Ecological Planning and Design Along the American River Parkway
Monday, August 11, 2014: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
J Street Entrance, Sacramento Convention Center
Alexander J. Felson, Yale University
Applied ecological research holds great potential for informing the design and management of human modified landscapes. Yet, ecologists traditionally have focused environmental research on sites with limited human influences. Most scientific disciplines have historically ignored the value of design approaches for exploring solutions to environmental problems. The current integration of research into designed and built work remains limited. Improving the quantity and quality of ecological research on managed systems is critical. Given that sustainable design and development is a quickly growing practice within multiple disciplines, it is crucial that ecologists communicate current principles and novel strategies to inform urbanization and improve the ecological function of cities.
Neal M. Williams, University of California; and
Mary L. Cadenasso, University of California, Davis
In this Field Trip we will explore the American River Parkway as a case study for employing ecological principles into the design of landscapes to perform ecosystem services. The Parkway will cater to the site’s ecological integrity while also recognizing maintenance constraints and competing factors, including demands for recreation along the Parkway. Through a dialogue with designers and ecologists, we will explore criteria for research experiments as part of the ARP design and the potential for experimental interventions to function for education.
This field trip is part of the 2014 Earth Stewardship Initiative.
For more information visit www.EarthStewardshipESA2014.com
Registration Fee: $48
Equipment and Attire: Field clothing, comfortable shoes and a hat
Itinerary: 1. 8:00 AM Leave Convention Center for AMERICAN RIVER PARKWAY TO ARRIVE AT 8.
2. 8:30- 1 WALK ALONG ARP TO SELECTED SITES
3. 1:10 PM RETURN TO THE CONVENTION CENTER.