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Mr. Gary Johnson W.

Chief Landscape Architecty and Planner

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Inc

HQ Phone: (828) 265-4823

Blue Ridge Parkway 75 Inc

805 State Farm Rd Ste 303 P.O. Box 1157

Boone, North Carolina 28607

United States

Company Description

Blue Ridge Parkway 75, Inc. is the non-profit organization designated by the National Park Service to lead the Parkway's 75th Anniversary celebration. With representation from all of the Parkway's partner groups, the states of North Carolina and Virginia,... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Chief of Resources Planning

FRIENDS

Architect

National Park Service

Chief

The Parkway

Education

BLA
Landscape Architecture
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

M.D.

Web References (199 Total References)


Gary Johnson, the chief ...

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Gary Johnson, the chief resource ranger at the Blue Ridge Parkway, often consults those maps - 850 sheets in all - as the guiding management vision.

"It is a landscape that is very labor intensive," Johnson said.
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Gary Johnson, the chief of resource management on the Parkway, is often torn between stop-gap measures versus more costly but permanent repairs. When a stone wall starts to crumble, he can slap some mortar in the holes and stuff the falling rocks back in place. But in the long run, the wall needs to be rebuilt on a better foundation.
A batch of federal stimulus money is allowing the Parkway to rebuild 31,000 feet of rock wall this year, which posed its own dilemma: balancing the historic character of the stone walls with a modern safety design. At two-feet-high, the rock walls aren't terribly effective as guard rails, but Johnson is debating how high to make them without compromising their charm. The other question is whether to use traditional, dry-stack techniques versus super-strength mortar.
Park managers have learned to balance aesthetics with safety. For example, the historic wooden guardrails along the Parkway are reinforced by steel banding on the back that are not visible from the road.
When Johnson came to the Parkway in 1994 as its chief landscape architect, he was humbled by the footsteps he followed in. Nothing is taken lightly, he said.
"I often have the thought when we are making a design decision and are doing something differently than in the past I think, 'What would Stan do?'" Johnson said.


Blue Ridge Parkway 75

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Gary Johnson, Chief of Resource Planning, Blue Ridge Parkway


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Gary Johnson Blue Ridge Parkway 75

Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary - 1935-2010
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Gary Johnson
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Gary Johnson Chief of Resource Planning Blue Ridge Parkway
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For the past 16 years, Gary Johnson has been Chief of the Resource Planning and Professional Services Division, Blue Ridge Parkway. Gary, a landscape architect and planner, heads a division staff of 13, including branch chief, land resources specialist, cultural and natural resource management specialists, park curator, resident landscape architect, community planner, and a computer aided draftsman. This group of professionals is responsible for all of the pre-implementation planning and compliance and resource management activities on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Prior to his current position, Gary served for 18 years in field assignments in the southeastern United States and in the Denver Service Center as a project manager/landscape architect and section chief on major planning, design, and construction projects in some 50 National Park Service units. From 1988 to 1994 he supervised a group of Denver Service Center planners responsible for planning NPS areas in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and the western United States. Project clients have included numerous NPS managers and non-profit organizations with an interest in resource protection and visitor use management. In addition to directing projects, Gary has published and lectured on the subjects of visual quality, corridor resource assessments, cultural landscapes, historic landscape integrity, interpretation planning, goal-driven and strategic planning, and tourism planning.
Gary is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he received a BS in Sociology in 1969 and a BLA in Landscape Architecture in 1976.


Despite a personal plea from Gary ...

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Despite a personal plea from Gary Johnson, chief of the resource planning and professional services division of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the board declined to add a provision requiring consultation with parkway officials for towers in the parkway viewshed.

Johnson had asked that any proposed wind turbine site within one mile of the parkway be required to be reviewed by parkway officials and that "reasonable consideration" be taken of any concerns raised.


Gary Johnson, the chief ...

www.smokymountainnews.com [cached]

Gary Johnson, the chief resource ranger at the Blue Ridge Parkway, often consults those maps - 850 sheets in all - as the guiding management vision.

"It is a landscape that is very labor intensive," Johnson said.
...
Gary Johnson, the chief of resource management on the Parkway, is often torn between stop-gap measures versus more costly but permanent repairs. When a stone wall starts to crumble, he can slap some mortar in the holes and stuff the falling rocks back in place. But in the long run, the wall needs to be rebuilt on a better foundation.
A batch of federal stimulus money is allowing the Parkway to rebuild 31,000 feet of rock wall this year, which posed its own dilemma: balancing the historic character of the stone walls with a modern safety design. At two-feet-high, the rock walls aren't terribly effective as guard rails, but Johnson is debating how high to make them without compromising their charm. The other question is whether to use traditional, dry-stack techniques versus super-strength mortar.
Park managers have learned to balance aesthetics with safety. For example, the historic wooden guardrails along the Parkway are reinforced by steel banding on the back that are not visible from the road.
When Johnson came to the Parkway in 1994 as its chief landscape architect, he was humbled by the footsteps he followed in. Nothing is taken lightly, he said.
"I often have the thought when we are making a design decision and are doing something differently than in the past I think, 'What would Stan do?'" Johnson said.

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