Natural Resource Recreation

Mushroom Hunter

"NATURAL RESOURCE RECREATION ZONE"Active recreation with medium to high density of use conducted in natural areas.  There is still an emphasis on resource quality over recreation, but in this zone, higher levels of use are allowed.

 

1.   Natural Resources:

  • Natural resources support visitor activities with only moderate impacts.
  • Natural resources managed or modified to support visitor activities, but protected to the degree possible and appear natural.
  • Human-caused habitat fragmentation minimized.
  • Exotic species are contained or removed.
  • Water quality maintained or restored.
  • This zone will reflect natural processes, with vegetative management only allowed to restore and maintain natural ecological structure and processes (such as removing of invasive species), to address hazard trees, and to manage pests and disease.  Vegetation may also be managed to facilitate recreational use and maintaining an aesthetically appealing landscape.
  • Where agricultural fields currently exist, a strategy should be developed to bring these areas into compliance with the intent (nature/character) of the zone.  This strategy should be in the form of an ‘Ecological Restoration Plan’ developed by the Stewardship Unit with input from staff.
  • New agricultural fields may be allowed in the zone but only as a specific and limited phase of an ‘Ecological Restoration Plan’ or as a critical component of a plan for managing species of greatest conservation need.
  • Haying may be used as a long-term vegetation management treatment.

2.  Historic/Cultural Resources:

  • Cultural resources preserved, rehabilitated, removed or allowed to waste away.
  • Historic structures could be adaptively used for operational uses or educational purposes.

3.  Recreation Opportunities:

  • Moderate to high levels of recreation compatible with natural character of the zone.
  • Visitors engaged in outdoor activities in diverse land and water natural settings (i.e. hiking, backpacking, back-country and rustic camping, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, equestrian use, nature observation, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing).
  • Hunting/trapping/fishing permitted in designated areas.
  • Snowmobiling permitted on designated routes.

4.  Education Opportunities:

  • Interpretive signage at trail heads, on the trail, and at overlooks.

5.  Visitor Experience:

  • High visitor encounters accommodated.
  • Visitors engaged in outdoor activities in diverse land and water natural settings for recreation and education.
  • Hunting/trapping/fishing permitted in designated areas.
  • Snowmobiling permitted on designated routes.
  • Variable time commitment.
  • Variable challenge and adventure.
  • Moderate noise tolerance.
  • Moderate interaction with DNR staff.

6.  Management Focus:

  • Maintain use of zone appropriate to PRD Mission.
  • Public safety.
  • Protection of resources.
  • UNIVERSAL ACCESS accessibility

 7.  Development:

  • Moderate level of development of facilities for support of visitor activities (i.e. restrooms, concrete/asphalt/gravel walkways and parking, trails, benches, picnic tables, rustic campsites, cabins and shelters) for recreation and educational opportunities.
  • Site hardening (i.e. boardwalks, fencing, surfaced pedestrian paths) as necessary to protect sensitive resources.
  • Moderate accessibility.