MLA Studio: Dunn Ranch—Critical Conservation Practices

  • Node A: MLA Dunn Ranch SP17
  • Node B: MLA Dunn Ranch SP17
  • Node C: MLA Dunn Ranch SP17
  • Node D: MLA Dunn Ranch SP17
  • Node E: MLA Dunn Ranch SP17
  • Node F: MLA Dunn Ranch SP17

Dunn Ranch: Critical Conservation Practices
Studio 502B, Spring 2017

The Central Tallgrass Prairie Ecoregion spans 11,000 square miles and six states. In 1999 The Nature Conservancy purchased a 2,287-acre plot within the Grand River Grasslands, more than 1,000 acres of which have never been plowed. This studio develops a strategic landscape systems plan for the management of Dunn Ranch, maintained by The Nature Conservancy as a prairie restoration project. It includes bison, prairie chickens, grassland bird species, many different terrestrial mammals, and a huge inventory of wildflower species. Led by professor Rod Barnett and assistant professor Natalie Yates, the studio asks how a critical conservation can balance the needs of feeding 9 billion people (the population of the world by 2050) while at the same time restoring and protecting biodiversity. The answers to this question are novel, provocative, demanding, and exciting.