Temple, Stanley A., 1946- (ed.) / The passenger pigeon
Vol. 51, No. 3 (Fall 1989)
Hoffman, Randy M.
Honey Creek management plan and user guidelines, pp. 243- PDF (2.4 MB)
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- 243
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