Centennial Woods is one of the most pristine and natural places near my home in Burlington. The Woods contains a very intricate system of ecosystems and array of trails for visitors to observe their surroundings. I particularly chose the Pine forest because of how the history of the landscape contributed to the modern ecological processes there. The former pine plantation on the Centennial Woods grounds caused smaller deciduous plants to grow in the understory while pines dominated the overstory. This creates a interesting dynamic of light in the forest.
I also chose Centennial Woods because of the characteristics of the geology. It is interesting to study the soil composition of conifer-dominated areas because of the acidity produced by the needles. The low pH changes what species can thrive in the stand and demonstrates the need for soil monitoring to ensure succession over time.