Title page for ETD etd-0411102-155836

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Watton, Jason R
URN etd-0411102-155836
Title Improving the Design of Golf Course Communities as Wildlife Habitats
Degree Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.)
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Sadik Artunc Committee Chair
Kevin Risk Committee Member
Michael Chamberlain Committee Member
  • wildlife
  • golf course design
  • golf course
Date of Defense 2002-03-26
Availability unrestricted
Golf course community developments present a unique opportunity to preserve and create wildlife habitat. Golf course management and development industries have become particularly cognizant of their environmental responsibilities in recent times and are responsive to new research. The specific focus of this thesis research is to provide guidance and encouragement for landscape architects designing wildlife habitat areas within golf course community developments. Specifically, I analyze the size, shape, and orientation of a selected number of wildlife habitat areas within the unique context of golf course community land usage. My hypothesis is that the spatial characteristics of a habitat area influence the resulting wildlife habitation. Therefore, designers can influence the habitation of designated wildlife habitat through design decisions. This thesis produces a set of guidelines for the design of wildlife habitat areas within golf course communities in addition to substantiating the importance of incorporating wildlife habitat within large-scale developments, especially golf course communities.
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