Professional Practice Networks
Landscape-Land Use Planning


Landscape — Land Use Planning

The historic role of landscape planning is to exercise the social and environmental responsibility of reconciling the public’s needs with natural systems. Although technological developments continue to be important for landscape planning, the Landscape/Land Use Planning PPN attempts to balance high-tech developments with conservation and innovative planning.

ASLA's Rural Landscape Section of the Landscape/Land Use Planning PPN focuses on issues related to the preservation, conservation and development of the rural landscape. ASLA recognizes that the rural landscape has complex ecological, economic, and cultural qualities on which human and other life forms depend. The Society considers the continued loss and misuse of the rural landscape unwise and threatening to present and future generations. ASLA is also committed to advancing the public's awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the rural landscape as a limited resource that is vital to the health, safety, and welfare of the earth's life forms. The Society affirms its belief that the essential qualities of the rural landscape can be conserved while accommodating human needs, through sensitive integration of human land uses with natural systems. The Society encourages the application of sound principles and practices of wise land use planning, design, and management to ensure conservation of the rural landscape for the benefit of future generations.