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NEK/GMC minutes and news

NEKGMC 2016 Fall Quarterly Executive- General Combined Meeting

Saturday October 15, 2016

Wheeler Pond Camp- Barton, Vermont

Called to Order & Welcome– NEKGMC President Luke O’ Brien called the meeting to order at 11:50 AM. Introductions were conducted and among the attendees were Kristin McLane the Main Club’s new Membership-Communications Coordinator. The meeting followed a log stacking and woods clearing morning at Wheeler Pond Camps.  Duncan and Sheila Goss were renting Hadsel Mares Camp and joined us.

President’s Report – NEKGMC President Luke O’ Brien spoke of the newly opened Wheeler Mountain Trail and the development of anew canoe access for Wheeler Pond.

Secretary’s Report – NEKGMC Secretary Michael Chernick reported on the July meeting at Holland Pond.  One amendment offered is that Cathi Brooks will be the second Facebook administration.

Motion [Ed Guest/Martin Haselton] Approve the Secretary’s Report   as amended

Approved unanimously

Treasurer’s Report– NEKGMC Treasurer Cathi Brooks submitted the following Treasurer’s Report that was accepted as presented:

Northeast Kingdom Section

Green Mountain Club

Quarterly Financial Statement

As of October 15, 2016

Operating Account

Beginning Balance (as of 7/16/2016)                                                                                        $2353.13

Income

Dues Sharing                    June                                                                                                      $141.25

July                                                                                                        $218.75

August                                                                                                  $80.00

Expenses                                            

Ending Balance                                                                                                                                                 $2793.13

Certificate of Deposit

CD #1                                    4489/Matures 6/27/2017 @.40%                                              $1554.38

CD#2                                     3785/ Matures 1/12/2017 @.40%                                             $1712.31

 

Grand Total ALL Monies                                                                                                                               $6059.82

Cathi Brooks

Treasurer                                                                                                                                            October 15,2016

Main Club Report– NEKGMC Main Club Director Jean Haigh reported that at the 2016 GMC Annual Volunteers’ Awards Picnic, held at GMC headquarters in Waterbury on September 24, Cathi Brooks and Beth Barnes were awarded Green Mountain Club Service Awards and Angela English and Ami Smith were honored as GMC Blazar Award recipients.

At the Board meeting preceding the picnic, the Main Club’s audit firm presented the first ever totally clean audit. Special credit for this accomplishment is owed to the Main Club’s staff and Budget and Finance Committee for this special accomplishment. This is a major improvement over the difficult financial management situation that has previously existed. Jean discussed the latest governance reorganization proposal that was approved at the meeting.  Executive Committee term limits are being implemented, and the number of committees has been reduced. An informal set of advisors was created as a replacement for these committees.

 

Beaver Dam Camp – Jean Haigh, who chairs the Main Club’s Camps Committee, reported that the committee will be determining the future of the now closed Beaver Dam Camp on Thursday October 20th. The committee is overseeing the reconstruction of Bryant Camp and Beaver Dam will be addressed in detail (should it being retained) next year. Matt Wells, who supervised construction of both the Lamoille River and Winooski River suspension bridges, has estimated the cost simply to stabilize Beaver Dam (with no restoration work) is approx. $37,500. Matt has developed a possible new design if the present building is demolished. The approximate cost of this replacement option is $62,000. Another option is to use the design and construction services of Yestermorrow Design Build School in Warren. Chad Forcier is also presenting an alternative design option. Financing will be through fundraising. Jean Haigh distributed Matt’s preliminary design proposal including proposed changes to the current Beaver Dam’s interior layout. Matt’s proposal addresses the current darkness in the Beaver Dam Camp. The NEK Section would remain involved with the camp.. Both the section and long term guests at Beaver Pond Camp will be solicited for fundraising. Section members were invited to offer ideas on design elements.

James P Taylor Series – Luke O’Brien, in response to a letter from GMC Executive Director Mike DeBonis, inquired if there was interest in the NEKGMC’s hosting a 2015-2016 Taylor series presentation. The section has previously hosted lectures at both the clubhouse at Burke and at LSC. Luke left the proposal on the table for now and invited members to email him with ideas.

Membership – Longstanding NEKGMC Membership Coordinator Jerry Phillips has resigned. Jerry maintained the digital membership list, sent out notices on meetings and hikes, and remained in contact with the Main Club. Ed Guest expressed interest in the position and will speak with Jean Haigh for more details. Jerry Philips will continue to assist the new person. The Main Club’s new Membership-Communications Coordinator Kristin Mc Lane reported overall GMC membership is now approximately 9500. The NEKGMC has one of the more active sections and Facebook pages. Kristin also oversees digital/social media activities, including Facebook , E-Blaze, and blogging. Beth Barnes discussed a local school project in Newport that consists of 8 walks mimicking LT hikes to shelters. The actual walls are accomplished via designated walking routes in Newport. The project will lead to the students taking an actual LT hike to Journey’s End next spring. Beth’s project is a candidate for a Main Club guest blogging opportunity..

Trails & Shelters– NEKGMC Vice President Kevin announced there are several adoption openings. Luke O’Brien has blaze paint and is organizing a sign assignment for the Vermont Department  of Correction’ St Johnsbury work camp.. Jean Haigh thanked Martin Haselton for his clearing work on Gore Mountain. Martin and Jeff Manning also cleared a section on the Nome Trail at Wheeler Pond. Luke O’Brien, Jean Haigh, and Mike DeBonis will be discussing the next steps on Kingdom Heritage Trail. This could result in possible 2017 work on planning and implementing the trail’s progress towards Bluff Mountain in Island Pond.

Outings – Kevin Williamson hopes to lead an ad hoc hike on Black Mountain in Averill. Luke reminded everyone on the importance of wearing red during the upcoming hunting seasons. Kristin McLane mentioned GMC has new orange colored bandanas for sale.

NorthWoods Stewardship Center-(Luke O’Brien left to avoid a conflict of interest on this item as he is employed as the Director of Development at NorthWoods Stewardship Center). Ross Stevens sent a fundraising letter to Jean Haigh that discussed several recent trail crew projects including the new Wheeler Trail and Gore-Middle Mountains. It needs to be noted that GMC has a contractual relationship with NorthWoods. Mike DeBonis has indicated it’s a section decision whether to donate. Jean Haigh recommended that if we donate, it should be earmarked for the Kingdom Heritage Trail.

Motion: [Ed Guest /Jeff Manning]That the NEK GMC Section donate $350 00 to the NorthWoods Stewardship Center for the exclusive purpose of continuing the development and construction of the Kingdom Heritage Trail

Approved unanimously

Next Meeting    the winter quarterly NEKGMC meetings will occur on Saturday January 7, 2017 at the Burke Clubhouse in East Burke. Kevin Williamson will lead a hike up Kirby Mountain preceding the Executive Meeting. The meeting time for the hike will be announced at a later date.

Adjournment                                MOTION [Kevin Williamson/Beth Barnes] Moved to adjourn at 1:08 P.M

Approved unanimously

  NEK GMC Winter Quarterly- Combined Executive & General Meeting

January 10, 2016

Burke Mountain Club House – East Burke, Vermont

Attendance: Jean Haigh, Cathi Brooks, Michael Chernick; Cheryl Byrne, Janet, Steinert, Pam Kennedy, Jeffrey Manning, Beth Barnes, Ed Guest, Kevin Williamson, and Angela Marquis

Call to Order- NEKGMC Director, Jean Haigh, welcomed everyone, and she chaired the meeting in lieu of NEKGMC President Luke O Brien’s absence, due to a family death. A number of new members attended the meeting, and the attendees introduced themselves. Jean explained the communications chain with our e-mail coordinator Jerry Phillips

President’s Report in Luke’s absence – Jeansummarized the NEKGMC’s section history, dating from its formation in 2000. She stated the section was created to focus on the Champion Land trails,as the GMC had applied for corridor management responsibility for hiking. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources granted GMC the requested corridor manager status in 2009. Construction, with contracted with the NorthWoods Stewardship Center, for developing the trail began in 2011. The first hiking trail segment, beginning with the preexisting Gore Mountain Trail, was completed from Route 114, north of Island Pond, to a location known as Split Rock. By the close of the 2015 trail building season, the trail had been extended to the summit of Middle Mountain with two access trails, the Gore route, and the second, from the Hurricane Road, known as the rerouted Unknown Pond Trail Jean explained the trail will eventually meet the Bluff Mountain Community Trail in Island Pond. This completed the first phase of the corridor management plan. She spoke briefly about the Wheeler Pond Camps, including their role as a possible meeting place for the section.

Jean distributed draft copies of the new NEK hiking map that will be published at a later date.

Jeff Manning mentioned there are new signs at Holland Pond. Jean used that comment as a Segway, noting the section’s periodic Holland Pond area meetings and excursions. There was a  mention of implementing a Trails to Every Classroom program,

Secretary’s Report – NEKGMC Secretary, Michael Chernick, reviewed the Secretary’s Minutes from the fall 2015 meeting:

MOTION [Steinert/Barnes] to approve the fall 2015 Secretary’s Minutes as presented

Approved unanimously

Treasurer’s Report – NEKGMC Treasurer, Cathi Brooks,reviewed the latest NEKGMC Treasurer’s report:

Northeast Kingdom Section

Green Mountain Club 

Quarterly Financial Statement

As of January 9, 2016

Operating Account

Beginning Balance (as of October 3, 2015)                                                                             $2714.34

Income

Dues Sharing                      August                                                                                                  $231.25

September                                                                                         $133.75

October                                                                                               $146.25

November                                                                                          $96.25

Expenses                                                                                                                                                             0

 

Ending Balance                                                                                                                                                 $3321.84

Certificate of Deposit

CD #1                                    ….3785/Matures 6/27/2016 @.25%                                          $1549.78

Cd#2                                      ……4489/ Matures 1/12/16 @.40 %                                           $1707.19

Grand Total ALL Monies                                                                                                                               $6578.81

Cathi Brooks

Treasurer                                                                                                                                                            January 9, 2016

Cathi noted that CD#2 matures on Tuesday January 12, 2016.  A one-year renewal will result in a.40% interest rate. Discussion ensued on whether to renew and for the duration of any renewal.

Motion [Chernick/Kennedy] That CD# 2 be renewed for one year.

Approved unanimously

Annual Meeting Donation from NEKGMC to Main Club – The NEKGMC Executive Committee had previously authorized a $500.00 section donation that has not yet been forwarded to the Main Club.

Motion [Barnes//Guest] That the NEKGMC donate $1,000.00 to the Main Club for  Annual Meeting expenses with the donated funds being placed in a restricted account. Ed

Approved unanimously

*Cathi Brooks will e-mail the Main Club on the decision and send the check this coming week.

Director’s Report – Jean informed the section that the Main Club Board conducted a retreat and that a new governance plan, five -year strategic plan, and five- year budget plan will be developed. She announced the GMC Winterfest on Saturday February 6. Michael will co-lead a hike up Stimson Mountain Jean will post the Winterfest announcement on NEKGMC digital media.

2016 Annual Meeting – The NEKGMC Section is hosting the 2016 GMC (Main Club) Annual Meeting on Friday June 10 and Saturday June 11, 2016. Cathi and Jean Haigh will co-lead the planning for this event to be held at Lyndon State College (LSC). Rooms, in the newest dorm, for overnight stays, will be available for rent, for $25.00 per night. Prices for weekend registration and meals will be reasonable. Registration information for this event will be included in the Spring 2016 Long Trail News. There will be access to the LSC pool and climbing wall. Charlotte Porcelli, the LSC events coordinator, has been extremely helpful. Jean, Cathi, and Charlotte, have been working with GMC Executive Director, Mike DeBonis and GMC Membership Coordinator, Jenny Montagne to prepare for this event, and the contract is now signed. Copies of the agreement will be e-mailed to interested NEKGMC members.

Friday the 10th features an evening reception on the patio (cash bar and appetizers) at LSC from 5:30-8:00 P.M., possibly with  ghost stories from Beth Kanell or music. Dinner is on your own. Saturday begins with a bird walk (Lee Allen).Breakfast follows, and then the full membership general meeting, Lunch and the short board meeting  will follow. The afternoon is comprised of hikes, paddles, and bike rides. Saturday is concluded with a cocktail reception, dinner (including raffle prize drawings), and a speaker to be determined. Kevin inquired if the Wheeler Camps should be reserved. It was decided in the affirmative. Ed and Janet offered to help develop a local restaurant list (including hours).Ed and Pam will e-mail Jean and Cathi with that info. We should also list alternatives for non-outdoor options in case of inclement weather. Jean will ask  Beth Kanell if she would be interested in offering a selection of Northeast Kingdom tales on Friday evening, if Mike and Jen approve. Beth Kanell presented a similar, and well received, program at the 2004 NEKGMC Annual Meeting at Burke Mountain. Alternatively, Jean will speak to Pam concerning musical entertainment options.

As for a Saturday evening speaker, several ideas were offered including Jennifer Hannux of Northeast Kingdom Photography in Hartland, Chris Bouchard (formerly a Fairbanks Museum meteorologist) on chasing tornadoes, or Lawrence Pryne, the host of VPT’s Outdoor Journal. He filmed a segment with the NorthWoods Stewardship Center crew building the Middle Mountain Trail. He also interviewed Jean and Mike DeBonis on the Bluff Mountain Trail.

Camps Committee – Jean updated everyone on the Main Club’s Camps’ Committee (Bolton Lodge, Bryant Camp (should be done by summer 2016), Wheeler Pond Camps (2) and Headwaters Camp (on Plumb Creek Land),. Various matters will need to be addressed before Headwaters is more widely used, possibly in 2017. Cathi Brooks also serves on the committee.

Trail Adopters – Kevin Williamson, NEKGMC Trail Adopter, reported pretty good coverage right now. His priority for trail maintenance this spring will be on those trails scheduled for an Annual Meeting hike. We need someone for Bluff and the Nome Trail at Wheeler Pond. Maintenance work includes primarily use ofhazel hoes, loppers, clippers, and axes in particular. The Main Club offers trail maintenance workshops a couple of times a year.Jean asked Cheryl Byrne, who has served as a Main Club seasonal Field Assistant to offer a trail maintaining workshop this spring, for the NEKGMC, and she agreed.

Hikes

The following outings were scheduled:

Jan 31 – Pisgah South, Angela/Ami

Feb 13- Middle Mountain Loop, Jean

February 20- Perry Holbrook, Jean

Feb 28 – Lake Constance-Eagle Cliff (NH), Kevin

March date to be determined – Burke Red-CCC –J Bar loop, Cathi

March 20 – Mad Brook Trail, Michael

NEKGMC Annual Meeting – April 9 (Sat) at Burke Club House (4:00 PM Executive and 5:00 PM General) with a trail maintenance workshop preceding

Motion to adjourn approved unanimously at 12:15 P.M

Michael Chernick, Secretary

Northeast Kingdom Section

Green Mountain Club

DRAFT 

Annual Meeting

March 23, 2013

 

Annual Meeting Minutes

Meeting convened at approximately 5:30pm (following potluck dinner)

 

Attending: Jean Haigh, Catherine Brooks, Kevin Williamson, Joe Anastasia, Luke O’Brien, Michael Chernick, Steve Farrow, Dennis Naughton, Judy Anastasia

 

Jean called the meeting to order @ 6:32pm and facilitated on behalf of Section President Chris Rice, who was unable to attend.

 

Secretary Report- Luke presented 1/5/13 meeting minutes, motion to accept (Joe/ Michael) approved unanimously

 

Treasurer’s Report- Total club monies: checking= $1175.20; CDs= $3227.64; total= $4402.84

 

Election of Officers- Luke presented slate of officers on behalf of nominating committee, includes: president- Chris Rice, vice president- Steve Farrow, Secretary- Cathi Brooks, Treasurer- Joe Anastasia; motion to accept (Nom. Comm.) approved unanimously. Luke will transfer prior Secretaries documents to Michael for archival purposes.

 

Directors Report- Michael Chernick (Section Director) provided an update; staff reductions took place at the club as result of budget deficit; working with new CFO to transition club to greater financial stability; Winooski crossing moving forward; dues going up $5 (individual) and $10 (family); board approved purchase of Headwaters Camp; Bromley tower replacement and Annual Mtg at Stratton were discussed; new snowshoe hikes book in process; Bolton project completed in partnership with Vermont Land Trust, including GMC management of 2 lodges; Taconic Rambles- GMC will act as back-up/secondary easement holder for VLT conservation project in SW Vermont; Smugglers Notch- Route 108 relocation and Barnes Camp improvement projects will move forward this summer

 

Wind- there has been no action on the SMW application before PSB; Governor’s siting commission will provide recommendations late April; local legistlators drafted a resolution (JRH 8) calling on FAA to approve radar activated lights for turbines.

 

Trails and Shelters- Luke provided a brief update on pending projects by NorthWoods youth crews on local trails; also status of Unknown Pond Trail (planning in progress); there was some discussion on Trail adoption and need for help, will be listed in next LTN?

 

Other business- following discussion regarding the GMC purchase of the Headwaters Camp there was a motion (Michael/Steve) that, subject to the finalizing of a legal agreement, the NEK Section will donate $500.00 towards the leasehold purchase price of the Headwaters Camp subject to the following condition: The transfer of the $500.00 contribution from the NEKGMC to the main club shall not be made until after the completion of the first of the five $2,000.00 purchase payments from the GMC to Norm Greason. If for any reason, the sale is not consummated, and the first $2,000.00 payment to Norm Greason is not made, then the NEKGMC’s $500.00 gift towards the purchase of the Headwaters Camp leasehold is withdrawn. Approved unanimously. There was extensive discussion and general agreement that the NEK Section supports the purchase of the camp (financially and as part of the NEK Sections trail plans).

 

Dates- a number of hikes/outings were discussed:

Headwaters Camp/ Unknown Pond- April 21 (Sunday)

Perry Holbrook SP- April 28 (Sunday)

Wheeler Pond Work Day- May 11 (Saturday)

Middle Mountain Trail- May 18

GMC Annual Meeting- June 8 at Stratton

Bald Mountain- June 15

NEK summer meeting (at Holland Pond, tbd)- June 29

Monadnock Mountain- July 27

 

MOTION to adjourn (Judy/Kevin) approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:50pm

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Luke O’Brien

NEK Section Secretary (emeritus)

NEK GMC Annual Meeting 3/23/12 at the East Burke Club house at 5 PM. Hike TBD

Hike to Stannard Mountain Overlook on December 20, 2012.

Snow, and enough to use snowshoes. What a sight to behold following two days of cold rain.  NEKGMC members Kevin and Chris were happy to strap on the old snowshoes and hike into Stannard Mountain overlook today.  Although there were a number of brook crossings, following the snowmobile trail to the lookout presented few difficulties. There was one large blow down that we had to walk around but otherwise it was an easy hike out to the lookout and back. We saw no signs of snowmobile activity.

Across the beaver meadow in a west, southwesterly direction.

Perry Holbrook State Park late season workday on December 16th, 2012.

It’s not the usual time of year to hold a work day and so it wasn’t unexpected that just a couple of unusual members of the NEKGMC, Bart Selle and Chris Rice, showed up.  The weather was cold but there was no snow when we started out.  We did some clipping beyond the camp on Round Pond and on our way to Long Pond.   We took the trail up to the overlook and had lunch. Beyond the overlook the trail was not well marked but there were flags from an early hike pretty much still in place. We got to the summit without much difficulty. On the way down we had a few points at which we lost the flags. The snow had started by then and the wind began to pick up. Given the weather we decided to just make our way back to Long Pond where we picked up the trail just on the other side of the boat house. We managed to do enough clipping to make it easier to pick-up the work in the Spring. It’s a beautiful hike and would be a great snowshoe but for the section of trail that goes from Mud Pond to the summit expect difficulty in following the markers. If it’s snowing be prepared to bushwack and bring your compass. Another great day on the NEK trails.

Long Pond (right) and Round Pond (left) from the overlook on Big Rock Mountain.

Please Send me your news of your hikes and trails in the Kingdom. jhaighvt@gmail.com

Approved 1/5/13

aBusiness Meeting – Saturday October 13, 2012

 (Submitted by Michael Chernick, NEK GMC  Acting Secretary)

 

1.       Call to Order – NEKGMC  President Jean Haigh called the meeting to order at 5:40 PM with 11 people  in attendance.

2.       Secretary’s Report – In the absence of the secretary, there was not a secretary’s report presentation.  Lenny Targonski  hosted the summer meeting. Steve Farrow   joined the Executive Committee in July. The Executive Committee  voted $750.00 to Northwoods Stewardship Center for continued Middle Mountain work and a $250.00 to the main club for the same purpose. There was discussion on progress  on the Middle Mountain and Jean noted that Department Forest Park and Recreation has approved the trail work just beyond the summit that was completed this summer.

3.       Main Club Board Report – Michael Chernick reported on highlights from the last main club board meeting including developments on the Winooski Bridge crossing, intellectual property issues, and the proposed Bolton lodges proposal.

4.       Treasurer’s Report – Joe Anastasia presented the treasurer’s report referred to several recent donations to the section and current total of $4,168.89. Special mention was made of Reggie Ellingswoth passing. Reggie was a selectboard member in Lemington who was very helpful in the Monadnock tower project. The  section sent a memorial contribution to the Vermont Rivers Conservancy in his memory

5.       Winooski River Crossing Update – Because the construction of the new bridge will not begin until next year, a ground breaking ceremony was replaced with a hike. Over two dozen  persons hiked along a proposed flag line up Stimson Mountain. The flagline is extremely step . A proposed land acquisition (not definite yet) would allow switchbacks  to be developed.

6.       Main Club Trails Management – The proposed Bromley tower replacement remains under discussion. A new research center in the current building on top of Mt. Mansfield is being examined.

7.       Energy Siting Commission– The governor, in part due to the request of five land  conservation organizations including the GMC  has formed a new energy siting commission which will look at industrial wind ridge line development and other energy siting issues. The letter seeking the commission, which the governor has not acknowledged will now be released.  The commission’s report is due in April.

8.       Glen Ellen Shelter – Jean reported on the helicopter drop at Glenn Ellen Shelter. The shelter (At Glen Ellen North) which dated to the 1930s was rebuilt this summer.

9.       Sterling College –GMC Executive Director Will Wiquist and Jean met with John Zaber, a Sterling College dean along with the Sterling College Outing Club Chair. The college is interested in developing a formal relationship with the NEKGMC. The hope is that members of the Sterling Outing Club will become actively involved in trail work and the section. Luke stated that five Sterling alumni now work at Northwoods.

10.   Wheeler Pond Camp – Pete Antos-Ketcham submitted a report on Wheeler developments (see attachment). There will be small picnic pavilions constructed to discourage cooking in the camps.. Pete hopes to have more detailed information on replacement was reconstruction costs in time for a January meeting. But in the interim, new windows could be installed at Hadsel Mares as a short term improvement. Luke suggested a retaining wall adjacent to the regular entrance at Hadsel. Rental occupancy continues to be at a good level.

11.   Middle Mountain– Luke reported on the great summer at Middle Mountain. The trail now extends slightly beyond  the summit of Middle Mountain and has been officially approved.  Luke would prefer that all the signs  be the same. There is need for communication with Jerry Devost for his land. As an aside, there is a whole new trail (same pathway) on Gore .

12.   Seneca Wind – Newark has voted to amend its town plan to prohibit upper elevation development.  Brighton is still reviewing its town plan. The process is still continuing.

13.   Perry Holbrrok State Park– The section hiked the proposed trail restorationin Perry Holbrook State Park. The park was a gift to the state from the Holbrook family. A Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation hearing will be held Monday evening October 15 at Sheffield Town Hall on  the park’s proposed management plan and management plans two other proposals cumulatively known as the Heights.

14.   Trails & Shelters Report – Trail adoption needs to be updated with respect to assignments and trails requiring an adopter. Luke has fixed the trail register at Bald Mountain. Luke requested that if you collect register sheets please place the name of the trail on the sheet. Luke has been hanging signs on the back sides of Moose and Hor and Burke. Sign work is still needed on Pisgah. The Monadnock Trail has been reblazed. Luke spoke of a desire to conduct trail work on the state  sections of Bald. Luke would like to work with the state and Burke to construct a hiking information kiosk on the summit of Burke. There will be a trail symposium at Monitor Barn in Richmond on Saturday October 20.

15.Hikes & Outing– A hike schedule was developed and will be posted on the web.

16. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned by a unanimous vote. Next meeting 1/5/13

Averill and Brousseau Mtns

Updated on Saturday · Taken in Averill, Vermont
NEK-GMC members Kevin Williamson and Chris Rice lucked out on the weather for a trip up to Averill, VT. We hiked Averill Mtn and then Brousseau Mtn. Both are short hikes with steep grades. We then drove along Gaudette Road into the Conte National Wildlife Refuge. We passed by an amazing rock chimney. Once in the Refuge we visited all the main attractions, Lewis Pond Overlook, Lewis Pond, and Mollie Bog

NEK-GMC members Jean, Linda, Cathi, and Chris were joined by Walter Pomroy and Bruce McDonald (and Lettie his dog) for a hike up the new trail to Middle Mountain. Good hiking weather with a cloud overcast and cool temperatures. The trail’s condition was leaf covered and wet, so care was need to maintain footing. It’s good to report there were no mishaps. This group kept a lively pace to the summit of Middle Mountain, stopped for lunch and went on to the trail’s end about 2/10 of a mile beyond the summit. On the descent it rained lightly for a time, but a good hike was had by all.

Northeast Kingdom Section

Green Mountain Club

Annual Meeting

March 31, 2012 

General Meeting Minutes

Meeting convened at 5:45pm (following potluck dinner)

Jean called the meeting to order at 5:45pm and welcomed everyone. Following introductions the minutes of January 14 meeting were approved. Meeting called to order by Section President Jean Haigh

Directors Report

Michael provided and update of GMC board activity including 2013 revision of website, interest in replacing Bromley fire tower and the Winooski River Crossing which will be dedicated this fall (hopefully). Annual meeting is coming up in June. $10,000 was spent on crews this past season to help with tropical storm Irene clean-up. This affected the end of year budget. Wind policy revisions as a result of Lowell/Deerfield projects includes language on radar lighting, site remediation, and NEK Heritage Lands. 2013 budget of 1.8M was approved. A house bill is pending that addresses the protection of conservation easements, GMC will participate in a summer study committee. A recent audit identified segregation of duties relative to the director of finance and club finances. A search for  a new director of finance is underway. GMC updated its board conflict of interest policy, approved a new wind policy which is more critical but open to support, if practical. Chris asked about geographic range of GMC wind policy and Jean and Michael clarified that policy only applies to GMC managed corridors.

President’s Report

Jean provided Winooski update, including recent $25,000 donation and easement/land acquisitions for Smith property in Bolton and overStimsonMountain. All properties are secured under GMC control.

Treasurer’s Report

Joe gave an update on club section finances, including $1315.24 in checking plus dues sharing.

Exec Comm Motion (no second needed) to donate $50 to Melissa Jenkins memorial fund. Approved by acclamation.

Nominating Committee

Jean provided an update on nominating committee and required change to bylaws eliminating term limits for all officers except section director.

Exec Comm Motion (no second needed) to amend bylaws as presented (eliminating term limits for section officers). Approved by acclamation.

Motion (Gary Aubin/Luke O’Brien) to approve the slate of officers for 2012 including Jean Haigh (interim P), Kevin Williamson (VP) Luke O’Brien (S) and Joe Anastasia (T). Passed

Other business

Jean asked for photos, quotes and summaries of hikes/outings for website and facebook. Kevin offered to head up newsletter which will be in web format or printable pdf. Luke updated section on 2012 work plan for NEK trails, including 2 weeks each of work on Middle andGoreMountainsand possibly one week of fall work on Middle. Volunteers are welcome and there will be a volunteer day on June 10 after the Annual Meeting in Jay. The annual meeting will be hosted byJayPeakand coordinated by the NEK and Northern Frontier sections, and include Long Trail beer, skit, tram rides, and hikes. Sign up on-line. The Long Trail needs help from route 118 to Hazen’s Notch. The Randonee ‘section’ can’t do required work and Northern Frontier is asking for volunteers before annual meeting. Kevin will provide updated list of trail adopters and coordinate with Mari at main club.

Outings and hikes

The following events were scheduled: april 17- volunteer training at GMC

April 21 hike atHolbrookState Park(Chris)

April 28 hike to CCC camp in Westmore (Steve)

May 5 hike to Barr Hill inGreensboro(Kevin)

May 12 Wheeler Pond Camp

May 18 hikeBluffMountain(Luke)

May 19 hikeHaystackMountain(Steve)

June 2 hikeGrotonStateForest(Jean)

June 30 hikeMonadnockMountain(Michael/Cathi)

July 21 Summer meeting at Lenny’s camp on Holland Pond

 

Motion to adjourn (Chris/Michael) at 7:05. Approved.

Next Meeting

July 22, 2012 at Lenny Targonski’s Camp on Holland Pond

Respectfully Submitted,

Luke O’Brien

NEK Section Secretary

 

Jean and Walter at Beaver Pond. Note the new beaver lodge in the upper right.

Tillotson Pond

Multiflora Rose on Long Trail North to Tillotson  

The scar on Belvidere Mt. eastern flank.

Landslide on Belvidere

Saturday , June 16th 2012 NEK members Jean Haigh and Chris Rice, joined Walter Pomroy (Northern Frontier section) for a hike to check out the scar on Belvidere Mt. (3360’) in the northern section of Division 11. The scar is easily visible from the Old Mines road. You get a good view of the east side of the Mountain (see photo). We hiked in on the Forester’s trail, took a fix on an approach to the scar (we didn’t bushwack over to the scar because the hobblebush cover was dense and unforgiving on bare legs) and reached the summit in time for a snack. Evidence of the scar (toppled trees) was not visible from the fire tower. The Lowell ridge scaring and the abandon asbestos plant (see 9 June 2012 posting) was still there. We headed north on the LT to the Tillotson Camp. A short stop at Beaver Pond showed that there are beavers with a new lodge and a quite efficient dam in evidence. After lunch at Tillotson Camp we took the Frank Post trail for the return to the parking area. At the juncture of the Frank Post and Forester trails, Walter discovered that someone had ripped the Forester Trail sign from the tree and done so just since we began the hike. What a puzzle. None-the-less it was good outing with in good company.

CCC Ring

Dolloff Pond CCC Camp hike 4/28 12 Mustering the groupMembers of the NEK section of the Green Mountain Club hike about the section of the Willoughby State Forest that was once the site of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 121. Steve Farrow lead the hike and provide an overview of probable locations of the structures built by the CCC. We found many of the sites had partial remaining artifacts. This hike, short on “trail miles” was huge on history.By Christopher RiceOwl’s Head walkabout – 4/3/2012
The southern end of the Benton range, Owl’s head has an appealing cliff-face. Too appealing for the hearty band of GMCNEK bushwhackers to pass up. With Kevin leading, Bart and Chris set off across the Oliverian Brook and up a steepening ridge line to the northeast. While there was speculation that a pre-WWII trail once lead to the top of the cliff at Owl’ s Head we only found rock tumbles, blow downs, and hucklebrush as we made our way up the ridge-line. Just below the crest in the beginning of a red pine growth Chris spotted a marked stake. Grave assurances all around proclaimed it evidence of the “old trail” (see pic). As is often the case the quick conclusion proved to be in error as soon after cresting the ridge we in fact came upon a yellow blazed trail that lead us to the cliff and what appeared to be a tenting area complete with fire place and lounge chair. We took the trail southward for our return and after several twists and turns brought on by Forest Service cutting operations we landed on a the dirt road to Long Pond. After a stop for lunch at the Jeffers Brook BBQ pit (see video) we took the Townline Trail , part of the AT, to Jeffers Shelter and on back to Oliverian Brook. Nice hike.  By Christopher Rice

Qwl’s Head Walk about

Members of the NEK section of the GMC hiked in Holbrook state park on Saturday, April 21 2012. Despite heavy overcast the hike proceeded along mostly dry ground in a meander through mixed woods along the northwestern edges of Round, Long, and Mud ponds. Returning from Mud pond we began the summit trail to Big Rock Hill (elev. ~2100ft). We flagged as the original blue blaze marks have grown faint with age. Upon reaching the summit we stopped for lunch admiring the 360 view (although only through the leafless hardwoods). The descent took us to an overlook with fine views of Long and Round ponds below and to the south and west in the distance. The woods above the ponds were covered in early spring wild flowers, a visual treat. It was an easy hike in good company. By Christopher Rice

Perry Holbrook State Park Overlook

Approved 3/31/12

Northeast Kingdom Section – Green Mountain Club

Combined Executive and General Winter Quarterly Meeting

Lenny Targonski’s Camp – Holland, Vermont

January 14, 2012

1. Call to Order – NEK President Jean Haigh called the meeting to order at approximately 2:00 P.M. This combined executive and general meeting followed a morning winter’s hike to the Round Pond Shelter and a pot luck lunch featuring a broad assortment of baked goods. She welcomed everyone and commented on the good attendance.

2. Secretary’s Minutes -The membership reviewed the October 2011 quarterly minutes which acting NEKGMC Secretary Michael Chernick prepared.

Motion [Targonsky/Judy Anastasia] approve the Secretary’s minutes as presented.

Approved unanimously

Jean stated her desire to post the secretary’s minutes prior to the next meeting on the NEKGMC Website once the secretary has submitted the document. Acting Secretary Michael Chernick stated they should be approved prior to posting. The membership decided, without a formal vote, that the minutes will be posted as Draft Minutes.

3. Board of Directors Report- NEKGMC Director Michael Chernick stated he did not have a director’s report to present as the main club’s board of directors has not met since the last NEKGMC meeting. The board is scheduled to meet next on Saturday January 21, 2012.

MOTION [Judy Anastasia/Ed Guest] that the treasurer’s report be approved.

Approved unanimously

4. Annual Donation to the Burke Mountain Club – In recognition of the continuing hospitality of the Burke Mountain Club (BMC), the NEKGMC annually donates a thank you contribution to the BMC.

MOTION [Ed Guest/Karen Guest] That the NEKGMC donate $100.00 to the Burke Mountain Club.

Approved unanimously

5. President’s Report – NEKGMC President Jean Haigh reported that the section is now the fastest growing in the GMC. She thanked everyone for coming and suggested a future ski trip around Holland Pond as well as a fall hike. The Fiscal Year 2013 main club budget is going to be balanced. The main club will be introducing a new Website.

Turning to the new Winooski River Crossing project, Jean detailed the route across the railroad tracks, under a Route 89 culvert, and across various lands for which the GMC has either acquired easements or has purchased. The total cost will be approximately $1,000.000.00. To date, $780,000,000 is in hand including the $250,000 gift from Don Zwick. The club still needs to raise $200,000.00 to $300,000.00 more. Main club board members are being solicited.

With respect to membership, the number of voting members has fallen slighty below 10,000, and an effort to raise that number up is being initiated. Jean reminded everyone of the importance of not going ahead of the group on a GMC sanctioned (advertised hike) as these outings are covered under the main club’s insurance policy. The Legal Committee has discussed not providing insurance coverage for kayaking and bicycling trips. On another topic, she reported on the GMC’s assumption from the Dartmouth Outing Club of official trail maintenance responsibilities for the segment of Appalachian Trail extending from Route 12 in Barnard east to the Connecticut River in Norwich.

6. NEKGMC Annual Meeting – The 2012 annual meeting of the NEKGMC will take place on March 31 (rescheduled from the originally announced April 7) at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse in East Burke. Jean reminded the membership that she will assume the main club presidency this spring and that she can not continue as section president. The question of term limits was reviewed again. Michael Chernick indicated the section had not totally eliminated term limits. There was some confusion on this point. Michael agreed to review the bylaws to verify this matter. If they have not already been stricken, this item will be on the NEKGMC’s annual meeting agenda.

7. Nominating Committee – Jean again raised the issue of her continuing to serve as NEKGMC President following the expiration of her current term at the annual meeting. She is especially concerned that new hike leaders are needed. For now, the question of who will serve as section president for 2012-2013 was left undecided. However, Jean did state a willingness to continue in this role. Other officers were not discussed. Since then, Chris Rice has graciously agreed to assume the presidency next January or March, oncc he retires from FIU.

8. Long Pond Road – A major tree cutting has occurred along Long Pond Road in Westmore. Vince Dotoli (the owner of half of the Long Pond Trail) contacted Jean requesting that GMC support his complaint against the town, Jean replied that GMC did not have legal standing and would not file a complaint.

9. GMC Director of Operations Pete Antos-Ketcham submitted a report informing the section that the pro bono consultancy engineering report should be submitted in late January. It was decided that a WPC committee meeting will be held as soon as the report has been received with Pete in attendence.

10. Trails & Shelters Update – Luke O’Brien, in his role as Trails & Shelters Coordinator, submitted a progress report on current and proposed construction of the new trail located on the Kingdom Heritage Lands (former Champion Lands) and the status of trail registers at NEK trailheads: The Anastasias took some trail sign-in forms for the trail registers near them.

Trails and Shelters Report

January 2012

Middle Mountain Trail

Work on Middle Mountain continues to progress. GMC and NorthWoods completed approximately 1-mile of trail construction to Split Rock in 2011 and a funding proposal has been submitted to fund another 1-mile of trail to the summit of Middle. On December 2, GMC partners reviewed a draft ‘flagline’ to the Middle Mountain Summit and several positive route changes were confirmed. The summit route is near to a final layout and will undergo final review before trail construction, if funded, begins this summer.

Additional scouting is taking place on the south side of the mountain, in anticipation of 2013 trail construction. This will be divided into two phases. The first phase will include construction of the Unknown Pond Trail from the Hurricane Road on 114 up to a lookout over Norton Pond (Catamount Ledge?). The second phase will climb to the summit and complete the over-mountain route. Efforts to site connector trails to Unknown Pond and the Bluff Ridge are continuing.

With funding, NorthWoods will field a Backcountry Crew for 2 weeks on Middle this summer (as well as 2 weeks on the upper Gore Trail). We hope to include as many GMC volunteers as possible, including a potential volunteer day following the GMC Annual Meeting at Jay Peak in June.

Trail Registers

NorthWoods received a small grant to construct (thanks to Steve Farrow) and install trailhead registers at a number of trails throughout the NEK. We are currently looking for adopters to collect information and report maintenance issues. Register maintenance includes removing/adding sign-in sheets, as needed and inspecting boxes for damage. Minor repairs (with screwdriver, stapler, pliers, etc.) may be required. For most trails, spring and fall check-ins are sufficient however on busier trails (i.e. Pisgah) more frequent checks may be needed. NorthWoods will provide sign-in and information sheets (maps, etc), as needed.

Available registers include: Bald (LP), Pisgah (N and S), Hor, Moose in Westmore; Burke Mountain (Red Trail); Brousseau and Monadnock Mountains. Contact Luke if you are interested.

 

Jean reported on the December 2, 2011 partners hike involving Plum Creek Lands Chris Fife forester, Brendan Kelly, forester , Ed O’Leary, the Chief of Operations at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and GMC, including current Executive Director Will Wyquist and former Executive Director Ben Rose. Dependent on funding, as described in Luke O’Brien’s report, the trail is slated for extension to the summit of Middle Mountain in 2012 and in the Unknown Pond Area in 2013.

11. GMC 2012 Annual Meeting – The 2012 GMC Annual Meeting will be a jointly hosted (NEKGMC/Northern Frontier) event to be held at the Jay Peak Resort the weekend of June 8-9. The resort is generously donating the site free of charge. The Friday night activities will feature a barbecue, free passage on the tram to the summit of Jay Peak and a skit dramatizing the correspondence between then GMC President George Pearlstein and a young Ohioan, known as John Doe, contemplating an LT through hike. Camping on site will also be available at no charge. For the standard fees, participants may use the water park, skate at the skating rink, or rent a hotel room.

The Saturday program features the GMC annual business meeting, a brief board meeting, lunch and afternoon hikes. Jean listed the hikes being offered including a flat along the Newport Rail Trail, Steeper trips include hikes to the summit of Jay Peak,, Journey’s End, Shooting Star shelter,, and possibly Tillotson Camp. Following the Saturday evening dinner, Ed O’Leary of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation, will offer a presentation on the natural history of Vermont.

As an invigorating conclusion to the weekend, on Sunday June 10 there will be work hikes scheduled including one on the Middle Mountain Trail.

12. Trail Adopters – NEKGMC Vice President & Trails Adopter Coordinator Kevin Williamson will e-mail to the membership a list of trails available for adoption in the NEK. Several NEKGMC section members are already serving as adopters.

13. Future Outings

Saturday January 28 – Unknown Pond – Leader Jean Haigh

Saturday February 4 – GMC Snowshoe Festival – Waterbury

Saturday February 11 Wheeler Mountain Road– Joe & Judy Anastasia

Saturday February 18 – Moose Mountain – Jean Haigh

Saturday February 25 – Mount Pisgah (South Trail)

Sunday March 4- Bald Mountain – Jean Haigh

14. Next Meting – The NEKGMC Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday March 31 at 5:00 P.M. at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse

15. Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned on a motion of Judy Anastasia (Joe Anastasia seconding) at 3:20 P.M.

Submitted by Acting Secretary Michael Chernick

 

 


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