An overview of environmental topics as applied to problems of development, land use, and various environmental problems of the landscape. This book addresses several key topics of concern--flooding wetlands, species conservation, groundwater--in both public and private sectors and provides easy access to the concepts, problems, and analytic techniques of the field. 'There is a predictable sameness creeping over the face of the North American landscape. Since the early 1970s, highways, shopping centers, residential subdivisions, and most other forms of development have taken on a remarkable similarity from coast to coast...We know that this facade of development masks an inherently diverse landscape...rooted in the varied physiographic and ecological character of the continent and this in turn reflects differences in the way the terrestrial environment functions. Does it not seem reasonable then that development and land use should also reflect these differences if they are to be responsive to the environment?' This authoritative text provides comprehensive coverage on the key methods and techniques involved in environmental planning. The third edition is extensively updated and revised to incorporate the rapid expansions taking place in this field. By focusing on landscape processes, systems, forms, and analysis, Marsh's book has received much praise and is an excellent complement to Ian McHarg's Design With Nature (Wiley, 1995).