Landscape Resource Management

LA 562

Studio in Resource Conservation and Management

Paul F. Anderson




Course description

Developing plans and policies that feature ecological landscape description, planning, and resource conservation. Hands-on field experience with professional resource planners and managers. [from the ISU 2003-2005 Course Catalog]


Learning outcomes

A. Create awareness and understanding of landscape management issues

  1. Increase awareness of landscape history, both cultural and natural
  2. Develop skills in critical thinking and integrative thinking
  3. Describe agents of landscape change and impediments to landscape change
  4. Clearly articulate the roles of various stakeholders and methods of obtaining their input
  5. Understand the impact of technology on the landscape and in management practices
  6. Cite examples of landscape management victories and disasters
  7. Become familiar with diverse roles of landscape managers
  8. Understand potential roles of landscape architects in landscape management

B. Develop abilities to create landscape management plans and policies

  1. Review and critically evaluate existing plans and policies
  2. Understand the similarities and differences between management plans and master plans
  3. Describe past patterns and trends and their implications for the future
  4. Develop skills in critical evaluation, linking cause & effect, coping with complexity, oral and written expression)
  5. Develop site evaluation skills (field study, interviewing, visualization, GIS modeling)
  6. Develop planning skills (creative thinking, problem-solving, developing and selecting alternatives)
  7. Develop report preparation skills (organizing, researching, writing, illustrating, producing reports)
  8. Develop oral communication skills (meeting with clients, presenting to stakeholders)

C. Understand the implications of landscape management practices

  1. Know how landscape transformation and change is perceived in a variety of ways by stakeholders
  2. Justify and explain management decisions logically on the basis of research, evidence, citing work of others
  3. Predict potential effects of management decisions on systems: ecological, economic, and cultural
  4. Apply landscape management practices to meet both human needs and ecological objectives
  5. Think in terms of the continuum of landscape preservation, conservation, restoration, and development
  6. Make conceptual connections between people and people, landscapes and landscapes, people and landscapes


Course organization

Part 1  (4 weeks)
Landscape management issues and concepts. Landscape management plans, report contents and organization, managers' roles. Guest speakers, reading, discussion, reflection by writing thoughtful paragraphs, research and presentations, integrative essay questions.
Part 2  (4 weeks)
Tools for management planning.  Field study, client input, public involvement, sustainable practices, Geographic Information Systems, landscape modeling.  Guest speakers, reading, discussion, reflection by writing thoughtful paragraphs, research and presentations, hands-on exercises, integrative essay questions.dcf_nve2.jpg (152735 bytes)
Part 3  (8 weeks)
Application of management concepts and methods to a specific site.  Individual or team projects.  Field study, client contacts, public input, GIS modeling, writing and drawing, development and production of a landscape management plan report, presentation of plan to client.

Course registration details

LA 562, 2-6 credits

Spring semester: TR 8-11

Note: field trip fee charged; materials fee charged

This course is required for MLA students.  For BLA students and others, it is an LA elective.


Required text
Course pack reader....available at CopyWorks.
Selected required readings on reserve or in handouts
Arnstein, Sherry R. 1969. A ladder of citizen participation.  American Institute of Planners Journal (July): 216-224.

Bird, Elizabeth Ann, Gordon L. Bultena, and John C. Gardner. 1995. Planting the future: developing an agriculture that sustains land and community. Iowa State University Press, Ames. 276 p.

Botkin, Daniel B. 1990. Discordant harmonies: a new ecology for the twenty-first century. Oxford University Press, New York. 241 p.

Dramstad, Wenche E., James D. Olson, and Richard T.T. Forman. 1996. Landscape ecology principles in landscape architecture and land-use planning. Island Press, Washington, DC. 80 p.

Francis, Mark. 1999. A case study method for landscape architecture. Landscape Architecture Foundation, Washington, DC. 37 p.

Jarvis, Jonathan B. 2000. Mount Rainier National Park: summary of draft general management plan and environmental impact statement. US Department of Interior, National Park Service, Washington, DC. 68 p.

Johnson, Craig. 1999. Conservation Corridors Planning at the Landscape Level: Managing for Wildlife Habitat. Part 614.4. National Biology Handbook. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington, DC.
Kaplan, Rachel, Stephen Kaplan, and Robert L. Ryan. 1998. With people in mind: design and management of everyday nature. Island Press, Washington, DC. 225 p.

Karlen, D.L., S.S. Andrews, B.J. Weinhold, and J.W. Doran.  2003.  Soil quality:  Humankindís foundation for survival.  Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 58(4):171-179.

Lannoo, Michael J. 1996. Okoboji wetlands: a lesson in natural history. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City. 156 p.

Leopold, Aldo. 1949. A Sand County almanac and sketches here and there. Oxford University Press, New York. 228 p.

Letey, J., and others.  2003.  Deficiencies in the soil quality concept and its application.  Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 58(4):180-187.

Lyle, John T. 1999. Design for human ecosystems: landscape, land use, and natural resources. Island Press, Washington, DC. 279 p.

New South Wales Environment Protection Authority.  1998.  Managing Land Contamination:  Planning Guidelines, Remediation of Land.  Department of Urban Affairs and Planning.  Accessed 7 December 2002.

Page, G. William. 1997. Contaminated sites and environmental cleanup. Academic Press, San Diego. 212 p.

Ritter, Ken. 2000. National Park Service may ban personal watercraft from more areas. Associate Press, The Daily Tribune, Ames, IA. 23 December 2000.

Savory, Allan. 1999. Holistic management: a new framework for decision making. Island Press, Washington, DC. 616 p.

Savory, Allan. 2000. Welcome to the Savory Center. Allan Savory Center for Holistic Management, Albuquerque, NM. Accessed 20 December 2000.

Scott, J. Michael, Timothy H. Tear, and Frank W. Davis. 1996. Gap analysis: a landscape approach to biodiversity planning. American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Bethesda, MD. 320 p.

Smardon, Richard C. 1986. Review of agency methodology for visual project analysis. in Foundations for visual project analsysis.  Wiley, New York.  p. 141-166.

Soule, Judith D., and Jon K. Piper. 1992. Farming in natureís image: an ecological approach to agriculture. Island Press, Washington, DC. 286 p.

Thompson, J. William, and Kim Sorvig. 2000. Sustainable landscape construction. Island Press, Washington, DC. 348 p.

Wagner, Mimi. 1994. Loess Hills landscape resource study. US Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, Golden Hills RC&D, Glenwood, IA. 32 p.

Wood, Dennis. 1988. Unnatural illusions: some words about visual resource management. Landscape Journal 7(2):192-205.

Zieba, Kyle J.  1996.  What is Sustainable Development?  US Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Sustainability.  Accessed 7 December 2002.

Landscape Journal, Environmental Management, Environment and Behavior, Historic Preservation, Landscape Planning, Journal of Environmental Quality, Restoration and Management Notes and other periodicals describing landscape management.

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Last revision: 28 February 2006