Conceptual master plan for Middlefork : Brown County, Indiana, July 14, 2001

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dc.contributor.advisor Cairns, Malcolm D. en_US Reeves, Colin en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US 2011-06-03T19:39:11Z 2011-06-03T19:39:11Z 2001 en_US 2001
dc.identifier LD2489.Z75 2001 .R44 en_US
dc.description.abstract This project is submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at Ball State University. It involves the creation of a Concept Master Plan for a 16-acre parcel of privately owned land located in the northern Hoosier National Forest (the "Project Site"). The Project Site includes about eight acres of wooded hills and approximately eight acres of gently sloping cleared area, which had been previously farmed, two creeks and a one-acre pond.The Concept Plan presented in this paper attempts to achieve the clients' program, i.e., enhancing the aesthetics of the Project Site and enriching the environmental complexity of its ecosystem through an integrated set of interventions that have as their focus maintaining a clearing in the woods.The design process includes a historical and contextual analysis of the Project Site and the region; identifying strong points, opportunities for enhancement and problems to be solved. Various alternatives to address issues are evaluated; and specific projects are then integrated into the Concept Plan.The two key dualities of the Project Site from which all else flows are: (i) hills/valley and (ii) clearing/forest. Enhancing and articulating these two pairs of complementary elements are the core opportunities at the Project Site. All other problems and opportunities are subordinate to these two unifying elements. Among the key near-term problems to be solved are: (1) stabilizing the pond; (2) minimizing the presence of alien invasives and opportunistic native species; (3) introducing appropriate native plant species which encourage a more varied fauna; (4) enhancing the functionality and aesthetics of wetlands; (5) developing naturalistic vistas based on existing topography; and (6) providing for an enriched diverse environment that requires a minimum of ongoing maintenance and intervention.The Concept Plan is composed of two elements:1.Description of specific "capital" projects which were selected during the evaluation process described above; and2.Management/maintenance plan, which is programmatic in nature and deals with ongoing activities such as monitoring, managing the growth of alien invasives and opportunistic natives, replacement and augmenting planting, etc.Measures proposed in the Concept Plan will arrest succession at the savanna stage to maintain a continuous, layered forest edge. New native plant species will be introduced, generating a more diverse landscape than would otherwise exist. Man-made elements such as a shelter and bridge will meet the clients' functional needs and serve as focal points and aesthetic elements.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Landscape Architecture
dc.format.extent xi, 258 leaves : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (some col.), plans (some col.), col. port. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Landscape architecture -- Indiana -- Brown County. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Landscape design -- Indiana -- Brown County. en_US
dc.subject.other Hoosier National Forest (Ind.) en_US
dc.title Conceptual master plan for Middlefork : Brown County, Indiana, July 14, 2001 en_US
dc.title.alternative Middlefork en_US Thesis (M.L.A.)
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