Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Forestry 05/07/2010

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Sawyer County Forestry Committee

May 7, 2010


Committee Members Present:                 Dean Pearson               Jim Bassett                   Chuck Gunderson         

                                                            Bruce Paulsen              


County Personnel Present:                     Greg Peterson               Kris Mayberry                Dale Olson


DNR Personnel Present:             Nick Koltz                                


Others Present:                                     Terrell Boettcher            Jim Kissenger                John Saunders

                                                            Stanley Walczak           Ned Zuelsdorff                Jan Holmes

                                                            Don Mrotek                   Linda Zillmer                  Butch Meyer

                                                            Mike Outcalt                  Ron Bergin                    Warren Johnson

                                                            Lionel Johnson               Misty M                                    Steve Longtine  


The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Chair Bassett who turned meeting over to Kris Mayberry for election of chair and vice-chair and committee meeting schedule.  Nominations were opened for Chair:  Bassett nominated Pearson, seconded by Paulsen.  Bassett moved to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Pearson as Chair, second by Paulsen.  Motion carried.  Bassett nominated Paulsen as Vice-Chair.  Motion by Bassett to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Paulsen as Vice-Chair.  Motion carried.


Motion by Bassett, second by Paulsen to approve agenda.  Motion carried.


Motion by Bassett, second by Gunderson to approve the minutes of the April 7, 2010 meeting.  Motion carried.


Audience Recognition

Linda Zillmer presented information to Chair and asked that audience recognition also be included under agenda items.


Event Dates

None requested.


May 2010 Timber Sale Bids - Summary review and approval

A copy of compiled results of the bid opening held on May 3, 2010 was presented.  Peterson stated that 24 tracts were up for sale and the compiled results showed a $900 difference between November 2009 and May 2010.  Paulson asked how this compares with projected budget.  Peterson stated that $1.5 million in total sales is projected for 2010.  Motion by Bassett, second by Gunderson to approve the high bids on all tracts.  Motion carried.  Peterson handed out information regarding species/cords/MBF sold along with historical results from previous sales. 


CAMBA presentation - update on projects

Ron Bergin presented PowerPoint presentation (including background of organization since inception for new committee members) on trail development and maintenance.  He stated that some bike trails double as snowshoe and hiking trails.  David Berard will be conducting a study on the trail this year.


Resolution to participate in UTV pilot program

Peterson stated that in the past 2 years, Sawyer County participated in a pilot program to determine compatibility and had received very few, if any, complaints (corners/sight lines, road routes, etc.).  The state has expanded the pilot program to all counties that want to participate.  UTV's would operate on ATV trails and routes (except on Federal Forest).  Paulsen questioned if there is any downside to this proposal - NONE.  UTV's are heavier and wider and travel at a slower speed - promotes family recreation.  Towns can opt out of pilot program.  Motion by Bassett, second by Gunderson to send to County Board with recommendation of approval.  Motion carried.


Direct sale  for Town of Lenroot gravel pit expansion

Town of Lenroot requested permission for gravel pit expansion (10 acres).  County needs to cut 6 acres of timber with a sale value of $2900.  Motion by Bassett, second by Pearson to approve direct sale.  Motion carried.






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Southwest Sawyer County Trails - Green Lake Trail opening

Jim Kissenger presented information on the first phase of the non-motorized trails.  Phase 1:  Little Siss/Green Lake Road is a 6 foot wide trail the trail.  SCOPE and other groups donated volunteer hours for a total cost of $8000.00.  Kissenger stated that vandalism has already occurred with a sign being taken down and burned.  He would like to invite the committee to meet at the trailhead for the grand opening on June 8 at Little Sissabagama Trail Head at 11:30 AM.   Committee consensus is to attend this event and to invite former committee members to attend. 


Sawyer County Forestry Report

Peterson:  1) 6 active sales; 2) bid packets to be sent out for 2-3 ATV rehab projects; 3) joint project - boardwalk on Duck Pond Road.  Butch Meyer stated that Trail 77 needs gravel; was spec'd out for 3 inches.  Outcalt asked if Trail 77 now instead of waiting until May 15th.  Peterson stated that some trails were already opened and it's only a week away from the 15th.


Bassett stated that he had approved a 50 cent on the dollar settlement recovery of monies owed by a logger since 1999.


Lionel Johnson asked when project on Duck Pond Road can start – at earliest, 2 weeks.


DNR forestry report

Koltz:  Nothing to report.


Monthly expense vouchers

Motion by Bassett, second by Paulsen to approve the vouchers as presented.  Motion carried.


Other matters for discussion only

Monthly reports were passed out.


Committee members requested that as much information as possible be included with agenda so they have time to read over before meeting.


Saunders requested that Mrotek and Riedmann be invited to Green Lake trail opening in June.  Saunders also stated that if the committee would like he could set up meeting to show work being done on Makwa Trail.




Motion by Bassett, second by Pearson to adjourn.  Motion carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 10:55 A.M.


Delores Dobilas, Recorder