There's a meeting tomorrow the 3rd at Pringle Community Hall to talk about it. One thing that deserves more attention is bicycling in and around the refuge!
|Nature Center Concept at overlook site|
|Ankeny Hill Overlook with kiosk, parking lot, on rise|
and close to same view - but lower down (via Streetview)
|Site plan at overlook|
|Overlook near where Liberty enters bottom land|
at intersection of Buena Vista, Liberty, Ankeny Hill
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Salem Audubon Society (SAS), and Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex (FWVNWRC) are working together to realize a shared vision of a mid- valley education center located at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Made possible by a generous $1.35 million donation from Mark Gehlar to Salem Audubon Society, the nature center would be a gateway to discovery, a place to connect with nature and a hub in the Greater Salem area for environmental education, science and interpretation.
Mark's father, Max
Oregon Fruit Products
December 30th, 1911
The project is still in the early stages of planning and we want to hear from you! Join us for an open house style public meeting at Pringle Hall Community Center in Salem, Oregon on November 3rd from 6 pm – 8 pm. There will be a formal presentation at 6:30 pm to give an overview of the project and partnership but feel free to stop by whenever is convenient for you. We will have tables set up by topic area (Building, Partnership, Habitat Restoration, and Environmental Education and Interpretation) with people available to answer your questions. There will be comment boxes throughout the room to leave us your thoughts. Provide us feedback, talk one-on-one with project leads, and learn more about the project.
An Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared for the project that discusses the partnership, project, phased approach, timeline, alternatives and potential impacts. The EA is available on the websites listed below with hardcopies upon request. The public comment period will run for 45-days, starting October 17th.
Let us know what you think about the proposed Ankeny Hill Nature Center! If you cannot make the Open House, email comments to email@example.com. To learn more about the project, visit the USFWS Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge webpage: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/ankeny/ or the Salem Audubon Society webpage: www.salemaudubon.org.
|The Salem Bicycle Club has a novice ride at Ankeny|
|Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway at Ankeny|
And it notes that nearby
Eagle Marsh Kiosk, conveniently located south off Buena Vista Road, has a covered shelter next to the parking lot that provides visitors with a great place to view wintering waterfowl on the marsh. It is easily accessible by bicycle or vehicle.Making high quality, even preferred, provision for bike transport would be consistent with its goal to
Serve as a resource for environmental education with school districts, youth organizations, colleges and universities, conservation organizations, and other groups and individuals interested in wildlife and the environment.The current concept calls for bike parking stalls - but what about a fix-it station for the scenic bikway? And covered bike parking? Really make it a place where folks are encouraged to bike - either to unload bikes from the car and bike around the whole refuge, parking once only, or a destination to which to bike without a car at all. Biking should be the preferred transportation at the Refuge!
|Wigrich at American Bottom opposite Sidney|
is the site of the Rogue Farms (USGS 1914, 1917)