November 2013

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
In This Issue
Featured Landscape: Glass House Mountains
Caring for Country
Parked! Report
Gettysburg Living Legacy
In the News
About Us
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December 15
U.S./ICOMOS International Symposium Call for Papers, Proposals Due Dec. 15 for Conference April 3-5, Philadelphia, PA

Glasshouse Mountains  
View of the  Glasshouse Mountains. Photo by B. Barrett
Glasshouse Mountains National Park in Australia is a living and evolving landscape, with many similarities to National Heritage Areas in the United States. The mountains themselves are eleven volcanic plugs, each one the core of an eroded volcanic features.

Humans have shaped and re-shaped the region, leaving a layered and rich ecological and cultural past, present an future.

Learn more about the history of Glasshouse Mountains National Park here.
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Caring for Country

A visit to Australia prompts reflections on the ways in which Indigenous knowledge(s) and presences on the land are acknowledged (or not) in different settler-colonial societies, including the United States. Read more. 

U.S. Loses Voting Rights at UNESCO

In early November, the United States lost its vote at UNESCO 

roughly two years after stopping its financial contribution over the admission of Palestinians as full members. Check out a story we ran on this issue in our May issue as well as a piece from the New York Times. 
Still Parked! 
A few ideas to take away from Senator Tom Coburn's report Parked! How Congress' Misplaced Priorities Are Trashing Our National Treasures. 
Living Legacy Project Begins in Gettysburg 
On November 19, the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership in collaboration with the Gettysburg National Military Park dedicated 248 trees (167 newly planted trees and 81 existing trees) on Bliss Farm as part of the Living Legacy Project. This effort is helping to restore the orchard that existed on the property at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. Read more.
In the News

Secretary Jewell highlights Collaborative Landscape Level Work to Preserve Longleaf Habitat in Southeastern US

During a recent visit to the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell highlighted locally-led efforts to conserve nearly 4,000 acres of longleaf pine habitat. Jewell called the effort a "model of public-private partnerships aimed at collaborative, landscape level conservation" and also cited it as a reason for Congress to pass full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Learn more here. 


New Director at National Parks Conservation Association
In November, the National Parks Conservation Association announced it had hired former Discovery Channel executive Clark Bunting as its new president. Bunting will replace former NPCA President Tom Kiernan, who left the group in April to lead the American Wind Energy Association.


New Tool for Mapping Urban Landscapes 

Mapping software and some creative thinking demonstrate new ways to look at the built environment in cities by visually representing the age of all the buildings. 


Landscape-scale Mitigation Directive

Interior Sec. Sally Jewell recently issued a directive calling for a "landscape-scale" approach to mitigating the environmental impacts of major highway, water, energy and other infrastructure development projects. Read more. 

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