March 25, 2022 @ 3:30 p.m. MDT | 2020 LAEP Distinguished Alumna
Allysia Angus | Bureau of Land Management
Tales from the Field of a 20+ Year Bureau of Land Management Career
About the Lecture:Allysia is one of fewer than a handful of professionals who hold the title of landscape architect among the Bureau of Land Management workforce of fewer than 10,000 employees. The BLM manages almost a quarter billion acres of public lands (1/10 of US land base) - far more than any other federal land management agency - that span from the Pacific Coast across the deserts and rangelands of the Intermountain West to the Rocky Mountains. She will share successes and challenges from her more than 20 years of working on projects large and small, from her local district (which includes Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Kanab Field Office) in southcentral Utah to as far flung as Alaska. During her public service career, Allysia has had a hand in land use planning, recreation site planning and design, visual resource management, research, interpretive projects, and a host of other random work.
Allysia Angus is one of four landscape architects in the Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency that manages almost a quarter billion acres of the US land base, more than any other agency. She served as the landscape architect for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) in Escalante, Utah for more than 15 years. She is now the landscape architect for the BLM’s Paria River District which includes GSENM and the Kanab Field Office. Allysia began her career at the Monument in 2000 as an intern and since that time has worked on a host of planning, design, interpretive, and research projects.
Early in her career, Allysia was a key member of the team that prepared the Scenic Byway 12 Corridor Management Plan as part of the application package to secure designation of the byway as an All-American Road within the National Scenic Byway System, which to date is Utah’s only such acclaimed route. She served for many years on the Scenic Byway 12 Committee and Foundation.
Allysia led the development of BLM’s Guidelines for a Quality Built Environment, which established or reinforced goals related to the image, functionally, performance, and accessibility of all Bureau facilities.
Allysia is the longest-standing member of the instructor cadre for the BLM National Training Center’s Visual Resource Management Course. She recently led the effort to prepare the GSENM Visual Resource Inventory which documented the BLM’s highest rated Scenic Quality Rating Unit.
Outside of work, Allysia was the owner/builder of her small straw bale home where she has hosted LAEP’s Women in Landscape Architecture retreats, is the co-director of the Escalante Canyons Art Festival, and volunteers for Best Friends Animal Society’s Trap, Neuter, Release Program.
In addition to her MLA, she holds a BA in Communications and Art from the University of Tennessee.