February 2015

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
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March 29 - April 3, 2015
George Wright Conference  Engagement, Expectations and Experience
in Oakland, CA 

May 13 - 15, 2015 
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA

The Intertwine Alliance 

The Intertwine Alliance encompasses nearly 3,000 square miles in the Portland (OR) and Vancouver (WA) metro area. It brings over 100 partners together around a set of common goals, including completion of the region's trail network and restoration of sensitive natural areas. The Alliance seeks to find new sources of funding, leverage existing investments, and engage residents to build a common agenda around complex environmental challenges.



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Next Steps for Large Landscape Conservation
Want to know what the future holds for large landscape conservation? Then be sure to check out Expanding Horizons, a new report that focuses attention on the recent National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation (October 23-24, 2014). It includes information on pressing issues such as ecosystem services, cultural heritage preservation, conservation in metropolitan regions and, of course, the overarching concern of climate change. Learn more.
Labor History Makes Headway in NPS 
Roughly a week ago, President Obama designated the Pullman Historic District in Chicago a National Monument under the Antiquities Act. The community is home to rich histories, which shaped both the labor and civil rights movements. Yet, it remains one of only a handful of NPS units that examine industrial work and collective action on the part of labor to any significant degree. Read more.
Meet Preservation Advocacy Scholars
Learn more about this year's Preservation Advocacy Scholars, a select group of graduate students who are bringing new ideas and energy to the historic preservation movement. 
In the News


More than 1,000 sites around the world have achieved World Heritage status, but could the designation be doing more harm than good in some cities? Read more.


President Obama recently created three new National Monuments, the Pullman Historic District in Chicago, Browns Canyon in Colorado and the Honouliuli Internment Camp in Hawaii. Learn more about these significant sites and watch the signing ceremony.


Ideas on how the federal government might better measure the economic impact of outdoor recreation. 


Applications are currently being accepted for Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites. This NEH Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities will take place over two consecutive summers. In 2015, participants will gather at UMass Amherst from June 22 - 28 to discuss key issues and challenges facing scholars working with 3D content with an emphasis on the end user experience, and define research questions that they will explore in the subsequent academic year. In 2016, participants will present their findings at a three-day symposium to be held at UCLA from June 20-23. Learn more. 

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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.