Lehigh Gap Nature Center: Reclaiming a Superfund Site
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."