May 2014

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
In This Issue
Featured Landscape: Chesapeake Watershed
#NHA30 - Canals
Monitoring NHLs
#NHA30 - Cultural Parks
Digital Landscapes
In the News
About Us
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October 23-24, 2014
November 11-14, 2014 
Savannah, Georgia
Chesapeake Landscapes - and the Work They Inspire
View of Lower Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania
More than 18 million people live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, a landscape that stretches from upstate New York to the North Carolina border and the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. Rivers, like the James, Potomac, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Susquehanna and Choptank, link together the 64,000 square-mile region, serving as corridors for culture, wildlife, commerce and history. 
Learn about efforts currently underway to protect and interpret the Chesapeake's diverse places and stories, as well as the history of conservation in the region.


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#NHA30: Tales from the Towpath 
National Heritage Areas are conserving roughly one thousand miles of canal corridors across the country. These historic waterways and towpaths are becoming tomorrow's network of trails and blue ways, connecting population centers to parks and historical sites of national, state, and local importance. Find out more about the partnership model of management behind this success and the entrepreneurial strategies key to NHA achievements. Read more. 
Watching Over National Historic Landmarks

When the National Park Service ran into a bureaucratic roadblock, agency staff responded creatively to gather information on the status of National Historic Landmarks (NHL). Read more about how the NHL monitoring process has evolved since the program's creation in 1935. 

#NHA30: Key Documents
In 1984, the National Park Service hosted the inaugural International Perspective on Cultural Parks Conference at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Featuring participants from around the world, with dozens of presentations on all manner of landscapes, the conference proceedings are well worth a review for those interested in the origins of the national heritage area model. For example, two of the included papers focus on New York Urban Cultural Parks and Massachusetts Heritage State Parks respectively - state and local initiatives that influenced national heritage area designation. (made available through The Internet Archive and Clemson University)
Digital Landscapes

Can new digital technologies aid in the documentation, interpretation, and protection of large landscapes? Here are a few interesting projects and tools from around the web that seek to do just that.

In the News

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Inc. Seeks Executive Director
Learn more about the qualifications for this dynamic position. 

Call for Proposals DEADLINE EXTENDED  - National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation October 23-24, 2014
The deadline for submitting proposals is June 27, 2014. The conference organizers are interested in outcome-based sessions and symposia that will result in products such as white papers, summary reports, or recommendations. The program emphasizes lessons learned and best practices in every aspect of Large Landscape Conservation start-up, implementation, management, and assessment. 
Regional partnerships address conservation challenges 
A new approach enacted in the 2014 farm bill will move beyond just targeting conservation efforts at the field and farm level and instead provide the opportunity to enhance improvements at the watershed and landscape level. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that the critical conservation areas connected to the initiative are: the Great Lakes Region, Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Mississippi River Basin, Longleaf Pine Range, Columbia River Basin, California Bay Delta, Prairie Grasslands, and the Colorado River Basin. 
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The Living Landscape Observer is a 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.