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Landforming: An Environmental Approach to Hillside Development, Mine Reclamation and Watershed Restoration Hardcover – August 3, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0471721796 ISBN-10: 0471721794 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471721794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471721796
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Landforming presents the first comprehensive, hands-on instruction guide for this emerging discipline." (Civil Engineering; 10/07)

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THE FIRST AHDSN-ON INSTRUCTION GUIDE TO LANDFORM GRADING ANDREVEGETATION.

Landform grading provides a cost-effective, attractive, andenvironmentally compatible way to construct slopes and otherlandforms that are stable and blend in with the naturalsurroundings. landforms that are stable and blend in with thenatural surroundings. Landform grading design and constructiontechnology have advanced rapidly during the past decade, and thisbook explains the technique, its uses, its various applications,and its significant advantages.

Landforming: An Environmental Approach to Hillside Development,Mine Reclamation and Watershed Restoration presents the firstcomprehensive and practical guidebook to the innovative techniquesof landform grading and revegetation.

Citing numerous practical applications in such areas as hillsidehousing developments, mass grading operations, and surface miningand watershed reclamation projects, the authors-one aninternationally recognized instructor and the other an engineerwith over thirty years of practical experience in the field-haveteamed up to provide valuable information on:

  • The aesthetic and ecological benefits of landform grading andrevegetation
  • Analyses that demonstrate the stability of landform designedslopes
  • real-World design/Construction procedures
  • Construction in both upland slope areas and in streamcorridors
  • Analytical procedures and design aids to assistimplementation
  • Well-documented and comprehensive case studies of actualprojects

Written in straightforward language and liberally illustratedwith informative photographs and schematic drawings, the textshould prove of value to practicing professionals in such diversefields as land planning, civil and geotechnical engineering,landscape architecture, and geology as well as to personnel in avariety of local, sate, and federal regulatory agencies andenvironmental interest groups.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Kretzmann on February 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book describes a technique for shaping landforms that honors the ways nature wants landforms to look and to function. It creates landforms with less erosion, more variability for better ecological functioning, and great aesthetics. It could have, and should have, wide application in civil engineering (including major earthworks along highways and landfills), mine reclamation, subdivision development, and landscape architecture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R Grobler on September 10, 2011
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I purchased this book based on a recommendation from a friend who sang its praises. So far I'm very impressed with the information provided. I would like to include his review, with which I concur:

This text is essential to professionals involved in planning and designing landforms. The book addresses important aspects critical to shaping, forming and rehabilitation of landforms and includes useful information on hydrology, soils and materials, surficial erosion and geotechnical mass stability amongst others.

It addresses large scale earth moving and soil preparation considerations required to transform barren and lifeless landscapes into stable and sustainable landforms.

Schor provides compelling reasons for designing landforms with not only a short- but also a long-term land use and functioning thereof in mind. This approach not only results in increased rehabilitation success but also supports a carefully planned future land use. Information is also provided on how to integrate environmental planning and design principles. Applying landforming principles such as varying slope forms, - gradients, and - lengths with various coverings mimicking or imitating natural landforms may result in something which is truly sustainable. Brian Rademeyer (Ph.D)
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By J. Brooks on June 24, 2014
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If you are looking for a good reference on alternatives to conventional grading for site design, this is a good book. It pairs very well with landscape planning, design, and restoration to inspire creative design solutions for stabilizing hillsides that have graded conventionally. Since this type of grading is not ubiquitous, I wouldn't expect it to be a 'right out of the box' fit. It's mostly used in mining reclamation and hillside development, but those are certainly not the only uses. It's presented as a community design tool, but a landscape planner or restorationist will find the information very useful for restoring function to the hillsides in small watersheds. The principles are based manipulating edge forms to create stable drainage networks on hillsides that have been contour or conventionally graded. Such a simple solution, but really only affordable when you're developing a hillside - not restoring it. In any case, it's good information.
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I am a Landscape Architect and have known about Mr. Schor's Landform Grading concepts and recommendations for many years. After re-reading Landforming I understand how his creative and thoughtful approach to land development has been so successful. Mr. Schor's education and background combines geology, civil engineering and land development planning with exceptional results.

Typically, hillside development plans with conventional, linear grading designs are difficult for governing agencies to review and approve due to the aesthetically unnatural results. These plans often create politically uncomfortable situations and generate controversy and opposition from the public and environmental groups. The examples in Landforming show the value of not only curving, but actually replicating natural slope configurations and mimicking entire landforms i.e. valleys, ridgelines, etc. They rarely face government and public opposition.

His approach to Landform grading combines natural slope forms, creative (and very successful) drainage devices, and landscape planting designs in harmony with the original topographic and geomorphic features. His work restores either the original underlying topography or characteristics of the nearby, surrounding undisturbed terrain. After opponents understand the unique qualities of his designs they usually become supporters.

The book includes many case studies of completed projects. His first constructed project, the Anaheim Hills 4,300 acre Hillside Planned Community caused the City of Anaheim to revise the Grading Ordinance. The ordinance now requires contour grading restricting continuous linear slopes and blending all graded areas with the natural environment.
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