Research and Education

Research in the Mianus River

A living laboratory…

Mianus River Gorge (MRG) was founded in 1954 by a group of conservationists and natural scientists who recognized the unique value of our old-growth hemlock forest and its tremendous biodiversity. The early founders protected our land as a living laboratory to develop sound land and watershed management strategies.

Drawing on our scientific tradition, the Gorge has developed three innovative, interrelated  research-based education programs to address real-world conservation problems brought on by urbanization. Students engaged in these programs work together to create a rich scientific learning community tasked with developing a better understanding of our local ecology through multi-year collaborative studies.

In addition to our various student-based research projects, MRG staff scientists are involved in a number of on-site research studies, often in conjunction with other research and academic institutions. These studies all focus to some extent on applied ecology and forest management.

The mission of Mianus River Gorge, an independent, not-for-profit organization, is to preserve, protect and promote appreciation of the natural heritage of the Mianus River watershed through land acquisition and conservation, scientific research and public education throughout the region.
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