Explore More about working landscapes by checking out these Web links. Remember to keep in mind who the sponsors of these Web sites are and what their interests might be.

All sites organized by working landscape issues.

Agriculture
Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies
Working Farm Landscapes explores working landscape issues that relate to farms. Sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, this site pulls together online resources from many different sources. Expect some difficult, but worthwhile information.

Economic Development
Agroforestry Opportunities
The University of Minnesota provides some ways to use forestry on the farm.

The Office of Surface Mining
This is a slideshow of how former mines that have been reclaimed.

Government's Presence
CNN
"'Crown Jewels' of U.S. Parks Endangered." What is allowed in the National Park Service system? Are all parks given the same treatment? This article explores issues surrounding the parks.

National Park Conservation Association
This organization lists ten parks in the U.S. that are endangered. Find out why.

Reston Association (RA)
This association is made up of property owners or renters of residential in a housing association in Reston, Virginia. The RA is "responsible for maintenance and environmental protection of 1,100 acres of open space; educational and recreational programming; the administration of the covenants related to the design and maintenance of property in Reston; and issues which promote the peace, health, comfort, safety and general welfare of its members." This link takes you to the page of covenants that govern single family residences. Included are regulations on fences, dog houses, security lighting, handicap accessibility, and much More You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the covenants.

The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
This organization works to protect, preserve, and enhance Iowa's natural resources. One of the ways it accomplishes these goals is through conservation easements. This link takes you to a list of options available to landowners who wish to protect their land for future generations.

Is a Working Landscape Desirable?
University of Minnesota, Extension Service
These pages look at the relationship between Minnesotans and their land. Many topics relate directly to working landscapes.

Wild Places
Scientific American Frontiers has a whole site dedicated to wild places. Learn about biodiversity from the man who coined the term. Or read how prairies and bison are related.

Loess Hills In-Depth
Prairie Frontier
Interested in the kinds of flowers and grasses native to prairies? This online catalog has great pictures and information.

Iowa Prairies Splendor in the Grass
Gary Tonhouse has put together an amazing photo gallery. You will be amazed by the wildlife and plants. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Museum in the Classroom Project: Prairie Animals
Sponsored by Holmes Middle School and Chicago Academy of Sciences, this site looks at prairie organisms that are threatened, endangered, extirpated, and extinct. Aren't familiar with those terms? This site explains it.

Iowa State University, Department of Agriculture
Learn about trees that are native to Iowa.

Department of Natural Resources
Learn about the 148 fishes that are found in Iowa.

Iowa Prairie Network (IPN)
The IPN's mission is to facilitate the learning, teaching, enjoyment and protection of Iowa's prairie heritage. Includes information on where Iowa's remnant prairies are located.

Louisiana Loess Fossils and Loess
Loess deposits can be found all over the world. Paul V. Heinrich's personal Web site looks at archeology in Louisiana. Check out his Loess Fossils page for information on loess fossils in Louisiana.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS)
This online publication from the USGS looks at the geology of the Loess Hills. It contains infrared images, diagrams, and information about erosion and other issues troubling the area.

Natural Resources
Iowa DNR Energy and Geological Resources Division
Visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Energy and Geological Resources Division for information on Iowa's Geology and natural resources. Be sure to check out their Browse Area featuring links to information, photographs, and maps related to Loess Hills geology , national status, erosion and more!

Agroforestry Opportunities
The University of Minnesota provides some ways to use forestry on the farm.

The Office of Surface Mining
This is a slideshow of how former mines that have been reclaimed.

Iowa Herpetology
This site lists the reptiles and amphibians you'll find in Iowa.

Scientific American Frontiers
Explore"Wild Places." This Web site covers a wide range of topics including finding space for bison, endangered animal species, and Boston Harbor's efforts to clean the water.

Neighbor Versus Neighbor
DNR
The Water Quality division of the Iowa DNR is responsible for water quality within the state. Animal Feeding Operations (cattle and hog lots) are under great debate. This site provides the regulations for these operations.

Public Versus Private Ownership
Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
"The department's mission is to manage, protect, conserve, and develop Iowa's natural resources in cooperation with other public and private organizations and individuals, so that the quality of life for Iowans is significantly enhanced by the use, enjoyment and understanding of those resources."

Iowa Division of Forests and Prairies (Iowa DNR)
See the kinds of programs the DNR provides rural land owners.

Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Research the animals of the tallgrass prairie. This wildlife refuge in Iowa is the largest reconstructed tallgrass prairie in the United States.

The National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation, the nation's largest member supported conservation group, provides information on endangered species, water quality, and wetland conservation. These are issues that affect working landscapes. The site includes "Saving our Watersheds: A Field Guide to Watershed Restoration."

New Jersey Land Use Regulation Program
New Jersey looks at its needs for wetlands when developing land. This site explains the Freshwater Wetlands Program and explains what the land developers needs to know before changes can be made to their land.

Saskatchewan Naturally
"The Rice River Paradox" is a story that appeared in Saskatchewan Naturally, a magazine out of Saskatchewan, Canada. This article looks at the role of the Rice River and whether it fits into a working landscape because of the special qualities it has for the environment.

CERP
The Florida Everglades is a unique wetland environment. It exists nowhere else in the world. The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) is a project that is looking to fix some of the problems that the Florida Everglades is experiencing. This site gives you an in-depth look at the CERP, the Everglades, and related issues.

Tourism
Waubonsie State Park
This park sits in the Loess Hills. See what's available and site describes the Waubonsie State Park and even provides a map.

The National Scenic Byways Program
Under the National Scenic Byways Program, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads based on their archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. There are 72 such designated byways in 32 states. Iowa The Loess Hills Scenic Byway is one of two in Iowa.

Loess Hills Hospitality Association
This group promotes tourism in the Loess Hills. They offer bus tours, suggestions of places to visit, and a history of the area.

Environmental Protection Agency
Pollution Prevention and Environmental Impact Reduction Checklist for Recreation and Tourism. This site looks at how tourism and recreation affect the environment.

Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)
This store provides all kinds of recreational equipment that people might choose to use in a working landscape, from camping gear to canoes.

World Tourism Organization (WTO)
The WTO is a global tourism organization that has proclaimed 2002 the International Year of Ecotourism. Search this site for a global perspective of what ecotourism is all about.

Urban Sprawl
National Geographic Earthpulse
An online exploration into urban sprawl and a "new urbanist" neighborhood. Requires Flash.

Planned Land Use
Oregon has been working on "planned growth" since 1973. Research the planning goals and other related topics.

 

 

 

 


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