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Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture is the art and science of planning and designing the landscape for purposeful human use and the conservation of landscape resources. Landscape architecture considers the landscape resource as a composite of its ecological, social, and visual resources. NRCS Landscape Architects can assist with the planning, design, construction, maintenance, preservation, and conservation of landscapes for aesthetic, interpretive, functional, economic, social, environmental, and other interrelated purposes. Landscape Architecture is an integrating discipline that links biophysical sciences, engineering, and social-political sciences into holistic site and landscape scale designs. This profession utilizes creativity, artistic ability, and knowledge of allied physical planning fields of architecture and engineering, and of the biological, environmental, and social sciences to create publicly acceptable land management activities and manage landscape resources. Landscape architecture considers the landscape resource as a composite of the land’s ecological, social, and visual attributes. Competencies in communication and presentation graphics have also made Landscape Architects valuable for facilitating public presentations and involvement.

NRCS Policy and Guidance Documents

Useful Links


The following links may provide information useful for landscape architecture.



The following fact sheets, technical notes, and publications may be useful in landscape architecture.


TR-65 Procedure to Establish Priorities in Landscape Architecture (PDF; 2.6 MB)

General Guidelines for Identifying and Evaluating Historic Landscapes (PDF; 117 KB)

How to Evaluate and Nominate Designed Historic Landscapes

Part 613 Conservation Corridor Planning at the Landscape Level—Managing for Wildlife Habitat (PDF; 17.0 MB)

NEH 654 - Technical Supplement 14 I - Streambank Soil Bioengineering (PDF; 2.5 MB)

EFH Chapter 16 - Streambank and Shoreline Protection (PDF; 8.0 MB)

EFH Chapter 18 - Soil Bioengineering (PDF; 3.5 MB)

How to plant willows and cottonwoods for riparian restoration. (PDF; 1.7 MB)

AH 590 - Ponds - Planning, Design, Construction (PDF; 1.7 MB)