Dave Crowther, Lorna Anderson, Birney Holberg, Bob & Judy Capron, Elaine & Bill Tabacinski, Laura, Jason, Madison & Joshua Burckhardt, Randy & Donna Moore, Tom Reed, Dave & Cathy Sweet, Tim Wade, Tom Anderson, George Simonton, Bob Vosseller, Ray Zubik, Andy Whiteman, Tony Hartshorn, Drew Fuchs, Paul Rychener, Mark Vondersaar
Call to Order: Meeting was called to order by President Dave Crowther followed by introductions by those in attendance.
Approval of Minutes of March & April, 2016 Meetings: -- Approval of minutes of both meetings were moved and seconded.
Treasurers Report: no Treasurer’s Report was submitted during this meeting.
Conservation – Bob Capron
Bob distributed information and photographs pertaining to the Sunlight Basin Stream Restoration Project and the Medicine Lodge Creek Project. (see comments 4 and 5 below)
At the April EYTU Board of Directors Meeting Bob was authorized to commit $15,000 of EYTU monies to RAC (Resource Advisory Committee) projects. This money will assist the following projects that are going to receive RAC funding:
Park County Weed and Pest work
Two Sunlight Basin projects (includes the Sunlight Basin Stream Restoration Project)
Marathon Oil has donated about 27,000 square feet of erosion control matting rolls and 1100 bags of hydroseed mulch (around 11 acres’ worth). Bob will discuss with Marathon if Game and Fish should issue a news release regarding this contribution.
Need volunteers for improvements to the fishing access trail at Corbett Dam.
Friday, May 20th; meet at the Corbett Dam fishing access parking area at 9a.m.
FFA members will be available to assist
Bring chainsaws, pruning shears, axes, gloves, etc. if you have them.
Dave C will send a letter of appreciation to the Commissioner and indicate how the funds will be utilized.
Tim Wade of North Fork Anglers has signed a 2 year management agreement with Monster Lake. Daily fees will be reduced to $150 from $200, and half-days will be $100 ($90 for TU members). Tim says that the upper lake has large Brown Trout.
The Casting Clinic scheduled for June 11th at the Rec Center needs volunteers.
Yellowstone Lake Trout Implant Expedition update:
Goal: implant 150 male Lake Trout over 20 inches long with transmitter
A spawning operation targeting milk collection from male trout in the Yellowstone River in YNP. Collection will be on May 19th; those interested in participating should meet at the Rocky Mountain Discount Sport parking lot on May 18th at 9:30a.m.
EYTU Chapter Picnic: 2nd Tuesday in July; July 14th.
A motion was made, seconded, and approved to hold picnic at the Sunlight Basin Game and Fish campground with a tour of the Sunlight Creek project area (start tour at 3pm).
Adjourn Meeting: a motion was made, seconded, and approved to adjourn the meeting.
Dr. Tony Hartshorn, Assistant Professor, Department of Land Resources & Environmental Science, Montana State University, College of Agriculture
Dr. Hartshorn provided an update on a field trip with MSU students Paul Rychener and Drew Fuchs to the old American Colloid Bentonite mine off Diamond Basin Road on BLM land to assess potential for reclamation
The mine was abandoned 30 years ago.
This is a 10 acre wasteland that yields sediment run-off into the Shoshone River.
Hartshorn’s students have created several test environment to determine how to make the bentonite soil more permeable
One approach was to add wastewater treatment cake to the bentonite and then plant peas; pea plant roots were able to penetrate the resulting soil.
Another approach is to change the surface topography; changing the soil contour, eg with a bulldozer or frontend loader, can create island basins that then collect water (from Sulfur Creek) and organic matter, resulting in areas of more permeable soil that will support plant growth and experience less erosion.
Bottom-line: more experimentation is required, with BLM approval.
Next Meeting: Thursday, September 8th at the Sunset House. M. Vondersaar
Note to Members: my apologies if you were at this meeting but not listed above as being in attendance – please make sure you sign the Attendance Roster when it is circulated during the meeting. Thanks! - MV