Wingfield Pines is an 80-acre floodplain wetland located 15 miles south of Pittsburgh in the suburban town of Bridgeville, PA. It was strip mined in the mid-1900s, and later converted into a golf course and swim club. In 2003, it was purchased by Allegheny Land Trust, which is a local non-profit organization that protects natural resources in and around Allegheny County. Allegheny Land Trust installed a passive wetland treatment system to remove iron from an underground mine, which required the restoration of wetland habitat at the southern end of the property.

For the past eight years, we have been surveying the wetland plant community to monitor the restoration efforts, study the rate of succession of the botanical communities and examine the growth rates of saplings. The information is used to assist Allegheny Land Trust with land management decisions, as well as, providing critical data on successful plantings of saplings and the impact from invasive species. Students regularly assist in annual botanical surveys.
Wetland Plant Monitoring Report (2016)

Ecological Society of America Conference Abstract (2015)

Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference Poster (2013)

Ecological Society of America Conference Poster on Dendrochronology (2009)

The research conducted in these studies is used to develop case studies for classes, such as Applications in Environmental Science, that engage students in learning the skills necessary for careers in environmental science. GigaPan technology and actual research brings to life a field study that can be taught in the classroom when time or resources is in short supply.
GigaPan Images of Wingfield Pines
 
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