County Lands, Agriculture and Forestry Committee


Joseph Allen

Bernie Blackmore Chairman

Eugene Dawson


Minutes December 3, 2007

Members Present:


Bernie Blackmore, Gene Dawson and Joe Allen

Members Absent:



Others Present:


Joe Meyers and Mike Meriwether

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

2. Public Comment



3. Forestry Update


Discussion ensued over the private lands section of the forestry program in Antrim County. Mike indicated that the state has cut the funding for the program leaving the conservation district with one year of operating expenses to run the forestry program.


The Committee discussed the potential of charging for services on private land. Discussion ensued over what Mike does for private land owners.


Discussion ensued over the Conservation District and how it has evolved in the past few years.


Discussion ensued over the oil and gas fund and how the funds from that account are used.


Gene Dawson proposed that we could try to provide a forestry program on a trial period and re-assess it after a pre-determined amount of time.


Discussion ensued over the need of a county forester.


Further discussion ensued over bringing options regarding a Forestry Program to the Board of Commissioners. Mike indicated that he would put together three options for the next CLAF meeting.


Discussion ensued over the timber management on County land.


Charlie Koop entered the meeting to discuss leasing the property at Grass River Natural Area.


Charlie indicated that GRNA is in favor of a non-developmental lease.


Discussion ensued over the Oil and Gas Fund 144


Motion by Gene Dawson, supported by Joe Allen, to lease the 280 acres at GRNA to OIL Energy Company to go into the Oil and Gas Fund 144 for a lease that states no surface development. Motion carried unanimous.

4. Various Matters



Meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.