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Annette Hacker, director,
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Office: (515) 294-4777

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Julia Badenhope, Landscape Architecture, (515) 294-3007

Sandra Oberbroeckling, Landscape Architecture, (515) 294-3721

Pam Helfer, Trees Forever, (800) 369-1269

Teddi Barron, News Service, (515) 294-4778

2006 visioning program communities selected

AMES, Iowa--Twelve Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2006.

The visioning program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape.

The 2006 visioning communities are: Algona, Aplington, Auburn, Elma, Galva, Lime Springs, Lone Tree, Northwood, Readlyn, West Okoboji, West Point and West Union.

The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Landscape Architecture Extension and Trees Forever, an Iowa-based nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. In addition, professional landscape architects offer expertise in creating conceptual design plans for the communities.

To qualify for the visioning program, communities must have a population of fewer than 10,000, existing transportation-related issues and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process.

Since 1996, 113 Iowa communities have benefited from the visioning program.

In October, the visioning program was named the 2005 Outstanding Program by the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association.

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Algona, Aplington, Auburn, Elma, Galva, Lime Springs, Lone Tree, Northwood, Readlyn, West Okoboji, West Point and West Union are the 2006 visioning communities. The visioning program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape.