Board Meeting Highlights

May 13, 2020 - Regular Meeting

  • Eric Benn has joined the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Van Vliet Hemlocks, and will assume also the duties of Treasurer.
  • Postponements are necessary for activities such as school hikes and naturalist sessions because of the coronavirus.
  • The annual meeting in 2020 will be held at an as-yet undetermined location, instead of Olson’s Point.
  • DNR will establish chainsaw training for trail maintenance volunteers in the future.
  • The Hemlocks treasury is healthy.
  • The Discovery Center has installed coronavirus safety measures, kept all staff at full time work mostly at home, and has received Federal Payroll Protection funding through June.
  • Discovery Center staff also are stepping up efforts to identify grant funding for the Center.
  • Discovery Center will employ six interns this summer on a schedule that postpones interaction with the public until coronavirus threats have been reduced.
  • The hemp nettle eradication in 2020 will proceed with hand cutting only, with no chemicals to be applied. DNR personnel will do the work when deemed suitably safe from coronavirus exposure
  • Sugarbush trail will be closed for 2020 as a followup to hemp nettle eradication.
  • Road signs with rustic appearance will be provided by the DNR to offer directions for visitors accessing Hemlocks trails.
  • Hemlocks sponsored three adult trail hikes and one grade school hike last year. For 2020, three adult hikes are planned tentatively.
  • The Hemlocks board is considering adding two members to the current ten-member board to bring the total board membership to twelve members.