The meeting was called to order at 7:00 AM by Ryan Forde via virtual go to meeting with Caroline Wallace, Steve Lehenbauer, Matt Watts, Darin Sabers,Tim Groener, Kristi Browning, Sandy Perrin, Gina Albaugh, Jyl Story, Layla Dunlap, and Sue Clark present.
The board welcomed the new Executive Director Gina Albaugh. Layla with the Montana Department of Ag gave the Report and is working on the Japanese Beetle trapping in Billings in June. Sue Clark with the Conservation Seedling Nursery reported they have put a link on their website to guide people looking for plant material to the MNLA website. The minutes for April 9, 2020 and Financial statement were reviewed and accepted. The 2020-2021 Budget was discussed and approved. The Finance committee’s recommendations on awarding the Community Beautification Fund to the following were approved.
1. MSU Extension @ Fort Belknap $ 250.00 Bench
2. Yellowstone Arboretum $1,000.00
3. Missoula Memorial Rose Garden $1,000.00
4. State of MT Arboretum $1,000.00
Jyl reported the transition of job duties to Gina was progressing, a new address has been established and a press release will go out shortly statewide to announce Gina as the new Executive Director.