Grand Opening of the Honey Run Unit Butte Creek Ecological Preserve

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 1999

Lacey Williams
530-898-4143
Donald Holtgrieve
(530) 894-5780

Grand Opening of the Honey Run Unit Butte Creek Ecological Preserve

California State University, Chico’s Research Foundation will hold an official opening of the Honey Run Unit of the Butte Creek Ecological Preserve on Nov. 12, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the unit property on Honey Run Road in Chico.

The Research Foundation purchased the “McAmis” property, located in the lower canyon reach of Butte Creek, in the summer of 1998, in order to preserve its natural beauty and protect wildlife habitat. The property is located four miles from the intersection of Skyway and Honey Run Road.

An endowment fund has been established to ensure long-term management of the preserve.

The 93-acre parcel straddles Butte Creek along a riparian corridor that was once slated for urban development. The area is home to several state and federal species of concern, including fall and spring-run Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, bald eagles and western pond turtles.

The property was purchased through the cooperative efforts of the CSU, Chico Office of Watershed Projects, which is charged with managing the preserve, and the Butte Creek Watershed Conservancy. Generous funding was received from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CALFED and the Wildlife Conservation Board.

Since the purchase, a draft management plan has been developed and minor site planning has been initiated. There are plans for an outdoor classroom, self-guided nature trails, native plant greenhouse and restoration demonstration projects investigating new streambank stabilization and riparian re-vegetation techniques.

The grand opening underscores the efforts of the following entities for their cooperation in providing fish and wildlife habitat and environmental education: the California Department of Fish and Game, Wildlife Conservation Board, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, CALFED, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CSU, Chico Research Foundation, Butte County Fish and Game Commission, Butte Creek Watershed Conservancy, Durham Mutual Water Company and M&T Ranch.

The CSU, Chico Office of Watershed Projects oversees 40 grants and contracts with a combined budget of approximately $3.5 million.

For more detailed directions to the preserve or for more information, please call Laura Lukes, Watershed Projects, at (530) 898-4083.

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