Woodlands Management Committee Meeting Minutes

December 19, 2007


Attendees: Phil Notestine, Josh Bingham, Bob Dewing, Jerry Uhrig

Guests: Kyle Bolo, Peter Bolo




Minutes from the previous meeting are on the website.


Special Report


Kyle Bolo reported on his Eagle Scout project, now completed. He researched the problem of providing safe habitat for bluebird fledglings and built 20 bluebird boxes which he placed at appropriate locations in the Borough. There are 9 around the soccer fields in Halsey Frederick Park at the edge of the woodlands; 5 at Haswell (Midvale) Field; 4 at Taft Field, and 2 at the Fliflet Bird Sanctuary. Kyle consulted with Mrs. Diane Nelson, an avid birder with several different styles of bluebird boxes and the New Jersey Audubon Society before choosing a design that combined ease of construction with ease of cleaning and maintenance. He brought one of his boxes to the meeting to illustrate. The boxes are constructed from cedar boards and afford an easy access for inspection and cleaning.


We discussed how best to monitor the boxes. Kyle offered to follow up with this as long as he can. He felt that even after he leaves for college next year, he would still be home enough to check on the boxes.



Status Reports


1.      Deer: A report on the deer harvest to date was provided by Marc Weiss of the United Bowhunters of New Jersey; totals are 8 does, 3 bucks.

2.      Forest Health Monitoring Protocol: 100 red oak seedlings have been planted at 10 sampling sites distributed throughout our woodlands.


Topics for discussion:


1.      Invasives article for January H&S - Let's try eating them.


It is a good time of year to look at a new approach to controlling invasive vegetation. Letís talk about eating them. A number of people and organizations have been promoting this for a while now. A good website is http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/recipes.htm which is maintained by the U. S. National Park Service. If you explore the links a bit, here is the sort of thing you might find:

Garlic Mustard Soup
Submitted by Gaelyn Reid and Sarah Yalov

1 Ĺ cups shredded garlic mustard leaves and stems
2 chopped carrots
3 potatoes
4 Tbsp dried oregano
6 Tbls dried basil
3 Tbsp minced garlic
Ĺ cup soy sauce

Boil 6 cups of water, add potatoes and carrots and let cook for 15-20 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and cook 20-25 minutes.

Bon appetite!


2.       Update of Goals for coming year


Woodlands Management Committee Goals for 2008


1.      Work constructively with Eagle Scouts to support projects

2.      Plan and organize invasive work groups

3.      Support youth environmental education especially working with Recreation Commission

4.      Contribute to maintenance of current lists of flora and fauna, especially birds and herptiles

5.      Assessment of Deer Management progress

6.      Comprehensive Invasive Plant Management Plan

7.      Monitoring Plan for Threats to Woodlands Trees

8.      Woodlands Recovery Plan

a)      Deer Exclosures

b)      Reforestation Demonstration

c)      Replanting





Other topics:


We noted that the term of Phil Notestine was about to expire. Phil very generously agreed to serve for another three-year term. A coach I once had used to say that no one was indispensable. That may be but Phil does come very close.