Board Meeting Minutes – February 15, 2019

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

February 15, 2019



The meeting of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association Board of Directors was held at the Cove Ridge Center on February 15, 2019 at 12 pm.  Present at the meeting were Rachel Blevins, Robert Chapman, Gretchen Cope, Larry Fleenor, Joe Fuller, Bob McConnell, Joan Boyd Short, Ron Short, and Jim Stallard.


Approval of Minutes:

Robert Chapman explained that the minutes reflect that $400,000 was transferred to the State Park’s Project Fund for operations of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center when in fact it was only $300,000. The Scott County EDA retained some funds to pay for utilities, etc. Jim Stallard moved to approve the minutes from the August 17, 2018 meeting with the correction. Ron Short seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.


Treasurer’s Report:

Gretchen Cope delivered the Treasurer’s report. A full copy of the report is filed in the Secretary’s archive.


Bob McConnell moved that the financials be approved as reported.  Ron Short seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.


Park Report:

Robert Chapman reported that the Grand Opening of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center would be on April 26 at 11 a.m. He also reported that the DCR Board would be visiting the park on April 25 and 26 and would be attending the Grand Opening celebration.


Robert also explained that the Department of Conservation and Recreation was having to make pretty significant budget cuts, which was greatly affecting wage staff hours.


Rachel reported that she and Gretchen were going to Historic Weapons Site Safety Officer Training the following week.



Gretchen Cope reported that visitation was great, especially considering it was the off-season. There were quite a few field trips scheduled and the Ohio Spring Break group that was scheduled to come soon would be putting in a trail and some campfire rings for a demonstration area.


President’s Report:

Joan Boyd Short reported that she and Gretchen had been to two meetings with folks involved with the Friends of Boone’s Trace and the Boone Society. Both of those groups focus primarily on preservation of and education about the Boone Trace in Kentucky. However, the Boone Society was trying to work with others in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky to try to work together on the project as a tourism initiative. Joan also shared that Sam Compton, President of the Boone Society, was concerned about the fact that Boone’s Station, once maintained by the State of Kentucky, had been closed and the property given to the church located adjacent to it. Also, Levi Jackson State Park had reduced staff so that it no longer had a Park Manager and the Campground Manager was having to oversee operations of the entire park. Joan explained that she just wanted to share Sam’s concerns with the Board.


Joan went on to pose the question, if there is a Historic Weapons Site Safety Officer on site, do the people in the militia need to have the safety training? Gretchen, Robert, and Rachel explained that as long as a site safety officer is on site and has inspected all weapons there is no need for the safety officers to be part of the militia. Gretchen and Rachel offered to check with Billy Heck at Wilderness Road to confirm that.


Muster and Trade Faire:

Joan reported that Kaden Kilgore was willing to plant apple trees in the Blockhouse area that would be appropriate for the time period.


There was quite a bit of discussion about offering more hands-on activities for visitors during the Muster. One of the ideas was to have scarves and similar items that visitors could purchase and dye on site. Another was to have soda bread and cookies (that would have to be made at the Cove Ridge Center) available for purchase during the event. Bob mentioned that he had spoken with Lisa and she suggested that they use candle molds, which she already had, to allow visitors an opportunity to make candles. He explained that she would need another pot and Ron suggested that they use one of the pots in the Spring House.


Old Business:

There was no old business.


New Business:

There was no new business.



There were no announcements.



Bob McConnell made the motion to adjourn. Jim Stallard seconded that motion and it was approved unanimously.