Board of Forestry
Minutes

The Board of Forestry met on Thursday, January 6, 2011, at the Department of Forestry Headquarters Office in Charlottesville.

Convene Meeting

The formal Board meeting began at 9:04 a.m. on January 6, 2011. Those present were: Anne Beals, Nadine Block, David Blount, Phillip Bradshaw, John Burke, III, William Imbergamo, Hillary Little, Floyd Miles, J. Kenneth Morgan, David Wm. Smith, S. Lee Spradlin and Carl Garrison, III and Donna Hoy with the Department of Forestry.

Call to Order

Chairman Blount called the meeting to order.

Ms. Hoy called roll.

Changes and Adoption of Agenda

Chairman Blount asked if there were any changes to the agenda. No changes were made.

Approval of Minutes

Chairman Blount asked if there were any changes to the May 21, 2010 minutes. Mr. Little made the motion for the minutes to be approved as written. Dr. Smith seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Recognition of Guests and Visitors

Chairman Blount welcomed Mr. Jason Woodfin, Virginia Forest Watch; Mr. Jim Mooney, Virginia Loggers Association; Mr. Bud Watson, Virginia Forest Watch; Ms. Debbie Howe, Ms. Faye DiFazio, Ms. Melanie Seigler, Mr. John Carroll, Mr. John Campbell, Mr. Brad Williams, Mr. Buck Kline, Mr. David Slack, Mr. Ed Zimmer, and Mr. Dean Cumbia with the Department of Forestry.

Public Comments

None

State Forester's Report

Board of Forestry Orientation

The Department of Forestry Division Managers gave the Board of Forestry a presentation of the program areas within their Division. The orientation occupied the majority of the meeting.

Mr. Garrison encouraged Board members to meet/work with their local Department of Forestry staff when the opportunity presents itself. He stated it would be good exposure for them to see the day-to-day operations in the field and spending a day, half day, etc. would be beneficial to them as a member of the Board of Forestry.

Budget

The Governor has proposed two budget amendments for the Department of Forestry and will need to be approved by the General Assembly. The proposals are to reduce the agencies budget by $420,000 in fiscal year 2011-12 which would equate to four employees over a two year span and a budget amendment to purchase equipment under the MELP (Master Equipment Leasing Program) to assist with our fleet rotation. This funding will be spread over the next five years.

The Department of Forestry has submitted a budget amendment to purchase equipment under the MELP (Master Equipment Leasing Program) to get our fleet where it should. This funding will be spread over the next five years.

Forestland Conservation

The Department of Forestry has acquired 28,927 acres of donated land during the past four years (2,104 in 2007; 6,170 in 2008; 15,806 in 2009; 4,821 in 2010). These land acquisitions go into the Department’s State Forests system. The requirements for these acquisitions are to keep the land as working forestland.

Staffing

Mr. Garrison discussed the number of water quality inspections versus the number of full-time employees, as well as the number of vacancies and where the Department has voids across the state. He stated the Department is exploring the idea of an area management system versus a county management style.

Legislation

The Department of Forestry develops a legislative tracker of significant bills affecting the agency each General Assembly session. Once this tracker is set up for this year’s session, it will be distributed to all Board members once a week.

Memorandum of Procedure

Mr. Garrison asked Board members to review the Memorandum of Procedure for the Board of Forestry, amended January 8, 2003 and to send any recommended amendments to Donna Hoy no later than April 29, 2011. The Memorandum of Procedure will be finalized prior to the May 12, 2011 Board meeting for Board review and final approval vote taken at that Board meeting.

Strategic Plan/State Assessment Documents

Mr. Garrison asked Board members to review these two documents for discussion at the May 12, 2011 meeting and be prepared for discussion and suggestions on how the agency will address the trends, concerns and needs of the agency as we move forward to tackle the Strategic Plan.

Reform and Restructure Commission

Mr. Garrison reported that the Reform and Restructure Commission has presented their recommendations to the Governor for streamlining state government. One recommendation is to consolidate the Reforestation of Timberlands Board into the Board of Forestry. Mr. Garrison asked the Board to review these recommendations and provide him with comments/opinions on this recommendation.

Department of Forestry Regulations

Mr. Garrison provided each Board member with the Department’s four regulations: Public Participation Guidelines (4VAC10-11-10); Standards for Classification of Real Estate as Devoted to Forest Use Under the Virginia Land Use Assessment Law (4VAC10-20-10); Virginia State Forests Regulations (4VAC-10-30-10); Reforestation of Timberlands Regulations (4VAC-10-40-10). Mr. Garrison stated the Department of Forestry will be updating these regulations in the future. He asked the Board members to review these regulations and make note of any noticeable errors, omissions, ideas for change, etc. Board members will be given an electronic version of these regulations and were asked to make changes and return to Donna Hoy. The State Forests regulations will be the first to be updated.

Action Items

Election of Officers

Mr. Little and Dr. Smith nominated Mr. Blount as Chairman and Dr. David Smith as Vice Chairman, with their term expiring June 30, 2012. Mr. Bradshaw made the motion for the nominations to be accepted. Ms. Beal seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Committee/Liaison Assignments

Board members were asked to review the list of committees/liaison assignments of which a member of the Board serves and decide which would be of interest to them. A decision on committee/liaison assignments will be made at the next Board of Forestry meeting.

The Board will also make recommendations for committee/liaison category changes at the next meeting. Areas of expertise of the members may better serve the Board than the current categories.

Committee Liaison Reports

The Virginia Forestry Association annual meeting will be April 7-10, 2011 in Williamsburg.

New Business

None

Scheduling of Next Meetings

The next meeting of the Board will be May 17, 2011 at the Department of Forestry Headquarters office in Charlottesville, starting at 10:00 a.m. This meeting will be a work session involving legislation and budget changes the Board feels are needed for the Department.
The following meeting will be October 19-20, 2011. The location for the October meeting will be set at the May 12th meeting.

Adjournment

There being no further business, Chairman Blount accepted a motion that the meeting be adjourned. The meeting was officially adjourned at 3:22 p.m.
                                                                        Respectfully submitted,
                                                                        Donna S. Hoy
Donna Hoy
Recording Secretary
c:          Board Members
The Honorable Todd Haymore, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
Dr. Paul Winistorfer, Dean, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech
Mr. J. R. Bush, Virginia Forest Products Association
Mr. Paul Howe, Virginia Forestry Association
Mr. David E. Anderton, Jr., Association of Consulting Foresters
Ms. Tammi Belinsky, WildWood
Mr. Steve Brooks, Virginia Forest Watch
Ms. Ann Duff, Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation
Mr. Jim Mooney, Virginia Loggers Association
Mr. Gerald Gray, Virginia Forest Watch
Ms. Donna Pugh-Johnson, Virginia Agribusiness Council
Ms. Martha Moore, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
Mr. Roger Sherman, MeadWestvaco Corporation
Ms. Staci Henshaw, Auditor of Public Accounts
Mr. Andrew Smith, Virginia Farm Bureau
Mr. Jason Woodfin, Virginia Forest Watch
Mr. Bud Watson, Virginia Forest Watch
Mr. Charles F. Finley, Jr.
NOTE:  Tapes of Board meetings are on file in the Office of the State Forester.