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Honey Hollow Watershed

New Hope, Pennsylvania
County of Bucks.
South of the Delaware River
National Register Number: 69000155
Resource type: District.
Property type: Agriculture/Subsistence - agriculture field. The threat level was Threatened in
2002.
Congressional District: PA-8 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Watershed district.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - August 4, 1969):
Comprised of five farms on about 650 acres, Honey Hollow Watershed is the first small upland watershed in agricultural use and multiple private ownership to demonstrate that cooperative local action, supported by Federal technical assistance, is a practical method of achieving national goals in soil, water and wildlife conservation, and flood prevention. As such, it has served as a prototype for thousands of similar small watersheds throughout the nation.

Condition:
The immediate threat to the Landmark is the four-lane highway (U.S. 202) that the Federal Highway Administration is building across the northern edge of the watershed. The next and last section of this highway will apparently go through the Landmark.

The PECO power lines that had been planned to cross the middle of the landmark at the time of the 2000 report are in place and functioning. Fortunately, they were rerouted from the heart of the NHL to its northern and northeastern areas. Their threat is minimal although the brush clearing and maintenance of the lines does offer the opportunity for non-native plants to invade. Highway 202 is still in the planning phase and the threat is imminent. A natural gas pipeline running through the middle of the landmark would pose a significant threat in the event of an accident. Maintenance of the pipeline allows invasion of non-native plants. Overpopulation and overgrazing by deer threaten plant and animal biodiversity and agricultural viability as do many prolific non-native species of invasive plants including but not limited to: Multi-Flora Rose (Rosa multiflora), Autumn and Russian Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata), Japanese Honeysuckle Vine (Lonicera japonica), Japanese Stilt Grass (Microstegium vimineum), and Mile-a-Minute Weed (Polygonom perfoliatum).

Recommendation/Change since last report:
The Pennsylvania State University School of Landscape Architecture has provided preliminary planning assistance for the Landmark. Now, a comprehensive preservation plan, as well as continued dialogue among owners, interested organizations, and government officials is needed.


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