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Vol. 51, No. 3 (Fall 1989)

Hoffman, Randy M.
Honey Creek management plan and user guidelines,   pp. 243-[250] PDF (2.4 MB)


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Honey Creek Management Plan and User 
Guidelines 
A management plan has been prepared for our property at 
Honey Creek. The plan will ensure that this important 
natural area retains its unique characteristics while it is being 
used to further WSO's goals in research, conservation and 
education. 
by Randy M. Hoffman 
This article is presented to inform the 
WSO membership about the use 
and management of our Honey Creek 
property. Over the years there has been 
a great deal of confusion about the use 
of our property. Specific points of con- 
fusion involve the use of the Falls Trail, 
camping on our property, the use of the 
Cox Nature Center, and the location 
(where is the place, anyway?). 
I remember my first visit to Honey 
Creek. I made my way to the trail, with 
a little help from The Passenger Pigeon 
or the Badger Birder-I don't remember 
which-and had an enjoyable walk up 
Honey Creek Valley. Then I tried to find 
the Cox Nature Center. First I drove 
west and found only farms. Then I drove 
back to County Highway PF, still no na- 
ture center. Finally, I tried Alder Lane. 
As I drove to the end, I saw a large farm 
house with all kinds of activity around 
it. Firmly convinced this was another 
farm, I left. It was nearly five years and 
dozens of visits later that I found the 
nature center. Right next to the large 
house that I was so convinced was a 
farm. I hope the guidelines, manage- 
ment plan and accompanying map will 
help clear up these types of problems, 
which I'm sure others have experienced. 
The following guidelines for use and 
the management plan were developed 
jointly by the WSO Board of Directors 
and the Wisconsin Department of Nat- 
ural Resources, Bureau of Endangered 
Resources (BER). The BER became in- 
volved in 1971, when Honey Creek was 
designated a State Natural Area. The 
Wisconsin Department of Natural Re- 
sources defines State Natural Areas as 
follows: 
"State natural areas are devoted to sci- 
entific research, the teaching of conser- 
vation and natural history, and especially 
to the preservation of their natural values 
for the use of future generations. They are 
not intended for intensive recreational 
uses like picnicking or camping. 
"High quality natural areas are identi- 
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