Iowa Blood Run Cultural Landscape Master Plan
Lyon County, Iowa

A comprehensive framework for a bi-state, 3,880-acre park, the Iowa Blood Run Cultural Landscape Master Plan will educate visitors and celebrate the largest, most complex site of the Oneota tradition. Working with a multidisciplinary team, our planners lead a diverse group of stakeholders and tribal representatives, guiding them through the potential use and management of a complex cultural landscape. Extensive collaboration with American Indian Tribes and Nations resulted in a plan that respects, protects, and emphasizes the unique heritage of the park while strengthening appreciation of the tribal traditions and natural resources. The park’s proposed curatorial, and indoor and outdoor educational facilities create a setting for interpretation and compatible recreation for group gatherings, day use, research, and camping that will connect visitors to the sacred space while protecting sensitive resources.

The Solution


  • American Society of Landscape Architects, Honor Award
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Wisconsin Chapter, Merit Award
  • National Historic Landmark
“Even commonplace landscapes can have mythic importance. Blood Run is such a place.”
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