To: Conservation Commission Members cc: Selectboard and Public Notice
From: Betsey Moran
RE: Minutes from the Commission Meeting held
Committee has had several meetings and made several site visits. Design is in process; final site selection has not been made.
Chairman Spencer met with the
Selectboard on the following matters: Natural resource inventory done on the
Pilote Forest, website is up and running, open house held in October, wetlands
mapping done this year and a discussion of the use of town property for
transfer station. Next month the
Conservation Commission will prepare a statement to reflect the commission’s
position on the use town forest property to be available for the
Chairman Spencer went to the NHACC annual meeting and learned the new DES regulations on boat slips. The definition for boat slips in bodies of water less than 10,000 acres (such as Squam) is: a volume of water 20 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 3 feet deep as measured at normal high water mark and located adjacent to a structure to which a watercraft may be secured. The application of the definition is: For the purposes of navigation and safety, the Wetlands Bureau will allow up to 2’ between slips and between slips and fixed objects. The Bureau intends to pursue the policy of incorporating navigational space into structure design in future rule-making. The definition is not used in the application of the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act. The 20 ft setback still applies. To calculate the number of slips allowed on a frontage: divide the feet of frontage by 75, then add one, thus property with 75 feet frontage would be allowed 2 slips. No permit is required for replacement of a seasonal dock provided that the new structure conforms to DES criteria. If a dock is new to the property or if the replacement structure does not conform to current criteria, a permit is required. A copy of the Seasonal Dock Notification for Lakes and Ponds form is available from the Town office.
Betsey spoke with Sandy McLaughlin (our Open House visitor, along with her husband), Principal at Holderness Central School, about the use of the properties by school kids. Sandy likes the idea and hopes to start some involvement in the spring. Her initial thought is help with cleanup. Significant involvement would be eased if there were a way to walk to the properties without going on public roads (thus necessitating buses or cars).
Anne spoke about the surrounding neighbors and found one who has been involved with the conservation activities in the past. She and Jacque will pursue the possibility.
Larry suggested we consider an Open House in the winter for snowshoeing. He then handed out a copy of the Town of East Kingston’s Conservation Lands brochure with maps of town properties and trails, with pictures and narrative. We might consider doing one in the future.
During Larry’s discussion of the report with the Selectboard, the most important finding was that in the next few years we should remove dangerous trees along the trails. The Selectboard was not concerned about the boundaries due to the fact that most of the boundary is connected to Town Farm Rd.
George also suggested we apply for the American Forest Foundation Pioneer Tree Farm Certificate. It is unclear if it costs money to do so. A motion was made by Chairman Spencer to join, the motion was amended that we do so only up to a cost of $100, and the motion was approved.
Acct 5912-20, Supplies, $ 50
Acct 5912-21, Postage, 0
Most of our communication is via fax or email
Acct 5912-23, Dues, 150
NH Conservation Assoc dues
Acct 5912-24, Training, 200
NHACC annual meeting and a few others
Acct 5912-26 (5?), Books/Periodicals 100
Manual required for ArcView software and others
Acct 5912-?, better delineated wetlands 1200
Budgeting 3 field days for continuation of mapping
Acct 5912-?, Conservation Fund 4000
Holderness has done little to set aside funds for future property acquisition to protect prime property. An annual contribution to the Conservation Fund is urged; an eventual purchase would not require a one time huge expense.
CC members in attendance:
Lynn Johnson, Betsey Moran, Anne Packard, Larry Spencer, Chairman
2002 Holderness Conservation Commission Members:
Jacque Jewell, Lynn Johnson, Betsey Moran, Anne Packard, Larry Spencer - Chair.