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 Resources 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 Americas 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. > > > > ### > > #################### > You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding > Network (Wisbirdn). > To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: > http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. > To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: > http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. > Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn. > > #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.