July 2012

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
In This Issue
Featured Landscape: Adirondack Park
Lower Susquehanna
Northeast Mega-region Meeting
Networking this fall
Latest News
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September 29-30
Land Trust Alliance National Land Conservation Rally in Salt Lake City, UT

Featured Landscape
Adirondack Park
Adirondack Park

Larger than the state of Massachusetts, New York State's Adirondack Park is unique in many respects besides it size. Almost half of its 6 million acres is publicly owned and protected "forever" as wild forest land (called the "forest preserve") under the state constitution. Approximately, 2 million acres is privately owned forest land available for sustainable commercial logging or development at 42 acres per building. The Park also has 103 villages and hamlets with an overall population of 130,000 residents.


Learn more about this living landscape here.

Photo credit: Adirondack Museum



Living Landscape Observer
Lower Susquehanna: A Landscape of Loss
How do we lose significant large landscapes? It usually does not happen overnight. Over time, the landscape's character and heritage are slowly eroded, lost acre by acre, place by place and then, suddenly, an event occurs that draws attention to what is at stake. Read more about a recent example of this pattern in the Lower Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania.
Conserving a Peopled Landscape 
A recent conference (June 19, 2012) Landscapes: Improving Conservation Practice in the Northeast Megaregion brought together over 125 practitioners and state and federal officials to share insights on successful practices and build a network between comparable efforts. See a brief summary here as well as some thoughts on the host city - New York.  
Large Landscape Meet-ups this Fall
This fall there are multiple opportunities to meet and network with others interested in large landscape conservation. Check out the opportunities, which include sessions at the National Trust Annual Meeting in Spokane, Washington and a Conservation Landscape Summit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Learn more here about when, where and how to participate.
Latest News
This month, UNESCO added 27 new sites (19 cultural and 8 natural) to the World Heritage List. None of the locations are in the United States, though a recent post in from last month's Living Landscape Observer notes that perhaps this will change in the future.

Sangre de Cristo National Historic Park Proposed
Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) recently announced the launch of a public input process to craft potential legislation for establishing a Sangre de Cristo National Historic Park, building on the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area that was established in 2009. Udall noted that the designation would help preserve historically significant cultural resources and help foster heritage tourism and job creation in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range-San Luis Valley region of southern Colorado....But wait a second wasn't that what the heritage area designation was going to do? To read more about the trend of national heritage areas becoming national parks, see our post on Charting a Future, focused on the Blackstone River National Heritage Corridor.
About Us

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.