Donate a tree to the Memorial Forest at the Nevas Lot
A number of fiscal and environmental issues came before the Block island Land Trust at its most recent meeting on Oct. 7.
Chair Barbara MacMullan noted that the Trust had collected $349,209 in transfer fees in September and currently has a little more than $1.14 million in its operating account, out of which $790,000 is restricted bond proceeds for acquisition commitments. Operating expenses for the Trust were $8,387, and an additional $2,920 for summer maintenance costs which were reimbursed to the Ocean View Foundation and the mowing of Nevas Lot ($300).
The members of the Trust also discussed what species of trees would be most acceptable for donations at the Memorial Forest at Nevas Lot, located off Cooneymus road right before Rodman’s Hollow (where the little league teams play), and is part of the Trust.
The BILT will maintain a list and plant record of the trees donated, which must be pre-approved by the Trust, as well as keep the records of donor names, date of donation, species of tree, and name of the person to be honored. The list was compiled by Scott Comings and may be revised.
Acceptable trees for donation include:
White Oak, Black Oak, Hickory, Red Cedar, Spruce, Red Maple, Black Gum, Black Cherry, American Beech, Alder and Willow. (Other trees native to our region may be acceptable, including river birch and some fruit trees such as apple, peach, pear and Asian pear.)
Acceptable shrubs include:
Bayberry, Shad Bush, Northern Arrowwood, Winterberry, Black Chokeberry
The Land Trust also received an update on the project to rebuild the Spring House Pump House. Mary Anderson, president of Scenic Block Island, said the group had received about $30,000 in donations toward a total goal of $80,000 to rebuild the structure, which was razed about two years ago. Anderson asked the members of the Trust if they had any questions or concerns about the project.
“The two concerns I have are the security of it, and second, which is a discussion I think we need to have with the town, is the maintenance of it for the future,” said MacMullan.
Anderson suggested that perhaps the building, once complete, could come under the jurisdiction of the new infrastructure committee that was formed by the Town Council at its Monday, Oct. 7, meeting.
Trust member Dennis Heinz said the building would have to be painted regularly and that brush around it would need to be cleared.
Anderson then suggested that she would come up with a maintenance plan for the structure. Anderson asked the group if it was a “good idea” to continue with the project.
“I think it’s a nice idea to restore the building, but it’s a concern that 30 years down the road the same thing is going to happen,” said MacMullan.
The Fresh Pond Water Quality report was also provided. Samples are taken each year by Fresh Pond neighbor Franklin Renz, who volunteers his time and forwards the information to the BILT.
Renz’s letter to the board noted that fecal coliform in the pond decreased from last year and that enterococci remained at the same levels as last year. Renz also noted that there have been large numbers of seagulls on the pond, but they do not seem to have any detrimental effect.