Kara has a degree in landscape architecture with an emphasis on urban stream restoration and drainage, and city planning from UC Berkeley. She moved to Utah in 1993 after a year and a half in Australia and New Zealand where she first learned about permaculture. After a few river seasons, witnessing huge flows in Mill Creek and around town, and realizing that Moab was the place, Kara started Wildland Scapes as a desert and riparian restoration company. Over the past 15 years Wildland Scapes has grown and changed as Moab has – and to conform with state laws requiring a landscape contractors license for work involving plant installation, irrigation and drainage. Kara has installed many larger residential, commercial and civic landscapes in town during the early 2000s including City Hall, the Library and Zions Bank, as well as working to remove invasive plants from sensitive areas and revegetate with native plants. Most of her projects have been design build, or have included substantial design revisions to help projects fit better for Moab’s weather and soils. Kara is a Certified Technical Service Provider for Pollinator Habitat Improvement Planning through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Wildland Scapes still does site design and is a licensed landscape contracting business. They now focus on growing and supplying plants needed for all kinds of landscapes (from edible to desert revegetation) in SE Utah at our retail location in Moab, and as a collaborator on a larger propagation facility at the old Mayberry Orchard. Wildland Scapes is involved in a limited way in installation projects – as a drainage and planting plan designer, as a partner with Bijan Design and Consulting and has acted as a project manager with other installers.