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Tammi Laninga

Tammi Laninga

Office: CNR 19F
Phone: (208) 885-7117
Email: laninga@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources
875 Perimeter Drive MS1139
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1139

College of Natural Resources
Conservation Social Sciences
Assistant Professor
Director, Bioregional Planning and Community Design

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2006

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Community-based collaborative planning
    • Federal land management planning
    • Sustainable land use planning approaches
  • Biography
    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.
  • Selected Publications
    • 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).
  • Research Projects

    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
  • Outreach Projects

    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

    Cascade, ID


    City of Plummer & the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Learning & Practice Collaborative

    Plummer, ID


    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
  • Awards and Honors
    • 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.


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