The Nature Conservancy hired Io Landscape Architecture to oversee the design, manufacturing, and installation of trail wayfinding and educational signage at their White Dome Nature Preserve in St. George, Utah. The purpose of the project is to facilitate public access and educate visitors on the importance of the Preserve. Io also served as consultants for the trailhead parking lot designers, recommending improvements that would accommodate bus parking and improve stormwater management.
The 660-acre White Dome Nature Preserve protects the habitat for two federally-listed plants: the endangered dwarf bear-poppy, and the threatened Siler pincushion cactus. In an earlier agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the previous landowner, Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), the Nature Conservancy agreed to permit public access in a large portion of the Preserve through a hiking trail system.
April 13, 2013