Present: Sean Wherley, Arthur Knowles, Melinda Ludwiczak, Niki Valens, Sam Zordich
Absent: Barb Chung, Wayne Anderson, Rolf Johnson, Natalie Lenz Lisa Rudy,
Also Present: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Executive Director and Joanna S. Hallstrom, NRP Project Organizer, and Ralph Seivert MPLS Park Board
Knowles moved to accept the January meeting minutes. All agreed.
Nicollet Lighting Petition
Linnes-Robinson reported that the lighting petition is in progress through the affected council folk’s. She is still hoping for a decision by the full council by the Kingfield annual meeting so the project can be announced to the community.
Elm Watch and Tree Planting Strategies
The committee talked at length with Ralph Seivert, MPLS Park Board Director of Forestry, about the future of elms in Minneapolis and the possibilities for replacing trees along boulevards in Kingfield. He had prepared an inventory of spaces (200), a map of their locations, and brought a commitment of Park Board planting for 2005 (38). After reviewing all the information the committee decided the following strategies for increasing the urban forest in Kingfield in ’05 and ‘06: A) KFNA will continue the Elm Watch Program working with Top Notch and the Park Board to identify sick elms that are good candidates for an Alamo injection and continue to test this approach on boulevard trees as the opportunity arises. About $4000 is remaining in the commitment that the Steering committee made to the project in an earlier year. B) KFNA will match the Park Board dollars for replanting this year resulting in a total of 78 new trees on the boulevards in the approximate 200 holes. KFNA is also submitting grants to try and fill the remaining spaces this year and next, while also encouraging residents to call in for citizen requests for trees for 2006. The Steering committee will commit $4000 to tree planting this year. C) The Park Board is looking into the possibility of King Park being the 2006 Arbor Day site, where possibly we can do a demonstration “grove” of disease tolerant elms including the few American varieties that are available. D) KFNA will honor the grants it committed to last year to treat well boulevard elms, but will not fund the treatments for any new projects involving boulevard elm injections this year. Together with the above KFNA will increase the ways and amounts of information/education it is providing to neighbors on both DED and tree planting benefits and care. This will be done via the email list, newsletter, and Farmer’s Market, and hopefully through the 2006 Arbor Day event.