June 17, 2023
These neighbroing pools were restored in 2010. Prior to restoration, the basins were found to hold water briefly in the spring, but they drained quickly and did not hold water long enough for the local frogs and salamanders to use it for breeding and development of their young. Soil core samples showed that there was not enough clay in the soil to hold the water that accumulated there from rain and snow melt. However, we did encounter a high water table near the surface. Restoration of these pools involved simply deepening the basin to reconnect the basin with the water table. Read more in this poster about the Ground Water Technique . Photos submitted to Chronolog help us document how this restored wetland matures over time, and how it is changing with our changing climate. Learn more about seasonal wetlands at Vernal Pools of Pennsylvania , and learn more about wetland restoration in this Vernal Pool Wetland Restoration Webinar.
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