Jackson Pathfinders Meeting Minutes

Municipal Building November 19, 2015

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

Attendance: Gayle Baum, Mike Baum, Dan Green, Shari Kondrup, Ken Beyer, Karen Walzer, Barbara Usack, Bill Dudley, Carlene Gazrie, Ray Gazrie, Laura Stone, Tom Stevens, Pat Stevens

The minutes of the October meeting were approved.

Treasurer's report: Karen Walzer: Karen is investigating where we can have a new tablecloth and banner made. We do have money in the budget for them.

Corresponding Secretary / Membership: Dan Green: Dan sent out a reminder notice for the monthly meeting. He added a new contact Jerry Proetto leader of Scout Pack 34 .

Website & Facebook: Ken Beyer and Barbara Usack: Ken Beyer, the Pathfinders webmaster, is continuing the work of upgrading the website. Barbara Usack reported the Facebook page has 113 likes.

Forest Resource Education Center (FREC): Rick Dutko: The FREC has new brochures. The Department of Parks and Forestry is being reorganized, he will keep us informed of any changes at the FREC. Two bridges at the Pleasant Grove trail have been repaired. There will be a winter Full Moon Hike on 1/22/16. 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.

Bluebird Report: Laura Stone: Laura reported it was a very bad spring for the birds. There were 61 eggs laid by 6 pairs of birds. There were 40 nestlings with 20 babies banded this is only a 75% success rate. Laura will be walking the bluebird trail to assess if boxes need to be repaired or moved.

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

Bunker Hill Bogs: Stephanie Brown reminded Fred to pick up the garbage. Art Roskey reported that there has been only one complaint filed to police at the trail this year. Art stated that he has met with many people walking the trail. The trail will need a trimming in the spring. The Public Works Department does have plans to repair the road sign. Art would like to start a worm farm by the lake for fishermen.

NJCF Silver Stream Trail: Matt Sodano brought four scouts to work on the muddy spots on the trail. They used Bill Scullion's suggestion of the "stick in the mud". The scouts found twigs placed them over the muddy areas and then jumped on them setting them in place. Ken and Tom built a railing for the stairway. Dan showed Bill Scullion the space by the gate which is now large enough for a car to pass. We are on the NJCF list for the repair work. Bill did inquire if there had been any complaints from neighbors of the trail. Ken stated he has not heard any.

Steve Kitay Living Trail: No new business.

New Business: Tom Stevens visited the Garden of Hope at Vista Center. The Pathfinders have volunteered to maintain the garden during the month of August. He did not see a water source for watering the garden. Ken Beyer said he will email Bill Valentine to see what is expected of us for the month of August.

There is a hike scheduled for 12/13 at Collier's Mills. Tom Stevens and Dan Green agreed to scout the trail before the hike. Dan will have a registration for the hike so we have a count of who is participating..

Chris Claus a naturalist with Ocean County Parks is working on a trail on the Ocean County Lands Trust property across from Patriots Park. He has mapped out an eight mile trail and is looking for help from the Pathfinders. Tom Stevens said he will contact Chris for details about the trail.

Meeting adjourned at 9:20 PM Minutes submitted by Pat Stevens