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"EDUCATION ZONE" – The emphasis of this zone is "Education" and Natural/Cultural/Historic resources are protected and interpreted for visitor understanding. Higher levels of development are common in this zone for historic preservation/restoration and management/control of people. Both passive and active education and interpretation is the focus of this zone designation.
In some cases, the Education Zone can be an overlay of one of the ‘Resource’ zones, and as such, the guidance for that zone will also apply.
1. Natural Resources:
- Natural resources that have been identified as important or significant are managed to perpetuate those qualities. This can include non-native and non-invasive species specific to the era and/or location (e.g. as relates to a historic/cultural landscape) and maintaining an aesthetically appealing landscape that is sensitive to the historical resource and interpretation of the zone.
- This zone will reflect natural processes, with vegetative management focused 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 enhance education/interpretation uses.
2. Historic/Cultural Resources:
- Cultural and natural resources (including historic buildings, structures, and landscapes) may be restored to specific time period(s) if essential for the visitor understanding of historic period(s) OR rehabilitated to support visitor and staff activities for in-depth interpretation of historic period(s).
3. Recreation Opportunities:
- Visitors engaged in sightseeing and educational activities in a natural and/or cultural setting.
4. Education Opportunities:
- Structured interpretive/educational activities related to the natural and historic/cultural resources (e.g. guided, brochure or audio tape tours, pod casts, in-depth history exhibits, media, and programs.)
- Interpretive signage at trail heads, on the trail, overlooks and other points of interest.
- Some off-site interpretation as well.
5. Visitor Experience:
- High visitor encounters accommodated.
- Visitors engaged in structured interpretive/educational activities related to the natural and historic/cultural resources (e.g. guided, brochure or audio tape tours, pod casts, in-depth history exhibits, media, and programs).
- Moderate time commitment.
- Low to moderate exertion.
- High on-site interpretation.
- Some off-site interpretation.
- Moderate noise tolerance.
- High interaction with DNR staff.
- High level of accessibility
6. Management Focus:
- Maintain natural/historic/cultural integrity of the zone, and if an overlay of a resource zone, maintain emphasis on natural resource quality.
- Keep development consistent with the zone.
- Strive for quality visitor experience of natural/historic/cultural interests.
- Developments necessary for visitor understanding and/or staff support are compatible with the natural resource and historic period(s) or are accommodated off-site.
- Restored or rehabilitated areas or structures include necessary protection, security and HVAC (heating and cooling) systems and visitor/staff support uses, such as restrooms and offices.
- Development, including interpretive media, is consistent with historic period(s).