Jackson Pathfinders Meeting Minutes

Municipal Building June 18, 2015

Meeting called to order at 7:30pm by Ken Beyer- Chairman.

Attendance: Gayle Baum, Mike Baum, Dan Green, Shari Kondrup, Ken Beyer, Barbara Usack, Karen Walzer, Rick Dutko, Tom Stevens, Pat Stevens

The minutes of the May meeting were approved with changes.

Treasurer's report: Karen Walzer: The new budget is in effect as of 7/1/15, but we can put in requests anytime.

Corresponding Secretary / Membership: Dan Green: Dan sent out a reminder notice for the monthly meeting. He added one new contact and deleted one.

Website & Facebook: Ken Beyer and Barbara Usack: Ken Beyer, the Pathfinders webmaster, is continuing the work of upgrading the website. Barbara reported the Facebook page has 92 likes.

 Forest Resource Education Center (FREC): Rick Dutko: The FREC has new brochures. The Full Moon Hike will be on 8/28. The Backyard Forestry program continues on the second Thursday of each month at 7pm, registration is through the NJ Forestry Assoc. In addition, there are Saturday programs on the second Saturday of the month. They will be having family programs on Thursday mornings in July and August.

Bluebird Report: Laura Stone: No report.

Grants: Karen Walzer, Tony Santa Maria, and Tom Stevens: No report

Bunker Hill Bogs: The Ocean County Parks will be sponsoring a hike on the Purple Heart Trail on 6/21. Dan Green suggested that signs are needed at certain points along the trail.

NJCF Silver Stream Trail: Dan Green, Mike Baum and Gayle Baum attempted explore an area for a new trail but found that it would be impractical. Tom Stevens states that there is a trail to the area but it has become overgrown. The tree identification signs need to be cleaned and the recycling can has a hole in it. We need to see if there is a possibility of getting a trash can from the town. A proposal was made to buy more chicken wire for the boardwalks as it seems to be working well on the bridge.

The NJCF stated they do not need a key to the lock on the gate. Dan Green suggested that we have a meeting with Bill Scullion from the NJCF to discuss a few issues.

Marie Bopp who lives near the trail told Ken Beyer that her grandmother once owned the current NJCF property. Marie said she has a painting of the original house which stood on the property. Ken stated that maybe a photo of this painting can be obtained.

Steve Kitay Living Trail: The deer stand has been removed from the trail by the owner and reassembled on the adjacent NJCF property in an area visible from the Silver Stream trail.

New Business: On National Trails Day weekend, there were two couples who came to the Purple Heart Trail and one individual who came to Silver Stream. Jackson Day is 9/19 and the Outdoor Expo is on 9/12 - 9/13. We will need volunteers to man the tables.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM Minutes submitted by Pat Stevens