The land use task group’s responsibilities include the central campus as well as Luther’s Natural Areas. The task group advises the administration and natural lands manager on the central campus landscape and construction as well as implementation of the natural areas plan.
The land use task group is part of the Sustainability Council.
Luther's natural areas include nearly 700 acres which are accessible by 8 miles of hiking trails.
Before it became a college campus, the area on which our campus sits was a grassy savanna scattered with Bur oaks. In 1909, the Luther College Club in Chicago hired landscape artist Jens Jensen to redesign the campus landscape—in time for the college’s Semicentennial in 1911.
Several of our central campus initiatives, including the Ylvisaker Slope restoration and council rings are based on Jensen's landscape design.
Read about the natural areas located around Luther campus and Decorah in the Natural Assets article from the Luther Alumni Magazine.