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Featured Landscape: Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Area
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Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor  
A former textile mill along the Blackstone River in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
In 1986, Congress designated the Blackstone River Valley in Massachusetts and Rhode Island a National Heritage Corridor.

Its purpose is to protect, preserve, and interpret the industrial heritage of the region, including sites such as the Slater Mill, the first water-powered cotton-spinning factory in America.

The land, buildings, and resources within the Heritage Corridor are managed by a mosaic of 24 towns and cities as well as private landowners. 

Learn more about the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, including pending legislation and upcoming events here.
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PA Agricultural Heritage Project Wins Award

The Vernacular Architecture Forum recently awarded the Pennsylvania Agricultural History Project its Paul E. Buchanan Award in recognition of the project's contribution to the study of the nation's built environment. The Agricultural History Project includes narrative histories describing the evolution of different farming systems around the state, historic census data, a field guide to historic farm buildings and landscapes, bibliographic resources and more. Read more. 

Value of a Backward Glance

In the summer of 1988, massive fires swept across Yellowstone National Park. At the time, alarmist news coverage questioned whether the landscape would ever recover. Now, 25 years later, scientists have learned a great deal about the significance and the complexity of fire's potential impact on an ecosystem. Thoughts on the challenges of interpreting landscape-scale stories that go beyond soundbites as well as the importance of learning from history and change over time.  

Industrial Heritage at National Trust Meeting

The upcoming National Trust Meeting (Oct. 29 - Nov. 2) in Indianapolis will feature a variety of classroom and field sessions focused on industrial heritage. Panels include: 

  • Industrial Heritage Preservation: An Advanced Primer
  • Industrial Restoration: Making the Impossible Possible
  • Policy and Preservation: Solving Unintended Consequences of  Regulation and Incentives
  • Preserving Product and Process: Living Cultural Landscapes within the Policy Framework
  • Nuts & Bolts of Industrial Reuse
  • Carroll County: Bridges to the Past
  • Indiana's Limestone Industry: Contemporary Operations and Historic Sites
To learn more about these and other sessions, visit the conference website.
In the News

New Series Features National Heritage Areas (NHAs)
There are currently 49 NHAs spanning hundreds of thousands of acres in 32 states, and representing diverse communities and cultures. The National Parks Conservation Association is profiling NHAs across the country on its Park Advocate website to build awareness of this program. Check out all of the stories and subscribe to the Park Advocate to learn more.


Pullman Moves Closer to Becoming National Park
In the early 1880's, George Pullman set out to build his vision of a model community in the prairie outside Chicago. Here, in the town of Pullman, workers employed by his Pullman Palace Car Company would enjoy a high standard of living and, Pullman hoped, reject membership in the region's growing labor movement. However, within a decade of construction, workers organized with the American Railway Union, striking in 1894 as part of a national wave of labor militancy. The town and its residents also played significant roles in African American labor history and in the history of planning and urban design. Read more about efforts to gain designation.

Nation's First Urban Wildlife Partnership in Baltimore

Masonville Cove, a stretch of industrial waterfront, is now the nation's first "urban wildlifeefuge partnership." The cooperative initiative is part the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts to expand its presence in urban areas. Read more.

The Impact of the Impending Government Shutdown on National Parks and Surrounding Communities
National parks could see a loss of more than 750,000 daily visitors and an economic loss to gateway communities of as much as $30 million for each day the parks are closed. Read more.
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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.