Present: Tom Cooch, Linda Morse, Joan Richmond–Hall, Paul
Shriver, Sandy Stephen,
Mr. Cooch called the meeting to
order at 7:05.
No Public comments
The minutes for the March 27,
2019, meeting were approved as written.
Election of Secretary
Ms. Morse had agreed at the
March meeting to continue on as Secretary, but decided shortly afterwards that
she did not want to continue in this position. Ms. Richmond-Hall, who had been
Secretary prior to Ms. Morse, said she was willing to take on the job again.
Work Party Dates
The date for a work party and
picnic at the Thayer Brook Natural Area (TBNA) was set for Friday, May 31, with
the following Monday as a rain date. We
will meet at 9 a.m. at TBNA. Mr. Cooch and Mr. Shriver are borrowing a truck
and will pick up a picnic table that has been donated by Abel Mountain
A second project previously
discussed is a work party to begin pulling the Wild (Poison) Parsnip that is
growing along Route 12 between the Ayers Brook Goat Farm and Peth Road. This
plant begins to blossom around the middle of June.
The BCC would like to have the
Randolph and Brookfield Conservation Commissions collaborate in this effort.
The originally proposed date of Saturday, June 22, conflicts with a bird
watching event planned by the RCC. Sunday, June 23, was therefore chosen. Participants
will meet at 9 a.m. at the junction of Peth Road and Route 12.
Vernal Pool Mapping
Mr. Cooch said he had tried to
verify the existence of a vernal pool thought by the State to be located on
property owned by Philip Stolzfus between Thresher Brook and Riford Brook
Roads. His GPS was not functioning properly, however, and he was unsuccessful.
There are two other suspected
sites that the commission might verify. If he has a time slot to do this, he
will notify other commission members to see if they are interested in joining
Ms. Richmond-Hall reported on a
meeting that the Planning Commission had held with a Vermont expert on wildlife
corridors. There are relatively few places that animals can use to cross roads separating
two large blocks of forest.
It was recommended that
Braintree try to encourage property owners not to develop such crossing sites,
especially in the southern part of Town. The entire area might be rezoned or a
flexible approach might be adopted, in which a property owner might be offered
exemption from a particular zoning restriction in exchange for a conservation
iien on a crossing site.
The BCC might seek out crossing corridors along Thayer Brook Road. Ms.
Richmond-Hall said she would look at existing maps and try to identify owners
of parcels with potential corridors.
The May newsletter has been
previewed by commission members and is ready to go out. It features an article
by Braintree resident Katrina Hajagos on monarch butterflies, milkweed plants,
and the trade-offs of preserving milkweed while eliminating wild chervil.
A possible article for the June
newsletter would focus on the importance of wildlife corridors. Ms.
Richmond-Hall said she thought she could write this. Another article might
details the events of the collaboration between the three towns on poison
Next Meeting Date
Our June meeting will be on the
Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.