Geography 307 and RTPL 307
Spring 1998

Instructor: Dr. Donald Holtgrieve
Office: Butte Hall, Room 511b
Office Hours: Monday 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tues - Thurs 9:00 a.m. to 12noon, and by appointment
Phone: 898-5780 Fax: 898-6781

Course Objectives:
To survey the environmental planning profession to see what practicing environmental planners do, what agencies they work for, what laws they work with and what techniques they utilitze in their work.

To be able to provide scientific underpinning for environmental decision making.

To access the research frontiers in the profession in order to determine what information useful to specific environmetal planning projects is not known and how it can be obtained or generated.

To build skill and experience in preparing a research report or a planning project including, but not limited to: defining the problem, literature review, field study, data analysis, report writing, graphics preparation and formal presentation.

There is no adeqauate textbook for this subject. Seminar participants will be supplied with a set of readings for use during the first four weeks of the semester. Thereafter, information will be obtained on an as needed basis from the Internet, government documents and library resources.

Familarization Reading or Reference:
Bernard,Ted and Jora Young 1997, The Ecology of Hope: Communities Collaborate for Sustainability
Buck, Susan 1991, Understanding Environmental Administration and Law
Coopererider, Allen Y. et. al. Eds. 1986, Inventory and Monitoring of Wildlife Habitat
Cox, George, 1997, Conservation Biology
Cullingworth, Barry 1997, Planning in the USA: Policies, Issues and Process
Dunne, Thomas and Luna Leopold 1978, Water in Environmental Planning
Dzurik, Andrew, Water Resources Planning
Hardigty, J. et. al., Computerized Environmental Modeling
Loomis, John B. 1993, Integrated Public Lands Management: Principles and Applications to National Forests, Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and BLM Lands
McHarg, Ian, 1996, Design With Nature
Marsh, William, 1991, Landscape Planning: Environmental Applications
Naiman, Robert J. ed. 1992, Watershed Management: Balancing Sustainability and Environmental Change
Noss, Reed et. al. The Science of Conservation Planning
Ortolando, Leonard 1997, Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment
Peck, Sheila, Planning for Biodiversity
Sargent, Freseric O. et. al. 1991, Rural Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities
Westman, Walter 1985, Ecology, Impact Assessment, and Environmental Planning
Williams, Jack et. al., Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices

Student Responsibilities: As in any true seminar situation, all students will participate in every class session. Evaluation will be based on weekly preparedness and quality of participation. The semester will conclude with written research papers of a quality to be published in a local geography or planning journal. Formal presentations will accompany the written papers. Please read the University Catalogue regarding policy for attendance and incomplete grades.

Tentative Schedule:




What is Environmental Planning?


Laws and other mandates requiring environmental planning


Tools and techniques used in environmental planning


What topics should not be considered to be part of environmenatl planning?


Selection of research projects and case studies


Progress reports


Case studies


Guest speakers


Student presentations

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