Northern Star Dairy Farm: A Case Study of Ecological Change in Trappe, Pennsylvania
ENV-366 Ecological Change in Historical Perspective
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Throughout the last 125 years, anthropogenic ecological change has occurred swiftly and dramatically on a local scale in the United States as well as similarly across the globe. Specifically in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the majority of change has been in a shift from a rain-fed agricultural landscape to one of mixed settlement, in which smaller patches of agriculture are intertwined with suburban tract-housing developments, commercial and industrial complexes, and non-agricultural open spaces, such as parks. Our study, focusing on Trappe, Pennsylvania in Montgomery County, provides a detailed and extensive example of this type of change, as well as provides insight into the social and environmental factors that led to such change. This Story Map utilizes oral histories, archival documents and geospatial data to tell the story of these changes to the local community.
Trappe, Northern Star Dairy Farm, residential development, housing, open space, agriculture, suburbanization, Waterworks Park, Farmland Preservation Program
Agriculture | Environmental Studies | Forest Management | Geographic Information Sciences | Urban Studies and Planning
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Moses, Madison; Heimbaugh, Jacob; Bailey, Alexandra M.; Cammarano, Joey; Schuetz, Fred; and Wismer, Matthew, "Northern Star Dairy Farm: A Case Study of Ecological Change in Trappe, Pennsylvania" (2019). Landscape Ethnographies of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 3.