Minutes - 12/2008
Monday, December 1, 2008 12:55 PM


District 10 Environment Committee 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 

Attendees:  Val Cunningham, Sharon Shinomiya, Becky Cline, Jess Roberts, 

Betti Iwanski, Chet Mirocha, Mike MacDonald, Susan Jane Cheney 

Committee Chair Mike MacDonald, called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. 

Reports and Updates 

1. Bluebird nesting boxes: 

Sharon reported that Great River School students had constructed new 

bluebird houses for the park from Peterson kits.  These will replace the 

houses that were removed last month. 

2. 2009 rain barrel workshops: 

Mike MacDonald contacted the Capitol Region Watershed District about a 

grant for next year’s workshops, and it appears that funding is possible but 

on a smaller scale.  Mike proposed a 1-day event with 40 participants. 

Regarding a workshop location, Mike will check with Verde about sites 

and Val Cunningham will look into holding a workshop at Lyngblomsten. 

3. Residential buckthorn project: 

Val and Betti Iwanski presented results of the visual survey of buckthorn 

they conducted in the Midway Parkway/Hamline Avenue area.  Val 

reviewed the information provided by District 12 regarding their residential 

buckthorn program and distributed a brief summary of their project.  A 

March 5th lecture on buckthorn and other invasives by Landscape 

designer Erik Olsen (at Lyngblomsten) will provide a kick-off opportunity 

for informing the public about the residential buckthorn removal project. 

The plan is to focus initially on a sub-area of the district and to flyer homes 

identified with buckthorn after the March program. 

4. Other lectures: 

1)  February 5th:  Household Energy Conservation (at the Capitol Region 

Watershed District Office) 

Betti distributed brochures about the MN Clean Energy Resource 

Teams (CERTS) program.  Betti and Jess Roberts are working on 

details of the presentation, including presenters and a poster to 

advertise it. 

2)  April 2nd:  Hostas for the home garden (at the CRWD Office) 

Hosta enthusiast David Arbeit has volunteered to present. 

Announcements regarding all three lectures will be submitted to the 

Monitor and Bugle. 

Review of 2008 goals and activities / 2009 plan


The Committee’s 2009 work plan will replicate the 2008 plan, with the addition of 

the first stage of the residential buckthorn removal project and initiation of the 

public lecture series. 


The meeting adjourned at about 8:30 p.m., following exchange of delicious 

holiday goodies! 

[Meeting summary prepared by Susan Jane Cheney]

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