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dc.contributor.authorBaker, John Garretten_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:37:36Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:37:36Z
dc.date.issued2005-04-19en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05192005-143847en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32990
dc.description.abstractFor the last century, automobiles and the roads they require have been a dominant force shaping the modern American landscape. An unrivaled interstate highway system connects major metropolitan areas and is the basis of our transportation infrastructure. Unfortunately, many roadways were not planned or designed with wildlife in mind. As long linear features in the landscape, interstates can function as landscape barriers and cause significant impacts to adjacent wildlife populations. While an aggressive transportation system is being carried out, researchers have only marginally demonstrated the relationships between roadways and wildlife. In such cases, twinned interstate roadways have proven to be the greatest obstacle for wildlife resources. By incorporating ecological design theory into highway planning and design, the transportation community has an opportunity to reassess the short comings of existing highway infrastructure and improve functions of wildlife passage and landscape connectivity. Through system level approaches and analysis applied within an eco-region context, practical solutions can be developed. The following document provides a process for landscape level analysis, wildlife passage structure design and implementation for future planned interstates projects. As a collaborative effort among professionals, we can work towards improving interstate highway systems and retain the relationships occurring within the landscape. The following I-81 design and planning project offers an exceptional opportunity to reassess the inadequacies of the existing interstate infrastructure in terms of landscape connectivity, wildlife resources and public safety, and demonstrate how system level design approaches can give our roadways new shape and form.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartEcologicalnfrastructureAFrameworkForPlanningandDesign.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectHabitat Convergenceen_US
dc.subjectEcological Infrastructureen_US
dc.subjectWildlife Crossingen_US
dc.subjectWildlife Passage Structureen_US
dc.subjectLandscape Connectivityen_US
dc.titleEcological Infrastructure: A Framework for Planning and Design: "Addressing Landscape Connectivity and Wildlife Resources for Interstate Highway Systems"en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentLandscape Architectureen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Landscape Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Landscape Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineLandscape Architectureen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMiller, Patrick A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBryant, Margaret M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberClements, Terry L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKaten, Brian F.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05192005-143847/en_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairBork, Dean R.en_US
dc.date.sdate2005-05-19en_US
dc.date.rdate2005-07-06
dc.date.adate2005-07-06en_US


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