“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Historic Landscape Restoration

Historic Landscape Restoration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
1. Historic Landscape Restoration Marker
Inscription. In 1997 the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution began to develop a proposal at Manassas National Battlefield Park to mitigate the loss of wetlands resulting from the construction of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a National Air and Space Museum facility at Washington Dulles International Airport. The two agencies selected a heavily disturbed area here near Stuart's Hill, the site of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's headquarters during the Second Battle of Manassas in August 1862. A development company had graded nearly 125 acres for a proposed mixed-use project, but public outcry led the U.S. Congress to pass legislation in the fall of 1988, seizing the property and saving it from further development.

A 1993 study by the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design proposed restoring the land and its vegetative cover to 1860s conditions. Without funding for implementation, however, the study remained shelved for nearly a decade. Consultants for the Smithsonian used these earlier findings to refine plans for restoring the landscape and its wetlands. With funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia, restoration work began in 2003. Environmental Quality Resources, LLC, re-contoured more than 100 acres and restored drainage patters, forming about 30 acres of emergent wetlands, 15 acres of forested wetlands,
Marker Set at the Parking Lot image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
2. Marker Set at the Parking Lot
and native warm season grass meadows. The resultant project, completed in November 2003, represented a unique fusion of history and science meeting the resource management needs of both the Smithsonian and the park.
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park - Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 48.242′ N, 77° 33.125′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on William Center Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located in the picnic area parking lot in the Manassas Battlefield National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Battle of Manassas (here, next to this marker); Brownsville (approx. mile away); Confederate Counterattack (approx. 0.6 miles away); 10th New York Vol. Infantry (approx. 0.6 miles away); "The Very Vortex of Hell" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battery Heights (approx. 0.6 miles away); 5th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lucinda Dogan House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. The background of the marker includes photographs of the landscape
A Portion of the Restored Landscape image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 4, 2008
3. A Portion of the Restored Landscape
restoration process.
Also see . . .  Smithsonian Team Restores Manassas National Battlefield Park Wetlands. Details of the project. The original commercial development work from the 1980s had significantly altered the landscape, including the introduction of concrete drainage lines. The restoration project undid much of this and sought to even rebuild flattened elevations. (Submitted on June 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Environment
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 899 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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