November Minutes

Whitman Conservation District –Board of Supervisors Meeting

Thursday,   November 13, 2014          6:00p.m.             601 N Main Conference Room, Colfax, WA

 

The meeting of the Whitman Conservation District was brought to order at 6:00 p.m. by David Lange, Chair. 

Representing a quorum, present was:

 

Supervisors:  Walter Riley, Cory Aeschliman and Jan Turney.

 

District Staff:   Nancy Hoobler

Accountant:   Brandy Wigen

Commission Representative:

NRCS Representative:

 

Guests: Benjamin P. Derrick

Guest Speakers:  None

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the October 9, 2014 meeting were reviewed and accepted.

Jan Turney moved to approve the October 9, 2014 minutes, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

 

Financial Report:

Brandy reviewed with the Board the profit and loss report.

Expense sheet for October; Checks numbered 5999-6007, including payroll and 1 EFT from October were reviewed totaling $4,938.55.

Umpqua Money Market balance to date: $71,206.08.

Sterling Checking balance is $328.85

Jan Turney moved to approve the October 2014 financial reports, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

 

Supervisors Report:

Walter Riley reported he attended a workshop in Ritzville, Tip Hudson (WSU Extension) spoke on the benefits of proper grazing methods on riparian areas and Toni Meacham (Attorney at Law) reported on the State Water Quality Board meeting and encouraged producers to start monitoring the streams on their property. 

David Lange reported he attended the Direct Seed Breakfast and the South East Area Meeting.  David was impressed with the SE Area meeting District presentations.  Also, was impressed with projects the Walla Walla and Pomeroy Districts were doing and being paid through DOE.  David was especially impressed with Roylene Rides-at- the-Door, who spoke on the new 2014 Farm Bill changes and what it means to the farming industry. 

Jan Turney –no report

Cory Aeschliman reported he attended the Direct Seed Breakfast.

Rhod McIntosh: no report

 

Correspondence/District News:  Enduris sent an agenda for Nov. meeting and a Thanksgiving card; A Published article in the Union-Bulletin from Walla Walla, WA about the Gordon wildlife project was passed around; NACD Board Briefs; Western Issues Report from Dave Vogel; Southeast Area Director Election information; WACD letter to Governor Inslee in support of the 2015-17 state biennial budget request; Larry Brewer retirement notice; November Direct Seed Breakfast notification.  

 

Coordinator Report:

Burn report: issued 6 permits and met with Whitman Co Commissioners to update Burn MOU; SE Area meeting set up and clean up, David Lange, Ray Ledgerwood and Shawn Woodard did a great job helping with both; Attended the Palouse Basin Water Summit; Attended a WSU tour at Zackerizon’s farm dealing with soil health and livestock grazing; Attended Direct Seed Breakfast; finished cost estimates and entered into CPDS for Gordon and Harder projects; three office visits, one about Direct Seed Cost Share and two about livestock issues; participated in NACD & Farm Bill webinars; Attended WSU Extension riparian workshop in Ritzville, field visit to Gordon Ranch with engineer; Field visit to Gordon Ranch with WA Fish & Wildlife and WA DOT Archaeologist to do Cultural Resource Inventory; notified that submitted conservation plan to NRCS passed review, now qualify as a certified planner.

 

Old Business:

  • South East Area Meeting:  33 people attended, very interesting meeting and speakers
  • RCPP Grant: Not heard anything yet.
  • Election Resolution for December meeting: Resolution will be set at December 11th meeting, Annual meeting will be held February 10th, 5:30p.m. Social & registration, 6p.m. dinner.  Jan and Nancy will check with Route 26 in LaCrosse about commendations.
  • Palouse Specific Riparian Management Incentive Program: Can put up fliers throughout the District, put in paper, Commission is paying the whole bill, Tip Hudson, WSU Extension will speak and Palouse Rock Lake CD’s on exclusion will be viewed.  David Lange talked about having this workshop be about the producer’s side of the riparian issue.
  • Open Government Training:  View the videos at January meeting, meet at 5pm and order pizza.
  • Grazing Proposal to FSA: Tabled
  • Cost Share for Projects: Can spend up to $20,000 per year and be on a first come first served basis.

 

New Business:

  • Letter to Governor in support of Districts:  A draft letter was read and two areas reworded, will be ready for signatures on Monday.
  • Pictures of David and Rhod for website:  Will take pictures when both are available.
  • WACD Conference:  Jan Turney will be attending.
  • Local Burn Task Force meeting:  Nancy explained what the meetings are about.

Walter Riley moved for Nancy to attend the meeting on Tuesday, November 18th, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

  • Workshop in LaCrosse: Will be held on a Wednesday from 1 to 3p.m.  Subjects presented will be on conservation plan writing and NRCS & FSA guidelines.  Will check out restaurant.  Community Club rents for a $100.00 per meeting and need to hold workshop on the second or fourth week of the month on a Wednesday or Thursday then the building will already be heated.
  • DOE attendance at January meeting:  January meeting will be a good time to have them attend; hold the meeting in District conference room.
  • Other:  Walter will talk to Umpqua and USbank concerning charge on bank accounts.

 

Agency Reports:

NRCS- Rich Edlund emailed his report stating NRCS personnel are doing status reviews on highly erodible land and wetland compliance on randomly selected tracts of USDA program participants.  Work is underway on the CSP renewal signup applications for expiring 2010 contacts.  November 21st is the cutoff for EQIP signup.  For the Palouse Local Work Group 2016 planning, he asks the Districts to assist in leading this year.  Not only does this follow NRCS policy but bringing other perspectives will find opportunities for conservation and stronger partnerships for all of our programs!

 

WSCC- Ray Ledgerwood:  emailed the WSCC District Operations Quick Notes summering activities to the end of the year and summarized the Commission hot topics, along with reminders.

 

 The next regular Board meeting will be on December 11, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at 601 N Main, Colfax, WA.

 

There being no further business Jan Turney motioned and Walter Riley seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:17 p.m., motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

 

 

 

Motion Recap:

Jan Turney moved to approve the October 9, 2014 minutes, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Jan Turney moved to approve the October 2014 financial reports, Cory Aeschliman seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting. 

Walter Riley moved for Nancy to attend the meeting on Tuesday, November 18th, Jan Turney seconded, motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

Jan Turney motioned and Walter Riley seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:17 p.m., motion passed, none opposed and none abstained from voting.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted by:

 

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Nancy Hoobler, Natural Resource Coordinator                     David Lange, Chair

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