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Standard Interpretation Quality
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Transformed Sensory Interpretation Quality
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Past Princess Ditch Trail Design and Three Issues:
- Contemporary resource (trail) was harming the historical resource (ditch)
- Historical resource (ditch) was constraining the contemporary (trail)
- The visitor was unaware of the landscape stories
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Transformed Princess Ditch Trail Design.
Separating the trial from the ditch and replenishing the ditch with water to reflect its historical past.
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Conceptual Diagram
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Guideline. Interpretive area at the start and end of the Princess Ditch and when the trail crosses over the Princess Ditch
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Storyline. Interpretive area at the start and end of the Princess Ditch
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Guideline. Interpretive wall that reflects the hardships of the gold miners and natural degradation
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Storyline. Interpretive wall that reflects the hardships of the gold miners and natural degradation
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Guideline. Interpretive area where seasonal streams enter into the Princess Ditch
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Storyline. Interpretive area where seasonal streams enter into the Princess Ditch
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Storyline. Interpretive area where seasonal streams enter into the Princess Ditch
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Guideline. Interpretive area where visitors gaze upon surrounding views of Shasta County
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Storyline. Interpretive area where visitors gaze upon surrounding views of Shasta County
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Physical Context Map
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LANDSCAPEStories

LANDSCAPEStories encompasses how the range of stories within a historical site are revitalized to enrich the connections between a visitor and sense of place. The historical site of LANDSCAPEStories takes place along a fourteen-mile gold mining trench called the Princess Ditch that was constructed during the California Gold Rush in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, California. To improve upon standard informational signage the interpretative sign for the Princess Ditch Trail is no longer detached from the landscape, but is integrated within design elements. Designing for multiple sensory qualities including touch, sight, and sound enriches the visitor’s connection to the sense of place by allowing each visitor to interpret their own landscape stories. Designed by Olivia Waller

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Olivia Waller
Landscape Design Associate at Joni L. Janecki & Associates, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA