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2009 Community Visioning Program Reaches Out to Disaster Communities

3/17/2009

AMES, Iowa – Twelve Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2009.

The award-winning program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape.

In response to the storm and flood damage in Iowa last year, the visioning program will also conduct a two-year, long-term planning process in five of the 12 communities: Parkersburg, New Hartford, Clermont, Elgin and Elkader. In May 2008, Parkersburg and New Hartford were devastated by a tornado. Clermont, Elgin and Elkader, which are located in the Turkey River corridor, experienced flooding.

The seven communities that will participate in the traditional, one-year visioning process are Garner, Glenwood, Lansing, Laurens, Lohrville, Riverside and Robins.

The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with Iowa State University Landscape Architecture Extension and Trees Forever, an Iowa-based nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. In addition, professional landscape architects offer expertise in creating conceptual design plans for the communities.

To qualify for the visioning program, a community must have a population of fewer than 10,000, existing transportation-related issues and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process.

Since 1996, 149 Iowa communities have benefited from the visioning program.

Additional information about the program is online at http://www.communityvisioning.org..

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Contacts :

Julia Badenhope, Landscape Architecture, (515) 294-3007, jmb@iastate.edu

Sandra Oberbroeckling, Landscape Architecture, (515) 294-3721, soberbr@iastate.edu

Pam Helfer, Trees Forever, 800-369-1269, phelfer@treesforever.org