Dane County  
Minutes - Final Unless Amended by  
Tree Board  
Who benefits? Who is burdened?  
Who does not have a voice at the table?  
How can policymakers mitigate unintended consequences?  
Tuesday, November 15, 2022  
3:45 PM  
Virtual Zoom Meeting: See top of agenda for  
instructions on how to join the webinar or call in by  
A. Call to Order  
5 -  
Also present: Lisa Johnson, Brian Wahl  
B. Consideration of Minutes  
Attachments: 2022 MIN-426  
A motion was made by MODERHOCK, seconded by NOONE, that the Minutes be  
approved. The motion carried by a voice vote 5-0.  
C. Discussion Items  
1. Board vacancies Cory Rich was a guest attendee. He has applied for Tree Board  
membership. He is the Construction and Conservation Manager Operation Fresh Start.  
The OFS Conservation and Natural Resources Management section has young people of  
high school age who have disconnected from school do 1000 hours field work at  
restoration sites and get a high school diploma. Rich supervises the crew supervisors of  
the participants, but was a crew supervisor himself in the past. Also works with OFS  
Legacy Program Conservation Academy that helps connect OFS participants with  
conservation trades. The Urban Forestry Apprenticeship Conservation Academy at  
Madison College is part of this effort. Vacancies Discussion: WYATT asked if MMSD  
STEM teachers, commercial arborists or community arborists might be categories of  
candidates to approach. Rich suggested teacher Connie Allen at Crestwood Elementary  
school a possibility and Carolyn Byers of Madison Audubon. Wahl will check City of  
Madison, Weiss will contact Terra from Landscape Design.  
2. Budget proposals – spending deadline $3,026 remains. $400 was already given to  
Heritage Tree project, and it is being spent. Discussion of possibilities. MOTION by  
WEISS to do one PSA at $1000 and send $1626 to the State Cartography Office to  
work on Heritage Oaks inventory activities. NOONE seconds. MOTION passes. WYATT  
suggests the PSA be on oak pruning.  
3. Workplan review Due to limited remaining discussion time, a MOTION was made to  
move this topic to the January meeting by NOONE, seconded by WEISS. MOTION  
passes. Johnson will send the workplan as it currently exists in early January to Board  
D. Presentations  
E. Reports to Committee  
1. Tree canopy group: Brochure done, new name of the group is the Tree Canopy  
Collaborative (TCC). TCC is working with Sun Prairie and Fitchburg in 2023 to identify  
community organizations in the target areas that can help with private plantings. Sun  
Prairie has done its public planting already this fall.  
2. Heritage Oaks update: Allocating $1626 to State Cartography Office to work on  
Heritage Tree Inventory activities. NOONE is working with WEISS to write an in-depth  
article on the project for the website.  
3. Events work group – has not met, has no members due to resignations  
4. Outreach work group –Met October 25, discussed PSAs and selected two topics (oak  
pruning and de-icing salts) for winter, website main menu/audience focus changes and  
doing PSAs through WORT radio. MODERHOCK will give WYATT contact info for  
WORT to advance that conversation.  
5. Policy work group RITT reports the group is focusing on the Dane County Land/Water  
Resource Management plan, how to preserve forest lands and future-proofing young oaks  
with protections against development. The group is developing concrete suggestions  
within the plan. It will bring ideas to full Board to discuss and prioritize and bring back to  
Hicklin, the director at Land/Water Resources. May lead to a policy change but  
incorporation into their plan is the fastest way to have an impact.  
F. Future Meeting Items and Dates  
Future meeting items and dates December no meeting, 2023 dates to follow. Plan to get  
new invitees to come. Johnson will send new dates for 2023.  
G. Public Comment on Items not on the Agenda  
H. Such Other Business as Allowed by Law  
I. Adjourn  
A motion was made by WEISS, seconded by NOONE, that the Meeting be  
adjourned. The motion carried unanimously 5-0.  
Minutes respectfully submitted by Lisa Johnson, pending council approval