Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Golf course community developments present a unique opportunity to preserve and create wildlife habitat. Golf course management and development industries have become particularly cognizant of their environmental responsibilities in recent times and are responsive to new research. The specific focus of this thesis research is to provide guidance and encouragement for landscape architects designing wildlife habitat areas within golf course community developments. Specifically, I analyze the size, shape, and orientation of a selected number of wildlife habitat areas within the unique context of golf course community land usage. My hypothesis is that the spatial characteristics of a habitat area influence the resulting wildlife habitation. Therefore, designers can influence the habitation of designated wildlife habitat through design decisions. This thesis produces a set of guidelines for the design of wildlife habitat areas within golf course communities in addition to substantiating the importance of incorporating wildlife habitat within large-scale developments, especially golf course communities.
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Watton, Jason R., "Improving the design of golf course communities as wildlife habitats" (2002). LSU Master's Theses. 3743.