Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park
 

LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

 MEETING MINUTES

July 13, 2010

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

Michael Jones

 

Russ Legg, Planning Department

Kimberly Karish

 

 

Evelyn King

 

Commissioner:

Jennifer Lee

 

Lew Gaiter

Ryan McShane

 

 

Kate Muldoon

 

Staff :

Earlie Thomas

 

Doug Ryan

Jarrett Tishmack

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

The EAB welcomed two new members, Evelyn King and Earlie Thomas.  All in attendance introduced themselves and provided a brief background about their interest in the advisory board.

 

Discussion Items:

Resource Stewardship Plans for Horse Businesses.   The Advisory Board discussed the draft Guideline for Preparing Resource Stewardship Plans.  The current version of the draft has been filled in and is more complete that the outline reviewed at the June EAB meeting.  The members offered a number of comments and suggestions based on the review questions asked by staff:

 

·  Can language be added to the introduction to show more clearly how the RSP will benefit the operator? Especially add incentive language as why it may be important?

·  General comment –Very good job with a difficult subject by the authors. Terms seem to be defined only when necessary and with out appearing patronizing.

·  EAB members suggested the use of a matrix with one side being Best Management Practices (BMP) and one resource issues so that cross reference and importance of solutions to more than one issue can readily be identified. It would easily demonstrate, for example, that if a BMP for dust is chosen that it may well support the goal in pasture or weed control, etc.

·  The document will benefit from more editing, especially the wildlife section.  It is too long and did not capture the importance. Several EAB members suggested that measures to protect wildlife might be better placed in the other resources chapters.  They suggested that the wildlife parts perhaps could be dispersed among the other resource issues, i.e. show management practices under fencing that also serve to protect wildlife. If a matrix is developed keep the wildlife as a column to show the relationships.

·  Be concerned about excessive “references links” to web sites if placed on the internet because links often become broken as items often  move  on the host website and it becomes a significant maintenance problem. Perhaps the solution is to link to PDF’s maintained on the County’s server if that is manageable.

·  Pictures within each resource section can help to clarify a good management situation from a poorly managed condition. 

·  Members held a general discussion of the order of the presentation of the resource issues. Some felt list in order of importance, or grouped by relationship (i.e. manure to drainage), or put the items that impact most factors go first in the order. It was discussed that perhaps they could be cross referenced. 

·  The document is 90% there.

·  General discussion of BMP for all facilities.  If these remain as BMP then be sure each has an actionable item.  It was suggested that perhaps the listed BMPs for all facilities are really goals that the options BMP help you achieve.

·  Add a paragraph to the introduction explaining how review bodies should use the RSP. i.e. Not as a pass/fail document but as one more important piece of information to be used in the general judgment regarding the approval, approval with conditions or denial of the total application. Cautions should be placed that that this booklet represents the BMP recommended by local experts and new ones should not be added to individual applications during the heat of a hearing without first considering adding the new drafted BMP to the booklet.

 

Orientation with New Members.  Doug Ryan provided an overview for the new members about the organization and function of the EAB.  That overview included a discussion of the County’s Administrative Policy for Boards and Commissions, the EAB bylaws, the annual report and work plan, and the Issue Index used for tracking topics that the Advisory Board has considered. 

 

BCC Liaison Comments:

Lew Gaiter addressed the Advisory Board and welcomed the new members.  Commissioner Gaiter told the members that he relies on this Board for objective fact-based advice, and that he appreciates the approach and broad background that they use to consider issues. 

 

Approval of June Minutes:

Minutes from the June 8, 2010 meeting were approved as amended.

 

Updates:  

Doug Ryan reminded the attendees that the nominations for 2010 Environmental Stewardship Awards is open until the end of August.  Members were encouraged to let potential nominators know about the program.  An EAB committee will be formed at the August meeting to perform the initial review of nominations.

 

Kate Muldoon recently completed the Larimer County 101 course that was offered over an 8-week period.  She reported that the content was provided in a creative and interactive way, and that she came away with a high degree of respect for the work and workers in Larimer County government.  In response to a request for more information, Ms. Muldoon indicted that she would provide a more detailed update at a future EAB meeting.

 

Kimberly Karish that she is in the initial stages of a project to look at the impacts of recent forest fires in the Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park Area.  She would be interested in any background information that EAB members with expertise in forestry may want to contribute. 

 

Kimberly Karish indicted that AECOM, the consulting firm she works at, is the lead consultant preparing a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed draping of artistic fabric on the Arkansas River by the artist Christo.  In response to interest from members, she will provide a link to the project website. 

 

EAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting.

 

August  Meeting Agenda:

West Nile Virus update, Stewardship Awards committee selection

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 8:00 PM

Background Image: Rocky Mountain National Park by Sue Burke. All rights reserved.