County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee

 

Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore Chairman

Eugene Dawson

 

Minutes – February 26, 2007

Members Present:

 

Gene Dawson and Bernie Blackmore

Members Absent:

 

Joe Allen

Staff Present:

 

Joe Meyers

Others Present:

 

Mike Meriwether and Mark Randolph

1.         Meeting called to order at 9:00 a.m. 

2.         Public Comment

 

None.

3.         Forestry Update

 

Mike Meriwether informed the Committee of activities regarding the Forestry Program. 

 

Mike asked the Committee their opinions on the reverter forestry clause on the county lands acquired from the state.  Bernie Blackmore indicated that we should remove them as necessary.  Discussion ensued over deed-restricted properties and the Committee decided to invite legal counsel to the next meeting to discuss cleaning up the restrictions on the property. 

 

Mike indicated that he received a quote from a company for inventorying all county forestland.  The cost would be $7,450 for 2,732 acres.  Discussion ensued regarding whether Grass River Natural Area (GRNA) should be included in this figure.  The Committee determined that if a survey was done than GRNA should be included. 

 

Mike indicated that he would like to hold off on a survey until the state budget is completed due to the cuts in the Forestry Program that are potentially taking place.

 

Discussion ensued over the carbon credits as previously discussed at the last meeting. Mike indicated that during his research, the County would have to be an entity to where we would have to determine how much carbon we use and how much we sequester on an annual basis.  Mike further indicated that he is still doing research on the program and would like to address this at another meeting.

 

The Committee discussed the future of the Forestry Program for the private lands and the public lands.  Mike indicated that the State is planning to cut the entire private Forestry Program budget.  Bernie indicated that he would like to have Mike put together some package options for the Forestry Program. 

 

The Committee discussed the Sevald property.  Mike indicated that there is not enough timber on the property to purchase a sizeable chunk of the land.  Discussion ensued over a Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund grant for $99,000 in the August round and because it would be under $100,000, there is a greater chance of getting funding. 

 

Discussion ensued over the Bachelder Road property.

 

Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Bernie Blackmore to recommend the Board of Commissioners sell the 40 acres on Bachelder Road for not less than $200,000 by first giving the three people that have given us quotes another chance to bid on the property and if none of them express interest to contact the local board of realtors to have them find a real estate agent to sell the property.  Motion carried – unanimous.

4.        Communications  

 

Forest Home Property

The Committee discussed the property in Forest Home Township that the State is looking to sell.  The Committee decided to encourage Forest Home Township to acquire the property.

5.        Member/Public Comment

 

None.

Meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m.