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FLMR Fall 2019 Newsletter, Issue 6 (1)

Friends of Lower Muskingum River

Monthly News Roundup

November 20, 2019

Upcoming Events:

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, Matt Halfhill, Ty Williams, Sam Powell, Doug Albaugh; executive director Tiffany Harvey; guest Rick Mayle, and membership chair Quincy Robe.

The meeting was called to order by president Katy Lustofin.

Priority Business:

Hulls conservation easement violations – the letter prepared by Attorney Patrick Krebs was sent to Jim Diehl, who continues to be un-cooperative.  If Diehl does not respond, Krebs says we should draft our own proposal for resolving the violations, and then if Diehl will not agree, we will have to go to arbitration.

New Business:

Amendment and Violation Policies to be adopted by the board – last week Tiffany emailed the policies used by several other land trusts to the board.  The consensus of the board is that both are good, and Katy will consolidate them into a single document for our approval.

NextGen member next year – the board is agreeable to having a student (non-voting) member again next year.  Past student board participation has been poor, but it doesn’t cost us anything except some of Katy’s and Tiffany’s time, and Katy has new ideas for next year.

Logo – Tiffany has found a graphic designer who has made some samples for us and will create our logo for $150.  Katy pointed out some important changes that need to be made, but the samples are nicely done, so this looks like good progress.

Monitoring Cabin Run and Luke Chute property boundaries – on December 1 at 1:00, Katy, Tiffany, Doug, Ty, and anyone interested, will walk (or climb) the boundaries.  It will be steep, slippery, and thorny (lots of multiflora rose), but also very pretty.  

Continuing Business:

Kiosk at Luke Chute Conservation Area – on November 15, Matt brought the kiosk to Luke Chute, and Tiffany, John Lee, Ty, and Doug helped him install it.  A very nice job.

Annual dinner and auction – scheduled for March 7, at Knights of Columbus; wine social at 5:00, dinner catered by Ohio Foothills Custom Catering at 6:00, followed by the auction.  There will be both on-line and live auction. The on-line auction will be set up through the live auctioneer, so that bidders may make a reserve bid on-line, but they may be out-bid at the live auction.  Tiffany will speak briefly about FLMR and our recent accomplishments.

Theft in office insurance (crime policy) is in the works.

Check signer – Matt has agreed to replace Elin as our second signatory (along with Katy).

Old Business:

Workdays at Luke Chute in November – on November 2, five volunteers removed a lot of weed trees from the pollinator habitat.  On November 10, Katy brought along four college students. Tiffany introduced them to the conservation area and its importance for pollinators and biodiversity, and the impact of invasive species.  We collected a variety of wildflower seeds which will be packaged by Marietta College students at the M. L. King Service Day on January 20. The seed packets will be given away at the FLMR Annual Dinner and at fairs and festivals.

Additional notes from the Executive Director:

Tiffany has figured out how to enable people to become members online.  Quincy asked that she be sure to notify him about all new members. Tiffany is now the official keeper of the membership database.  She will provide copies of the database to Quincy and any board member upon request.

Future Dates:

Next FLMR board meeting – December – by email (no meeting)

Luke Chute / Cabin Run monitoring – December 1, at 1:00 (see above).

Maple Syrup Workshop – January 18, 1:00 – 3:00 at Marietta College.

Respectfully submitted,

Doug Albaugh, Secretary