Priorities & Projects

Research

American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) Reintroduction - In partnership with the American Chestnut Foundation, students address the question of how to re-establish this once dominant tree to local forests.

Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium vivineum)  - One of several invasive alien species managed by ICNL Staff members and community volunteers.  Students and faculty map stiltgrass annually to assess the effectiveness of herbicide and manual removal.  

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

Forest-Stream-Fish - Ecological research examining the relationships between Eastern hemlock trees (Tsuga canadensis), surface water quality, and habitat suitability for fish at the Robinson Family Preserve.

Wildlife Survey and Tracking - Students and faculty deploy motion-sensing 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 overbrowsing.

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.