The Iowa Blood Run Cultural Landscape Master Plan has been awarded a Merit Award for Analysis and Planning by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

QEA Principal Brenda Williams, was honored to accept the award on behalf of Quinn Evans Architects, the state of Iowa, and the project team during an award ceremony in Milwaukee on March 2.  
The Blood Run National Historic Landmark and associated landscape is the largest and most complex site of American Indians associated with the Oneota cultural tradition. This compelling landscape is sacred to current members of several American Indian tribes and contains mounds, pitted boulders, springs and archaeological features associated with their ancestors.  
In this highly collaborative Cultural Landscape Master Plan (CLMP) project led by QEA, the focus was on substantial public, tribal and stakeholder involvement to develop a comprehensive plan, including a carefully crafted vision, goals, interpretive themes, and recommendations for future development and use of the new Iowa State Park. The resulting Master Plan provides a guide for future establishment of the bi-state park including visitor orientation and education facilities, and outdoor demonstration area, interpretive trails, an area set aside for sacred activities, picnic areas, native plant restoration areas, an area designated for a long-term establishment of a bio-reserve, a campground, and maintenance facilities. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Cultural Affairs initiated the project and provided exceptional support and leadership throughout the process. 

The collaborative process drew from the expertise of the interdisciplinary consultant team—including landscape architects, archaeologists, and specialists in ecology/climate change, and interpretation/education—and including extensive collaboration with American Indian Tribes, public interest stakeholders, land owners, and interested individuals. The project team included:  

In addition to the team of experts, we had significant participation from the following tribal representatives: 

  • Omaha Tribe of Nebraska: Marissa Cummings, Thomas Parker, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
  • Ponca Tribe of Nebraska: Randy Teboe, Director of Cultural Affairs, Shannon Wright, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
  • Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska: Lance Foster, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
  • Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma: Eagle McClellan, Tribal Council Member
  • Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians: Galen Springer, former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer

Client: Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs