Kathy Kinter

Jan 132022
 

AGENDA

Brookfield Conservation Commission

January 17, 2022

7:00

Regular meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86732547221?pwd=STZxUG50aS9CU0hnbTRkaGkyWk93Zz09

  1. Review Agenda
  1. Public Comment
  1. Approval of Minutes of the December, 2021 meeting.
  1. Starr’s learning
  1. Values Mapping
  1. Bird collision stickers for Town Meeting?
  1. Winter field trip?
  1. Other business
  1. Adjourn – next meeting is February 21 , 2022

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Dec 152021
 

Brookfield Conservation Commission
December 14, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Participants: Jon Binhammer, Kathy Kinter, Sue Shea, Jon Jickling

1. Review Agenda: No additions

2. Public Comment: No members present

3. Approval of Minutes of the November meeting. Approved with amendment, Kathy motioned to approve and Jon seconded. Approved unanimously.

4. Ongoing Discussion of Community Support :
Concern that presentation of draft forest blocks prior to getting public input would be ill advised. Discussed idea of values mapping with the community. Process well defined for community participation and facilitated by ANR staff to guide the conversation and process. Using a town map each person identifies special areas or values and shares what makes Brookfield special, thus building support and shared values in the community. A report is produced with a compilation of all values/areas that were shared. These in turn are over layed to create a heat map indicating where several values are held in common throughout the town. Results are used in town planning– whether safety, planning, conservation or governance.

Emphasis in getting public involvement from different interest groups. Need 2-month promotional phase. Sue and Kathy will spearhead outreach. Use town meeting to share with town to promote and gather input.

Jon J to approach the planning commission to consider co-hosting a community values mapping event following the ANR model, which has been used in many towns across VT. Building allies in the community would help the town support planning efforts. Target date will be discussed with Jens Hilke, but try for mid-March.

5. Other business
Lack of results from Jens’ inquiries to AOT about I-89 underpass on Northfield road to get permission to remove fencing to improve wildlife passage. Sue and Jon to draft letter to AOT.

6. Adjourned at 8:15 – next meeting is January 17 , 2022

Respectfully submitted,
Jon Jickling

 

Dec 132021
 

Minutes

Brookfield Conservation Commission

November 15, 2021   Zoom Meeting

1. Review Agenda

2. Public Comment – none

3. Approval of Minutes of the October meeting – Moved by Jon J. seconded by Sue Shea – motion approved.

4. Forest Blocks and Habitat Connectors in Brookfield, debrief from information session with Kevin Geiger of Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission

Conservation Commissioners expressed interest in working with the Planning Commission on recommendations for the update of the zoning bylaw relative to wildlife and natural resources in Brookfield. It is important for the BCC to have compelling argument, explain the rationale, and how aspects of this work might have effects across the whole bylaw.  It was agreed that we would try to submit recommendations to the PC by January or February of 2022.

We then attempted to draw polygons around forest blocks in Brookfield that would help inform a Conservation Zone in town. Currently the Conservation Zone is simply steep slopes and wetlands. Wetlands that are Class 2 are already regulated by the State Wetlands Office, and steep slopes are difficult to map and enforce. So the thought was to identify areas in town where future development was more acceptable because of limits on impacts on wildlife and natural resources, and forest blocks – areas that were more sensitive for wildlife or are habitat corridors, where development would be more limited.

Concern was raised about the extent of the forest blocks in town, and how we could work toward obtaining community support for forest block conservation through zoning. Sue and Kathy were going to research this further and report at the next meeting. Jon B. and Jon J. were going to look into ways to improve mapping of forest blocks and connectors.

5. Update on I-89 wildlife crossing – no update was mentioned.

6. Other business

7. EAB – Jon J. announced that Emerald Ash Borer was found at Allis State Park, probably as a result of firewood being imported.

8. Adjourn – next meeting is December 14, 2021

 

 

 

 

Dec 132021
 

AGENDA

Brookfield Conservation Commission

December 14, 2021

7:00 PM

Regular meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86895374745?pwd=cURSU1pabVcrclpXWmhFWU1CRExZdz09

1. Review Agenda

2. Public Comment

3. Approval of Minutes of the November meeting.

4. Ongoing discussion of Community Support

5. Other business

6. Adjourn – next meeting is January 17 , 2022

 

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Nov 132021
 

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting Agenda

November 15, 2021

7:00 PM

via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88084798187?pwd=R0ZYeVpuT05UWkVJdDdNbFFtYlIyZz09

1. Review Agenda

2. Public Comment

3. Approval of Minutes of the October meeting

4. Forest Blocks and Habitat Connectors in Brookfield, debrief from information session with Kevin Geiger of Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission

5. Update on I-89 wildlife crossing

6. Other business

7. Adjourn – next meeting is December 20 , 2021

Oct 232021
 

Meeting Minutes
Brookfield Conservation Commission 10/18/21

Present: Jon Binhammer, Jon Jickling, Starr Strong, Susan Shea, Kathy Kinter

The meeting was called to order at 8:05 P.M. via zoom.

Minutes of the 9/20/21 meeting were approved.

Public Comment: No members of the public were in attendance.

Addition to Agenda:
All members had just attended the webinar by VT Fish and Wildlife on Act 171 and the selection of forest blocks. Discussion of a plan forward ensued which included scheduling a community values mapping session. Prior to the next meeting members will become familiar with BioFinder so that at the next meeting we can begin to identify forest blocks and wildlife connectors of special value in anticipation of sharing this information with the Planning Commission.

Town Forest Hike:
Four members of the public attended, including a reporter from The Herald. All members of the commission were present but Kathy. Jon J and Jon B will visit the forest in the next couple weeks to ascertain if a trail should be created. Kathy will contact the Middlesex CC to learn more about what they did.

New Business:
Jon J, Jon B and Mike F worked on the bridge in the town natural area to stabilize it and lift it out of the mud. They still have to finish the decking.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 P.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for 11/15/21.

Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Kinter

 

Oct 162021
 

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting Agenda     

October 18, 2021

7:00 Act 171: Selecting Forest Blocks & Habitat Connectors for Your Town Plan webinar by Jens Hilke – preregister for this webinar https://www.eventbrite.com/e/act-171-selecting-forest-blocks-habitat-connectors-for-your-town-plan-tickets-160561416519

8:00 Regular meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83786366190?pwd=dVg1RTFxekNOYXZRNUFsTXdFdThUZz09

1. Review Agenda

2. Public Comment

3. Approval of Minutes of the September meeting

4. Town Forest Hike – 10/17

5. Forest Blocks and Habitat Connectors in Brookfield

6. Other business

7. Adjourn – next meeting is November 15, 2021

Jun 242021
 

Meeting Minutes

Brookfield Conservation Commission  6/21/21

 

Present: Jon Binhammer, Kathy Kinter, Starr Strong, Susan Shea

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 P.M. at the Brookfield Library.

Minutes of the 5/17/21 meeting were approved.

Public Comment: No members of the public were in attendance.

Forest Blocks

Continuing its discussion on how to minimize forest fragmentation, the Commission discussed  recommendations by Kevin Geiger and Pete Fellows of Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission for a forest conservation overlay zone in the development bylaw. Commissioners noted that TRORC’s proposed map left out a lot of forests, including the wildlife corridor in the northern part of town. They agreed that it would be better to have a forest block zone that is clear and enforceable rather than the scattered pieces of our current conservation district. If Brookfield changed to a forest blocks conservation zone, wetlands and steep slopes would need to be addressed. We need to ask TRORC what restrictions they would propose for a forest conservation zone. Though the legislative mandate provides backing, there are limits as to what the town will accept. Other towns have restricted the length of driveways and required larger lots. Jon B. will arrange a meeting for us with Kevin Geiger to get more information, coordinating with Jon Jickling.

Strategic Planning

Kathy reported on her discussion with Jens Hilke of VT Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, who has facilitated strategic planning for conservation commissions. She showed examples of the process from the towns of Bradford and South Burlington. The process involves having commission members brainstorm a list of potential projects for the next five years, then rank their importance, level of expertise required, and feasibility. It would take two to three meetings (perhaps some special meetings) plus homework. If Jens Hilke facilitated, he would tabulate the results, and at the last meeting, commissioners would reconcile priorities and decide what projects to take on. It is possible for the commission to undertake this process on their own, but the facilitator member could not fully participate. Late fall and winter would be a good time for strategic planning.

Educational Programs

The Commission discussed potential educational programs and field trips for the public. The following field trips were scheduled:

Sat., September 11, with rain date of September 12 – Sunset Lake Paddle, led by Starr Strong

Sun., October 17 – Hike in Town Forest, led by Jon Binhammer

Starr may be able to present a program on one of her trips this winter.

Other Business:

Sue reported that she is still trying to contact the VTrans biologist re: improving the northern highway crossing for wildlife.

Jon B. reported that he has received no communication from the Brookfield School recently on the proposed habitat improvement project.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 P.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for July 19.

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Shea

Jun 182021
 

Agenda Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting

June 21, 7:00 pm

Brookfield Library

 Agenda

1. Review Agenda

2. Public Comment

3. Approval of Minutes of the May, 2021 meeting

4. Forest blocks – Kevin Geiger

5. Strategic planning

6. Programs and/or field trips

7. Other business

8. Adjourn