Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
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Featured Landscape: Baltimore National Heritage Area
Pennsylvania's Hallowed Ground
Adirondack Park
NPS Centennial
Landscapes in Passing
In the News
About Us
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September 16-19
World Canals Conference in Toulouse, France

September 18-21
AASLH Annual Conference in Birmingham, Alabama


October 30 - Nov 2

National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana

Baltimore National Heritage Area 
Numerous tall ships docked along Baltimore's Inner Harbor during the June 2012 Star-Spangled Celebration marking  the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
Photo: Baltimore NHA

Designated by the U.S. Congress in 2009, the Baltimore National Heritage Area includes numerous local and National Register-listed historic districts, many of the city's parks and open spaces, and 24 National Historic Landmarks. Three National Historic Trails, along with the Charles Street National Scenic Byway and the Historic National Road also enrich this diverse landscape. Learn more about the Baltimore National Heritage Area, including the interpretive framework developed to share more than three centuries of stories.
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Pennsylvania's Hallowed Ground

Efforts are now underway in Pennsylvania to support the stewardship of more than 40 cemeteries where African American Civil War veterans were interred. This important project, Pennsylvania's Hallowed Ground, builds on many years of work by dedicated volunteers across the commonwealth. Learn more. 

Adirondack Park: No Longer Contested
Has the time come for the Adirondack Park to be "inspirational, educational, recreational, ecological and economically sustainable?" If so, what has changed in local and state politics to allow for such a transformation? Paul Bray explains how a contested landscape is now becoming collaborative. Learn more.
Ideas wanted for the next 100 Years
Centennials are rather a big deal. The National Park Service (NPS) hopes that its 100th birthday in 2016 will spark a conversation to guide the agency's future. A new web site is asking the public to submit ideas by October 20th. Learn more.
Landscapes in Passing 
The end of summer, the season of road trips and family vacations, cross-country moves and college drop-offs, is a fitting moment to reflect on how highways and automobiles have changed the ways in which we view and interact with landscape. An exhibit currently at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Landscapes In Passing: Photographs by Steve Fitch, Robbert Flick, and Elaine Mayes,offers varied perspectives on this question as well as evocative views of the late 20th century United States. Learn more.
In the News


New World Heritage Website 

Preservation Action, the nation's grassroots advocacy organization for historic preservation, has launched a New Online Resource focused on UNESCO and World Heritage. The site provides information on the latest advocacy efforts in Congress, including a one-page briefing paper. It features an interactive map of U.S. World Heritage Sites and links to two sites on the U.S. tentative list for World Heritage designation: Poverty Point in Louisiana and the San Antonio Missions in Texas.  


North Dakota Proposal Dedicate Oil Money to Conservation

Conservation advocates are resurrecting a proposed ballot initiative that would set aside a bigger slice of North Dakota's mushrooming oil revenues for an outdoor heritage fund. Advocates say the landscape in North Dakota is under unprecedented pressure from oil and gas development and a loss of land dedicated to wildlife habitat because of high market prices that are encouraging more crop production. Read more here and here. 


Carrie Furnaces Photo Exhibit 

A new exhibit captures various perspectives of Carrie Furnaces, two rare pre-World War II blast furnaces that produced iron for the Homestead Steel Works in Pennsylvania. See some of the images here. 


New Interview with Secretary Jewell
On a trip to the Pacific Northwest, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell reflects on some positives and negatives of her position.

National Trust for Historic Preservation 11 Most Endangered Places
In case you missed it last month, the NTHP's list of most endangered places includes the James River in Virginia. Be sure to check out the entire list.
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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.