Jensen-Olson Arboretum Advisory Board Fact Sheet

Title: Jensen-Olson Arboretum Advisory Board

Type of Board/Commission/Committee: Advisory

Affiliated Department: Parks and Recreation

Status: Active

Governing Legislation:
-Resolution 2377
-Date Created: December 11, 2006
-Sunset Date: N/A

To reference the general rules of procedure and informational booklet for all boards, please see the documents available on the General Board Information page.

Description: The Arboretum Advisory Board will advise on the Arboretum’s guiding vision as provided by Caroline Jensen: “The vision of the Arboretum is to provide the people of Juneau a place that both teaches and inspires learning in horticulture, natural sciences, and landscaping; to preserve the beauty of the landscape for pure aesthetic enjoyment; to maintain the historic and cultural context of the place and its people.” The board shall advise and assist the Director of Parks and Recreation on issues including, but not limited to, capital campaigns and fund raising, and programmatic direction consistent with the guiding vision above.

Membership: Section 1. Jensen-Olson Arboretum Advisory Board Established. There is established a board of nine persons, which shall be known as the Jensen-Olson Arboretum Advisory Board. (a) The Assembly shall appoint members of the board to three-year terms. To the extent practicable, one shall be a representative of the horticulture or botanical community, two shall be representatives of the financial community, one shall be a representative from Discovery Southeast, one shall be a working artist, one shall be a representative of the Southeast Alaska Land Trust, one shall be the Superintendent of the Juneau School District or designee, and two shall be representatives of the public.

Officers: Chair

Quorum: 5

Term Limits: None.

Annual Appointment Period (Annual Reports Due): January

Meetings: Section 5. Regular Meetings. The Arboretum Advisory Board shall meet at least quarterly. The Endowment Subcommittee shall meet at least twice per year.

Special Facts: Section 3. Endowment Subcommittee Established. A three member Endowment Subcommittee shall be established from the Arboretum Advisory Board consisting of one of the financial community members, the member from the horticultural or botanical community, and one of the public members. The presence of all members of the subcommittee shall be required for a quorum and any action of the subcommittee shall require at least two affirmative votes. Section 4. Endowment Subcommittee Purpose. (a) The Endowment Subcommittee shall advise and make recommendations to the Director of Parks and Recreation and the board regarding the Jensen-Olson Arboretum Endowment Fund, which shall comprise all gifts and donations designated for the Endowment Fund bequeathed to the City and Borough by Caroline Jensen. (b) Endowment Fund monies shall be maintained in a trust account managed by the Finance Department in accordance with CBJ 57.05.040, for the purpose of augmenting the Arboretum’s budget and not supplanting normal operational funds. (c) The Endowment Fund will be managed with the intent to preserve the principal, including the use of interest income to protect the value of the principal from devaluation due to inflation. The board shall advise the Parks and Recreation Director annually whether and how much of the income it recommends be expended each year for the benefit of the Arboretum and to accomplish the goals of the September 30, 1993, Administrative Agreement Concerning the Jensen-Olson Arboretum.

Staff Contact: Merrill Jensen - 789-0139 -