Sawyer County Forestry Committee
February 5, 2007
Committee Members Present: Jim Bassett Doug Mrotek Fred Zietlow
Bob Vitcenda Shirley Riedmann
County Personnel Present: Greg Peterson Dale Olson Peter Sievert
DNR Personnel Present: Nick Koltz Ryan Magana Diane Conklin
Dave Kafura Terryl Buchman
Others Present: Don Mrotek Bryon Schroeder Ned Zuelsdorff
Dick Olson Ken Johnson Terrell Boettcher
Linda Zillmer Wendy Schroeder Marjory Brzeskiewicz
Lee Minnick Fred Stowe Bob Warder
Max Ericson Bruce McMillin Jim Kissinger
The meeting was called at to order at 9:35 am by Chair Bassett.
Motion by Vitcenda, second by Riedmann to approve the agenda with the addition of: ATV/Snowmobile Report and Closed Session, pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c) for the evaluation of department employees. Motion carried.
Motion by Riedmann, second by Bassett to approve the minutes of the January 4, 2007 meeting. Motion carried.
Grants/Permits – Diane Conklin and Dave Kafura, WDNR
Diane Conklin presented Power Point presentation on grant monies available (state and federal) and talked about the application and permit processes. The deadline for grant applications is April 15 of each year. More detailed and accurate information (plat book maps, topo maps, GPS) is needed to expedite grant awards. Grant applications are forwarded to DNR field staff to review. The permitting takes time to get through the system, sometimes as long as 6 months. Not all snowmobile trails can qualify as ATV trails due to soil and other conditions. The DOT issued a permit on Trail 9 along Hwy 77 but shouldn’t have. Kafura stated that permits are needed before any work is done. Early communication is vital for the development of trails. An Environmental Assessment may be needed which takes extra time.
Peterson will get soil maps to committee and copies of Washburn County access maps.
Bryon Schroeder questioned the railroad grade north of Hayward. He needs to talk to railroad and private landowners. He also asked to talk to Economic Development Committee regarding purchase.
Renewal of Timber Sale contracts – requesting no stumpage rate increase: Bob Warder – 2346-02 and Max Ericson – 2380-03
Bob Warder stated that weather has played a big part in not being able to finish this job. Max Ericson stated that he had moved in and out of his job four times and there is a volume overrun. The winter seasons have not been good.
Motion by Riedmann, second by Mrotek to approve no increase in stumpage rate for Max Ericson contract 2380-03 through April 1, 2007. Motion carried.
Motion by Riedmann, second by Mrotek to waive increase in stumpage rate for Bob Warder contract 2346-02 until April 1, 2007 and re-visit if job is not completed. Motion carried.
Vitcenda asked if this would be setting a precedence. Determination will be on a case by case basis.
Revised spring closure dates
Discussion was held on closure dates. Peterson would like to see April 1 to the Friday before Memorial Day set as spring closure dates on the County Forest. This would provide a more uniform closure corresponding to surrounding counties. Bryon Schroeder stated that the trails were not closed last year and wants the Alliance to assess and identify sustainable trails and keep them open. Other points mentioned were: assessment would have to be done in two months for 4/1 – 5/30 closure; opening day is a big draw like fishing; closures are variable, but weight limit time frame seems appropriate; last year on Good Friday, trail on Seeley Hills was totally degraded.
Revised Spring closure dates – Continued
Motion by Riedmann, second by Vitcenda to close trails on County Forest from April 1 to the Friday before Memorial Day. Motion carried by voice vote: Bassett-Yes, Zietlow-Abstain, Riedmann-Yes, Vitcenda-Yes, Mrotek-No.
Approval to support Upper Chippewa Invasive Species Cooperative
Terryl Buchman and Marjory Brzeskiewicz gave presentation and passed out materials. A Memorandum of Understanding with the County in support of this project was suggested. As progress is made and goals set, they will come back to the County with more information.
Possibility of assistance – Chippewa Islands Project
No one appeared.
Joint County/DNR Forester meeting
No formal minutes were taken. Discussion is being held on access management plan.
Pete Sievert attended meeting with City and Town. Routes were discussed and consensus was the railroad corridor from North of Hayward on Highway 63 to Phipps area would be best route for trails into the City.
Sawyer County Forestry Report
Peterson reported: 1) Twelve sales are active; 2) Have received $9094.00 sustainable forestry grant - $8000 for surveillance camera plus remaining $1094 can be used towards purchase of Trimble GPS.
DNR Forestry Report
Koltz reported: 1) DNR audit is coming up on May 8, 2007.
Evaluate and prioritize departmental services
It was suggested that Land & Water Conservation information be used as an example for reporting.
Monthly expense vouchers
Motion by Riedmann, second by Bassett to approve vouchers as presented. Motion carried.
Other matters for discussion only
-Make trail systems look better – not getting care that they need
-Committee should look at parcels in the 1400 acre purchase
-Easements for trails – no continuous easements
-Prescriptive use – continuous use for 7 years
-How to get news of trail closure out to public – will get on websites and in papers
No closed session was held.
Motion by Riedmann, second by Bassett to adjourn. Motion carried. Meeting was adjourned at 12:05 p.m.