In Big Win For Big Cats, China Approves National Park Larger Than Yellowstone

The park will be home to two of the world’s most endangered big cats.


In yet another example of a “green revolution” in the country, Chinese officials have approved plans to establish a sprawling national park in the northeastern corner of the country. It will be a sanctuary for two cats endemic to the area that have dangled dangerously close to extinction: the Amur leopard and the Siberian tiger, also known as the Amur tiger.

The park in the provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang will be part of China’s brand-new national park system and will span 5,600 square miles — an area 60 percent larger than Yellowstone National Park. A comprehensive plan and pilot for the park is expected to be rolled out before 2020.

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Effects of Drought on Recreation and Wilderness, March 22, 2017

This webinar will explore how researchers, resource managers, and industry professionals are assessing and addressing the impacts of drought on recreation and Wilderness opportunities and experiences.

Note: Offering of continuing education credits are contingent upon approval by the respective accrediting organizations.

Connection Information:

Audio Conference Line: 1-877-369-5243; Access Code: 0353212#
WO Meeting Room: Civilian Conservation Corps (PNW04)
Questions? Contact Lois Ziemann,





Moderator – Matt Arnn, (US Forest Service, Chief Landscape Architect)
2:00 Introduction – Sue Spear, US Forest Service, Director of Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers
2:05 Assessing Vulnerability to Drought of Recreation in National Forests – Michael Hand,
Research Forester, Rocky Mountain Research Station
2:20 How the Spatial and Temporal Availability of Freshwater Affects Outdoor Recreation in the
High Deserts of the Intermountain West, USA
– Jordan Smith, Director, Institute of Outdoor
Recreation and Tourism, Utah State University
2:35 Recreation Impacts to Forest Service Wilderness Areas: the Effects of Urbanization and
Drought (2010-2060) – Rebecca Rasch, US Forest Service, Region 1 Social Scientist
2:45 Questions and Answers
2:55 Drought and the Ski Industry – Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, White River NF; Rick
Cables (Vice President for Natural Resources and Conservation – Vail Resorts)
3:05 Adapting Recreation to a Changing Climate – Nancy Brunswick, US Forest Service, Region 4
Regional Landscape Architect
3:15 Questions and Answers
3:25 Concluding Remarks – Joe Meade ( US Forest Service, Director of Recreation, Heritage, and
Volunteer Services)
3:30 Adjourn

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What Happens When a Massive Redwood Tree Falls

With winter storms buffeting the Bay Area, about 10 to 12 towering coast redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument have toppled during the last two months, according to trail crew members in the Golden Gate National Parks.

“We’ve been responding to fallen trees a couple times per week, I’d say,” says Corbett Robinson, a trails maintenance supervisor with the National Park Service (NPS). “That’s been going on all winter—or at least when the heavy rains started.”

Wind, soil saturation and destabilization, the rerouting of Redwood Creek (which runs through Muir Woods), and fire are all suspects when trees topple in the national monument.

Some Douglas firs and California bay laurels certainly have succumbed to the stormy winter weather. But what happens when a coast redwood—the tallest living thing on the planet—comes crashing down?

“There’s often the distinct sound of cracking and crashing—and a redwood takes a long time to fall because the canyon is narrow,” says Mia Monroe, community liaison in Marin County for NPS. “If a tree falls, other trees catch it, and sometimes it breaks off other branches, and sometimes it skidders and scratches its way down the bark of other trees—and sometimes it takes other trees down. So it’s really a redwood symphony out there of creaks and groans, cracks and sharp thuds, and it’s very, very dramatic.”

After more than 35 years on the job, this awesome scene doesn’t unnerve Monroe. In fact, she considers it a privilege to experience a storm in the famous redwood grove.

“I can see why one of John Muir’s goals was to be in a forest during a winter storm, to hear the trees not only sway and creak, but also [to witness] branches and trees falling,” Monroe explains.

You can get a nine-second glimpse at the epic thuds a falling redwood makes on NPS’ website.


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Crissy Promenade Repairs Slated to Begin in March

With more than 1.2 million annual visitors every year, the Crissy Field Promenade has become a must-visit San Francisco icon for tourists and a favorite recreational destination for locals. Urban hikers, weekend cyclists, and running enthusiasts all share their love of the outdoors at Crissy Field.

Connecting East Beach, Crissy Marsh, Crissy Airfield, and West Bluff, the 1.5-mile-long promenade is a small but spectacular portion of the 500-mile San Francisco Bay Trail. A beloved route in the Golden Gate National Parks along San Francisco’s northern waterfront, the promenade boasts unparalleled views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and city skyline.


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From Picasso to Noguchi, 11 Artists Who Designed Spectacular Playgrounds

Playgrounds as we know them today can be traced back to the sand gardens of late 19th-century Germany, which resemble what we now know as sandboxes. But it wasn’t until the 1940s that urban planners and landscape designers across Europe broke from that restrictive holding-pen style, in favor of experimenting with what they called “adventure playgrounds.” These new models were meant to foster problem-solving and collaboration. Playgrounds, they argued, could become neighborhood hubs and contribute to the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of children. And they were right.

As new playground commissions emerged in cities around the world, artists began to set their sights on these spaces, as vehicles to inspire creativity and curiosity in children—though also as outlets for their own imaginations. From Jean Dubuffet’s whimsical garden in the Netherlands to Benjamin Dominguez’s “monster park” in Southern California, here are 11 of the most innovative and inspiring playgrounds designed by artists.


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New MLA Program at the University of Cincinnati

=The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati is launching its new Landscape Architecture program this year, focusing on graduate study with four options.

The MLA I First Professional degree is 80 credits for six consecutive semesters, including one international or domestic co-op experience. This program will seek LAAB accreditation.

The MLA IIA Post Professional degree is 49 credits for five consecutive semesters, including two international or domestic co-op experiences. The MLA IIA program will emphasize the study of critical practice and the business of design with an optional Graduate Certificate in Business.

The MLA IIB Post Professional degree is 49 credits for four consecutive semesters, including one international or domestic co-op experience. The MLA IIB program will emphasize interdisciplinary practice in fields within DAAP such as fine art, industrial design, architecture, and urban design.

There is also an option to complete dual Masters in Community Planning and MLA degrees. For more information, please contact Virginia Russell, FASLA, and visit the MLA website. If you are interested in participating in the Cooperative Education program with the UC Division of Professional Practice, please contact Fred Lutt, ASLA.

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Fired up for February! Marin Park Stewardship’s February 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

February is firing up to be an exciting month, as we will be finishing up our planting season!  The Marin Park Stewardship team has been discussing the role of fire in ecosystems and in managing our parks, and we hope this newsletter can shed some light on these topics. Marin Park Stewardship is sending you warmth as we get through this rainy winter season!


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