May 2013

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
In This Issue
Featured Landscape: Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
World Heritage at Risk
Sapelo Island
LLO Anniversary
Cultivate Parks to our Needs
A Year of Landscapes
In the News
About Us
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July 16-19
Pennsylvania Statewide Conference on Heritage in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

September 16-19
World Canals Conference in Toulouse, France

September 18-21
AASLH Annual Conference in Birmingham, Alabama
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

When the US Congress designated the Appalachian Trail in 1968, it paved the way for a nationwide network of long-distance scenic, historic and recreation trails. One of the newest editions to the system is the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. Designated in 2008, the trail commemorates the events and outcomes of the War of 1812, in particular those that led to and followed Francis Scott Key's writing of the National Anthem Learn more about this unique initiative, that focuses on land and water to interpret the Chesapeake region's rich history. 


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U.S. World Heritage Program at Risk

In 2011, the United States halted payment of its dues to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Find out more about the history of this decision and how it could impact future U.S. nominations to the World Heritage List, including San Antonio Missions and the Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright.  

Sapelo Island: Still a Living Landscape
Reflections on a recent visit to Sapelo Island, Georgia, a living landscape home to generations of Geechee people, now threatened by increased tax rates and coastal development. Read more here.
LLO Celebrates 1-year Anniversary
Last month the Living Landscape Observer (LLO) passed an important milestone. The website has now been up and running and publishing a monthly newsletter for one whole year. We've had over 6,000 visitors during that time, from more than 50 countries and 48 of 50 states. Read on to see which stories proved to be the most popular and a re-cap of some greatest hits.
Cultivate Parks to our Needs
How can our 20th century parks and protected areas meet the needs of 21st century users, while surviving ongoing funding challenges at the local, state and federal level. Learn more.
A Year of Landscapes
Over the past year, our monthly "featured landscape" has been a consistently popular story. Check out the full list of amazing landscapes and communities located across the United States and Canada.
In the News

National Survey on Large Landscape Conservation Policy

The Practitioners' Network for Large Landscape Conservation, with support from the Department of Interior and the USDA Forest Service, is conducting a national survey to gain insight into the policy-related aspects of large landscape conservation. The survey is entirely anonymous. Here is the survey.

Findings will be presented in upcoming regional and national meetings, and in a published report available at For further questions about this survey, or about the Network contact: Larry Fisher, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona or Shawn Johnson, Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy, The University of Montana. 


Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Management Plan Approved by the Secretary of the Interior  

Learn more about the Corridor's history and next steps. Also good news for the Corridor, Michael Allen, the National Park Service liaison, has been awarded the 2013 South Carolina Historic Preservation Governor's Award.


Legislation for first National Heritage Area in Pacific Northwest introduced in Congress

Bipartisan legislation to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway (a featured landscape in June 2012) as a National Heritage Area has been introduced in Congress. Read more


Return of a Sacred Site

Ponce de Le´┐Żn Hot Springs is returned to Taos Pueblo. Read more. 

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.