Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Forestry 06/11/2013

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DRAFT                                     Minutes - Sawyer County Forestry Committee

June 11, 2013

Committee Members Present:                               Dean Pearson, Bill Voight, Tweed Shuman, Ronald Kinsley

County Personnel Present:                  Greg Peterson                                                      

DNR Personnel Present:                      Kim Lemke, Andy Noth

Others Present:                                     Jan Holmes, Don Mrotek, John Saunders, Hal Helwig, Bill Noonan, Mike Outcalt, Jodi Longtine,

                                                                Terrell Boettcher, Butch Meyer


The meeting was called to order at 9:30 AM.


Approve agenda

Motion by Kinsley, second by Shuman to approve agenda as presented.  Motion carried.


Approval of minutes of the May 7, 2013 meeting

Motion by Voight, second by Shuman to approve the minutes of the May 7, 2013 meeting.   Motion carried.


Audience Recognition



Event Dates

Namekagon Art Fest Run - July 6, 2013. Motion by Shuman, second by Kinsley to approve event request contingent upon receiving certificate of insurance.  Motion carried.


Recreational Trail Report

Peterson:  1) Snowmobile/ATV grants are on hold until next fiscal year (monies used to be on estimated revenue from registrations and needs to be on actual revenues).  All projects on hold until next cycle.  There are questions on how money is handled. 


Mrotek:  1) WI Snowmobile Association hosted International meeting in Green Bay.  2) State Association meets 4 times/year.  3) Funding - met with DNR regarding funding and increasing registration fees.  4) Local trails - in decent shape, doing grading and leveling.


Proposed ATV trail - Nelson Lake to Hayward

Peterson and Longtine presented map of proposed trail.  Motion by Shuman, second by Voight to approve route and send to County Board with recommendation for approval.  Motion carried.


Tag Alder boat landing repairs

Peterson - Two concrete pads heaved up this spring making landing dangerous.  Town of Lenroot maintains this landing and wants to take out concrete and lay larger rock/gravel for a more primitive landing at a cost of approximately $500.00.  Lemke suggested talking to DNR regarding grant funding.  Voight asked if Peterson had the $500 in the Forestry Department budget - No.  Motion by Shuman, second by Kinsley to approve plan and take the $500 out of Resource Development Environmental Impact Fund.  Motion carried.


30-day billing for Master Loggers - discussion

Will be on July agenda.


Forest Road closures for newly constructed, re-constructed access roads - discussion

Peterson passed out page from Sawyer County Comprehensive Land Use Plan 2006-2020 (page 700-19) stating that the Forest Administrator under 725.1.2 Additional Closures could close trails/roads for 45 days for safety of the users and to limit environmental damage.  Consensus of committee was that the closure of newly constructed, re-constructed access roads would be covered under this paragraph.


Sawyer County Forestry report

Peterson:  Passed out report.


DNR Forestry Report

Lemke:  1) Introduced Andy Noth as the new Liaison Forester.  2) Jimmy Kujala is now out west fighting fires for the BLM.  3) Time Standards - up about 10% to 2400 hours.  4) Passed out information regarding Germann Fire - over 70 local fire departments along with Sheriff's Departments and DNR wardens were implemented to save 77 homes (47 structures lost of which 17 were homes).  This is the largest fire in 33 years.  There are 15 crews in the Germann Fire area salvaging timber.


Monthly expense vouchers

Motion by Shuman, second by Voight to approve vouchers as presented.  Motion carried.


Other matters for discussion only




Motion by Kinsley, second by Shuman to adjourn.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 10:15 AM.


Delores Dobilas, Recorder