Woodlands Management Committee Meeting Minutes
Attendees: Phil Notestine, Martha Dwyer-Bergman, Jerry Uhrig
Minutes from the October meeting are on the website.
Phil reported that there have been 11 deer culled by the bow hunters, 3 bucks and 8 does.
beaver colony in the
Jerry mentioned that Rick Miles (Cliff's son), an environmental sciences major in college, is looking for a GIS project. He has proposed studying the beaver site. Jerry, Cliff, and Rick plan to visit the site over Thanksgiving, when Rick will be home from college.
Martha asked what research has been done on the effects of beavers to the environment. Jerry said that the most immediate effect would be loss of large numbers of trees and shrubs due to flooding and the beavers' need for food and shelter. This was readily apparent in the photos taken of the downstream area, which had been flooded for several years.
Phil suggested that a pilot he knows, Bill Wimmer, might be interested in flying over the site and taking photographs to delineate the extent of the flooding.
removed all the ailanthus saplings and seedlings from the
The small ailanthus trees at the Fliflet Bird Sanctuary were a little harder to deal with. Many of them had been cut off at ground level years before. So what appeared to be small seedlings and saplings were really root sprouts. These break off promptly under the force of the Weed Wrench leaving the stump. Since the stumps are generally too short or too thick to grasp with a Weed Wrench, there are three options: 1) keep removing the root spouts so that the roots eventually die, or 2) apply herbicide to the stumps, or 3) it may be possible in some cases to dig up the roots. The job is not finished.
Jerry went over the invasive calendar for the Home and School Bulletin.
NRCS has announced the availability of project grants for the coming year. Projects that may be eligible will address Early Successional Habitats, which includes pollinator species habitat and grassland bird habitat; Wetlands, which includes coastal mud flats and wetland forests; Disturbance Dependent Habitats, which include fire-dependent forests and scrub/shrub habitats; and Bog turtle habitats.
noted that we have applied in the past for these grants but have not gotten
funding. We agreed to explore further to
determine if this is a good opportunity for us. The application deadline is
A question was raised about
the back portion of
Phil noted that a good discussion of the geology of our area can be found by "googling" Newark Bight. One good website that the search will turn up is the following.