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Land Conservation Committee

 

Minutes

Julie Cooper:  4:04-5 p.m.                                                
Sarah A. Everson:  4:04-5 p.m.

Robert J. Giese:  4:04-5 p.m.                                           
Sam Kaufman:  4:04-5 p.m.

Dale Theel:  4:04-5 p.m.

 

Also present was Paul Tollard.

 

1. Call meeting to order.
Chair Theel called the meeting to order at 4:04 p.m.

 

2. Approve minutes of the October 9, 2018, meeting.

Motion (Kaufman/Giese) to approve the minutes. Motion carried.

 

3. Members of the public who wish to address the committee on specific agenda items must register their requests at this time, with such comments subject to the reasonable control of the committee chair, as set forth in “Robert’s Rules of Order.” 
There was no public comment.

 

4. Resolution authorizing the proper county officials to apply for and accept funding from the state of Wisconsin Multi-Discharger Variance (MDV) Program

Motion (Kaufman/Giese) to approve the resolution. Motion carried.

5. Discussion on the development of a demonstration farm network in the Upper Fox-Wolf Watershed area

Paul Tollard showed a video explaining the Lower Fox Basin Demo Farm Network and gave an update on meetings related to the establishment of a demo farm network in the Upper Fox-Wolf Demo Basin. Participation in the demo farm network would eventually require a commitment from each participating county for the required grant funding match. Waupaca County has the agreement for overall funding of the demo farm network but will need to have agreements with individual counties for their portions of the required match. Mr. Tollard explained that the MDV funding approved in Item 4 could be used for the required match by Fond du Lac County. The committee’s feedback was for Mr. Tollard to continue working on the development of the Upper Fox-Wolf Demo Farm Network with other counties in the project area.

 

6. Update on a statewide survey for the Farmland Preservation Program.

Mr. Tollard gave an update with a summary of the survey that was sent to landowners in Fond du Lac County.

 

7. Update on nutrient management planning efforts in Fond du Lac County.

Mr. Tollard gave an update on nutrient management planning efforts in Fond du Lac County and handed out the 2018 Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection nutrient management report. He explained that the map on the front page of the report shows Fond du Lac County is one of six counties in the state with 75 percent of cropland in nutrient management plans.

 

8. Land & Water Conservation Department office report

The field office report for the Land & Water Conservation Department was reviewed.

 

9.  Future agenda items and meeting date

The next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the conference room at the USDA Service Center.

 

10. Adjournment.

Motion (Giese/Kaufman) to adjourn the meeting at 5 p.m. Motion carried.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sarah Everson, Recording Secretary

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