Graduation Semester and Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture


Landscape Architecture

First Advisor

David Hopman


The purpose of this research is to examine perceptions of conservation subdivisions as habitat for urban carnivores in North Central Texas suburbs. This research was conducted through the University of Texas at Arlington; Landscape Architecture Program. The literature review examines the history of conservation subdivisions and their use within North Central Texas as well as their application as an ecological solution to present-day threats to biodiversity with a focus on mammalian apex carnivores. It further explores their use as habitat in the context of urban patches and corridors. Additionally, the practice of bioregionalism was reviewed in contrast to current political boundaries governing North Central Texas cities as related to conservation subdivisions. This study targets conservation subdivisions located within the North Central Texas Councils of Government (NCTCOG), the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metropolitan statistical area of North Texas. The subdivision ecoregions represented include Cross Timbers and Blackland Prairies. The study employs qualitative research methods to gain insight into participant perceptions. Phone interviews were compiled from 14 Interview subjects chosen for their professional work related to or knowledge of conservation subdivisions or urban ecology in the study area. All respondents consented to be named and are considered experts in their field. Findings were attained through a process of rigorous coding methods and domain analysis. As the profession of landscape architecture increases its reach and influence in our natural and built world, it is important to gain awareness of urban development in various contexts. In the context of conservation subdivisions in North Central Texas suburbs, this research furthers public and professional knowledge concerning urban wildlife habitat for urban carnivores and its implications towards conservation efforts overall. These data support the view that conservation subdivisions are, in part, a viable solution as a conservation tool and are perceived as viable habitat for urban carnivores in the study area. However, further community education and research are needed to expand the effective use of conservation subdivisions in North Texas. The development of conservation subdivisions in the study area is perceived as a developer marketing tool to increase profits and fall short of intended conservation goals lacking actionable long-term maintenance plans. Recommendations based on the findings and for future research are presented to improve the future sustainability of urban wildlife habitat and therefore increase wildlife diversity and open space conservation within high-density, metropolitan areas.


Conservation subdivisions, Urban carnivores, Apex predators, Habitat, Suburban habitat, Bobcats, Coyotes, DFW, North Central Texas, Flower Mound, Allen, Montgomery Farm, Chimney Rock, The Sanctuary, Coding methods, Domain analysis, NCTCOG, Habitat design, Conservation design, BEF, Conservation development


Architecture | Landscape Architecture


Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington