Living Landscape Observer
Welcome to the Observer
The Living Landscape Observer is a new website, blog and monthly e-newsletter that offers commentary and information on the emerging field of large landscape conservation. This approach emphasizes the preservation of a "sense of place" and blends ingredients of land conservation, heritage preservation, and sustainable community development. Learn more about how you can get involved or sign up for the newsletter here.
America's Summit on National ParksIn late January, the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Hospitality Association convened a meeting of more than 300 National Park Service (NPS) employees and partners in Washington D.C. Organized around the Agency's upcoming 2016 centennial, the gathering - America's Summit on National Parks - sought to generate ideas and debate around the future of the NPS and its place in the 21st century preservation and conservation landscape. Click here for a more complete run-down on the meeting.
Large Landscapes by the Numbers
According to a recent report by the Regional Plan Association, there are more than 160 large landscape projects currently underway in the Northeastern United States. While they vary in scale and in structure, the initiatives seek to work across political jurisdictions in order to achieve diverse goals and objectives. Read more commentary on the report
Federal Funding Update
When all was said and done, federal funding for landscape scale cultural and natural resource conservation programs fared relatively well in the 2012 budget showdown in Washington, D.C. For example, Historic Preservation funding for state and tribal historic preservation offices saw a slight increase to $47 million and $9 million respectively. Unfortunately, both Save America's Treasures and Preserve America, two federal historic preservation grant programs, were left unfunded for a second year.
And now, we are starting the process all over again with the 2013 budget! Get more details on both years' funding highs and lows in this article.
Dent and Tonko Introduce National Heritage Areas Program Bill
U.S. Reps. Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Paul Tonko (NY-21), co-chairs of the Congressional National Heritage Area Caucus, introduced H.R. 4099, a bipartisan bill to reform and modernize the National Heritage Areas program. This legislation, the National Heritage Area Act of 2012, was drafted in cooperation with the Alliance for National Heritage Areas and with input from the National Park Service.
Learn more about this and other recent news stories in our In the News postings.