Members Attending: Members Not Present:
David Richert Dwayne Huff
Tim Phipps Jonathan Luper
Jennifer Gagnon Rob Morgan
Donnie Garman Bill Miller
Agenda presented and attached. No additions.
David Richert called the meeting to order. Jennifer Gagnon, the Virginia Tech Extension Forester for Landowner Education was welcomed to our committee as a new member.
Update on Action Items from the June Meeting:
v Critical Species Tour—The committee continued planning for the Critical Habitat & Species tour that has been postponed until April 20 or 27, 2006. The tour will be held on April 20 or 27, 2006 4-8 p.m. beginning at the Fairview Ruritan Building and visiting Grayson Glades, Dixon Lumber property, and possibly a private landowner (Dr. Bill) on State Shed Road. Different habitats & plant communities will be discussed at each stop. David Richert will contact the DCR Natural Heritage office to arrange for potential speakers. David will contact a local botanical / gardeners group to help spread the word. David will draft an announcement/flyer for the workshop and share that with the committee by Jan 20th. The idea is to use an article on critical habitats in the current Forest Landowner Update to generate support for this workshop. David will prepare a brief follow up article for the FLU advertising the workshop by November 30. Planning will continue in February of 2006.
Quail Workshop—The committee also continued
planning for a second “
v Tazewell Forestry Demo Tour—discussed the Tazewell SWCD’s interest in arranging this for Spring 2006, but no additional sources of funds have been located. Committee members need to continue to hunt $$$ for this event, possibly from SAF.
v Promoting Tax Credits-discussion on the need to promote riparian buffer tax credits, which requires involvement before the timber sale planning is finalized (often years or months in advance of the actual timber harvest). Discussed the possibility of eventually holding a riparian buffer tax credit workshop for accountants and estate planners. Decided to edit the RBTC article written by Bill Miller in 2004 and submit a version to Jen Gagnon for the Forest Landowner Update. Bill Miller will work with David Richert to submit this article to Jen Gagnon by November 30.
Landowner Contact Information needed for
Upcoming Events, Partner Opportunities—discussed the possibility of having a woodland owners short course somewhere between Tazewell and
Other business- Donnie
Garman briefed the group on a Forest Legacy Program project involving 3
landowners along the
Next Meeting—The next
meeting of the Forestry Committee will be Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 5:00
p.m. Location TBA, possibly Wytheville Area?
Committee members will make phone calls
to generate attendance two weeks in advance of the