Nov. 16, 2015 meeting

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Skaneateles Conservation Area Advisory Committee meeting agenda

Monday, November 16, 2015, 7:00 PM

  • Discuss treatment of invasive plants
    • swallow-wort – manual
    • barberry – manual
    • phragmites – chemical & mechanical
  • Discuss the conservation plan to be developed by ESF students.
    • Dr. Whitney Marshall will be teaching the Conservation Biology Synthesis class.
    • She has taught it the past two spring semesters using a property in Costa Rica.
    • They will include hands-on-the-ground experiences such as removing invasive species.
    • I will be meeting with Dr. Marshall later this semester.
    • Are there any particular objectives that we would like them to include?
  • Discuss GPS mapping by scouts
    • Yesterday (Nov. 15) Troop 66 from Marcellus, led by Eagle Scout candidate Andrew Marsh, covered all or most the trails of the conservation area.
    • They used GPS units borrowed from by High School.
    • The Scouts’ advisor is Jerry Kezar, who is very knowledgeable about the technology and eager to get an accurate map.
    • We have found some of the boundary monuments, but have asked Janet about getting survey maps to check others.
  • Does anyone think that the muskrat lodge in the fishing pond might be a problem?
    • They are mostly vegetarian, so they shouldn’t bother the fish.
    • They do dig tunnels, so that will need to be monitored.
  • Election of officers
    • Any volunteers?