Rules of the Nature Preserve

The Nature Preserve is closed from dusk to dawn. Permission can be obtained for certain activities.

  • Clean up after yourselves and remove any litter you see to keep the Nature Preserve beautiful and free of the hazards to wildlife that some litter can create. Stick a plastic bag in your pocket in case you need it.
  • Keep your dogs on a leash. This is the law as well as our rule. Dogs may kill or harass wildlife, annoy other people and destroy habitats by digging up burrows and disturbing nests. Leashes protect your dog from other dogs, wildlife defenses (such as porcupine quills) and people who don't like dogs.
  • Clean up after your dog. Their feces add bacteria and parasites to the water that local wildlife drinks. It is also unpleasant to other walkers.
  • Do not use bicycles, scooters or motorized vehicles in the Nature Preserve. The wheels tear up the trails considerably more than shoes do and cause erosion of the thin topsoil needed to support plant life. (You are welcome to use skis in the winter while the ground has snow cover.)
  • Do not build fires. Unattended fires may spread and the dead wood often used for fires is an important part of the forest's ecology, providing valuable habitat for a variety of plants, fungi and animals.
  • Do not camp in the Nature Preserve.
  • No Hunting/Fishing/Trapping of wildlife.
  • No collection of plants or animals without permission (agency permits required for certain species).
  • Do not release unwanted pets or wild animals caught in other regions into the Nature Preserve. Pets may carry disease, alter genetic health of native populations, alter predator/prey relationships or suffer physically.