Mar 172022
 

AGENDA
Brookfield Conservation Commission
March 21, 2022
7:00 PM
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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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Nov 132021
 

Brookfield Conservation Commission Meeting Agenda
November 15, 2021
7:00 PM
via Zoom:
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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