Practical, science-based approaches to help you protect natural resources


Hickory Creek applies 25 years of experience to help you protect natural resources in your community. We'll identify the resources, evaluate how they're affected by land use activities, and present this information in a form appropriate for your needs. 

From muddy boots in the swamp to eye-catching visual presentation, from understanding ecology to developing local protection strategies, Hickory Creek bridges the gaps between science and action for a healthy environment. 

Latest Hickory Creek projects: Connecting the Drops training, designed to help you protect water resources in your community. Based on the book Connecting the Drops: A citizen's guide to protecting water resources by Karen Schneller-McDonald (Cornell University Press, 2015) and its accompanying website The WetNet.

Environmental Effects

Identify and evaluate the benefits that ecosystems, watersheds, and habitats provide for health and communities. Connect land use activities with impacts on ecosystems and watersheds. Develop local protection strategies.


Training sessions based on "Connecting the Drops: A Citizens' Guide to Protecting Water Resources." Non-technical, how-to sessions for all who are concerned about threats to water quality, groundwater depletion, flooding.


Interpret media and scientific reports, explain the connections between natural water systems, benefits and threats. Produce informative brochures, fact sheets, handouts, presentations.