November 2012

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
In This Issue
Featured Landscape: Piscataway Park
Landscapes at the National Trust
Erie Canal - Deserves Attention
Creative Conservation
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Dec 10 - 14
ACES and Ecosystem Markets 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

March 11-15
George Wright Society Biennial Conference in Denver, Colorado

April 12-13

Fabos Conferene on Landscape and Greenway Planning in Amherst, Massachusetts

Piscataway Park

If you stand on the porch at George Washington's Mount Vernon and gaze across the Potomac River, the beautiful wooded landscape that looks much as it did in Washington's time is Piscataway Park. The story of how this landscape came to be saved from development, becoming the first national park created through a public/private partnership is both interesting and inspiring. Learn more about this special place here.  


Photo credit: Accokeek Foundation


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Large Landscapes at the National Trust Meeting
Large landscapes. Living Landscapes. Cultural Landscapes - what a difference a few words can make! Earlier this month, a pair of well-received sessions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Meeting in Spokane, Washington highlighted the challenges associated with defining these terms. The two back-to-back panels, which both tackled landscape scale issues, drew very different responses from the audience - a testament to how exciting, yet also contested, these ideas remain.  Read more.
Erie Canal - Deserves Attention

The Erie Canal is approaching its bicentennial in 2025. It is hard to underestimate how transformational its creation was to the nation. Yet, why can't we realize its potential as what former Gov. George Pataki called one of New York's most valuable resources? Writer and lecturer Paul Bray examines the issues. Read more. 

The Components of Creative Conservation
Reflections on a recent article on the future of conservation including working at a landscape scale, recognizing the human benefits, involving the people who live in the region, and mentoring a new generation of local conservation leaders. Read more.
Latest News  

Pennsylvania Heritage Areas launch a new website


Conservation and Agriculture = real food security. New collaborations like the Landscape for People Food and Nature Initiative, led by Ecoagriculture Partners, are informing thinking on how to scale-up whole landscape approaches that meet conservation and agriculture goals.                          


The Plains and Prairie Potholes (PPP) Landscape Conservation Cooperative ( LCC) is seeking project ideas for potential funding in 2013.


The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has developed a new Heritage Landscape Atlas, one of the first online viewers for cultural landscape information and a valuable tool for the protection of Massachusetts heritage.


In the article "End of Country," which appeared in last month's newsletter, the correct figure for the total acreage disturbed by recent drilling including well pads, water access sites, gas transmission, new access roads and staging area was given as approximately 120,000 acres when it should have read 12,000-16,000 acres. We apologize for this error and would like to correct if for the record.


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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.