UR Project: Habitat Restoration in Bud Phelps Wildlife Management Area
In the spring of 2005, Professor Craig Johnson’s LAEP 4120 (Landscape Architecture with an Emphasis) class had the opportunity to work on a habitat restoration and outdoor education plan for the Bud Phelps Wildlife Management Area (Bud Phelps WMA) west of Logan. Located along 600 South in Logan, with the Mount Naomi Wilderness to the east and Wellsville Mountains to the west, the Bud Phelps WMA is managed by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR). Its purpose is to provide recreational opportunities for the community, and to protect and conserve wildlife.
The project was designed to complement the environmental planning work being done by the UDWR Pacific Corp and the Nature Conservancy. With that in mind, the class was divided into several teams, each being responsible for a large scale landscape plan for the study area. Using GIS software to map out the site, each team prepared a detailed set of landscape restoration and habitat management guidelines. Additional software was used to develop related graphics that addressed landscape issues and habitat conservation practices. And finally, each team would prepare a full set of drawings and renderings that would encapsulate their observations and recommendations.
During the course of the project, the students examined basic principles in landscape ecology, conservation, biology, restoration ecology and wildlife management and their implications for land use planning. The importance of habitat structure and the behavior/habitat interface were observed along with techniques and implementation strategies for integrating wildlife concerns with design and development.
Real Life Experience
In addition to developing top rate material for his or her portfolio, this unique opportunity allowed each student to get a taste of what it would be like to work in a real-life private consulting firm or a government/environmental agency, on a project that would have real consequences.
The students’ final projects were used by the UDWR to prepare grant proposals and plans. As a result, the Bud Phelps WMA raised enough funds for the installation of several restoration experimental plots.
See project poster (PDF)