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Meeting Minutes - March 6, 2009

posted Mar 20, 2009, 8:52 AM by John O 'Reilly   [ updated Mar 20, 2009, 8:59 AM ]

The Brainerd Chapter of MFA held a meeting on March 6, 2009 at the Brainerd Public Library.  The meeting was called to order at 9:50 a.m. by Brainerd Chapter President, John Wallin.


Attendance was taken by Chapter Secretary, Dean Makey:  those present were John Wallin, Jim Ballenthin, Dean Makey, Anne Oldakowski, Mark Frisk, Chad Converse, Gary Carson (CLC), Mary Jane Reetz, Ken Quass, Brad Bodle, Gary Anderson, and Charles Pelzl.  Presenter, Bill Marchel, scheduled for the meeting was unable to attend.


Makey provided a financial report and copies of last meeting’s minutes (see handout).


Wallin asked if anyone present wanted to share their goals/values for the Chapter.

He handed out a summary of some comments he had received from members.  One goal identified was to improve educational efforts by getting families/kids involved with Chapter activities.


Wallin reviewed a presentation he had made to CLC’s Natural Resource Club on 2/24/09.  He provided sources of forestry information to the Club.  He asked them for ideas why they were students and club members.


Wallin mentioned Jim Chamberlin’s comments regarding Stewardship Grant requests.


    • Makey will submit a grant proposal for Brainerd Chapter meetings to Chamberlin for inclusion with MFA’s request.


Suggestions for Chapter activities were discussed:


It was decided to have a spring field day at the Bill Marchel property.  May 23, 2009 is the first choice for the event.  It will be advertised with a direct mailing to Brainerd Chapter members, CMSWOA members, local Tree Farm members, and local landowners with Stewardship Plans.


    • A committee of Wallin, Ballenthin, and Makey will meet with Marchel in March to work out the details of the field day.


It was suggested to have a day-long, activity field day geared towards families, to include stations and games.  Possible ideas included tree & shrub identification, wood identification, tree planting methods, timber stand demonstrations, forest foods, Stewardship Plans, mushroom growing, and property tax classifications and incentives.


    • It was suggested to pursue this idea for Fall, 2009.


Discussion was held on current forest property tax programs.  Reference was made to the recent publication on SFIA vs. 2c and can be found at www.MyMinnesotaWoods.


Ballenthin mentioned a “prescribed burn” being planned for multi-agency lands in Cass County near Leech Lake.  The burn is for reforestation purposes. 

Jim will let us know when it is happening.


Wallin mentioned he would like to get out any pertinent information to members by email.  Members should get John their email address.  Otherwise, notices and such will be mailed by Makey.


Discussion was held on programs to preserve forest corridors, such as Forest Legacy and the Camp Ripley programs.


Frisk mentioned the “Intergenerational Land Transfer”  workshop being held in Cloquet.  Members should have received a post card notice about this.


    • A motion was made by Reetz for Wallin to draft a letter to Extension Educator Diomy Zamora requesting a similar workshop to be held in the Brainerd area.  The motion was 2nd by Ballenthin and passed unanimously.


The next event will be the spring field day at the Marchel property.  A notice will be sent out to members.


The next Chapter meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2009 at the Brainerd Public Library.


Meeting adjourned at 11:15.

Minutes taken by Dean Makey.