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Conservation Commission Minutes – Aug. 22, 2018

DRAFT Braintree Conservation Commission

Unapproved Minutes -V2)– Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Submitted by Linda Morse, Secretary


Present:  Tom Cooch, Paul Shriver, Linda Morse, Sandy Stephen, Joan Richmond –Hall


  1. No Public comments
  2. July 25, 2018 minutes as corrected; moved by Tom, seconded by Paul, approved
  3. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) – Paul talked with ECFiber about their Braintree utility lines. They lease the lines from Green Mountain Power and expressed no strong feelings about EAB. Linda was charged with called the Telephone Co about their lines in Braintree
  4. Ash tree inventory (continued) – trees were counted in the Riford Brook area (2.4 miles total), done by Sandy and Tom. 113 trees counted in this stretch. Extrapolated to full 42 miles of roads in Braintree would be an estimated 1,978 ash trees. The question of whether more inventory was needed, because only 11 miles out to total of 42 miles has been done. Also discussed was cost of removal of ash trees. One estimate of cost was $100-400 per tree over 18 inches.
  5. Report to Selectboard on EAB – Tom will make a report to the SB in Sept. 18 on the EAB situation. He has also volunteered to look at some numbers estimates for tree removal.


  1. Wildlife camera at Mud Pond – Tom reported on photos recorded. This promoted discussion of one image on whether it was a deer, fox, or coyote. He will be moving the camera in a few weeks.
  2. Japanese Knotweed spraying – Tom has talked to Jeff about possible site. The BCC is proposing 180 feet. Jeff estimated 2,000 feet. There was some lack of clarity on who is in charge of the spraying. BCC will monitor the test sites.  It is important to have contact with landowners to let them know of the scale of spraying. The chemical to be used is Rodeo (Dow Agriscience). This is intended to be a pilot project. Tom will talk to Megan.


  1. Fall visit to Thayer Brook Natural Area – proposed by Tom to assess the removal of knotweed, and possibly a short workday. Tom will send out possible dates.
  2. Newsletter – Next issue (Oct) will be on bears
  3. Roadside stonewalls – The question was raised about the jurisdiction of VT towns over roadside stonewalls and the right to remove them. Joan commented that there is nothing in the Town’s planning document or zoning to prevent their removal. As measured from the center of the road, the town Right of Way (RoW) is three rods wide. The width of the road is 49.5 feet. It was agreed that stonewalls add to the value of property. New Hampshire does have an article to protect stonewalls. Linda will contact the League of Cities and Towns about ordinances or conservation efforts.


Meeting adjourned at 8:08pm

Next Conservation Commission meeting: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 7pm at Town offices.