How can panarchy theory contribute to the persistence of a rare bog ecosystem
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Panarchy theory can be a beneficial tool when designing within landscapes characterized by uncertainty in their ecological systems. Landscape architects must first recognize or restore the identity of a system to successfully relate this theory to design. Then, it is critical to recognize the components of a system that create the panarchy, to discover what aspects enhance potential, connectedness, resilience and identity to keep a system within a desired trajectory. It is the understanding of these elements and processes that will lead to the creation of a design that will contribute to the true conservation of the desired system and enhance innovation. By conserving and restoring the processes that contribute to the persistence of the desired trajectory of the system, it will be more likely to withstand greater disturbances and persist longer. In this thesis, the generalized framework of panarchy along with the necessary element of identity is used to create design guidelines for designing around a rare bog ecosystem. These guidelines are then applied to the design of the Lewis Creek Nature Park, which includes a 6.5-acre swamp forest bog complex.