By Paul Cawood Hellmund
How are greenways designed? What occasions leadto their genesis, and what examples most sensible illustratetheir strength for boosting groups and theenvironment? Designing greenways is a key to protectinglandscapes, permitting flora and fauna to maneuver freely,and discovering applicable how one can deliver humans intonature. This publication brings jointly examples fromecology, conservation biology, aquatic ecology, andrecreation layout to demonstrate how greenways functionand upload worth to ecosystems and human communitiesalike.Encompassing every little thing from city path corridors to river floodplainsto wilderness-like linkages, greenways guard or enhance theintegrity of the panorama, not just via stemming the lack of naturalfeatures, but in addition by means of engendering new traditional and social functions.From 19th-century parks and parkways to initiatives nonetheless at the drawingboards, Designing Greenways is an engaging advent to the possibilities—and pitfalls—involved in those bold tasks. As townsand towns glance to greenways as a brand new means of reconciling guy andnature, designers and planners will glance to Designing Greenways as aninvaluable compendium of most sensible practices.
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Giant cottonwoods and other trees line much of the canal’s length, making it attractive to wildlife and people alike. But change is coming to the canal in 2010, when Denver Water will no longer need the lower 22 miles (35 km) of the canal for water distribution. Such an unlined canal is an inefficient way to convey water, because vegetation, evaporation, and seepage remove a considerable percentage of the flow. Citizens have expressed concern for the future of the corridor if there are not to be regular deliveries of water and the corridor’s current vegetation does not survive.
59 Lewis’s work also paved the way for successful efforts to preserve an extensive regional network of corridors in southeastern Wisconsin. , including waterways, wetlands, and, especially in the southwestern portion of the state, areas of pronounced topography. (From Wisconsin Department of Resource Development. . Recreation in Wisconsin. ) Ian McHarg Proposes “Design with Nature” In 1969, Ian McHarg, of the University of Pennsylvania, published his influential book Design with Nature, in which he outlined a theoretical and technical basis for ecologically based planning and design.
27 Grey, G. , and F. J. Deneke. (1986). Urban Forestry. New York, John Wiley and Sons. 28 Forman and Godron, (1986), Landscape Ecology. 29 For examples, see Harris, L. (1985). Conservation Corridors: A Highway System for Wildlife. ENFO. ; Forman and Godron, (1986), Landscape Ecology; Noss, R. F. (1987). ” Conservation Biology 1: 159–164.