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UW-Fond du Lac Arboretum Advisory Committee



Dr. David Demezas:  6:04-7:28 p.m.                             
Jo Ann Giese-Kent:  6:04-7:28 p.m.

Michele Keifenheim:  6:04-7:28 p.m.                            
Brian Kolstad:  6:04-7:28 p.m.                                        

Tracy McDermott:  6:04-7:28 p.m.                                 
John McDowell:  6:04-7:28 p.m.                    

Margie Winter:  6:04-7:28 p.m.                                       
Brendan Wood-Taylor:  6:04-7:28 p.m.


Also present was Fran Paul.


1. Call meeting to order.

Co-chair Brendan Wood-Taylor called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m.


2. Approve minutes of the July 1, 2019, meeting.

Motion (Demezas/Kolstad) to approve the minutes. Motion carried.


3. Remarks by visitors/correspondence.

  • Boy Scout Joshua sent his proposal for an Eagle Scout bench project to Brian Kolstad, who shared the PowerPoint with the committee. Tracy McDermott will get back to Joshua to answer his questions.
  • Ms. McDermott spoke with a group interested in doing its own hike.
  • Amy Sheldon donated money for the 2020 Prairie Fest butterfly release.


4. Treasurer report.

Mr. Kolstad gave the July and August reports.


5. Educational programming.

Margie Winter is organizing an urban wildlife landscape program with speaker Louis Darrow for January. There will be discussion on the wreath and swag class at the Sept. 16 education subcommittee meeting. A possible program idea is the prairie restoration C.D. Smith is doing at its new location.


6. Grounds manager report.

Mr. Kolstad shared the report that was sent to him. The committee discussed the ash trees on the grounds. Ms. McDermott will bring a map of the trees to the next meeting.


7. Prairie Fest 2019 recap.

  • Adjust hours for electric vehicles from 9-11 a.m. to 10 a.m.-noon.
  • John McDowell suggested moving Prairie Fest from summer to fall.
  • Fran Paul suggested putting a large tent next to the building entrance for shade.
  • Jo Ann Giese-Kent inquired about shortening the event hours from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Mr. McDowell suggested climate change awareness as a topic idea and a solar power event.
  • Ms. Giese-Kent suggested several smaller speakers instead of one main speaker.
  • Prairie Fest 2020 was scheduled from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Aug. 1.


8. Travel Wisconsin 2020 Spring/Summer Event Guide.

Ms. Giese-Kent will send the Prairie Fest date of Aug. 1, 2020, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to the event guide, along with a description of the event.


9. Future meeting dates.

a. General committee:  6 p.m., Oct. 7, Room AE136 at UW-Fond du Lac.

b. Education subcommittee:  5:30 p.m., Sept. 16, Room AE136 at UW-Fond du Lac.

10. Adjournment.

Motion (McDowell/Keifenheim) to adjourn the meeting at 7:28 p.m. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Michele Keifenheim

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