Title page for ETD etd-04132005-095244

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Peebles, Helen A.
URN etd-04132005-095244
Title Master Planning Communities with Wildlife in Mind
Degree Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.)
Department Landscape Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bruce G. Sharky Committee Chair
Charles Fryling, Jr. Committee Member
Sadik C. Artunc Committee Member
  • infiltration trench
  • forest fire
  • native plants
  • connecting wildlife habitat patches
  • clustering houses
  • creating wildlife habitat patches
  • remnant habitat patches
  • wildlife habitat patches
  • traditional neighborhood development
  • walkable communities
  • rain garden
  • riparian corridor
  • greenway
  • parking lot
  • permaculture
  • green roof
  • water purity
  • lawn
  • reconciliation ecology
  • backyard habitat
Date of Defense 2005-01-27
Availability unrestricted
Master-planned communities can be designed for the protection of wildlife while providing an aesthetically pleasing, eco-friendly, and affordable community for people. This study was conceived from a background of academic studies in plant biology, forestry, and landscape architecture, and a desire to rescue wildlife habitat from the encroachment of urban sprawl. A variety of books and periodicals were consulted, along with a few web sites. The primary threats to wildlife habitat are habitat fragmentation, pollution, and exotic invasive species of plants, animals, insects, and diseases. Many aspects of planning are addressed, including wildlife corridors, site selection, connecting habitat patches, and stormwater management. With careful planning, new communities can incorporate the principles of sustainable design, building inside nature’s envelope, green infrastructure, new urbanism, and Smart Growth to protect and preserve wildlife habitat.
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