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

 

Apr 162022
 

AGENDA
Brookfield Conservation Commission
April 18, 2022

7:00 Regular meeting via Zoom:
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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.

Review Agenda – two items added – VT AOT and Natural Resource Inventory
Public Comment – none
Approval of Minutes of the February, 2022 meeting. Moved by Starr Strong, Seconded by Sue Shea. All approved
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
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.

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.

Adjourn – next meeting is April 18, 2022
Respectfully submitted,
Jon Binhammer

 

Mar 172022
 

AGENDA
Brookfield Conservation Commission
March 21, 2022
7:00 PM
Regular meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89067546827?pwd=Y0docjBuWk9EdHRwVTdxVzBRZTR0dz09
 

Review Agenda
Public Comment
Approval of Minutes of the February, 2022 meeting.
Discussion of Brookfield Town Forest Management Planning, with County Forester, AJ Follansbee
Community Values Mapping

List of contacts for the event
Confirm date for first meeting with Jens and come up with some dates for our second meeting where we discuss overlays.
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

Other business
Adjourn – next meeting is April 18, 2022

 

Feb 202022
 

AGENDA
Brookfield Conservation Commission
February 21, 2022
7:00 PM
Regular meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89067546827?pwd=Y0docjBuWk9EdHRwVTdxVzBRZTR0dz09
1. Review Agenda
2. Public Comment
3. Approval of Minutes of the January, 2022 meeting.
4. Values Mapping
5. Other business
6. Adjourn – next meeting is March 21 , 2022
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Jan 262022
 

Minutes Brookfield Conservation Commission
Jan 17, 2022 Zoom Meeting

Present: Sue Shea, Starr Strong, Kathy Kinter, Jon Jickling, Jon Binhammer
1. Review Agenda
2. Public Comment – none
3. Approval of minutes of the December meeting
4. Starr completed Environmental Leadership training 1 and 2 given by VT Agency of Natural
Resources. She reported to commission contents of training in anticipation of Community
Values Mapping (CVM).
5. Kathy reports on meeting, along with the Jon B and Jon J, with the planning commission to
garner their support in the CVM project. They voted to formally co-host the event. Keven
Ring, their new member, will join Kathy and Sue to coordinate promotions for the event
occurring March 23.
CVM Preparedness Discussion:
a. Asynchronous opportunity as well as poster of town map for mark up will be
available after the in-person event. Possibly place poster outside or inside town office
or school vestibule.
b. Community groups to be invited: churches (Pond Village and E. Brookfield), public
safety committee, W. Brookfield list serve, Old Town Hall list, Historical Society,
Masons (?)
c. PR to Herald, FPF
d. Both Jons will attend the selectboard meeting to inform them of CVM
6. Other business
a. Jon B’s concern of enormous loss of birds in last decades. Proposed that we make UV
stickers available to folks at town meeting to put on their windows to repel birds, since
so many die upon impact. Commission voted in support of Jon purchasing 200 stickers
at $40 and to also make information available to pass out with the stickers.
b. Winter field trip discussed. Will make decision at next meeting whether we will do a
hike along Sunset Lake late winter.
c. Ice harvest 1/29
d. Jon J. announced that the town forest management plan is due for an update and is in
the process of being done. Typically county foresters oversee this process. Discussion
proceeded RE: focus of plan to include other focuses than harvesting of trees. Bethel
Town Forest Plan is available as template for us to review. Members will review and
discuss at the next meeting.
e. Prior to meeting, Sue circulated a draft letter she had written to AOT about a wildlife
crossing project at the Northfield Rd overpass that would facilitate safe passage. The
letter was in response to the fact that AOT had not responded to earlier contacts.
Members provided additional input.
7. Next meeting is 2/21/22
Adjourned 8:45
Respectfully Submitted,
Starr Strong

Jan 132022
 

AGENDA
Brookfield Conservation Commission
January 17, 2022
7:00
Regular meeting via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86732547221?pwd=STZxUG50aS9CU0hnbTRkaGkyWk93Zz09

Review Agenda

Public Comment

Approval of Minutes of the December, 2021 meeting.

Starr’s learning

Values Mapping

Bird collision stickers for Town Meeting?

Winter field trip?

Other business

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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