Friends of Lower Muskingum River
Monthly News Roundup
January 28, 2020
The following is a slightly shortened version of this month’s board meeting minutes, provided to the FLMR membership to keep you up to date with what is going on in FLMR.
In attendance were board members Katy Lustofin, Di Krivchenia, Matt Halfhill, Ty Williams, and Doug Albaugh; and executive director Tiffany Harvey
The meeting was called to order by president Katy Lustofin.
Hulls conservation easement violations – The landowner refuses to cooperate with arbitration. We need to find out from Attorney Patrick Krebs if we still need to attempt arbitration, or if we need to go to court. Katy pointed out that we need to show that we are making every attempt to settle via arbitration. Ty has made contact with the new executive director of Captina Conservancy, Ellie Ewing, who might qualify as an arbitrator.
Annual dinner planning – it was agreed that we should start the online auction ASAP, and that we should purchase a Facebook ad at the $30 level. Also, we should invite some special guests at no cost, to include (but not limited to) major donors. Ten people have reserved dinner tickets so far.
Prescribed burning – Ty has learned that application for burning the pollinator habitat requires the assistance of a Certified Prescribed Fire Manager. Fire managers are certified by the Ohio Division of Forestry. The Ohio Prescribed Fire Council offers training courses on prescribed burning, once a year. The Stockport fire department will assist us when we do the burn, but they do not have a certified prescribed fire manager. Tiffany has learned that AOA and The Wilds do prescribed burns, and she will find out if they have a certified manager who might help us.
Records security – Katy will set up a Google Drive on which to store all our policies, monitoring reports, and other critical records.
Foundation for Appalachian Ohio – Tiffany reported that we can set up an account at FAO that will work like our accounts at Marietta Community Foundation (i.e., money can be withdrawn at any time). FAO has secured $10 million from the Ohio legislature to serve as matching funds for donations to FAO. From now until June 30, 2021, all donations up to $5,000 per donor will be matched dollar for dollar. Tiffany will set up an account for us. Ty already has contacts at FAO, and is doing catering for them.
Committee for summer camp planning – Katy, Tiffany, and Di will recruit FLMR members to work on planning the day camp, and Tiffany will email our membership. The camp will be a day camp for grades 4-5.
Re-branding FLMR – our new name, Lower Muskingum Conservancy, will be rolled out at the Annual Dinner. The new logo will be on the seed packets given away at the dinner. Matt has a contact who does quality vinyl stickers, tee shirts, etc, and will get in touch with him.
Event in August at Ty’s B&B cottage – Ty will have entertainment by the Come On Come Ons, an Athens music group who make great jazz, rock, and formal music. We need to schedule a date.
Maple Syrup Workshop – 18 people attended Matt’s workshop, and it was covered by WTAP.
Stewardship Account – Tiffany reported that our stewardship account, presently at Peoples Bank, will be invested at Marietta Community Foundation, which has a good rate of return.
Trail work at Luke Chute – Katy, Tiffany, and Doug worked on the trail going up Cabin Run, to improve the steepest part.
Additional notes from the Executive Director:
We have gotten three new members, via online.
The newsletter has been sent out.
Tiffany now has 12 items for the Auction, mostly tickets for events, dining, etc., which are very attractive auction items.
Tiffany and Doug hosted a travel blogger and her family, known as Gleason Family Adventure on social media, at the Luke Chute Conservation Area. She will be writing an article about Luke Chute and Cabin Run.
Next FLMR board meeting – February 25, 9:30 a.m., Riverbend Restaurant, Beverly.
Annual Dinner – March 7 at 5 p.m.
Doug Albaugh, Secretary