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Forestry Committee Minutes 01/07/2009

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Sawyer County Forestry Committee

January 7, 2009


Committee Members Present:         Jim Bassett                          Bob Vitcenda                        Shirley Riedmann                              

                                                                Doug Mrotek                         Dean Pearson    



Personnel Present:                               Greg Peterson                     Kris Mayberry                       


DNR Personnel Present:                   Nick Koltz                              Pete Wisdom                      


Others Present:                                   Chuck Aldrian                       Darren

Winchester              Ken Zeroth

                                                                Bill Noonan                           Ken Johnson                        Ned Zuesldorff

                                                                Mike Paul                              Linda Zillmer                        Warren Johnson

                                                                Jan Holmes                          Don Mrotek                           Jim Kissinger

                                                                John Saunders                    Ron Bergin                           Mike Outcalt

                                                                Terrell Boettcher 


The meeting was called to order at 9:30 am by Chair Bassett.


Motion by Bassett, second by Mrotek to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.


Motion by Vitcenda, second by Mrotek to approve minutes of the December 8, 2008 meeting with Vitcenda requesting that "Peterson stated trails would be cone by December 1st" and "contractor won't be allowed to bid again".  Motion carried.


Audience Recognition

1) Linda Zillmer - Has seen groups come in with plans, the process has gotten better.  Also, group from Edgewater area - meetings are not public noticed.  Groups need to do their homework.


Event dates

1)  2009 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival - September 19, 2009


Motion by Bassett, second by Vitcenda to approve request contingent upon certificate of insurance being received.  Motion carried.


Southwestern Sawyer County Non-Motorized Trail Committee request to build trail - Jim Kissinger

Kissinger explained process by which request was formulated.  Members were appointed by three town Chairs.  Kissinger passed out maps and cost estimates.  Grants will be applied for and no county dollars are being requested, just permission to build trail starting with Goal One, Phase One - GreenLake to Sissabagama Road trail.  Peterson recommends approval.  Motion by Mrotek, second by Bassett to approve request to construct 2.39 miles of non-motorized trail (Goal One, Phase 1), with a projected cost of $12,593 at no cost to county.  Motion carried.


Annual Integrated Planning meeting AND Annual Work Plan approvals to go to County Board

Peterson, Koltz and Wisdom will talk with Ken Maki who challenged the calculations for allowable cut of aspen.  Aspen acreage is cut approximately 45 years old which calculates to 900 acres per year.  At this time, Peterson explained that there 1700 acres of old age aspen on the County Forest, with most in reparian zones, steep slopes, etc. that the county will not have cut.


The Annual Integrated Planning meeting and Annual Work Plan still need to go to

CountyBoard for approval in order to receive the 50% Sawyer County Forest Administrator salary/fringe grant.


Access Plan - Committee recommendations

Peterson announced that a meeting of the stakeholders (including 3 new members) will be held on January 21, 2009 at 9:00 am in the large Courtroom in Hayward.  Peterson stated that he would also like a member(s) of the Forestry Committee to be present at this meeting.  Bassett stated that he would try and other committee members wrote date down.


John Saunders stated that this group should meet 2 or more times, as soon as possible.  He also stated that the objectives set forth for the group did not mention economics, economic development, etc.   The stakeholder group spent many hours revising the plan to come to a balanced use on the

CountyForest.  Many people who attended public hearings did not read the previous or revised plan or look at maps, yet statements and documents were presented in the paper as factual.  He suggests setting a deadline for the end of the month.  Riedmann explained that we asked for an extension until April.  Saunders stated that the stakeholder group was not able to rebut comments at the public hearings.


Zillmer stated that clear and concise minutes be kept.  Mrotek stated that the group should stay away from negativity.  Bassett again complimented the group on their hard work.





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Sawyer County Forestry Report

Peterson reported:  1) 9 active sales, slow start for winter work, and no major problems to report.


DNR Forestry Report

Koltz reported:  1) Commented that when Ken Maki sees WISFER program, it should be self-explanatory as far as allowable cuts.



Motion by Riedmann, second by Vitcenda to approve the vouchers as presented.  Motion carried. 


Other matters for discussion only

Monthly reports were passed out.


Don Mrotek passed out ATV Master Plan.  Bassett stated that no discussion would take place until February meeting.


Bassett remarked on having a mud bog event at the County Fair. 

Don Mrotek stated that the North Country Riders ATV Club was not interested.


Closed Session

A motion was made at 10:42 am by Vitcenda, seconded by Mrotek to go into Closed Session pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c) for the purpose of conducting annual performance evaluation.  Motion carried.  [Minutes of Closed Session are kept in a confidential file in the CountyClerk's office].


Motion by Vitcenda, second by Pearson to return to open session.  Motion carried. 



Motion by Vitcenda, second by Mrotek to adjourn.  Motion carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m.






Delores Dobilas, Recorder