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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November 17 Muhlenberg Botanic Club Meeting: David McNaughton : " From Wastelands to Wetlands: The Strange and Dark Arts of Wetland Restoration"

When wetlands are disturbed, mitigation and restoration projects initiate and are meant to result in the protection and expansion of wetland habitat across the United States. These habitats are ecological hotspots significant for their pollution abatement (nature’s filters), fecundity (amphibian, fish, and other taxonomic breeding grounds), and beauty (the Everglades, the Pantanal, and Monet’s water lilies). The presentation will explore how organizations, firms, and individuals restore and rehabilitate these
ecological habitats and construct new habitat with examples from Fort Indiantown Gap and past commercial projects in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. We will discuss typical native plantings, design strategies, and function, and compare intensive and natural re-vegetation methods.

Dave received his B.S. in Environmental Studies from George Washington University (DC) in 2000. He
worked summers at a small wetlands consulting and restoration firm as a field and nursery assistant, and later as a wetland scientist and crew leader. Since 2004 Dave has worked at Fort Indiantown Gap for the Wildlife Office, where he is currently the Assistant Wildlife Program Manager. His fields of study include botany, herpetology, management and restoration ecology, military ecology, and rare species conservation (Allegheny woodrat, regal fritillary butterfly, striped gentian, etc.). He is the current Vice President of the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association, a national group of military lands managers and conservationists.

7:00pm at the North Museum in Lancaster PA

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