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Forest Advisory Board Minutes <br /> <br />Date: May 6, 2021 <br /> <br />Board Present: Sandra Starbuck, Brian W etcher, Joann York-Gilmore, Nick Stowe <br /> <br />Staff Present: Bob Vaux, Jonn Lunsford, Victoria Wong, Steve Phillips <br /> <br />Public: Cassie Cichorz - WSDA, Asa Deane- Friends of the Forest <br /> <br />Called to Order: 6:00 PM <br /> <br />Minutes: March 4, 2021 minutes approved <br /> <br />Public Comment: Asa Deane - Friends of the Forest: hired a communications and <br />development coordinator: Ashley - starts full time next week. She'll be the next point of <br />contact for these board meetings if Asa is not able. Excited for the trail ambassador program <br />- started training volunteers for the trailheads and the forest lands last Saturday. This <br />coming Saturday, we will put on another training with the educational tools from Friends of <br />the Forest to provide additional education in the busy summer months especially with all the <br />new people who come into the forest and teaching new and old comers how to treat the <br />forest lands with respect. We'll have 7-8 volunteers potentially more throughout the summer <br />that we can deploy at the trailheads. Friends of the Forest spoke with a wildlife ecologist that <br />consults in movement corridors and green corridors to try to find the connection of the ACFL <br />and the surroundings to prioritize protecting the area. Working on a map that they’re <br />analyzing to see if there are areas that hasn’t been identified that might be potentially an <br />area for preservation. Community hikes are back and educational hikes as well. Summer <br />camp sign ups for August is up and running and we’re planning to do full 5-day sessions. 2 <br />of 4 sessions are full already. <br /> <br />Communication/Correspondence: Jonn: meeting with Parks Foundation to help us with <br />potential funds to improve trail on west 2nd street by Smiley's Bottom. Not new trails but <br />improvements to make them more protective in the fragile zones. Possible bridging. <br /> <br />Asian Giant Hornets - Cassie-WSDA: Dec 2019 first discovery in Blaine, WA. It could <br />destroy native species and threaten honeybees. They’ll nest in the ground, they'll find old <br />rotted tree roots, old burrows, empty tree cavities, can be over 2 ft wide and can produce <br />100's of adult giant hornets. They could sting when they feel threatened. Their lifecycle – <br />during the winter, the queen bee’s workers will die, the only alive specimen would be the <br />new queens over wintering till spring time. Spring they're looking to build underground nest. <br />Summer they'll see workers emerge working and feeding their colonies. Fall colony reaches <br />its maturity they'll start virgin queens and males laid. They'll need more protein in the fall. <br />Honeybee hive is susceptible for giant Asian hornet attacks. The Asian giant hornets mate <br />very close to the nest and the cycle will repeat itself. We’re not sure how far they'll fly. Not <br />all queens will successfully mate, and make it through the winter. WSDA placed over 900 <br />traps and we worked with the cooperators and citizen scientists to deploy bottle traps and <br />deployed 325 traps. Over 1225 citizen scientists registered. If it can be helped we try not to <br />kill a live Asian giant hornet so we can attach a tracker and it'll go back to the nest and we <br />can find the nest and remove the entire nest and removing the entire population so they <br />can’t go forth next year. <br />