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Howard Morgan, President called the meeting to order at 7pm
Opened with Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag of the United States of America.
Program Guest Speaker – Park Ranger Lance Huss of South Mountain State Park
Ranger Huss has been in this position for 5 years at SMSP.
Development of land what is now the Park really began by CCC Camps in the 1930's- the establishment of the Park was the result of a recommendation made by a National Park Service study with the State of North Carolina. Propsals began in 1940 and by 1975 the first land was purchased (5,779 acres) Since then additional land purchased total 18,000 acres.
Elevations with the park range from 1200 feet to 3000 feet. If you like Water Falls this is beautiful- High Shoals Falls on Jacob Fork River drops 80 feet over a cliff face of bare rock- a moderate climb to the top but some of the steps need repair so will need to watch for that – This is something that the park could use help on repairing – all volunteers are welcome.
Chestnut Knob is a great place to view peaks and ridges.
Jacob Fork Picnic area is accessible to people with disabilities. A shelter can be reserved in advance for large groups.
Mountain Bike Trail – is a 17 mile loop – Strenuous Trail
Camp Sites consist of – 11 Family Camp Sites, 20 Back Pack Sites, 15 Equestrian Sites with 37 Stalls which consist of 32 miles of trails.
Fishing is good at the Park – between October and November the streams are stocked – this year 800 pounds of fish were put in 2-1/2 miles of streams.
All streams are marked for fishing areas and a license is required.
Last two weeks of October is a good time to see the leaves change at the park.
Table Mountain Pine Cones need heat to thrive so there is a prescribed burning of approx.. 500 acres by State Forest Rules –
Rangers also monitor Song Birds, Bat inventory, stream monitoring, species inventory and mayfly's which keep pollution down.
Park Rangers offer educational and exciting things to do every month- such as
In April there is a walking tour to see the Wild flowers.
November there will be a Skull & Skins demonstration – Ranger will talk about some of the animals that call South Mountain home. Also a class on "Where Am I"
How to use Map and Compass. Another walk with a Ranger along the Hemlock Nature Trail and learn about some of the many plant species that stay green all year long or a more exciting NIGHT HIKE on November 18th – Meet at Jacob Fork Parking Area at 6pm for a one mile hike to learn about nocturnal creatures and learn to use the rest of your senses as this exploration always yields surprises.
They also have educational programs for children – also work with some of the schools for educational classes at the Park.
For more information about the Park you can call 828-433-4772 or 828-433-4686.
Or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ranger Huss encouraged anyone that would help on working on the Trails to call and he could make plans. Steps and rails need repair going to the Falls- they only need the man power everything else is provided.
Approval of Agenda and Minutes from September 13, 2011 were approved by members present.
FERC: No updates at this time.
IBT: No news
Burke County Commissioners Meeting- Tony Teofrio- Please note that they have changed their meeting to the 3rd Tuesday ONCE a month.
Habitat and Conservation Committee- Mac Hoffman – No Report
Lake James Area Wildlife and Nature Society- Ed Morse
Members of the LJWL will do a Island Tour of the lake on the 19th to determine a island to care for and do plantings. Information on proposal for change in meeting schedule will be forth coming and everyone will be notified.
Government Services and Property Tax Committee- Cliff Becktel – No report
Burke County Planning Board – Don Kramer – No Report
McDowell County Commissioners Committee & Planning Board- No Report
Progress of Pontoon Boat continues – Console needed at this time – Tim Green continues to work on the motor – Mac Hoffman
Reasons for Proposal: Time commitment required for LJWLNS and CLJ meeting.
Difficulty finding interesting monthly programs for two organizations.
Overlap in membership/activities/involvement of the two organizations.
Members in general are in favor of the change. To be announced to all members by email / web site/ general meeting.
Next General Meeting – November 8, 2011 – Guest Speaker – George Galleher , Consulting Engineer with Duke Energy.
No other business noted and meeting was adjourned at 9:15pm
Board Meeting to Follow
Millie McCathern, Secretary