Wingfield Pines Conservation Area is an 87-acre floodplain wetland located 15 miles south of Pittsburgh near the 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 ten years, we have been surveying the wetland plant community to monitor the restoration efforts, study the rate of plant succession, examine the growth rates of saplings and study the interspecific competition with invasive species. The information is used to assist Allegheny Land Trust with land management decisions and provide critical knowledge on plant succession and invasive species to regional organizations. An annual monitoring report and additional publications are available below.
Wetland Plant Monitoring Report (2017)

Northeast Natural History Conference Presentation (2017)

Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences Conference Poster (2013)

     The research from this study is used in classrooms to teach students about wetland restoration. To present students with images of the research sites, GigaPan technology is used to bring the wetland into a classroom. Students use these high definition images to practice identifying plants and discuss management alternatives to control invasive species among other aspects of wetland ecology. A link to the GigaPan images is available below.
GigaPan Images of Wingfield Pines Conservation Area
 

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