March 2013

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
In This Issue
Featured Landscape: Traveling 219
Five New National Monuments
A Delaware First
Heritage Area Close Call
George Wright Conference
In the News
About Us
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April 12-13
Fabos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning in Amherst, Massachusetts

April 13
Large Landscape Conservation in Metropolitan America organized by the Metropolitan Greenspaces Alliance and Practitioners Network for Large Landscape Conservation in Chicago, Illinois

April 14-16
National Main Street Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

Traveling 219 in West Virginia and Maryland

In 2010, a group of Americorps volunteers working in the Allegheny Highlands of West Virginia and Maryland initiated an oral history and storytelling program. Called the Traveling 219 Project, the effort draws on the New Deal-era Federal Writers Project for inspiration. It follows the path of U.S. Route 219 some 200 miles through hills, valleys, farmland, National Forest and dozens of towns and small communities. Learn more about Traveling 219 here including how it can serve as a model for community-based history in a regional setting.   


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New National Monuments at Landscape Scale

On March 25, President Obama designated 5 new national monuments, including four at a landscape scape. Learn more about these varied places, which include sites in Delaware, Washington State, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Mexico. Read more

New National Monument a "first" in Delaware
In late March in New Castle, Delaware, an excited group of Delawareans and Pennsylvanians gathered to
Credit: Cherilyn Widell
celebrate the designation of the First State National Monument by President Obama. Vice President (and former Delaware Senator) Biden, current Delaware Senator Carper, Interior Secretary Salazar and NPS Director Jarvis were on hand for the National Monument Proclamation, which marked the first time the National Park Service has had a presence in Delaware. Read more.
Another Close Call for Heritage Areas
Just when you think things could not get more dire for the National Heritage Areas, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) proposed an amendment to the recent budget continuing resolution that would have stripped away half of the funding for the program ($8.1 Million). Learn more about how and why this happened.
Cultural Landscapes at George Wright Meeting
Couldn't make it to recent George Wright Conference in Denver? The panel on Indigenous Cultural Landscapes: Developing a more Inclusive Approach to Large Landscape Conservation shared news on how organizations in the Chesapeake Bay region are working together to identify and describe landscapes from the perspective of indigenous people who lived in the watershed at the time of Captain John Smith's explorations. Watch the video, featuring Deanna Beacham (Weapemeoc), the American Indian Program Manager for the NPS' Chesapeake Bay Office to learn more.
Deanna Beacham - Indigenous Cultural Landscape Hi-Res

You can also read more about the Conference here.
In the News

The Gullah Geechee Commission is now accepting nominations for Commissioners from the Moultrie News

A new economic impact study indicates National Heritage Areas (NHAs) contribute $12.9 billion annually to the national economy. The economic benefits of NHAs are realized primarily through tourism and visitation. Each NHA coordinating entity serves as a catalyst for economic development within the regions they operate. Read the full report for information on the six case study NHAs here.

A free-market path to land conservation in the West? Learn more in a recent New York Times article.

How a program to fund parks in Washington State with a visitor pass fell short in filling the gaps caused by dramatic cuts in state support from the Seattle Times
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