April 14, 2006
It turns out that urban planners aren’t just good at planning cities. A workshop in the Department of City and Regional Planning, CRP 558, recently received an American Institute of Certified Planners’ (AICP) award for its work with the Otsego Land Trust in Fall 2004.
The class, which was taught by visiting lecturer Ole M. Amundsen III and composed of masters students, received the AICP’s Student Project Award for Contributions of Planning to Contemporary Issues.
This is the second award the class has won after receiving notice of the Outstanding Student Project from the upstate New York chapter of the American Planning Association in Fall 2005.
Amundsen said he saw an immediate fit between the workshop and the Otsego Land Trust, which is run by Earle Peterson ’55. Not only was the region close enough for students to commute for field work, but the area also allowed a big enough project “for students to wrap their arms around the major problems” of conservation, he explained.
The Otsego Land Trust, located in Cooperstown, N.Y. and created in 1988, is a non-profit organization that works to preserve scenic landscapes and historic areas in the county, many of which were made famous by James Fenimore Cooper’s The Leatherstocking Tales in the early 1800s.
The Trust has a goal of protecting 10,000 acres by 2010, and the Cornell students involved in the workshop created Geographic Information System maps to simplify the process on deciding what areas are worth the significant and costly conservation efforts. The project was also intended to make the conservation easement application process, by which landowners can receive tax breaks for promising not to develop their land, more transparent.
Megan McDonald M.D. ’05, a student and TA in the class, said she believed the workshop helped to show the upstate New York area that there are resources available to help people preserve their historic landscapes.
“We’re a resource for our region,” she said. “It’s not all about the cities.”
McDonald, who had worked with private consulting firms before attending Cornell and now works as a preservation planner in Raleigh, N.C., likened the workshop to “our own little consulting firm.”
Because the workshop is very client-oriented, Amundsen explained, students spend a significant portion of the semester studying Otsego County to cater directly to the needs of the Otsego Land Trust.
“We wanted to provide a quick triage of all opportunities that are coming through their door,” he said.
According to the AICP prize website, workshop participants based their estimations of conservation necessity on scenic value, lands abutting protected areas, waterfront buffers, agricultural value and species richness.
The website states that the project succeeded “due to the students’ attention to context, use of innovative data analysis and the creation of user-friendly tools and references for
April 14, 2006
Coming off successful outings from last weekend, the men’s heavyweight, men’s lightweight and women’s crews are looking to continue their momentum this weekend. But their competition will pose great challenge for the squads.
The men’s heavyweight crew will face Syracuse and Navy, while the men’s lightweight will race Princeton, Rutgers and Yale. The women’s crew will compete against Penn and Rutgers for the Raritan Cup this weekend in Philadelphia, Penn., marking the first home race for Penn.
The women’s crew will look to improve its results from last week after placing third behind Princeton and Radcliffe in the Class of ’75 Cup held at Princeton. However, Penn will also be looking to rebound, as the Quakers are coming off a third-place finish in the Orange Cup behind Syracuse and Northwestern.
The men’s heavyweight crew will travel to Syracuse tomorrow, where it will race against the Orange and Navy for the rights to the Goes Trophy and the Stagg Trophy. The Goes trophy is awarded to the fastest varsity boat and the team with the fastest combined times of all the crews will take home the Stagg Trophy.
“It is always really competitive because these crews are all about the same speed. It is hard to call a favorite on this one so it is always really exciting,” head coach Dan Roock said.
Cornell will have to pull hard to come away with hardware, as Syracuse is coming off a win against No. 14 Rutgers in the Ten Eyck Cup.
The Red will be back in the water after two weeks off following a victory over Georgetown on April 1.
“Everyone is excited to go race because we have been doing a lot of fundamental work and basic training and now we are finally doing speed work.