Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)


Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Committee Chair(s)

Jerry Fuhriman


Jerry Fuhriman


Craig Johnson


Allen Rasmussen


This report provides an introduction describing: 1) Ogden Nature Center site planning history; 2) background of the problem a) lack of a conceptual master plan which responds to current management objectives, b) lack of a vegetation management plan, and; 3) thesis objectives and methodology for the creation of conceptual master plan and vegetation management plan for the Ogden Nature Center. Chapter 2 presents a written discussion of the Ogden Nature Center site inventory drawings and site analysis. Chapter 3 delineates strategies for management of weedy vegetation including; a general discussion of management techniques, general criteria for the selection of weedy species to manage, species specific criteria for the selection of weedy species to manage, a section describing the selection of management techniques based on the capabilities of the Ogden Nature Center and the selected weedy species' characteristics, implementation of management techniques, monitoring of transects, and a conclusion proposing the most appropriate techniques for implementation at the Ogden Nature Center. Chapter 4 presents recommendations based on an evaluation of the information generated by this project and proposes tasks to be completed to assure long-term stability of plant communities on the site. The vegetation management plan drawing and the conceptual master plan drawing are included in this chapter. An outline of areas identified for further research appears in Appendix H.