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The forest we enjoy today is very different from the forest 100 years ago in Missouri. Forests have undergone excessive cutting during the 19th century. After that, US and state governments implemented forest regeneration programs that ensure harvests for the future. Forest can be a renewable resource if we manage it in a sustainable way. The site is separated into three parts, each part applying different strategy: selective cutting and natural regeneration, selective cutting and replanting, clear cutting and replanting. I will plant far more trees than I remove. I use a 20’ by 20’ grid to visualize the density of existing trees. In the less dense grids, I plant white oak and red maple, which is commonly used wood materials. The three part has different function. At the selective cutting and natural regeneration area, I leave open lawn in the middle, following the drip line of remaining trees; at the selective cutting and replanting area, I propose a plaza for gathering. At the clearcutting and replanting area, I propose several circles of wood pavement surrounded by wood benches for resting. The circles follow the drip line of the cutting down trees and the remained trunks are left for commemoration. There are wood signs in each area telling people about the forestry strategies and wood industry. All the wood materials in the design is made of cutting down trees.
(c) 2020 Mengying Li
Li, Mengying, "Forest Evolution" (2020). Fall 2019 Confluence: St. Louis and Hinterlands. 4.