STATE COLLEGE - Landscape Architect Robert Lingenfelter of Weber Murphy Fox, was elected to the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation during 2011.
The PATACF's mission is to restore the American Chestnut to the forests and woodlands of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic states. During his two-year term with the board, Robert will assist PATACF's members in accomplishing the Foundation's mission through three broad goals: Research (breeding/science), outreach (education) and operations (staff, budget, fundraising).
Lingenfelter is a Pennsylvania native who has been a member of the PATACF since 2008. He has also been involved in the Centre Region through such organizations as The State Theatre Special Events Committee and Tri-County Habitat for Humanity.
Robert obtained his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture and Masters of Landscape Architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and an Associate with WMF, a full-service regional architecture, interiors, and construction firm with offices in Erie, Cleveland, State College and Charlotte. The firm is recognized for its creative design solutions and customer-centric construction management approach. Robert's personal interests in outdoor recreation and open space stem from his childhood involvement with the outing club, alpine ski team, and more recently camping and bicycle touring on regional rails-to-trails. As a professional landscape architect, Robert deals with open space land use activities characterized by landscape features, process, and systems. As a LEED Accredited Professional, he works to promote human as well as ecological health. Robert is particularly interested in the restored American Chestnut tree's potential to enhance ecosystem services provided by built landscapes.