June 2012

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
In This Issue
Featured Landscape: Mountains to Sound Greenway (WA)
World Heritage Update
Large Landscapes in the southwest Amazon
Cultural Landscapes in the 21st Century
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Featured Landscape
Mountains to Sound Greenway (WA)
Sunset over the Puget Sound

The story of the Mountains to Sound Greenway begins with citizens who wanted to make a difference in their local landscape. Twenty years later, the Greenway stretches over 100 miles between Seattle and Central Washington, tracing a majestic path through mountains, waterways and vibrant communities. Learn more about this initiative and its future here. 


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Shout Out to World Heritage
In most countries inscription on the World Heritage list is highly prized. Designation is seen as bringing honor, recognition, and tourists to a nation's most outstanding historic and scenic sites. In the US, acceptance of World Heritage has been slower, but perhaps these attitudes are changing...with Texas in the lead? Learn more here.
Conserving Landscapes in the Amazon
As the scale and rate of industrial development in the southwest Amazon grows exponentially, local communities and associations, place-based nonprofits and other collaborators have come together to plan and execute an ambitious initiative to address the environmental and human needs of this unique place. Read more in this first part of a two-part series. 
Cultural Landscapes in the 21st Century

Marking the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention and the 20th anniversary of the Declaration on Cultural Landscapes, Rutgers University will convene an international conference this fall - Cultural Landscapes: Preservation Challenges in the 21st Century. 


To be held October 12-14, 2012, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the event will bring together scholars and professionals from around the world to examine the concept, implementation, and management of cultural and historic urban landscapes. Leaders from a cross-section of disciplines will address the challenge of sustainability, newly adopted approaches to conservation within historic urban landscapes, climate change and biodiversity, and the development of conservation and management strategies that reflect the complexities of world cultures and the interests of multiple stakeholders.

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Tune into the World Heritage Convention in St, Petersburg, Russia! Live Streaming of the 36th Annual Meeting is available here from Jun 24 to July 6, 2012. 


Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area seeks an executive director.  The candidate will be responsible for planning and directing the work of the SdCNHA in fulfillment of its mission. Submittals should be addressed to Lawrence Gallegos, SdCNHA President, P.O. Box 844, Alamosa, CO 81101.  For a full position description or information, please contact info@sdcnha or 719-580-6212.  Application deadline (postmark) is July 6, 2012.

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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.  

Our Mission: To provide observations and information on the emerging fields of landscape scale conservation, heritage preservation and sustainable community development.