Conservation Commission Minutes

Sep 062018
 

DRAFT Braintree Conservation Commission

Unapproved Minutes -V2)– Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary

 

Present:  Tom Cooch, Paul Shriver, Linda Morse, Sandy Stephen, Joan Richmond –Hall

 

  1. No Public comments
  2. July 25, 2018 minutes as corrected; moved by Tom, seconded by Paul, approved
  3. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) – Paul talked with ECFiber about their Braintree utility lines. They lease the lines from Green Mountain Power and expressed no strong feelings about EAB. Linda was charged with called the Telephone Co about their lines in Braintree
  4. Ash tree inventory (continued) – trees were counted in the Riford Brook area (2.4 miles total), done by Sandy and Tom. 113 trees counted in this stretch. Extrapolated to full 42 miles of roads in Braintree would be an estimated 1,978 ash trees. The question of whether more inventory was needed, because only 11 miles out to total of 42 miles has been done. Also discussed was cost of removal of ash trees. One estimate of cost was $100-400 per tree over 18 inches.
  5. Report to Selectboard on EAB – Tom will make a report to the SB in Sept. 18 on the EAB situation. He has also volunteered to look at some numbers estimates for tree removal.

 

  1. Wildlife camera at Mud Pond – Tom reported on photos recorded. This promoted discussion of one image on whether it was a deer, fox, or coyote. He will be moving the camera in a few weeks.
  2. Japanese Knotweed spraying – Tom has talked to Jeff about possible site. The BCC is proposing 180 feet. Jeff estimated 2,000 feet. There was some lack of clarity on who is in charge of the spraying. BCC will monitor the test sites.  It is important to have contact with landowners to let them know of the scale of spraying. The chemical to be used is Rodeo (Dow Agriscience). This is intended to be a pilot project. Tom will talk to Megan.

 

  1. Fall visit to Thayer Brook Natural Area – proposed by Tom to assess the removal of knotweed, and possibly a short workday. Tom will send out possible dates.
  2. Newsletter – Next issue (Oct) will be on bears
  3. Roadside stonewalls – The question was raised about the jurisdiction of VT towns over roadside stonewalls and the right to remove them. Joan commented that there is nothing in the Town’s planning document or zoning to prevent their removal. As measured from the center of the road, the town Right of Way (RoW) is three rods wide. The width of the road is 49.5 feet. It was agreed that stonewalls add to the value of property. New Hampshire does have an article to protect stonewalls. Linda will contact the League of Cities and Towns about ordinances or conservation efforts.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:08pm

Next Conservation Commission meeting: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 7pm at Town offices.

 

 

Aug 062018
 

DRAFT Braintree Conservation Commission Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary Present: Tom Cooch, Paul Shriver, Linda Morse, Joan Richmond -Hall 1. No Public comments 2. May 2018 – Approval of June minutes as corrected; moved by Tom, seconded by Joan, approved 3. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB): Ash trees in Braintree … Read more >>

Jul 022018
 

DRAFT Braintree Conservation Commission Minutes– Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:  Tom Cooch, Paul Shriver, Sanders Stephen, Linda Morse Guest – Jeff Masterson, Roads Dept.   No Public comments April 2018 minutes approved Discussion of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB): including the management approach of preemptive cutting of roadside ash trees … Read more >>

Jul 022018
 

DRAFT Braintree Conservation Commission Minutes– Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:  Tom Cooch, Paul Shriver, Joan Richmond-Hall, Sanders Stephen, Linda Morse   No Public comments March 2018 minutes approved Emerald Ash Borer – in-depth discussion on the issues and responses to its expected arrival in Braintree: Randolph Conservation Commission’s has … Read more >>

Apr 022018
 

DRAFT Braintree Conservation Commission Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:  Tom Cooch, Paul Shriver, Joan Richmond-Hall, Linda Morse; Absent: Sanders Stephen No Public comments Election of BCC officers: Chair – Tom Cooch; Vice Chair – Sanders Stephen; Secretary – Linda Morse Feb. 2018 minutes approved Goals for 2018, … Read more >>

Nov 032017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:  Tom Cooch, Sanders Stephen, Joan Richmond-Hall, Linda Morse   minutes approved No Public comments Focus area discussions:  Clean Water: Sandy commented that there are no funds now available for Clean Water projects – funds have all been allocated. -– … Read more >>

Oct 032017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Submitted by Tom Cooch   Present:  Tom Cooch, Joan Richmond-Hall, Paul Shriver   No public comment August minutes approved Focus area discussions:   Water – Tom read Sandy’s report on the most recent Water Quality Discussion at TRORC in September, which he attended. The list of … Read more >>

Sep 192017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission Approved Minutes– Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:        Tom Cooch, Sanders Stephen, Joan Richmond-Hall, Linda Morse Absent:          Paul Shriver Guest:            Jeff Masterson, Town Roads Dept., Gerald Kinney, Supervisor VTrans   May minutes approved Invasive species – Tom noted that he is seeing wild parsnip, identifiable by yellow … Read more >>

Sep 142017
 

Braintree Conservation Commission Unapproved Minutes– Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary   Present:  Tom Cooch, Sanders Stephen, Joan Richmond-Hall, Linda Morse, Paul Shriver   No public comment July minutes approved Focus area discussions: Water – Sandy and Linda agreed to do an article on water for Sept. newsletter. Ideas included fish access … Read more >>