Woodlands Committee Meeting Minutes
Attendees: Jerry Uhrig, Phil Notestine, Martha Dwyer-Bergman, Linda Spencer-Green
The minutes from the previous meeting were approved.
Jerry mentioned that the
bamboo dumping problem off
Deer Management (Phil/Martha)
Culling: Phil reported that bow hunters have taken 9 deer. Bow hunters were hunting in the following
Tourne county park will have a deer hunt this year for the first time. There will likely be hunters not only in tree
stands but also on the ground. The park
will be closed during the hunt days, which will be in mid-December. They have posted the times at the entrances
to the roadways into the park but we are not sure if they have done it at all
the trails that enter the Tourne from
Contraception: Martha reported that she finally had a response from Jack Schrier regarding the Deer Sterilization. He requested that
our Borough adopt a resolution that calls on the federal government to allocate
$5M to the Department of the Interior to develop a formula for a safe and
effective single-inoculation of the deer.
Martha will contact Armen Melikian
and Lynn went to the Autumn Plant Symposium at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. The
entire day was spent on invasive plants and deer and how to control them. One
expert from the National Park Service suggested that a “Hack and Squirt” method
can be effective in controlling ailanthus. That is, you hack the side of the
tree with an ax and then squirt pesticide into the cut. But a luncheon
Rob Jennings, Morris County Parks biologist, stated over lunch that there are three major mechanisms changing the woodlands: earthworms, deer, and invasive plant species.
are breaking down the duff, which then prevents the native plant seeds from
germinating and enabling the invasive plants to take root. Rob said that there
were no native species of earthworm anywhere in
According to Emil DeVito, even if an area is protected by fencing it may take 10 years for sufficient recovery to occur in the native habitat so that one can see much difference. We should seriously plan on fencing areas of the woodlands so that there will be control areas where the recovery can be observed more clearly.
to a policy directive issued by the State DEP Commissioner on October 14, the
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: Jerry mentioned that there
was a report of some healthy hemlocks in the
Emerald ash borer:
Jerry mentioned that the Wild Flower Trail at the Tourne has a white ash tree in their enclosed area. It is their largest tree and should be helpful in identifying other ash trees throughout our woodlands.
Bacterial Leaf Scorch: Northern red oaks in
Sudden Oak Death: Linda reported that there
has been one reported death in
Linda said that this coming summer (2005)
Woodland Threat Priorities: Threat priorities were updated from the list given in the June status report to Council. The update was prompted by new threat information obtained in the months since June. The new list is as follows:
Threat Priorities (revised November 04)
Website: Jerry said that all the minutes are now up on the site. Andy Bulfer said that a new server is being installed that will enable the individual sites to be more easily updated.
Martha brought a magazine that has some websites that we might want to include in the Woodlands site. For a list of Problem Plants go to http://plants.usda.gov/java/noxiousDriver and www.nps.gov/plants/alien/ If you want to learn more about the birds, butterflies or plants in the area, go to the FREE online Wildlife Guides. Merely enter your zip code and e-mail address to access hundreds of photos and detailed information: www.birdsandblooms.com (This is from the magazine Birds and Blooms.)
has pictures of burning bush at
Linda and Martha will walk the trail near the spring house to look for the spicebush and maple leaf viburnim. Pictures will be sent for inclusion on the website.
Shade Tree Ordinance
Jerry and Linda discussed the draft ordinance that the Shade Tree committee presented to the Borough. There was a concern by the Mayor that there needed to be additional strength in the ordinance with regard to the planting of trees to replace those that are being removed. Should replanting be included in the current ordinance or as a separate ordinance? Should there be a list of specific trees that choices can be made from and reasons why other trees are at risk and list the concerns for the diseases that are pending.
Jerry said that there needs to be a fencing program to establish control areas to study the progress in the woodlands regrowth. Jerry pointed out that the fence at the Wildflower Trail is inspected weekly for breaks. It is likely that we would have to do the same.
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