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Wintergreen Gorge Sustainability Master Plan

Erie, PA

The purpose of the Wintergreen Gorge Sustainability Master Plan is to inventory, analyze, evaluate, and provide implementation strategies to manage the gorge for conservation, recreation, and environmental education purposes. A key component of the plan was to understand how natural systems affects conservation and trail development. The plan addresses:

  • Stewardship and land protection, including conservation of rare species; avian, terrestrial and aquatic life habitat support; and protection of fragile terrain.
  • Stream stabilization and restoration, including upstream stormwater management.
  • Trail master plan, including transforming an existing informal trail network, which was often in conflict with conservation of natural systems, into a sustainable trail system

Pashek + MTR assisted the University in applying for and securing over $500,000 in funding for implementation of sustainable trail and trailhead improvements that were proposed in the master plan. Further, through SeaGrant Pennsylvania, a Weed Warrior program has been established by student volunteers to assist with eradication of invasive species within the gorge.