Electronic Field Guide » Ecological Concepts

In this section, we provide an introductory overview of ecological concepts pertinent to Marcellus shale infrastructure development.  These concepts can help those involved in land management decision making achieve better understanding of landscape management effects on broader ecosystems. 
 
As Pennsylvania experiences Marcellus shale-related development, it is important for individuals to not only consider the effect of a specific piece of infrastructure on a property (a freshwater holding pond, for example), but also the larger effect that cumulative development will have.  Given that Pennsylvania is facing Marcellus development largely on private land, decisions by individuals as a collective have a significant potential to make a lasting difference on the state’s resources.  Ecosystem science can help not only in adjusting infrastructure placement, but also in landscape restoration.