Minutes of February 10, 2009

Present:  Elise Kuder, Chris Pratt, Randy Smith, Roger Sweet, Eric White, Hilliare Wilder, Chip Woodbury and Becky Cummings.

    The minutes of the December meeting were approved as read.  There was no meeting in January.
    Sullivan’s hazardous waste disposal program with the Keene Recycling Center was renewed for the coming year as was our membership in the NH Association of Conservation Commissions.
    SWRP should have the NRI maps for us soon.  There will be 8 maps and Roger will do the appropriate write-ups for each one.  Eric asked if it would be possible to also have a disk with the maps files on it.
    Jeff Littleton (a conservation land management planner) of Moosewood Ecological may be able to come to a meeting to look over Sullivan’s NRI and give the commission suggestions such as the next steps to take towards completion and how to best use it to benefit the town. 
    Staple’s can do the printing of the NRI.  The cost estimate would be at least $400 for 20 copies (about 30 pages each) including 8 maps, binding and folding.
    Roger attended the January Land Summit sponsored by The Monadnock Conservancy and said it was the best ever he had ever been to.  To quote the Conservancy’s website, this was “A day-long gathering of community leaders from the Monadnock Region discussing ways to conserve the special places and natural areas that contribute to their towns' distinctive character and quality of life.”   PSNH gave a workshop about their future plans to eliminate carbon emitting power plants in NH.  Other workshops included the protection of land for local agriculture, forests&wildlife, buffers against flooding, good water supplies, open space, mapping and easements. 
    Last Wednesday was the first meeting of Sullivan’s Energy Committee.
    Sullivan librarian, Denise McFarland asked the commission if they might be willing to purchase a ‘Kill-A-Watt’ machine for the library.  This could be loaned to interested individuals who want to know what various home appliances use for electricity and if it might be best to unplug them when not in use.  The committee agreed unanimously.  Cost is about $30.
    The forest management plan for Winch Forest should be up-dated soon.  Discussion was held as to how much it might cost and if it should be put out to bid.
    The December ice storm did considerable damage to trees and shrubs in Jewett Park.  A clean up day will be scheduled later this spring. 
    An educational meeting concerning ‘Open Space’ for local residents was discussed.  Digi Taylor from the NH Forest Society gives a good presentation called “Dollars and Sense”.   Abutting towns could be invited to attend as well.  Eric will get the names of planning board and conservation members from Gilsum and Nelson.
    Town clean-up day will be held on May 2.  The commission chose to get 800 daffodil bulbs from Litter Free NH this year rather than two more elm trees.  Bulbs will be divided between those helping on the clean-up.
    An historical hike/walk with Chris Pratt will be May 9.  It will cover the area of East Sullivan that once had several mills and a blacksmith shop.
    The next meeting will be on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (March 17) because of town elections.

Respectfully Submitted,
Becky Cummings