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September 5, 2017

Karen Lutsky, Assistant Professor of landscape architecture and member of the Great Lakes Design Lab, recently published an article in Places journal titled, "Curious Methods: On the mud flat of the Great Salt Lake, in search of a landscape practice that 'probes' but does not 'prove.'" To access the full article, click here and enjoy!

May 25, 2017

An interview with the Director of the Center for Changing Landscapes, Mae Davenport, was featured in the North Dakota Soybean Grower magazine. The article highlights one of Dr. Davenport's projects located in the Red River Basin and discusses what drives and constrains landowners and farmers when making conservation decisions.

To learn more about landowners' and farmers' values, beliefs, norms and behaviors regarding water and conservation decisions in the Red River Basin, click here to access the full article and scroll to pages 30-32. 

March 7, 2017

The Center for Changing Landscapes is excited to announce Director, Mae Davenport's, new e-book titled, Inspiring Actiorn for Nonpoint Source Pollution Control: A Manual for Water Resource Protection

Inspiring Action lays out a new approach for water resource protection, informed by systems thinking and a model of community capacity.  The manual draws upon decades of engagement in conservation management and years of applied research on conservation behavior. The guiding principles presented in Inspiring Action are backed by the latest social science and have been field-tested in Minnesota. Inside, you will find statistics, stories, and strategies that are useful in project design and evaluation, as well as leveraging support for conservation programming. 

To gain access to this innovative resource, click here for a free download! 

December 14, 2016:

Center for Changing Landscapes project "Building Climate Readiness on Minnesota's North Shore" was featured in Wilderness News' 2016 Fall issue. The project aims to understand climate readiness within North Shore communities, and to assess and build the capcity of these communities and resource management agencies to adapt to climate change.

September 22, 2016:

On Wednesday, October 19th, the Center for Changing Landscapes at the University of Minnesota will be convening the Twin Cities Climate Connections, a series of interactive forums bringing practitioners, academics, and community leaders together to connect and collaborate on efforts to address climate change impacts in the Twin Cities metro region. The kickoff event will be held at Lake Monster Brewing from 4:30-6:00 pm and will feature speakers on the topic of "climate and changing landscapes" followed by an opportunity for informal networking and idea sharing. The center will provide light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages.

June, 2015:

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Changing Landscapes will conduct a survey using funding from a state proposal  passed earlier this month. Researchers hope to use the survey’s findings to create recommendations that will boost park attendance and make park amenities more consistent across the state.... “The foundation of the project is an interest in connecting people and the outdoors,” Center director and the project’s lead Mae Davenport said. The University has been working on the questionnaire for the last two years, Davenport said. The same survey will be used in the entire state.
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August, 2011:
Minnesota River Valley Partners Project, August 2011
CCL completes the implementation of a pioneer project at the Skalbekken County Park, Lower Shelter site in Renville County in collaboration with the Conservation Corps Minnesota, Tatanka Bluffs and Renville County Park staff. The project engages Conservation Corps Minnesota crew members, Blandin graduates, Renville County Park staff and Center staff to work on improving and expanding recreational amenities in the Minnesota River Valley.

Minnesota River Valley Partners Project (.pdf)
Post-work Questionnaires (.pdf)

May 10 , 2010:June 10, 2010:
Minnesota's Network of Parks & Trails: Inventory & Framework
We have completed draft one of all 87 counties in Minnesota! Region profiles are also available. Go to the project page for more information.

Minnesota's Network of Parks & Trails: Inventory & Framework
Maps for 35 of 87 counties are available for download. Adobe Reader is required to view / download maps. If the 11x17 format does not work for you, please contact us.

April 16, 2010:
Minnesota's Network of Parks & Trails: Inventory & Framework
We are well on our way in the process of mapping the state's natural resource-based parks and trails. Check out the MNPaT project page for more information.

March, 2010:
CCL kicks of the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway project. As a collaborative project with the Department of Forest Resources, this project engages students, faculty and Center staff in telling the Forest's story.