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The UC Davis Living Landscape Adaptation Plan

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Mary Burke

Published May 2019 in International Oaks No. 30: 31–36.


As custodians of beautiful and beloved landscapes, people who care for botanical gardens must plan for not only the next few decades but for the next century and beyond. Climate change has been described as the biggest threat to our planet. For public landscapes that include horticultural plants that may be growing far outside their native range, it is a special concern.
At UC Davis we are developing a 75-year plan that will allow us to transition the landscapes to a climate-ready campus. This Living Landscape Adaptation Plan (LLAP) will help our professional staff adapt the campus landscape to the likely impacts of climate change, dwindling water supplies, aging plant populations and plant health threats. With a focus on a far horizon of time the LLAP will guide the stewardship and development of the UC Davis campus landscape for the next 25 years, and beyond.


environmentally responsible landscape management, Cal-Adapt.org, International Botanic Gardens Climate Change Alliance


McBride, J.R. and I. Lacan. 2017. The Impact of Climate Change on Street Trees in California. Presentation: Landscape Advisory Committee Meeting, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Nov. 13, 2017. Oakland, CA. PDF of Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, downloaded June 6, 2018.