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Projects include:

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The Clearing, Historic Cultural Landscape, Northern Door:

Design and implementation in a historic cultural landscape that reconsiders changing site conditions and responds to original landscape architect (Jens Jensen)'s sketches and ideas. An ongoing, multi-year project, 2011 to present.

2016 Plans
2016 plans, Lodge Meadow and East Meadow

Lodge Garden design
2011-2012 plan, Lodge/kitchen garden

2016 Details of Lodge terrace and meadow

2014 Details
2014-2015 plans, arrival sequence

Lodge meadow, before
Lodge meadow, before (well, during years of invasive exotic species control)

Lodge meadow, during
Lodge meadow, during

Lodge meadow, 02 July 2016
Lodge meadow, 02 July 2016

Lodge Garden, during: historic stonework restoration
Lodge Garden, during: historic stonework restoration
Lodge Garden, after: Coherence in the garden
Lodge Garden, after: Coherence in the garden
Arrival Sequence, before
Arrival Sequence, before

Arrival Sequence, during
Arrival Sequence, during
Arrival Sequence, after
Arrival Sequence, after
Arrival Sequence, after: Arrival draws you in
Arrival Sequence, after: Arrival draws you in

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Public Preserve, Western New York:

With Darrel Morrison, developing plans for the new 30-acre Stella Niagara Preserve along the Niagara River in Western New York.

Congratulations to the Western New York Land Conservancy and Make Communities for the 2016 WNY APA Public Outreach Award for the Stella Niagara Preserve Vision Plan, which includes our work.

Woody species survey and tree plan
Woody species survey and tree plan

Trail circulation and grading plan
Trail circulation and grading plan

Stella Niagara Preserve - implementation zones
2016 and 2017 implementation phasing plan

Sketch 1
Sketch 1
Sketch 3
Sketch 3
Sketch 5
Sketch 5

Buffalo News: Stella Niagara Preserve plan calls for network of nature paths, improved habitats

WNY Land Conservancy to Enhance Stella Niagara Preserve

Plan of work, spring 2016
Plan of work, spring 2016
Stella Niagara Preserve - Site Plan
Overall Site Plan, January 2016
Stella Niagara Preserve - Communities
Planned restored plant communities

Reviewing plan
Darrel and Nancy, reviewing plans, April 2016
Marking trails
Getting the trail curves and vistas just right
Staking and marking
Locating trees and shrubs, patterns and drifts

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Educational Center, Southeastern Wisconsin:

Developed site plan alternatives (three) for the Eco-Justice Center, considering expanded educational programming, facilities, and sustainable living principles. Planned and conducted brainstorming charrette with board members and staff.

Eco-Justice Center Plan
Eco-Justice Center Plan
EJC Plan Alternative 1

EJC Charrette
Board and staff brainstorm in teams. The process increases both creativity and consensus.
EJC Charrette
Teams were guided by us to first consider site context, then spatial organization at closer scale
EJC Charrette
Reviews prompt new ideas

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Marsin Nature Retreat, Keweenaw Land Trust:

Site planning and land management planning, including framework notes, with over-arching guidance to keep in mind in planning site work, whether for programmatic needs or focused on ecology and restoration; annotated restoration zones; project patterns. Conducted charrette with twenty members of the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative.

Annotated site plan with restoration zones and project patterns
Annotated site plan with restoration zones and project patterns

Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) members, designing (Nancy at upper right)
Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) members, designing (Nancy at upper right)

One of four charrette teams at work
One of four charrette teams at work

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Writing Center, Door County:

Site/landscape plan for Write On Door County, in collaboration with The Kubala Washatko Architects.

WriteOn detail

Site/landscape plan, close view
Site/landscape plan, close view

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Public Preserve, Northern Door:

At a public landscape, plans for step-wise restoration interventions that can accommodate limited resources, while gracefully improving the habitat and the human experience.  This is a long-term, incremental, ongoing project.

 

Restoration Interventions
Restoration Interventions

July 2016
July 2016
July 2016
July 2016
July 2016
July 2016

Wetland planting progress, September 2015
Wetland planting progress, September 2015
Wet-mesic meadow progress, September 2015
Wet-mesic meadow progress, September 2015
Meadow progress, weeding, 2015
Meadow progress, weeding, 2015

Wetland enhancement planting, plugs and seed
Wetland enhancement planting, plugs & seed (2014)
Planting sedges
Planting sedges (2014)
Expanding the wild habitat
Expanding the wild habitat (fall 2014)

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Fiddlehead Gardens, Kenosha:

Plan of 2012-2015 restoration steps and contextual zones as part of long-range plan. This is an ongoing, multi-year project. See more about the project:

Project plans, activities and updates

GLO survey overlay map
GLO survey overlay map

2016 phases
2016 phases

Fiddlehead stream year one
Before!

Fiddlehead stream year three
After... so far (year three, 2014)

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Bay Shore Blufflands, Door:

In our second decade of ecological restoration planning and implementation, land stewardship, citizen science, and conservation master planning. See more about the project:

Project plans, activities and updates

Dan with survey team, 2014
Dan with survey team, 2014

Bay Shore Blufflands, Context

Bay Shore Blufflands, land use

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Arboretum concept plan

Rotary Centennial Arboretum, Milwaukee:

Concept Plan for 40-acre native plant community arboretum (left, and detail with grading plan in post-industrial zone, below)

Arboretum concept plan, detail

Arboretum early sketch, Aten
Early conceptual sketch, Aten

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Participatory Restoration

Amplified Participatory Restoration:

Conference poster that summarizes our ideas of Amplified Participatory Restoration.  Presented at 2012 Wisconsin Wetlands conference and Society for Ecological Restoration - Midwest Great Lakes conference.

Download poster

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Historic land survey overlay

Analysis

Scale model of site

Menomonee Valley Landscape Restoration, Milwaukee:

Landscapes of Place receives 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for this project.

Air-line Yards in the Menomonee Valley provides tremendous opportunity for an idea that has emerged with much time, conversations, inspiring partners and eager neighborhoods: to make a significant wild place in this valley, healing land and healing community. The overarching goal: to transform the irreversibly altered land and hydrologic conditions to a mosaic of biodiverse landscapes, including forest, prairie, and ephemeral wetland, native to Milwaukee and ecologically appropriate for new conditions, with systemic and meaningful engagement of the community. Guided throughout by the Society for Ecological Restoration’s planning framework, the project refined goals as follows: (1) Ecological Function, (2) Learning, (3) Intrinsic Value of Nature, (4) Wildness, and (5) Delight.

The Urban Ecology Center, a nationally-recognized environmental education and citizen science facility in Milwaukee, agreed to establish their third facility on the site. Their involvement is key to this plan, in the evolution of the project goals to fully support their work with neighborhood schools, but also the concept of “education that is participatory in large-scale environmental restoration”.

The plan enumerates trajectories to establish prairie, oak savanna, and eventual forest as long-term goals. It describes innovative methods to achieve un-compacted soil structure and micro-topographic variability. The plan gives thorough descriptions of nine community types with 478 native species, which are viable ecologically, available, and manageable (for example, an initial seeding of 73 species in mesic prairie, with an eventual goal of 110). Within habitat types, character and species of visual essence are described, and the role of the landscape architect on-site in developing species patterns. Novel native plant assemblages are used in the flashy-river-influenced and stormwater-influenced areas to respond to those conditions effectively. Provision for layered, textured, coherent species patterns is made to enrich the interaction of people and landscape. The plan incorporates flexibility, phasing, and a blending of contracted and community labor.

In the domain of urban ecology, this project impacts both ‘urban’ and ‘ecology’. It embeds a wild and healthy place along a still-resilient river in the city, accessible only by walking or biking, big enough to surround you with nature, and without designed structure that can draw attention from the real art... that of life. Ecological restoration values the next-door as well as the far-away. Design plays a strong role in restoration within the fabric of cities, in our next-door places, working out how to strengthen the relationships of people with nature to the sustained benefit of both.

25-acre restoration plan with multi-year phasing
25-acre restoration plan with multi-year phasing

Model of habitat mosaic and topography, in context
Model of habitat mosaic and topography, in context

Photo Documentation

Menomonee Valley Restoration Photo Documentation

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Visually documenting progress and participation in the landscapes under restoration in the Menomonee Valley. Albums are arranged in reverse chronological order (most recent first), and inserted in the chronology are a few "sequence" albums of repeat photography over years. Albums date from the present back to 2002.

Valley ephemeral art installation

Thanks Giving, Milwaukee Journal Art City post, November 2009

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Modernist residential landscape, Milwaukee area:

Detail, native landscape plan
Detail, planting plan, Milwaukee

Plant species associations
Plant species associations, native landscape plan, Milwaukee
Detail, native landscape plan
Detail, concept plan, Milwaukee
   

Landscapes of Place TM / Milwaukee Area and Door Peninsula, Wisconsin