Location: City of Frederick Boardroom
Date: October 31, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Purpose of Meeting: Inventory of trails and sensitive areas
Meeting Called by: Marc Stachowski, Deputy Director of Public Works, The City of Frederick
Main Presenter: Melissa Stevens Nash, Potomac Watershed Forester, MD DNR Forest Service
List of Attendees:
Craig Lambert, Superintendent Water Treatment, City of Frederick
Kelly Russell, Alderman, City of Frederick
Ann Hairston-Strang, Forest Hydrologist, MD DNR Forest Service
Larry Maxim, Watershed Forester, MD DNR Forest Service
Mark Toms, Natural Resources Biologist, Inland Operations, MD DNR Fisheries
John Mullican, Natural Resources Biologist, Inland Operations, MD DNR Fisheries
Dan Feller, MD DNR Wildlife
Donnie Rohrback, MD DNR Wildlife
Ben Stone, MD DNR Technician
Philip vanWerkhoven, MORE
Clyde Hicks, The Trail House, PATC
Todd Bauer, MORE
Joe Whitehair, MORE, Bicycle Coalition
Ryan Delaney, MORE, IMBA
Dave Kalt, MORE
Tom Rinker, The Bicycle Escape, Frederick Bicycle Coalition
Karen Gardner, Frederick News Post
The meeting was opened at 10:00 a.m. by Marc Stachowski who introduced himself and his staff members. Marc asked those in attendance to introduce themselves.
Marc asked Melissa Stevens-Nash to start her photographic image presentation. An image of “Frederick City Watershed Mountain Bike Trail Assessment” was shown. The map included 83.7 miles of trails and 109 points of interest. Photographs were shown of structures, fire rings, debris locations, constructed trails, ramps, jumps, bridges, and tool caches.
Kelly Russell asked if any more booby traps were found at the watershed. In response to the question, Larry Maxim displayed a spray painted booby trap which was retrieved from the trail area. The trap was constructed of bored oak and 20 dry wall screw spikes. The trap will be turned over to the police department.
Marc commented on the role that The City of Frederick intends to pursue in the future regarding the Watershed. Efforts will be made in toughening up the existing ordinance.
Marc asked the groups that were in attendance for their help in correcting what has gone wrong at the Watershed. Suggestions were proposed from the audience. One suggestion proposed inviting other interest groups, not represented at the meeting, to be present at future meetings. In order to obtain their feedback in the process, it was suggested that the groups include horseback riders, trail runners, and climbers. Another suggestion was proposed to identify best practices for the selection and construction of a sustainable trail loop that could be utilized at the site.
Ann Hairston-Strang suggested that the selection of a trail should take into consideration sediment concerns at stream approaches and where trails intersected streams be kept to a minimum. Downhill steep slopes should be avoided in the selection process, also.
Marc stated that the Mayor and Board of Aldermen will be making the ultimate decisions on any suggestions as to how to redo the Forest Stewardship Plan. The first steps need to involve cleanup of the existing trails and the selection of a loop which provides less impact to endangered and sensitive species areas. The groups could make suggestions on identifying which trails need to be rehabilitated and which need to be shut down.
Marc asked the groups if there was anything they needed in order to proceed with the trail selection process. A large map of the “Frederick City Watershed Mountain Bike Trail Assessment” with GIS information was requested by the groups. The map and GIS information will be provided to the groups by the Forest Service. A work group session will be scheduled after the first of the year at the DPW facility.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.