From 2009 to 2010, the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) produced management plans
and other educational materials for landowners with vernal pools on their properties. A booklet,
poster, and presentation are available online that provide information on how to recognize vernal
pools and the wildlife that use them. We also developed a series of kiosks that describe a vernal
pool wetland restoration project that was completed in 2010 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
We hope these materials help landowners care for the vernal pools on their property and encourage
educators to teach others about these fascinating wetlands.
Vernal Pool Identification and Conservation
Pennsylvania Vernal Pool Identification Guide
Pennsylvania Vernal Pools - Wild Waters of the Forest Poster (36x24 inches)
Presentation: Identification and Conservation of Vernal Pools in Pennsylvania
Notes: Identification and Conservation of Vernal Pools in Pennsylvania
Recorded Webinar: Identification and Conservation of Vernal Pools in Pennsylvania
Vernal Pool Best Management Practices
Vernal Pool Wetland Restoration
Kiosk 1: Briefly describes the wetland restoration that occurred in 2010 on The Nature Conservancy's 70-acre Forest Pools Preserve in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Kiosk 2: Explains how to choose a wetland restoration strategy and illustrates the liner technique.
Kiosk 3: Describes the ground water wetland restoration technique, and describes vernal pool conservation zones.
Kiosk 4: Describes the surface water wetland restoration technique, and lists several key best management practices for vernal pools.
Development of these educational materials was funded by two
grants awarded to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
- The Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Environmental Stewardship fund, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation
- The Landowner Incentive Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
This work was conducted in partnership with the funding agencies, the ClearWater Conservancy, and The Nature Conservancy.