Historic Preservation/Restoration

Education Session - Panel Format

SAT-B02 - The Public Landscape: A Vital constituent in the Human Quality of Life

Saturday, October 21
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM


Is the scenic quality of the public landscapes we experience daily gradually eroding and are we simply powerless to do anything about it? Learn about the issues and what landscape architects working in land management are doing to preserve scenic landscapes on public lands.

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Learning Objectives:

Curtis LaPierre

Senior Landscape Architect
Otak, Inc.

Curtis LaPierre, PLA, AICP
Otak, Inc.
Curtis is a landscape architect and certified planner with 32 years of experience in private practice with multi-disciplinary consulting firms. His work includes transportation and park design projects that frequently involve ecological restoration and visual resource analysis. Curtis has performed visual resource inventories on BLM lands in five Western states. Currently, his work includes planning and design for local and national parks. He has managed visual impact analyses for transportation and energy projects. Curtis is licensed to practice in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Alaska and serves as the ASLA Washington Chapter Trustee.


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John H. McCarty

Chief Landscape Architect
Bureau of Land Management

John McCarty is the Bureau of Land Management’s Chief Landscape Architect and Visual Resource Management (VRM) National Program Manager. His responsibilities include the development and oversight of national policy that directs the management of visual resources, designation of backcountry byways, and implementation of sustainable landscape architectural design principles. He imparts landscape architecture leadership in the national discussion on outdoor recreation, renewable energy, electrical transmission, fluid minerals, transportation, and land use planning. Mr. McCarty coordinates and oversees VRM training curricula. He is also engaged with advancing research on new technologies to resolve the visual challenges of large-scale energy development.


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Mark Meyer

Landscape Architect
National Park Service

Mark Meyer
National Park Service
Landscape architect with over 35-years of experience in land use planning, site design, and natural resource planning. Prior to joining the Park Service experience included visual assessments for pipelines and transmission lines, and visual inventories for BLM land. Currently is developing a visual program to provide service-wide consistency in the inventory and evaluation of the visual landscape. Also provides technical assistance to parks and assists in the incorporation of visual resources into park planning documents. Received his Bachelor of Science in Design and Master of Natural Sciences from Arizona State University.


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Ramiro Villalvazo

Assets & Development Division Manager
Portland Parks & Recreation

Ramiro Villalvazo is the Assets & Development Division Manager for Portland Parks & Recreation. He retired from the USDA Forest Service after 35 years of service. Notable positions include Pacific Southwest Director for Public Services, Forest Supervisor on the Eldorado National Forest, and Chief Landscape Architect in Washington DC. Career responsibilities included outdoor recreation planning & design, land acquisition, special uses, heritage, wilderness management, federal energy regulatory commission relicensing, landscape architecture, trails management, and providing leadership in maintaining the integrity and quality of scenic resources and recreation settings. Ramiro received the prestigious ASLA LaGasse Medal for his lifetime achievements.


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SAT-B02 - The Public Landscape: A Vital constituent in the Human Quality of Life

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