This Landscape Architecture design studio represented independent work on a regional land use plan for a 100 square mile area in the Cascade Mountains east of Salem, OR.

The Elkhorn Watershed

The project's goal was to improve land use decisionmaking by using watersheds as an organizing principle for systems analysis and design instead of non-physical boundaries.

The watershed's primary land uses were logging, mining, and the quiet Elkhorn Valley Golf Course just few miles from the towering old growth forests in the Opal Creek Wilderness area.

Contour base plan before and after color rendering.

Black and white shading density on slopes represented the UV energy potential available for life or solar energy on the ground. The base plan's contours was a hand-inked tracing from USGS quad maps and shaded with graphite.

BASE PLAN - 3' x 8'

The carrying capacity plan was a sepia paper print of the base plan colored with Caran D'Ache color pencils. Color types and densities densities suggested the land's inherent life support capacity.


Analysis took into account multiple overlays of soil, landforms, wind exposure, seasonal temperatures and hydrology.

SOILS - 3' x 8'
LANDFORMS - 3' x 8'
Like hitchhiking, the outcome of this project depended more on personal resourcefulness than personal resources.

There were more plan overlays, but gaps in data prevented the project moving beyond the environmental analysis stages.

Role: Undergraduate Student

Course: Comprehensive Project Prep Studio

Setting: University of Oregon

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Year: 1982

Media: India ink and Caran d'Ache watercolor pencil on Clearprint drafting vellum