January 2016

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
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Historic PreservationAdvocacy Week March 8-10, 2016
Washington, D.C.
Joint National Council on Public History and Society for History in the Federal Government Conference 
March 16-19, 2016
Baltimore, MD 

IUCN World Congress
September 2016
 Honolulu HI

Celebrating Pennsylvania's Agricultural Heritage
2016 marks the 100th time Pennsylvania has celebrated agriculture and farmers with a multi-day exhibition in the state capitol of Harrisburg. Building on the number 100, this year Pennsylvania's Historic Preservation Office is partnering with the State's Department of Agriculture's Century Farm Program  to recognize farms that have been owned and operated by members of the same family for at least 100 years.

The Farm Show, as it now known, takes place in Harrisburg the second week in January and is one of Pennsylvania's valued traditions. It has its roots in 19th century agricultural fairs that were common across the state. In 1916, the then Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Charles Patton organized a new type of agricultural fair. In January 1917, the "Pennsylvania Corn, Fruit, Vegetable, Dairy Products, and Wool Show" was held in a farm machinery dealer's building in Harrisburg. The Show was a success, and became an annual event, evolving into what is now the Farm Show. In 1921, the Show presented its first livestock exhibits, for beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep, and swine. The first livestock competitions and sales were held in 1922. The next year poultry exhibits were included, and the event expanded from three days to five. In the late 1920s a dedicated complex for the Farm Show was built in the State Capitol city of Harrisburg.

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National Academy releases report on Large Landscape Conservation    
In November 2015 the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a report "An Evaluation of the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives", which concluded that a landscape approach is needed to meet the nation's conservation challenges and that the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) provide a framework for addressing that need. The NAS undertook the study pursuant to a Congressional directive to evaluate the LCC program. Read More.
The Federal 2016 Budget: How did Large Landscapes Fare?
After months of uncertainty, weeks of negotiations and two short-term extensions to keep the government open, Congress passed and the President signed the 2009 page omnibus spending Bill, titled the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. How did federal initiatives that support landscape scale work and fund our natural and cultural conservation programs fare?
 Read more here. 
Nantucket Island: Preservation Sans Connection
The built environment reflects the cultural, environmental, social, and historical identity of a community. What happens when another value, that of economic value, becomes the key consideration? Maanvi Chawala, a 2015 US ICOMOS international intern, examines this challenging topic in the context of Nantucket Island.

In the News 

The Conservation Fund's Balancing Nature and Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes Course will be held May 3-5, 2016 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. This will be an opportunity for rural and gateway communities across the country to convene for three intensive days to focus on crafting action plans to spark their local economy and to create a vision for their community's future centered on the theme of "Thriving, not just Surviving".
Application Deadline is March 14, 2016. 

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is an international collaborative initiative of knowledge sharing, dialogue and action to support integrated landscape management in order to achieve three simultaneous goals: improved food production, ecosystem conservation, and sustainable livelihoods. Agriculture, development and conservation organizations big and small are joining up to connect their best programs and research with a network of local landscape initiatives. The long term goal is to create and sustain integrated agricultural landscapes worldwide.

The Rivers of the Chesapeake initiative is one of several large-scale landscape conservation efforts that have been supported by the fund in recent years.
Read More about this in the above article in the  Bay Journal.


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