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FLMR Spring 2019 Newsletter

Friends of Lower Muskingum River

Monthly News Roundup

April 25, 2019


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, Elin Jones, Matt Halfhill, Ty Williams, Sam Powell, Doug Albaugh; and executive director Tiffany Harvey.


The meeting was called to order by president Katy Lustofin.


Continuing Business:


Wine and Cheese Social for our major donors in 2018 – the Social was held on March 23 at Ty and Megan’s rental cabin.  A total of 12 people attended, of whom 5 were board members.  Ty provided food and Katy brought wine.


Spring wildflower walk – Katy and Doug led a wildflower walk at Luke Chute Conservation Area on April 13 for a total of 6 people.


Garlic mustard pull – on April 20, six volunteers pulled four trash bags of garlic mustard, mostly from the perimeter of the pollinator habitat field and adjacent woods.  We did not work the other side of the highway or the other side of Cabin Run, where there are huge amounts of garlic mustard.  Even so, the four bags represents far less than the amount pulled from the same area last year.


Bluebird Boxes – Pete and Betty Lowe have donated ten 8-foot lengths of 2-inch pipe salvaged from oil fields.  Doug is making fiberglass roofs for the boxes for additional protection from weather, and we are still working on methods of protecting from snakes.  Installation of the boxes in the Luke Chute Conservation Area will probably be completed at a volunteer work day in May (see below).


Election of FLMR board members – Ty Williams and Di Krivchenia have been elected to the board for terms ending in October 2021.


New Business:


Monitoring of FLMR properties and conservation easements – Tiffany suggested that our website should have provision for members to report concerns and to submit reports when they have visited a property.


Membership drive potluck – at Tiffany’s suggestion, we will plan to have a special potluck picnic, to be focused on recruiting new members.  Ty suggested that we have it on a Friday in August, and that it could be held at his bed & breakfast property which includes a large equipment shed suitable as a picnic shelter.  The shed has electricity.  It was suggested that we have live music if possible.


RiverSweep – Tiffany is making arrangements for this event which will take place on June 15.

Raffle tickets – at the Rivers Trails and Ales Festival on August 10, Tiffany and student board member Robert Phillips will sell raffle tickets for the quilt and the kayak.


Farmers Market – Elin reported that attendance has been poor.  We need a volunteer to man the booth and represent FLMR through the summer, because Elin will not be available.


Future Dates:


Next FLMR board meeting – Thursday, May 23, 4:30 p.m., at Luke Chute Conservation Area,

immediately followed by:


FLMR Potluck Picnic – Thursday, May 23, 6:00 p.m., at Luke Chute Conservation Area – bring your own beverage and table service and a dish to share.


Work day at Luke Chute pollinator habitat – Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m., to remove tree seedlings from the pollinator habitat, install bluebird boxes, and do some trail maintenance.


Visit to our Wilson Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary – Wednesday, May 15, meet at FLMR office at 9:00 a.m., for anyone who wants to see our least-visited property, and to help us monitor it.  Note:  it is a rather long drive, north of New Matamoras.


Respectfully submitted,

Doug Albaugh, Secretary