Management Priorities & Projects

Research

American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) Reintroduction - In partnership with the American Chestnut Foundation, ICNL Staff are monitoring new plantings of these once dominant trees.

Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vivineum)  - One of several invasive species managed by ICNL Staff members and community volunteers.  Stiltgrass is mapped and monitored to measure the effectiveness of herbicide spraying and manual removal.  

Red Flag Monitoring - ICNL Staff members collect data at monthly intervals on surface water quality (pH, total hardness, conductivity, temperature, and dissolved oxygen) for the Community Science Institute.

Forest, Stream, & Fish - An ecological research project examines the relationships between Eastern hemlock trees (Tsuga canadensis), water quality, and habitat suitability for native fish spawning at the Robinson Preserve.

Wildlife Survey and Tracking - Students and faculty deploy motion-sensor camera traps and use tracking techniques to survey wildlife on ICNL reserves. 

White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Impacts - Fenced exclosures in South Hill Natural Area East enable monitoring of forest understory regeneration in the absence of deer .

Repeat Photography - South Hill Natural Area West is the site of a new long-term landscape monitoring project based on precise photography captured at seasonal intervals.