LWLA designer Rebecca Kagle, affiliate ASLA, presented at the New York Botanical Garden as part of a workshop on February 20, 2013.

Her presentation, “Restoring the Urban Woodland: Wissahickon Valley Park,” discussed LWLA restoration work in Philadelphia’s famed Wissahickon Valley Park, an 1,800-acre wooded park that like so many urban parks today faces considerable challenges to restoration work, from invasive plants to intensive deer browse to heavy public use.

Rebecca detailed how LWLA restoration specifications (which were part of the Park’s Sustainable Trails Initiative project), emphasized site stabilization, planting techniques appropriate to a high use park trail, and methods that could be easily performed by a diversity of personnel from volunteers to contractors.