College of Natural Resources
Campus Locations: Moscow
Conservation Social Sciences
With UI Since 2006
B.S., Environmental Policy and Assessment, Western Washington University, 1994
M.A., Geography, University of Colorado, Emphasis: Water Resources, 2000
Graduate Interdisciplinary Certificate in Environmental Policy, University of Colorado, 2001
Ph.D. Design and Planning, University of Colorado, 2005
Community-based collaborative planning
Federal land management planning
Sustainable land use planning approaches
Tamara (Tammi) Laninga is an assistant professor in Sustainable Land Use Planning. She has a joint appointment in the Conservation Social Sciences department and the Bioregional Planning and Community Design program. Her research interests include community-based collaborative planning, federal land management planning, and sustainable land use planning approaches. Related to federal land management, Tammi is examining visitor recreation experiences and visitor capacity on public lands in Southeast Idaho and analyzing federal agency travel management planning. At the community level, Tammi is studying university/community partnerships that result in adoption of sustainable land use planning tools by Idaho communities. Tammi teaches Introduction to Bioregional Planning (BIOP 520) every fall and Bioregional Planning Studio 1 (BIOP 560) every other spring. She also teaches in the introductory course for CNR undergraduates, Exploring Natural Resources (NR 101) every fall. Dr. Laninga is a graduate of the Planning and Design PhD program at the University of Colorado.
- Lowry, Michael B., Tamara J. Laninga, and Kevin Kingsbury. [in press] Recreation River Management Using Traffic Simulation Software. Transportation Research Board.
- Austin, Gary, Tamara Laninga and Wendy McClure. Reinvesting in Small Western Town Central Business Districts: Preserving Rural Character and Enhancing Sustainable Development through University-Community Partnerships (submitted to Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship Spring 2010).
Patterns of Institutional Relationships and Local Collective Action.
Priest River, ID
- The objective of this pilot project is to assess, over time, community organizations in pursuing collective goals in the Priest River, ID area. By utilizing a pre/post survey method, this project will examine the extent to which the Learning and Practice Collaborative with Priest River affects community collective action.
- Co-investigators: Dr. Manoj Shresthra and Lisa Marshall (RA).
- Start Date: Fall 2009
North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River Management Plan Project.
- Work with the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River Preservation Committee to prepare a comprehensive plan for future management direction on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River.
- Co-investigators: Dr. Steve Hollenhorst, Nick Brown (RA) and Kelly Purnell (RA)
- Start Date: Summer 2009
South Fork Graduate Intern. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Upper Snake Field Office.
Idaho Falls, ID
- Manage research intern in completing a multi-stage public input project. Input projects include 1) nine community assessment workshops (May 2008); 2) twenty visitor recreation meetings (October 2008); 3) development of website for public input on wild and scenic river designations in the field office (April/May 2009); 4) initiated visitor capacity study on the South Fork of the Snake River involving literature review, fous focus groups, six in-person outfitter interviews, online survey, and boater survey (Spring Fall 2009).
- Start Date: Spring 2008
Clearwater River Basin, Idaho
- Work with a team of bioregional planning and community design graduate students to conduct primary (e.g., interviews) and secondary research in the Clearwater Basin, ID to develop a bioregional atlas examining the region’s cultural/social, biophysical, and economic characteristics. [link to atlas coming soon]
- Start Date: Fall 2010
City of Priest River Learning & Practice Collaborative
Priest River, ID
City of Cascade Learning & Practice Collaborative
City of Plummer & the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Learning & Practice Collaborative
Idaho State-wide Land Use Planning Analysis Steering Committee.
- Collaborative project examining comprehensive planning in the state of Idaho with Boise State University and Idaho Smart Growth.
- Co-investigators: Dr. Sandra Pinel and Jase Brooks (RA)
- Start Date: 2008
- Western Regional Outreach Scholarship Foundation Engagement Award. Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Building Sustainable Communities Initiative and University of Idaho Extension Horizon Program. $6000.