Braintree Conservation Commission
Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary
Present: Tom Cooch, Paul Shriver, Linda Morse
Absent: Joan Richmond-Hall, Sanders Stephen
- Public comment – none
- BCC Minutes for March 23, 2017 – Approved
- Focus area discussions:
Invasive Species – Japanese Knotweed has been the main focus in this past year. The most recent invasive species to gain attention is Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica). Commission will switch its focus to this species. A tool for removal has been ordered. It will be available to Braintree residents. Megan O’Toole has provided a waiver to protect Town from liability. The next species that needs more attention is Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa); similar to chervil, but yellow and can cause burns if handled. Action: Tom will talk to Jeff of Road crew about best way to manage parsnip, especially in timing of roadside mowing. Action: Linda will write article for inclusion in the BCC newsletter. Japanese Knotweed – discussion on the best management practices. Work parties may be effective. Need to explore the possible use of Roundup application, including any State requirements for training
Renewable Energy Planning for Braintree: No report
Roadside Trees – Discussion on who in town is responsible for educating residents about responsibilities and rights. Conservation Commission can play an important role in getting information out. There was agreement that the new web-based BCC newsletter is one way to distribute information.
- Web-based Newsletter – Tom recommended that Town website include Conservation Commission announcements and a way for residents to sign up for the newsletter. It could include articles on topics of interest (e.g. hiking trails). People will be able to unsubscribe or sign up on line. Linda moved and Paul seconded motion to move ahead on the online newsletter. Approved. Second motion for Holly to set up the website was approved.
- Other business – At future meeting, request Sandy to talk about TROQ meeting on clean water requirements; ask Joan to discuss the energy planning for Braintree.
- Meeting adjourned at 7:47pm
Next Braintree Conservation Commission meeting:
Wed. May 24, 7pm at Town offices.