Lecture 8b Land Use Project Assignment. LAND USE PROJECT - FALL 2012 – 20% of course grade GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Choose a county for your project. All paper copy of surveys are on a first come first served basis.
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You should read over the entire directions for this project before choosing a county or section, since your decision on which land use plan to choose, may influence your choice of section or county.
All decisions about land use should be made according to the soil properties, landscape, and geographical features of this section.
Section One This section is to provide an overview to client about the area. Address your report to the company who hired you to investigate the soil suitability for the parcel in a cover letter. They have asked you to investigate the purchase of 640 acres of land in the county you have chosen. Please follow the directions. In your report you need to describe to the company the following:
2) Organic Foods for All. OFFA is looking for a parcel to use for their organic produce production facility. Their philosophy of organic farming is "to grow the fertilizer," in the form of plant residues, animal manure, or compost. They are a certified organic farm consisting of 640 acres of which 320 are tillable acres (used for growing food). The rest is native woodland, native prairie, and pasture. They grow corn, soybeans, sunflowers, wheat, barley, & alfalfa. and vegetables for their local store. They raise beef cattle, sheep, & chickens. This land use will include a small retail store on 5-10 acres and a 80 to 100 acre plot for growing organic produce for the grocery store. The OFFA would also like a small day park for picnics. The complex will need a sewage treatment facility (sewage pond/treatment facility (5 acres) or a constructed wetlands waste water treatment facility (25 acres). Areas are also needed for annual flowers, a small greenhouse for some off season production, and processing sheds. Other items can be added as you deem necessary.
3) FootPrints on the Land. FPOTL wants your help in planning a back to nature camp for children from 12 to 17. The tracking of animals, conservation, outdoor awareness, safety, interest in fishing, bird watching, and hunting for young people are major concerns for FPOTL. The conservation of Minnesota's natural resources and traditions are in the hands of this generation. They have many interests to promote including Native American cultures and other cultures. They need at least 640 acres that has a lake, wetland, native prairie and forest. They believe your parcel can be a very interesting place to teach students about preserving nature and the importance of having a sustainable environment. This will require two camp grounds. The first campground will be a 10 acre modern group camp, headquarters building, (shower/restroom buildings) which requires a 10 acre septic tank field /toilet-shower building or 25 acre constructed wetland water treatment facility. The second campground will be four, five acre primitive camps, accessible by hiking. The main camp will require classrooms and a day park with some type of trail complex, and other interesting camp facilities for the children to use. Be sure to indicate the kind and diversity of vegetation, soils, wetlands, etc. that will be available for the students. They will want to study all aspects of nature including, vegetation, soils, wildlife, water, and weather.
4) Green Hunting for Minnesota.GHFM wants to purchase 640 acres for a skeet range, target range, bow hunting camp, and small game hunting camp. The HFHOM needs 640-1280 acres of private hunting land, including 100 acres of land in a set aside program like RIM or CRP, 40 acres of alfalfa, 40 acres of treed waterways, 80 acres of cropland and around 300 acres of grassland and or forest land. The birds and small game will also need natural sources for both water and food. They desire a quality hunting camp. To meet their needs they need 10 modern campsites, 10 primitive (tent) campsites and 5 small winter lodges. They also want a camp headquarter/store and maintenance facility for trails that will be used summer and winter. Restroom facilities are needed for all campgrounds and lodges. The main campground will provide shower/restroom buildings (10 acre septic tank field per toilet-shower building or 25 acre constructed wetland), 1 main ORV trail, hiking trails, ski trails, and the ranges and hunting blinds for deer and small game. Other items can be added as you deem necessary.
5) County Campground and Park. CCAP is looking for a 640 acre site. The park contains a wide variety of landscapes and wildlife habitats. These are managed to conserve wildlife and to let you enjoy quiet recreation with a quiet stroll along beautifully laid out woodland walks. About one third of this “Back to Nature Country Park” is woodland and the remainder of the site consists of grassland, scrub and farmland. The park would require parking lots (10 acres), restroom facilities, (15 acre lagoon or 30 acre constructed wetland), picnic grounds, primitive group camping (40 acres), and walking trails. Also planned are Scandinavian self-catering lodges for cross country skiing or summer hiking (10 acres for lodges, septic tank, etc.). These lodges are built of solid timber, are cool and airy in the summer and in the spring, autumn, or winter they are warm and cozy. Other facilities on the Park include an all-weather tennis court, nine-hole disc golf and an exciting adventure playground for the children. Other needs can be added as anticipated by you and the developer.