Kathy Kinter

Nov 262022
 

AGENDA

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting

October 17, 2022

7:00 pm  Regular meeting at Brookfield Town Office/Library

(participants are able to join by Zoom  with the following link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77162055165?pwd=M0bMqqPG1Dw7RJO9DIngaTbpnHmMif.1

 

  1. Review Agenda

 

  1. Public Comment

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of the June, 2022 meeting

 

  1. Town Forest Management Plan

 

  1. Fall field trip – options and advertising?

 

  1. Adjourn – next meeting is November 21, 2022

 

 

 

 

Zoom meeting information.:

Topic: Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting October 2022

Time: Oct 17, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Nov 242022
 

Minutes

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting

November 21, 2022 

7:00 pm  Regular meeting at Brookfield Town Office/Library (hybrid meeting:  members able to join by Zoom with link to be shared prior to the meeting)

Attendance:  Susan Shea, Starr Strong, Jon Binhammer

  1. Review Agenda – three items added – Nature and Wildlife Photography presentations, 2024 Town budget, and purchase of a game camera 
  2. Public Comment – none
  3. Approval of Minutes of the October, 2022 meeting – we did not have the minutes from the October meeting, so we voted to defer approval until the December meeting.
  4. Town Forest Management Plan update – Areas for reserve and harvest were briefly discussed.  BCC field visit on 11/6 was discussed.  Commissioners thought that mast trees for bear should be encouraged and protected.  We’ll wait to see the county foresters next draft.
  5. Conservation Commissioner search update  – one potential candidate has effectively declined, several candidates were proposed, Starr will speak with one or more of the proposed candidates to obtain more information about their interest in serving and what they would bring.
  6. Community Values Mapping – sharing results.   Commissioners agreed that a discussion of the Community Values Mapping and a thank you to all who participated should be in the Town Report under the Conservation Commission report, but all agreed that a meeting of townspeople who participated was not needed.  All agreed that the results should help the BCC with prioritizing actions.
  7. Brookfield Zoning Bylaw upgrade – BCC involvement?  Sue expressed interest in working on language regarding forest conservation for the bylaw.   Jon Jickling was not in attendance, but due to his recent stint on the Planning Commission, we thought his input would be valuable. Commissioners briefly spoke about the need for increased affordable housing, and agreed that while it was not the BCC’s charge, that we would evaluate proposals and strive to support an increase in housing where it did not have a negative impact on wildlife and natural resources.
  8. Association of Vermont Conservation Commission membership dues – Starr moved to pay AVCC annual dues of $50.00, Sue seconded, all voted in favor.
  9. Nature and Wildlife Photography presentations – We are blessed to have at least two and probably more excellent wildlife and nature photographers in town, with our own Starr Strong and Mark Council.  Commissioners agreed that we should sponsor a public presentation by each of these photographers this winter, perhaps at the church.  All agreed that we should look for a date in December and one in February.  Jon B. will coordinate with the church and/or library.
  10. 2024 Town budget – Commissioners agreed to request a budget of $300.00 for FY 2024.  Current budget is $200.
  11. Game Camera purchase – to assist with wildlife connectivity studies across I-89.  This was recommended by Jens Hilke for our work on the Northfield Road underpass.  Starr said she would look into the cost for our next meeting.
  12. Adjourn – Commissioners voted to adjourn.  Next meeting is December 19, 2022

 

Submitted by J. Binhammer, Chair

Nov 012022
 

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission        

 Present: Sue Shea, Jon Jickling, Starr Strong    Absent: Jon Binhammer

F2F and Zoom meeting came to order at 7:00 PM

 

  1. Review Agenda
  2. Public Comment  There was no one from the public in attendance
  3. Approval of Minutes of the June 2022 meeting.  Approved.
  4. Town forest plan- AJ Follensbee, County forester and the Conservation Commission members discussed the draft forest management plan recently developed by AJ .  The CC supported the proposed forest management on the bulk of the forest.   The CC were complimentary to the written plan format and content which provides clear description of the forest, management goals and specific recommendations.  CC supported the creation of reserve areas proposed and suggested creating a connection between the two reserve blocks.  The proposed harvest of the declining pine plantation was supported with suggestion of retaining larger healthy pine throughout the forest to enhance stand structure.  CC also suggested establishment of oaks in appropriate areas to anticipate changing climatic conditions.   AJ is going to produce a new version for the review of the CC and for discussions with the Selectboard and the public.
  5. Fall field trip – Given changing weather and upcoming hunting season, it was decided to not organize a field trip in the fall, but rather look to organizing a wintertime outing e.g. snowshoeing.
  6. Adjourn – Meeting Adjourned at 8:20 PM  next meeting on November 21st,

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jon Jickling

 

Oct 102022
 

AGENDA

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting

October 17, 2022

7:00 pm  Regular meeting at Brookfield Town Office/Library

(participants are able to join by Zoom  with the following link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77162055165?pwd=M0bMqqPG1Dw7RJO9DIngaTbpnHmMif.1

 

  1. Review Agenda

 

  1. Public Comment

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of the June, 2022 meeting

 

  1. Town Forest Management Plan

 

  1. Fall field trip – options and advertising?

 

  1. Adjourn – next meeting is November 21, 2022

 

 

 

 

Zoom meeting information.:

Topic: Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting October 2022

Time: Oct 17, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jun 272022
 

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission         6-20-22

 

Present: Sue Shea, Jon Binhammer, Jon Jickling   Absent: Starr Strong

Zoom meeting came to order at 7:09 PM

 

  1. Review Agenda
  2. Public Comment: There was no one from the public in attendance.
  3. Approval of Minutes of the May 2022 meeting:  May minutes pending – to be reviewed at July meeting.
  4. Membership:  Sue, Jon and Kathy contacted possible candidates who declined.  Holly Dustin, Beth Urie, and East Hill folks who went on hikes are other potential candidates. Jon B. will contact them. In July, we will decide whether to advertise on FPF.
  5. Field Trips:  Proposed visit to Town Forest September 24 or 25 with County Forester AJ Follensbee to introduce forest managment plan and discuss other activities.

Hikes on Class 4 roads are other possible field trips. Potential locations are Cram Hill Road or Class 4 road between East St. and Rt. 65.

  1. Presentation of Community Values Mapping:  Jens Hilke sent Jon B. a link to download all the data, a bit challenging technically.   Jon will ask Jens if he is willing to present the findings to the community.
  2. Solar Preferred Site Discussion:  Should we develop criteria for preferred sites for solar projects? We should find out if the Planning Commission is working on this.  Jon B. will reach out to Gwynn Z.
  3. Schoolyard Habitat: Jon B. sent an e-mail to Brookfield School principal regarding the new outdoor classroom and opportunities for restoration work.  There doesn’t seem to be much interest from them in  collaboration but if we can find a motivated teacher we may continue to pursue.
  4. Town Forest Plan: Reviewed map and preliminary harvest schedule prepared by AJ Follensbee.  Discussed desire that AJ participate in next CC meeting in July to review full draft plan and to discuss possible September public hike in the Town Forest.
  5. I-89 Underpass Wildlife Corridor Update: Jens Hilke was supposed to do a site inspection with VTRANS, no word yet whether it happened and result. Jens was interested that Williamstown had land adjacent to Brookfield which would improve wildlife corridor in northern part of town.
  6.  Adjourn: Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Next meeting:  July 25, with focus to review Town Forest Plan with AJ Follensbee.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jon Jickling

Jun 172022
 

AGENDA

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting

June 20, 2022

7:00  Regular meeting at Brookfield Town Office/Library, and via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89067546827?pwd=Y0docjBuWk9EdHRwVTdxVzBRZTR0dz09

 

  1. Review Agenda

 

  1. Public Comment

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of the May 2022 meeting.

 

  1. Membership

 

  1. Summer Activities

 

  1. Presentation of Community Values Mapping

 

  1. Solar Preferred Site discussion

 

  1. Schoolyard Habitat

 

  1. Adjourn – next meeting is July 18, 2022
May 042022
 

AGENDA

Brookfield Conservation Commission Special Meeting

May 9, 2022

7:00 PM

Special meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89067546827?pwd=Y0docjBuWk9EdHRwVTdxVzBRZTR0dz09

  1. Review Agenda
  2. Public Comment
  3. Approval of Minutes of the April, 2022 meeting.
  4. Annual meeting – election of officers
  5. Town meeting
  6. Green-Up Day
  7. Adjourn – next meeting is June 20, 2022

 

May 032022
 

Meeting Minutes of the Brookfield Conservation Commission 4-18-22

Present: Sue Shea, Starr Strong, Jon Jickling, Kathy Kinter    Absent: Jon Binhammer

Zoom meeting came to order at 7:06 PM

March minutes were unanimously approved as presented.

There was no one from the public in attendance.

Community Values Mapping Debrief: It was felt by most that there wasn’t enough time to map all that folks wanted. Some folks were unable to connect or manage Miro. Question was raised, should we try for another in-person experience in the fall? There is a sense of urgency to get the results from the recent event (even with low turnout) so that we can apply them to the town plan, zoning and conservation delineations. Kathy will speak to Jens to get his input on all this and if we should still plan for a town-wide meeting in June.

Kathy reminded everyone that we meet with Jens and the Planning Commission on May 18 via zoom to discuss results and look at maps.

It was noted that turtle crossings were discussed: rte 65 where culvert under road. No. and So. Ponds are relatively close. Also, in the village near where the stream flows from the pond and the Brookfield side of Baker’s Pond. We may want to look into signage.

Vtrans: They responded to Sue and Jon’s letter and will go out with Jens to look at the wildlife crossing under 89 on Northfield Rd. If they don’t do it within 2 months, someone from the commission will follow up.

Town Meeting: Jon J and Kathy won’t be there. Jon will give EAB info to Jon B to share. Starr will give report on Green Up Day.

Jon B. is to get reflective window stickers to repel birds to hand out to folks.

Green Up: Starr is waiting for Kate to return her call about bags, etc. She has begun outreach. Sue will post on FPF. Kathy said it is important that people know that electronics and toxics must be disposed of by the people who pick them up. Starr is considering a washing station for returnables at the town garage the day of. Garage open 9-4 that day. Jon J and Starr will person the collection at the garage.

Other Business: Kathy announced that she will be stepping off the commission after the May meeting. A replacement needs to be found.

Given that Jon B is gone when we are to next meet, May 9 was suggested as an alternative. Starr leaves May 23.

Next meeting: TBD

Meeting Adjourned at 8:15 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Kathy Kinter

Apr 162022
 

AGENDA
Brookfield Conservation Commission

April 18, 2022

7:00 Regular meeting via Zoom:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74400503789?pwd=TZbJVczF5o6SQORM64P779F3xmYaKo.1

1. Review Agenda

2. Public Comment

3. Approval of Minutes of the March, 2022 meeting.

4. Community Values Mapping debrief

5. Dept of Transportation letter

6. Town meeting

7. Green-Up Day

8. Adjourn – next meeting is our Annual Meeting- date to be determined

Apr 052022
 

Minutes

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting

March 21, 2022

7:00 Regular meeting via Zoom

Meeting called to order at 7:02.

  1. Review Agenda – two items added – VT AOT and Natural Resource Inventory
  2. Public Comment – none
  3. Approval of Minutes of the February, 2022 meeting. Moved by Starr Strong, Seconded by Sue Shea. All approved
  4. Discussion of Brookfield Town Forest Management Planning, with County Forester, AJ Follansbee – AJ said that Orange and Windsor Counties have the largest enrollment in Current Use of any other counties, with about 5,000 enrollments in each. He explained how he would start to craft a management plan for the town forest, and then put it out for public input. The Cons Comm could be involved in the whole process, including field visits. All agreed that we wanted the Town Forest management to be different from the surrounding landscape, emphasizing quality and possible old forest characteristics in some parts, recognizing that the town forest is not unique, but management could be exemplary. Recreation was something we wanted to consider more fully. Commissioners thanked AJ for joining us and helping us think about possibilitie
  5. Community Values Mapping
  • List of contacts for the event – Commissioners have been talking up the event and trying to get a diverse representation of Brookfield people to show up. There were several questions about how to get better representation of the diverse opinions of residents.
  • Confirm date for first meeting with Jens and come up with some dates for our second meeting where we discuss overlays. May 18th was confirmed for the date to discuss the findings and the ‘heat map’ of the town.
  • Read Mapping VT’s Natural Heritage pp 87-106 to help determine what maps we want Jens to overlay the heatmap on.
  • Approve Kathy’s expenditure for the first month of Miro: $20 This was moved by Jon Jickling and seconded by Starr Strong. All voted in favor.
  1. Other business

Dept of Transportation – Sue reported that she has not heard back from her letter to VTrans about the wildlife crossing                       upgrade.

Natural Resource inventory – talked about an inventory of the town forest, and the cost of an inventory of the whole town                 ($20,000+). This was tabled for a future discussion.

  1. Adjourn – next meeting is April 18, 2022

    Respectfully submitted,

    Jon Binhammer