Minutes 3/2011

District 10 Environment Committee

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Attendees:  Mike MacDonald, Val Cunningham, Sharon Shinomiya, Susan Jane Cheney


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


February 2011 meeting minutes were approved. 


Spring Parks Clean-up (Saturday, April 9)

Val Cunningham, Susan Jane Cheney, and Mike volunteered to assist with set-up and registration at the Como Pavilion kick-off event.  Mike will check with Meghan Manhatton at Parks & Rec about the specifics of those tasks. 


Como Lake Neighborhood Network (CLNN) Leaf Clean-up (Saturday, April 16)

This effort again will focus on street gutters on the east side of the lake.  Mike will check with CLNN Event Organizer Janna Caywood about details. 


Como Lake turtle studies

  • Susan Jane Cheney confirmed the April 14th date for Chris Lenhart’s UMN Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering students’ tour of Como Lake, and she contacted Capitol Region Watershed District Administrator Mark Doneux about CRWD involvement in the tour.  Mark is now in e-mail contact with Chris.  Susan Jane and Mike will go along on the tour, and Susan Jane will check with Parks & Rec’s Environmental Services staff about the possibility of their participation as well.
  • Mike has organized a meeting of individuals from Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul Parks & Recreation, MN Department of Natural Resources, Ramsey County Parks, and MN Herpetological Society for 2:00 p.m. on March 30th to discuss a Como Lake turtle basking study and trapping program for identification.  Susan Jane will also attend.


District 10 garden tour (Saturday, July 17)

Mike reported that the tour was discussed at the District 10 board meeting.  A new board member suggested that Linder’s Garden Center might contribute items for a give away or raffle. 


Tree recognition program

Val and Sharon Shinomiya will arrange for on-line nominations on the District 10 website.  They suggested a District 10 website announcement and articles with photos in the newsletter, Monitor and Bugle in lieu of a ceremony this year. 


Tree identification project

Mike circulated a copy of the letter from the District 10 board to Parks Director Mike Hahm approving the project. 


Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC)

CWOC liaison Susan Jane briefly recapped plans for the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Fireplace Rededication on 5/19.  Volunteers are needed to help kids with tree seedling planting directly following the program at 1:45.  Deb Robinson is finishing up an informative booklet that will be printed by the City.  Future CWOC events include: parkland clean-up on April 9; invasive plants removal on June 25; and a sedge meadow planting event on September 17.  For more on the CWOC, check the website www.comowoodland.org. 


Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD)

CRWD Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) member Mike MacDonald reported that the CAC has been reviewing projects that required CRWD permits over the past year.  He also announced that the district has allocated $40,000 for stewardship projects this year and is offering $5/square foot for individual raingardens.  Mike will look into the feasibility of holding a rain barrel workshop with CRWD grant support this spring.  For more information about the watershed district, check the CRWD website (www.capitolregionwd.org). 


District 10 news

Mike reported that the Board has been addressing Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) rankings for projects in this district, including renovation of the Chelsea Heights playground and MacMurray Fields, a study of the Como Golf Course, and moving the Animal Control Society.  Check the district website for more information: www.district10comopark.org. 


New business

  1. Val announced that the Urban Birding Festival will take place May 12 through 16.  Val will be leading a Como Park bird tour at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, 5/13, and 8:00 a.m. at Reservoir Woods on Saturday, 5/14.  For more on the event, check the website: www.urbanbirdingfestival.org.  
  2. Val described and commended St. Paul’s Hike It! program, designed to train volunteers to lead tours in the regional parks.  
  3. Mike announced that Parks & Rec is forming a Como Regional Park Advisory Committee (CRPAC) with members reflective of the diverse stakeholders and park users.  For specifics on this group, check the Parks & Rec website. 



The meeting adjourned at about 8:10 p.m.

[Meeting summary prepared by Susan Jane Cheney]

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