Our Sacred Grounds
Honey Creek Woodlands is protecting a significant natural area that is also a key part of a much larger conservation effort, the Mount Arabia Heritage Corridor. Within the monastery land holdings, the Honey Creek Woodlands site is an old terraced farm area that almost certainly grew cotton and other bare-earth crops ending less than 100 years ago. More recently, timber harvest of the predominantly pine forest that had grown from the old fields contributed to the need for active restoration, but also provided opportunities to nurture the area back to ecological health. Beginning in 2006, we started work to identify remaining diversity elements and to use this information to protect and develop hardwood forest,and eastern wildflower meadows.