Wildscapes and Landscapes

Create natural habitats for Wildlife with a “Texas Wildscape”, and learn about Landscaping and Rangeland Ecology and Management.

Wildscapes Defined:
by Wikipedia

Adapted from TPWD Texas Wildscapes website: A “wildscape” is a habitat restoration and conservation plan for rural and urban areas. It enables you to contribute to wildlife conservation by developing wildlife habitats where they live, work and play.

Wildscapes provide the essential ingredients for a variety of wildlife – food, water, shelter, and space. This is done by planting and maintaining native vegetation, installing birdbaths and ponds and creating structure. Feeders can supplement native vegetation, but can never replace it. The goal is to provide places for birds, small mammals, and other wildlife to feed and drink, escape from predators and raise their young.

By inviting wildlife to seek refuge on your property, you can enjoy and understand the role wildlife plays in your community. Attract wildlife by planting trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses at your home, at school, or at work. It helps our wildlife, and it’s fun!

Texas Wildscapes is more than a backyard program. It applies to rural properties as well; even community parks, business offices, churches, schools and apartments can be involved. You can do more than just attract birds. Every species has its own specific habitat requirements. If you know those requirements, chances are good that whatever you desire – butterflies, frogs or even lizards – will be visiting your site!

Landscaping Architecture

Landscape architecture is the design of outdoor and public spaces to achieve environmental, socio-behavioral, and/or aesthetic outcomes.

It involves the systematic investigation of existing social, ecological, and geological conditions and processes in the landscape, and the design of interventions that will produce the desired outcome.

The scope of the profession includes urban design, site planning, town or urban planning, environmental restoration, parks and recreation planning; green infrastructure planning and provision, all at varying scales of design, planning and management.



Classes and Advanced Training

Various Contributions:

Web Sites and Books of Interest
  • TPWD website Texas Wildscapes
  • Maryland Dept of Natural Resources Wild Acres Program
  • Houston Zoo Wildlife Friendly Backyard
  • The UK Journal of Wildlife Art and Conservation Wildscape Magazine
  • “The Wild Ones”, Doug Tallamy DVD shown at March 2018 chapter meeting “The Vital New Role of the Suburban/Urban Garden” web site. [At the time of posting, the DVD does not seem to be available. However, many books under his name on Amazon.]

From Shawn Walton’s Weekly Blog / Column in Rockdale and Cameron Newspapers:

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