January 2013

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
In This Issue
Featured Landscape: The Great Allegheny Passage
Revisiting Leopold
Salazar's Landscape Legacy
NY Partners in Caring for Land
Heritage Commission at Inaugural
In the News
About Us
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February 5
Alliance of National Heritage Areas Annual Meeting and Congressional Reception in Washington, DC

February 25-26
Historic Preservation Advocacy Day sponsored by Preservation Action in Washington, DC

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

April 12-13

Fabos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning in Amherst, Massachusetts

The Great Allegheny Passage

In western Pennsylvania, where freight trains full of coal and steel once rumbled over the Continental Divide, today bicyclists, dog walkers and children in strollers enjoy a well groomed path. The Great Allegheny Passage rail-trail offers more than 140 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, MD, and Homestead, PA, near Pittsburgh. In Cumberland, the trail joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous trail experience, 325 miles long, to Washington, DC. Learn more about the trail and its approach to landscape-scape interpretation and recreation here. Image: Allegheny Trail Alliance 


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Revisiting Leopold on a Landscape Scale
The National Park Service has recently issued an update to the influential Leopold Report (1963), among the first documents to advocate for an ecosystem approach to natural resource management in protected areas. What is there to like about the new "Revisiting Leopold" document and what may need a bit more work. Read more.
Secretary Salazar's Legacy on Landscapes
As Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar prepares to leave office, a look back at some of his achievements in the field of large landscape preservation, especially his efforts to promote the America's Great Outdoors initiative as a blueprint for 21st century conservation. Read more.
Partners in Caring for Land
Exciting partnerships for conservation are taking shape in New York State, where local, state, federal and nonprofit groups are coming together to find new and creative ways to achieve their shared stewardship goals. Read more.
Heritage Commission Takes Part in Inaugural

Cheers to the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor for participating in the recent Presidential Inaugural Parade. The float, which highlighted the culture and traditions of region, featured members of the Gullah Geechee commission and their families. Read more and see a photo. 

In the News

In 1992, Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7, among the last remaining landmarks of the Homestead Steel Works, were placed on Preservation Pennsylvania's "At Risk" list. Twenty years later, thanks to the efforts of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, the furnaces are stabilized and preservation is in progress. In a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune, August R. Carlino, CEO of the eight-county heritage area, which includes other historic industrial sites, talked about the significance of the furnaces, "There is nothing like this left, not only in Pittsburgh, but the country." Read more here.

Thanks to the National Parks Traveler for highlighting one of the park service's cultural resource programs. In a recent post, the Traveler explores the variety of cultural landscapes within park boundaries.  The National Park Service categorizes cultural landscapes include historic sites, historic designed landscapes, historic vernacular landscapes and ethnographic landscapes. Visit the web site for more information and beautiful photographs.

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.