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A New Way of Seeing the Landscape:
Tools for Helping Engineers and Licensed Designers Develop with Natural Resources In Mind
December 8th, 2015
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier
Approved for 2 non-soil credits for licensed designers
About the course
Civil engineers and licensed designers are key players in land development, providing advice to their clients that can influence how land is subdivided, developed, and managed in Vermont. These decisions create the built and natural landscapes that characterize the identity of the state.
Much of Vermont’s economy – including real estate, second home development, tourism, working lands, and recreation – is built on this brand and relies on a high-quality landscape. Part of what contributes to a high quality landscape are healthy watersheds, intact and productive forests, and wildlife habitat.
Given the importance of an intact, scenic, and healthy landscape to Vermont, this workshop-style training will focus on developing with natural resources in mind. It will provide engineers and licensed designers with background information and strategies for a) including natural resources in discussions with landowners; b) maintaining viable working forests; (c) promoting strategic site design for natural resource conservation; (d) reducing forest and habitat fragmentation; and e) encouraging options for forestland management and conservation during the land development process.