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Gary Bentrup

Gary Bentrup

Res. Landscape Planner
East Campus
United States

Phone: 402-437-5178 x4018
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Current Research

My research focuses on four interrelated areas: 1) the application of conservation buffers to provide multiple landscape services; 2) development and evaluation of evidence-based tools for planning and designing multifunctional agricultural landscapes; 3) agroforestry's potential role in adapting to climate change and extreme weather events; and 4) theory and principles for effective science delivery.

Research Interests

Agroforestry, agricultural land use, multifunctional landscapes, science delivery, conservation buffers, landscape planning and design

Why This Research is Important

Over 50% percent of land use in the U.S. is dedicated to some form of agricultural production. How we manage farms and ranches plays a critical role in determining the ecosystem services we can expect from these working landscapes. One key option in the toolbox is agroforestry—the intentional combination of agriculture and forestry to create an integrated and sustainable land-use system. Research lays the foundation for creating agroforestry systems that provide multiple benefits for landowners and society.

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Nebraska, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
    2007 - Current
  • Research Landscape Planner, USDA National Agroforestry Center
    1999 - Current
  • Landscape Architect/Wetland Specialist, Willow Creek Ecology, Mendon, UT
    1997 - 1999
  • Landscape Architect/Wetland Specialist, Aquatic and Wetland Consultants, Boulder, CO.
    1994 - 1996

Professional Organizations

  • American Society of Landscape Architects, Member (2009 - Current)
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society, Member (2002 - Current)
  • International Association for Landscape Ecology, Member (2000 - Current)

Awards & Recognition

  • USFS R&D Deputy Chief's Science Delivery Award, 2012
    For outstanding initiative and creativity in science delivery
  • Southern Research Station Director's Award - Technology Transfer, 2009
    For outstanding initiative and creativity in developing a field book of science-based guidelines for conservation buffer planning and design.
  • USDA Two Chiefs' Partnership Award, 2006
    For collaborative work on developing the CanVis Visual Simulation Kit
  • The Wildlife Society - Outstanding Book Award, 2001
    For co-authorship of the publication entitled "Conservation Corridor Planning at the Landscape Level: Managing for Wildlife Habitat".

Featured Publications & Products


Research Highlights


A Win-Win on Agricultural Lands: Creating Wildlife Habitat Through Agroforestry

Over 50 percent of land use in the U.S. is dedicated to agricultural production. Farms and ranches are therefore a critical piece in the conserv ...


Agroforestry for Sustainable Food Production and Resilient Landscapes

The USDA National Agroforestry Center fostered exchange of research, data, and practitioner experiences through its co-organization of the 16th ...


Assessing Agroforestry’s Role in Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

The first-ever scientific assessment on agroforestry as a mechanism for improving the resiliency and productivity of farm and ranch lands.


Assessing Agroforestry’s Role in Supporting Insect Pollinators

First-ever systematic review of agroforestry’s contribution to enhancing pollinator conservation and pollination services on farms and ranches ...


Buffer Guidelines

Buffer Guidelines: This field guidebook was promotes multifunctional landscape management through a concise yet comprehensive and easy-to-unders ...


Cornucopia in the Cities: Growing Urban Agriculture with Trees

Advances in research show how incorporating trees in urban landscapes contributes to diverse sustainable systems for growing food in cities that ...


New Assessment Sheds Light on Building Resilient Landscapes from Forests to Farms

Projected changes in climate patterns and weather variability pose substantial hazards for U.S. agricultural systems and the resource base.


Non-Timber Forest Product Calculator: A Tool for Merging Conservation and Production

The new non-timber forest product calculator allows landowners to estimate the income potential of harvesting and selling non-timber forest prod ...


Outreaching Agroforestry in a Changing Climate

USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) staff developed new resources to support state, federal, extension, non-profit and private sector staff ...


Last updated on : 01/19/2022