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Lehigh Gap Nature Center: Reclaiming a Superfund Site

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Anita Collins Penn State University Biology Alumna
17 March 2017 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
317 Mueller Lab
Dept. of Biology
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The purpose of Anita's talk is to make field ecologists aware of a research site in Pennsylvania that could be used for research. She is President of the Board for Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington, PA. 

"LGNC is a unique entity, a nature center on a Superfund Site doing education, conservation, research and recreation.  There was contamination from a zinc plant in Palmerton, PA, that operated for 100 years.  20 miles of the north side of the Kitattiny Ridge has been totally denuded for most of that time.  Not a macro or micro-organism survived on the mountain.  A small group of dedicated members instituted a successful replanting using native warm season grasses.  We are now 13 years into reestablishment of the ecosystems in our section, 750 acres.  We have partnered with a number of undergraduates at local colleges, but there is surely a Ph.D. or several that could be done.  Of course we are also interested in research that will help us make informed choices about our conservation efforts."