Friends of Wolsfeld Woods 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes

Wolsfeld Cabin
Medina City Hall
2052 County Road 24
Medina, MN
October 3, 2019
7:00 p.m

ATTENDING: Liz Weir, Tom Dorrel, Bob Gasch, Ed Cox, Mary Morrison

MINUTES: Last year’s minutes were approved.

TREASURER’S REPORT:

Prepared by Ellie Crosby and presented by Liz Weir
Balance as of October, 2018 $5,505.37
Income as of October, 2019 $2,019.00
Total $7,590.37

EXPENSES:

W. Hennepin Pioneer Museum, upkeep of cabin $500.00
City of Medina/Celebration Day $200.00
Marengos, fall bird walk $150.00
Suz Galloway, flower walk $150.00
Pow Web $179.40
Stephanie Chapman, web updates $420.00
Steve Pflaum, culvert and trail repair in east woods $3,620.00
Great River Greening, trail work $1000.00
Total expenses
$6,219.40

Balance as of October, 2019

$1,370.97

WOODS REVIEW, prepared by Jo Bolte

  1. Todd Rexine of Great River Greening had funds for buckthorn removal, and contracted Minnesota Native Landscapes to do the work in three areas: one on the south edge of the lake, and two on the northeast side of the lake. The work done cutting, treating and burning buckthorn over the winter months in these areas produced remarkable results. Some brush from cutting in western areas is quite heavy. The FOWW Board wishes to thank Great River Greening and Todd Rexine for their excellent work. The Great River Greening grant also covered trail repair to the badly eroded entrance trail from the Lutheran church parking lot.
  2. Steve Pflaum and his work crew repaired the flooded culvert, on the east side of the woods, which was completely blocked by sediment. It is now working well, and is holding up, even with unusually heavy rains.
  3. FOWW thanks David Leslie for removing the damaged wooden footbridge over the east stream. He replaced it with a new, sturdy wooden footbridge that stood strong, even when the heavy flow of spring snow melt sent water running over the top of the bridge.
  4. Liz Weir noted that the planks to cross the stream at the south end of Wolsfeld Lake are unstable and shift with the water flow. She recommends that we have Steve Pflaum and his work crew look at a solution to the crossing.

2020 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The Calendar of Events for 2019 was discussed. Last year we decided to alternate the sleigh ride and maple syrup outing, so this year we will set a tentative date for the maple syrup event. We may consider sending a notice for a sleigh ride if conditions are appropriate. Details of all events will be confirmed by email.

  • Sleigh ride … Sunday, February 2 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Spring warbler walk … Saturday, May 16 – 7:30 a.m.
  • Spring wildflower walk … Sunday, May 10 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Fall warbler walk … Saturday, August 29 – 8:00 a.m.
  • Bat walk … Friday, August 14 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Mushroom walk … Saturday, September 5 – 1 p.m.
  • FOWW annual meeting … Thursday, October 1 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Fall-color horseback ride … Sunday, October 11 – 2:00 p.m.

Most of our events begin in the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot.

MEMBERSHIP

We decided to raise family dues to $40 per year, to partly compensate for the extraordinary expenses FOWW incurred in 2019 for trail repairs. We also discussed other ways of raising funds for FOWW.

Your membership renewal for 2020 is attached, and is due upon receipt. Please include your email address on the renewal form. Be assured that we do not share our list with anyone. Reminder notices of upcoming events will be emailed to members in advance of outings. Gift memberships are available for $25, and can be listed on the reverse side of the renewal form. Our web address remains www.wolsfeldwoods.org. All events and activities are listed on our site. Please feel free to contact the following people with any questions, suggestions or concerns regarding FOWW::

For membership: Mary Morrison, at mmorrison2323@gmail.com or 763-473-2020.
For general information about the woods: Liz Weir, at lizweir@gmail.com or 763-473-3226.

Western Hennepin County Museum Report

Bob Gasch gave a report on the museum and its offerings. Thank you Bob for cleaning the cabin and providing us with such a warm and cozy fire for the evening! Stories from the area’s past were shared over the warm fire.

We appreciate your continued support of FOWW. With it, we can continue in our mission - To promote understanding and respect for the woods through educational activities, remain committed to the preservation of the woods, and work with the DNR in overall maintenance. We look forward to seeing you in the woods!

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Mary Morrison, FOWW Secretary