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Transylvania Natural Resources Council Minutes 12-14-2018

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Meeting minutes for Transylvania Natural Resource Council
Regular Meeting

December 14, 2018


The meeting was called to order at 9:05 A.M. by Lee McMinn; the business meeting was called to order at 9:40 A.M. by Lee McMinn.

Roll Call:

Addison Bradley, Peter Chaveas, Jeff Parker, David Whitmire, Kent Wilcox, Lee McMinn, David Casey, R.K. Young, Woody Nolan, Brannon Bryson
In addition, nine members of the public were present.

Speaker Series:

Program consisted of a presentation by Maria Wise, Watershed Coordinator, Mills River Partnership.

Approval of minutes from November 2018:

R.K. Young made a motion to approve, seconded by David Whitmire. Minutes were approved unanimously.

Future Presentations:

Program for January: N.C. Cooperative Extension

Program for February: No business meeting. Event co-sponsored with the Chamber of Commerce and Transylvania Economic Alliance: Tom Sweeney, the economic impact of the outdoor recreation industry in the county.

T.N.R.C. event on February 14, 2018: Climate Stories N.C., David Salvesen, Institute for the Environment. Co-sponsored with the library to be held in the Rogow Room 6:30-8:30 P.M.

Program for March: College Day, Jennifer Kafsky.

Program for April: Kids in the forest, presented by various groups.

Program for May: Field trip to D.S.R.F. to revisit Chestnut restoration project.

New Business:

Old Business:

Landslide resolution: Gray Jernigan, Mountain True, stated that the state will provide funding for landslide mapping for Transylvania County. Kent Wilcox moved to approve the resolution as amended (see attached), R.K. Young seconded, approved unanimously.

Subcommittee on Significant Natural Areas: Polk County has recently completed mapping significant natural areas. Goal for the committee is to determine cost of mapping areas on county G.I.S.

Updates from public land managers:

Brannon Bryson, Gorges State Park: New staff, including a new ranger. Hemlocks are currently being treated for wooly adelgid. Due to lack of water, the campground progress has been delayed.

Michael Cheek, Headwaters State Forest: none.

Dave Casey, Pisgah National Forest: Assessments occurring across the forest regarding damages following snow storm. Seven roads remain closed. Pisgah Hospitality Partners are currently cleaning campgrounds. The Pisgah Conservancy has received funding to improve certain trails. Due to weather, prescribed burns have been postponed.

Jason Guidry, DuPont State Forest: Assessing facility damage due to snow. Certain trails are closed due to snow. New properties are being acquired by the forest, including the Cascade Power Company property. These properties will not be open to the public until they are assessed by the forest crew.

David Whitmire announced W.N.C Wildlife Day at Headwaters Outfitters on January 5, 2019. Multiple educational presentations will be offered regarding bow hunting, the Forest Revision Plan, and C.W.D. crossing state lines.

Peter Chaveas made a motion to adjourn, R.K. Young seconded, approved unanimously.

Meeting was adjourned at 10:35 A.M.