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Schuster Slope Landscape Management Plan Revisited : A re-design plan for a steep slope restoration project in the Pacific Northwest Public Deposited

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  • Proper steep slopes management in urban settings are important to protect human life and property and only becoming more necessary as density of urban populations increases. A low-tech solution to manage slopes is bioengineering, which consists of using plant materials, rock, and soil in various configurations to stabilize slopes. This project evaluates the efficacy of on-going restoration work on the Schuster Slopes in Tacoma, Washington. Restoration work on these steep slopes has shown low plant establishment success and continued erosion despite high materials cost and several years of work. Alternative bioengineering methods to establish vegetation and stabilize slopes are proposed. Methods recommended include live cribwalls, modified brush layers, and live pole drains.
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