public Land Managers, and Others

 Subcommittee on Significant Natural Areas: planning to recruit a Brevard College intern to assist with additional G.I.S. overlays; COVID-19 prohibited this. Kent Wilcox will follow- up regarding an

  • Subcommittee on Storm Water: a proposal was sent to the Board of Commissioners; Lee McMinn suggested that the Planning Board is also involved in flood ordinance, landslides, storm water, and steep slope
  • Pisgah National Forest, Dave Casey: Many employees are working remotely. There has been an uptick in visitation. A round table discussion was held with Sec. of Ag. Perdue regarding stewardship. Local employees are currently out west supporting fire suppression. A possibility of The Great American Outdoor Act funding the replacement of the bath houses in Davidson River Campground as well as other projects to improve the forest. The Cradle of Forestry is operating on a 5-day schedule until the first weekend in November, but the Discovery Center is closed. Following an archaeological review, Middle Black Mountain Trail will be re-routed. Considering a third bid to improve Cove Creek by installing a
  • Dan Hodges final meeting, he has served 5.5

Motion was made to adjourn, approved unanimously.

Meeting was Adjourned at 10:39

 Respectfully submitted by Addison Bradley