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UNE JOLIE PAGAILLE

itself. When complete, it would be one of the
largest native prairie restoration projects in
Canadian history, and double Manitoba's share
of the most endangered ecosystem in North
America. But the real driving force behind
this concept wasn't conservation, it was
adaptability: creating a landscape innately
suited to weathering the many uncertainties
of the next century.
The plan was approved by the Provincial
government in 2009, and the first test
plot was planted later that year. It was
showcased in international journals and
conferences, and received a National Honour
Award from the CSLA. Then, rather abruptly,
everything stopped.
We still don't have a clear answer on why
the Province decided not to continue with
the greenway plan. The Floodway Authority
moved on to manage another mega-project
and was recently dissolved. The engineers
involved in the expansion project were under
enormous pressure to deliver a facility that
will operate trouble-free for generations,
and no matter how rigorous our science, this
crazy, open-ended plan that converted their
sterile, predictable utility to a scruffy living
ecosystem must have made them nervous.
Perhaps the new carbon economy will force a
second look at the greenway plan, as tall grass
prairie sequesters roughly twice as much
carbon as an equivalent area of aspen forest.
MESSINESS = RESILIENCE
In both Old Naledi and the Floodway
Greenway Plan, messiness is not incidental; it
is the critical attribute that ensures hardiness,
delivering the tangled complex of overlapping
systems that offer multiple pathways to
success. Both projects illustrate the value of
taking a deeper look, embracing complexity
and loosening the reins of control to create

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landscapes of abiding vitality, character
and resilience. Gnarly real world problems
like these resist tidy solutions, just as real
world people would pretty much universally
appreciate a few more options for their
window blinds. Now more than ever it's time
to accept that the right re-ordering of things
may not be orderly at all.

Legend
Initial 4 Years of Growth
Growth Between 5 and 8 Years
Growth Between 9 and 12 Years
Growth Between 13 and 16 Years

gmanning@htfc.mb.ca

Growth Between 17 and 20 Years
s

Good Reads
John van Nostrand and Michael Wellwood,
"Four Ears, Six Hands," New Internationalist
202 (1989). https://newint.org/
features/1989/12/05/four/

Reforestation Block
kilometres
0

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John van Nostrand, Old Naledi: The Village
Becomes a Town. Toronto: James Lorimer
& Company, 1982.

FIGURE 3

4 WHEN A SUDDEN INFLUX OF UNTAPPED RESOURCE
WEALTH MADE GABORONE THE FASTEST GROWING
CITY IN AFRICA IN THE SEVENTIES, PEOPLE
FLOCKED TO THE NEW CAPITAL. 5 THE RED RIVER
FLOODWAY: A CONTIGUOUS GREENWAY 48 KM
IN LENGTH FIGURE 3 THE FLOODWAY GREENWAY
PLAN WILL REQUIRE DECADES TO ESTABLISH
DUE TO ITS SIZE AND LIMITED QUANTITIES OF
LOCALLY ADAPTED SEED. NEW SECTIONS WILL
USE SEED HARVESTED FROM ESTABLISHED
SECTIONS IN A SELF PERPETUATING CYCLE.
PHOTO 4 HOLLY MCKAYLE 5 + FIG. 3 HTFC

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2017

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
PROLOGUE
ESSAY | ESSAI
Après le désordre vient le beau temps
A Fine Mess
Biophilic City
“I Am the Space Where I Am”
OPINION
Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
Messiness by Intention
CRITIQUE
@landtecanada Taking It With You
THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - cover1
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - PROLOGUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - ESSAY | ESSAI
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Après le désordre vient le beau temps
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - A Fine Mess
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Biophilic City
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - “I Am the Space Where I Am”
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 50
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Messiness by Intention
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - CRITIQUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - @landtecanada Taking It With You
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