April 2013

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
In This Issue
Featured Landscape: Oley Valley
Finding a fit for Cultural Landscapes
Fabos Conference
New Aldo Leopold FIlm
NLCS Name Change
In the News
About Us
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May 2-4
U.S. ICOMOS 16th Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia

May 19-23
National Outdoor Recreation Conference in Traverse City, Michigan

May 30-June 2
Society for Industrial Archaeology Annual Meeting in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Oley Valley Rural Historic District

Located in southeast Pennsylvania, the Oley Valley holds a unique place in the history of large and working landscape conservation. In 1979, the National Trust for Historic Preservation launched its Rural Project to provide advice, training, and publications to spur preservation activity in rural areas. The goal was to link historic preservation with broader planning and environmental issues. The Oley Valley along with Cazenovia New York were selected as pilot projects for this effort. Learn more about what has happened in this special region over the past thirty plus years, including the Oley Valley's impact on the National Register of Historic Places here. 


Photo credit: Zachary Pyle   


Living Landscape Observer
Finding a Fit for Cultural Landscapes

How do practitioners in the field of cultural landscape balance the at times competing priorities of preservation and conservation? In this guest piece, Paulette Wallace offers an international perspective on the issue, noting that in Australia change and evolution are closely tied to the cultural landscape concept. Read more. 

Fabos Conference: Building a Movement
Landscape architects, regional planners, academics, and students from over 20 countries came together at the University of Massachusetts Amherst  for the Fabos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning (April 11-12, 2013). The gathering engaged experts who are influencing landscape planning, policy making and greenway planning from the local to international level.Read more about the event, including a panel focused on the the heritage areas movement.
New Film on Aldo Leopold
A new movie, Green Fire, tells the story of Aldo Leopold, one of the leading conservation thinkers of the 20th century. The film highlights the influence place had on Leopold, including New Mexico and Wisconsin.
From Landscape System to Conservation Lands
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently began referring to its signature National Landscape Conservation System as simply "National Conservation Lands." Does removing the term landscape matter? Read more.
In the News
Engaging Independent Perspectives for a 21st-Century National Park System The approaching centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 presents an opportunity to connect all Americans with the National Park System places and programs. Start reading the latest report of the National Park System Advisory Board...more to come in the May issue of the Living landscape Observer.

Sally Jewell Sworn in as Secretary of the Interior Jewell was officially sworn in on Friday, April 12 at the Supreme Court of the United States. Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor administered the oath of office. O'Connor and Jewell worked together on the National Parks Second Century Commission, an independent commission charged with developing a twenty-first century vision for the National Park Service.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell addresses Interior Employees
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell addresses Interior Employees

Maya Lin's New Memorial is a City in the New York Times - Lin's latest show focuses on Manhattan and its surrounding landscape, environmental history and waterways. Her work is always inspiring. Be sure to visit the installation on her web site.

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission to meet in Conway. The four-state Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission will hold its second quarterly meeting at 9 a.m. May 17 at Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 504 Church St. in Conway. The public is invited.

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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.