Minutes of December 8, 2008

Present:  Michelle Degree, Christa Patterson, Chris Pratt, Roger Sweet, Eric White, Hilliare Wilder, Chip Woodbury and Becky Cummings.

The minutes of the November meeting were accepted as read.

Roger, Randy, Hilliare and Eric did some much needed clean up in Jewett Park on Nov. 15th.

The Asian longhorn beetle was discussed.  It has invaded a 62 sq. mile area near Worcester, MA.  1,700 trees have been marked to be chipped and burned inside the zone.  Stumps will be ground down and treated with herbicide and every tree within a ½ mile radius will be treated with insecticide this spring to try and control/eradicate the beetle.  An additional 1500 trees within the area will also be treated.  The beetles arrived from China about 10 – 15 years ago.

Goals and Mission of the commission were also discussed.  The Piper and Olsen lots were protected around 1994.  About 26% of land in Sullivan is now protected, slightly more than the recommended amount.  Roger said he would also like to see land around Chapman Pond and Spaulding Brook protected.  Chris Pratt would like to have cellar holes and historic features within the town identified.  He recommended doing one section of town at a time; use GPS, a camera and do a good job with each area.

The Town Forest should undergo a new management plan by 2010.  The cost of this will be covered by funds administered by the Trustees of Trust Funds. 

The newly created Town Energy Commission needs a chairman.

Michelle suggested a program for the youth in town…perhaps having “Trailblazer t-shirts” for those involved…include them in our hiking trails which could help build a sense of community.

A spring roadside clean-up was discussed although no date has been set.  The canopies in the park could use new stain.

Suggestions for future projects:  1.  A photo essay contest for both kids and adults – “Living in Sullivan”.  2.  When a cutting is made on the town farm, we could ask that one cord (or more) of firewood be left for the commission.  That could be raffled off or given as a prize for the photo essay contest.  3.  Work on relationships (for programs) with nearby towns and their conservation commissions. 

A reminder to Fawn, the planning board and Randy that we should be notified of new curb cut applications in town. 

Eric will get pricing for the NRI booklet from Staples.  Fawn has offered to type it up for us.

A winter hike will be discussed at the next meeting, January 13th.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Becky Cummings