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ACFL Forest Advisory Board Minutes <br />Date: June 3, 2021 <br /> <br />Board Present: Sandra Starbuck, Brian Wetcher, Joann York-Gilmore, Nick Stowe <br /> <br />Staff Present: Bob Vaux, Jonn Lunsford, Victoria Wong, Steve Phillips <br /> <br />Public: None <br /> <br />Called to Order: 6:02PM <br /> <br />Minutes: May 6, 2021 minutes approved as written <br /> <br />Public Comment: None <br /> <br />Friends of the Forest: None <br /> <br />Communication/Correspondence: Commercial shoot on Mt. Erie has finished. Walla Walla College Marine Biology <br />program wanted to go out to the forest lands to collect bugs, and we advised them that we are not a collection facility, <br />but they are more than welcome to photograph and walk through the trails. Jonn: we had a meeting with the chamber <br />and the friends of the forest, with Council Member Walters and Mayor Gere – a promotional video came out while being <br />filmed in the community forest lands - to get young adults to enjoy the forest lands. If videos of the forest lands are <br />being filmed, keeping community in mind and consult with us for do's and don'ts. Brian: communication with lakeside <br />industries - they would like to be included in any wildlands management plan. <br /> <br />Whistle Lake Dam: We made another trip out with our consultant, Geo Engineers to do the necessary <br />reconnaissance for the current structure of the dam - what to replace, how big, etc. It's going to be a while going <br />through the analysis. Talking with a few other permitting agencies outside the city to make sure we're doing everything <br />we can do. We certainly got word out on what could possibly happen. The amount of impact of private forest would be <br />just as significant and still need to go up trail #22 and #205 so we're better off using the city trail system and leaving the <br />private land intact. Nick: is this high priority of dept of ecology? They know we're engaged, they have our information, <br />but our preliminary guess - they could take a minimum of possibly a year before anything really happens there. <br /> <br />Conservation Easement Program Update: CEP program – Skagit Land Trust would like us to clean up the separate deeds <br />that were collected in the first 20 years of the program to bring it up to speed and what is covered and what is not for <br />the future. Conrad is a consultant we hired and is helping us with some examples and legal wording. It'll be a slight <br />change in the contract – and to add climate change wording - in contract it could say the Skagit Land Trust can look at <br />small logging, bug infestations the effects of climate change - stewardship and conservation. No language like that <br />currently in the contracts. Presenting to city council hopefully by end of summer. We do not expect it to take too long to <br />update.
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