[wisb] Re: Horicon NWR access

This is a good start.  Now it would be great if we could have legal access 
during night hours for things like Rail listening.
Tom Uttech
OZ.Co.
---- Jeffrey Bahls <jbahls@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
> Sometimes it pays to suggest your ideas to those in charge......
> Great news on Horicon NWR access changes....
> PLEASE make sure that we all follow the new rules.
> See the following press release
> Jeff Bahls
> Lowell Wi
> Dodge Co
> Horicon Marsh Bird Club president
> 
> 
> 
> *Mayville* – Project Leader Patti Meyers of Horicon National Wildlife
> Refuge, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced today that
> the entire Refuge will be open for wildlife observation and photography via
> cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and bicycling from December 1
> through March 15 each year.  Also, new this year, Main Dike Road, including
> the previously closed west section, will be open year-round for hiking and
> bicycling.
> 
> 
> 
> According to Meyers, these changes were developed during the Comprehensive
> Conservation Planning process.  She explains that “wildlife observation and
> nature photography are important and valuable activities for Refuge visitors
> and are priority, wildlife dependent uses approved by the National Wildlife
> Refuge Improvement Act of 1997.  However, these uses must be compatible with
> refuge purposes, which for Horicon National Wildlife Refuge are the
> protection and preservation of migratory birds.”
> 
> 
> 
> After March 15, public use will be restricted to designated areas in order
> to minimize human disturbance to the birds.  The designated areas for
> visitor access will be Main Dike Road, the Auto Tour and Hiking Trail
> Complex, the Bud Cook Hiking Area, Highway 49 Viewing Area and the three
> fishing sites.  Old Marsh Road will continue to be open on weekends in June,
> July and August for hiking and bicycling.
> 
> 
> 
> Visitors are reminded that everything is protected on the Refuge, so
> collection of berries, nuts, shed antlers, or anything else is not
> permitted.  Dogs must be on a leash unless engaged in hunting.  Visitors are
> strongly encouraged to obtain a Refuge map.  Visitors should be aware that
> other activities, such as trapping and hunting, may be ongoing.  Parking
> areas are limited and visitors should respect private property.  Visitors
> are encouraged to use the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s Island
> Road parking lot for access to Main Dike Road from the west side.  A trail
> leads north from the parking lot to Main Dike road. The refuge is open
> during daylight hours only.
> 
> 
> 
> At 21,000 acres in size, Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the
> U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The Refuge encompasses the northern
> two-thirds of Horicon Marsh and is part of America’s National Wildlife
> Refuge System, a network of federal public lands covering 150 million acres
> with at least one Refuge in each state, 550 Refuges total.
> 
> 
> 
> For more information or to obtain a map, visitors should call 920/387-2658 x
> 12, check the website at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/horicon or write/visit
> the Refuge office at  Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, W4279 Headquarters
> Road, Mayville, WI  53050.
> 
> 
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