Environmental Reclamation Artist Angelo Ciotti
The Wingfield Pines Project
Wingfield Pines, Large Image

Wingfield Pines, Chartiers Creek, Alleghency County, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006-

Wingfield Pines project is a comprehensive design masterplan and ecological rehabilitation plan for an 80-acre strip-mined floodplan on Chartiers Creek in Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA. The client, the Allegheny Land Trust (ALT), seeks to recreate this site --called Wingfield Pines-- as a regional showcase for ecological rehabilitation and environmental education. A collaboration between Roy Kraynyk,director Allegheny land trusts, School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Hein Environmental Engineering, and artist Angelo Ciotti.

We visited this site on five separate occasions between January 2006 and April 2007 during which we mapped topography, measured slopes and site layout, evaluated existing vegetation, conducted a sites features inventory, studied aesthetics and viewsheds, and took numerous photographs. We conducted a public survey of visitors impressions and use patterns following a preliminary design presentation and public meeting. We maintained regular contact with ALT and many other experts and stakeholders as we developed multiple design scenarios for the site and its long term rehabilitation and management.