INSIDE Chico State
0 December 2, 1999
Volume 30 Number 9
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Honey Run Preserve Meets the Public

Provost Scott McNall, left, and Donald Holtgrieve, Geography and project director of the Watershed Projects, spoke to a gathering of people about the acquisition of the Honey Run Unit of the Butte Creek Ecological Preserve, plans for using it as an outdoor classroom, and the need for on-going support to establish an endowment. (photo KM)
Provost Scott McNall, left, and Donald Holtgrieve, Geography and project director of the Watershed Projects, spoke to a gathering of people about the acquisition of the Honey Run Unit of the Butte Creek Ecological Preserve, plans for using it as an outdoor classroom, and the need for on-going support to establish an endowment. (photo KM)
 

The Honey Run Unit of the Butte Creek Ecological Preserve was officially opened on November 12 at a reception and tour held by the CSU, Chico Research Foundation.

The 93-acre preserve is located in the lower canyon reach of Butte Creek off Honey Run Road. It was purchased by the CSU, Chico Research Foundation through the cooperative efforts of the Office of Watershed Projects and the Butte Creek Watershed Conservancy, and with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CALFED, and the Wildlife Conservation Board.

Provost Scott McNall spoke to the preserve's charge to protect and hold the land in trust for the enjoyment and education of everyone. Donald Holtgrieve, Geography and Planning, provided a brief history of the process, giving Allen Harthorn (board member of Butte Creek Watershed Conservancy) credit for the original vision of buying the land along Butte Creek that was once a gravel pit. He also thanked the neighbors who had successfully fought for years for the land to be maintained as some kind of ecological preserve.

Since the purchase, a draft management plan has been developed and minor site planing has been initiated. There are plans for an outdoor classroom, self-guided nature trails, a native plant green house, and restoration demonstration projects.

An endowment fund has been established to ensure long-term management of the preserve. Questions about the preserve can be directed to Laura Lukes, project manager, x4083. Greg Lavin, director of development, College of Behavioral and social Sciences, x6171, can answer questions about the endowment. -- KM

 

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