Yakima Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing Council Meeting Minutes

10/17/2019 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

YNSSC Meeting, Oct 16, 2019

Attendees: Kobes, Matthews, L. Hunsperger, Baranowski, Lisowski, Pavlina, S. McPhee, M. McPhee

John summarized the summer Sno-Park non-motorized meeting. Because of a mandated salary increase, the discretionary part of the budget is very limited, with no new projects funded. Good news is that Naches has continuation of the added grooming at Bumping instituted last year. John chairs the non motorized advisory committee and represents us to the State Parks Commission.

Next issue was location of the trailerable Warming Hut. After discussion of possible sites included Jerry's observation that to reach the landing on the spur off of North Fork would require extensive work, it was decided to again locate it at the Bumping site used for the past two years. There was again discussion of a 2nd hut that would serve the White Pass side Sno-Parks. There has been some hints of Cascadian interest in seeing that happen.

We arranged to move the hut to Bumping on Nov 7 (Thurs) after modern firearm elk season ends. Jerry offered his truck. If weather demands it, that date can be moved up. John has firewood left from last year, and he and I will provide kindling.

Regarding trail clearing: I reported that the Pleasant Valley system north of 410 appeared to be in good shape, basically clear from Hells Crossing to Union Creek, except for two blowdowns requiring chainsaw. Saundie and I will evaluate the Bumping trails in the next couple of weeks. We will check again after autumn storms and before opening in December. Jim Matthews ((USFS) offered to look at the trail situation at North Fork, which was impacted by the Miriam fire last year.   

We discussed possible trail extensions to local Sno-Parks including the "outer connector" and extending the system northward below the dam at Bumping. There was also talk of incorporating the Day Use site at Clear Lake into the North Fork system.   

After looking at winter activities among the participants at the meeting, we decided on the last Saturday in January, Jan 25, for the 2020 Jamboree. That fits with recent years. The venue will be the Bumping Sno-Park, again offering tours and instruction for skiers and snow-shoers.

There was discussion of YNSSC leadership. Despite my observation that I should be up against term limits, no one at the meeting jumped in to assume the chair. I was nominated by Ed, and agreed to continue for one more year, but emphasized the need for broader (and younger?) participation. As John pointed out, the Council has accomplished quite a lot since those first meetings at Dick and Robbie Kendall's house in Naches. We need to continue that momentum.

Our Nov meeting will continue the 3rd Wednesday convention, which is Nov 20.

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