Memorial Park Environmental History
Students at UW-Platteville, through class projects in advanded biogeography courses and independent research, combined tree-ring data, historical records, repeat photography, and GIS analyses to develop a multi-proxy environmental history of the 70-acre Memorial Park, a green space on campus. The students collaborated closely with grounds managers and faculty from the Department of Reclamation and Environmental Restoration to inform the development of an oak savanna restoration project and then worked to assess changes in forest structure and composition following an EF-2 tornado in 2014.
Funding sources: UW-Platteville PACCE program
- A project website: https://www.uwplatt.edu/memorial-park
- Tornado report: The Future of UW-Platteville’s Memorial Park. Produced by Tyler Ensrude, UW-Platteville. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFy-VH3KqYE
Presentations (* indicates undergraduate student)
- Jessica Kleckner* and Evan R. Larson. 2015. Historical ecology of an oak savanna in Memorial Park on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 20–25, Chicago, Illinois.
- Kyle Alvis*, Jason Blatz*, Gabriel Brownell*, Matthew Comparone*, Joshua Delveaux*, Martha Green*, Ben Mathhys*, and Evan R. Larson. 2014. Memorial Park Historical Land Cover Analysis. University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement (PACCE) Poster Day, April 23, Platteville, Wisconsin.
- Kyle Alvis*, Jason Blatz*, Gabriel Brownell*, Matthew Comparone*, Joshua Delveaux*, Martha Green*, Ben Mathhys*, and Evan R. Larson. 2014. Memorial Park project progress report. UW-Platteville Geise Facilities building, March 13, Platteville, Wisconsin.