October 2012

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
In This Issue
Featured Landscape: Ebey's Landing
End of the Country - Drilling
What Would Lady Bird Do?
Amazon Large Landscape Conservation
Reading Recommendation
Latest News
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Oct 31 - Nov. 5
Beyond Boundaries - Annual Meeting of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Spokane, Washington

Dec 10 - 14
ACES and Ecosystem Markets 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
Agriculture landscape at Ebey's Landing. By Mitch Richards.

Located on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington State, Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve is home to a continuous record of Pacific Northwest history. Long standing patterns of settlement, historic homes, pastoral farmsteads and commercial buildings are still within their original farm, forest, and marine settings.  The community of Ebey's Reserve is a healthy, vital one that allows for growth and change while respecting and preserving its heritage.

Learn more about this special place here.  


Photo credit: John Lambing


Living Landscape Observer
End of Country - Drilling and the Landscape
How does gas drilling affect a regional landscape? Reflections from a recent visit to Bradford County, Pennsylvania, one of the centers of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania. Also, a reading recommendation on the same issue. Read more.
What Would Lady Bird Do?

Texas! What better place to talk about the next fifty years of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This is the home turf of Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who signed the original law back in 1965. LBJ had a strong record of caring for the nation's natural resources, but it is no secret that he was inspired to do so by one of great conservation figures of the 20th century, his wife Lady Bird Johnson.  Read more.

Working on a Landscape Scale in the Amazon - Part II
The Amazon Conservation Association, a consortium of Peruvian, Bolivian, and U.S. conservation organizations, is working across international borders and varied ecosystems on an ambitious regional plan to address threats to the forest and to human welfare . Find out more about this work in the second of a two part series on large landscape conservation in the Amazon by guest contributor Amy Rosenthal. Read more.
Reading Recommendation of the Month
Looking for an interesting read on conservation, preservation, community development, cultural resources - or all of the above? So are we - and we want to hear from you. Let us know what you are reading so we can include it on our Research and Writing page.

This month's recommendation is The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries and Bandits on the Salish Sea, a new book by historian Lissa Wadewitz. In the text, Wadewitz examines the evolving management of a transnational landscape - the Salish Sea between Washington State and British Columbia. She pays particular attention to the conservation practices of the region's indigenous peoples in the pre-contact period as well as late 19th and early 20th century disputes over the salmon fishery involving diverse workers on both sides of the 49th parallel.
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Our thoughts are with family, friends and colleagues on the East Coast and Beyond experiencing the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Learn more at redcross.org and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.  


For those attending the National Trust for Historic Preservation Meeting in Spokane this week, contributors to the Living Landscape Observer will be at two sessions of interest - Indigenous Cultural Landscapes: New Ideas on Place on November 2nd from 10:15am - 11:45am and Conservation on a Grand Scale: Large Landscape Approach on November 2nd from 1:15pm - 2:45pm.    



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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.