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Franklin County Federation of Fish and Game Club Minutes

When: Thursday, July 20, 2017


Where Meeting held @ Saranac Lake Fish & Game Club,

Address:  726 Bloomingdale Avenue, Bloomingdale, NY 12913


Meeting called to order   7:00 p.m. by President Ray McIntosh

A Pledge of Allegiance was said

Roll Call:

Alexander MacDonald -    1                     

Best Club -                            0                     

Chateaugay -                                   0                     

Malone -                                           2                     

Saranac Lake -                                 3                     

Tupper Lake -                                  2                     


Bill Gutersloh made a motion to accept the Secretary’s Report and seconded by Phil Winters.


Theresa Trudell was not present.  Thus, no Treasurer’s Report was given.  Although, it was noted that Theresa Trudell will need to write a check to Bob Brown to cover expenses for the August 18th N.Y.S. Conservation Council Meeting (lodging, registration, and meals) in the amount of $505.  The motion was made by Phil Winters and seconded by Mike Savage.


Legislative Report:  Bob Brown indicated that there was only one resolution submitted at the N.Y.S.C.C.  Annual Meeting.  It was submitted by the Greene County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and will be voted upon at the Council’s annual meeting in September.  In summary, the resolution states that all big game hunters would be required to wear enough hunter orange above the waist to be visible in all directions (see attachment).  At the  August meeting, the opinions of the different local clubs will to shared with Bob Brown on how they wish him to vote on this resolution. 


Old Business:

At the Federation Building at the Malone Fair, someone inquired as to when will the chairs will be moved out of the building.  Bruce Charland will take care of the fish tanks again this year.  Today, is the last day to submit a name to nominate someone for the Nellie Staves Award.  The fair passes were passed out and Dan Tower took passes for Chateaugay and Malone Clubs.

New Business:

The entire time was devoted to discussion of the Saranac Lake Wild Forest Management Plan.   Numerous committee members from the Franklin County Fish and Game Clubs were in attendance but the committee consisted of:  Mike Savage, Sonny Young, Sheila Young, Mark Holt, Jim Jones, Sam Grimone, Ed Grant, Marty Brown, Bob Brown, Charlie Jessie, Ray McIntosh. 

It was voted on to allow the committee’s findings to represent the Franklin County Federation.  Phil Winters made a motion and seconded by Bill Gutersloh.  The proposal included the impact on the pursuit of hunting, fishing and trapping as well as other forms of recreation and access.  The plan will be a guide to access and use of state forest lands in this area.  The meeting covered a  large area of topics and the composing and submission of a Wild Forest Draft Plan.  August 11th was the proposed date in which the committee wanted to submit their final draft.  Copies of this draft will be made available at the next meeting. Jason Kemper and Steve LaMere (Director Region 5, Envir. Policy Analyst, from N.Y.S. Conservation Council) will be working with us to represent our Federation at the state level.  The link for the plan can be found at:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22593.html

Where to meet next –  Thursday, August 17th @ 6 p.m. @ for dinner followed by the meeting @ approx.. 7 p.m. @ Chateaugay Fish and Game Club, 436 County Route 35, Chateaugay NY 12920

Motion to Adjourn – Ed Grant and seconded by Bill Gutersloh.

Minutes submitted by Dan Tower, Federation Secretary



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