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From the Archives: Urban Recreation and Greenline Parks Capture Attention in 1975

By Eleanor Mahoney December 29, 2017
Senator J. Bennett Johnston. Credit:  U.S. Senate Historical Office.

The mid 1970s proved to be a pivotal moment in the history of large landscape conservation. The funding boom of the sixties had come to an end, but the political influence of the environmental movement still held sway in many state capitols and in Washington, D.C. The administration of President Gerald Ford sought to cut back on federal investments in conservation, especially in cities, while members of Congress pushed for increases or – at the very least – preservation of the funding status quo. A document from the era, drafted by Charles Little of the Congressional Research Service, captures these tensions and is worth a read.

Culture/Nature Journey: New Delhi India

By Brenda Barrett December 27, 2017
Taj Mahal
 UNESCO World Heritage Site Agra India

There is growing recognition of the interconnected character of culture and nature and the need for a more holistic approach to address the most urgent issues facing our planet – climate change, urbanization, and the transformations wrought by globalization. The recent Scientific Symposium at the 19th ICOMOS Triennial General Assembly in Delhi (December 11-15, 2017) continued the journey begun at last year’s World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i to find points intersection between the two fields. The discussion focused on such topics as the Connecting Practice initiative , the challenges of agriculture and rural landscapes, and the role of indigenous communities.

Latest Updates: Federal Government and Large Landscapes

By Eleanor Mahoney October 31, 2017
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It is getting harder and harder to keep track of all the news involving federal government action on landscape conservation issues. The past few weeks have been especially overwhelming with each day (and sometimes each hour!) bringing a new headline or controversy. Drilling in Alaska, new fees at National Park Service units, and potential changes to National Monument designations are just a few of the issues to catch our attention.

Half Earth: E.O. Wilson sparks the planet’s largest conservation effort

By Brenda Barrett October 30, 2017
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On October 23, 2017 conservationists gathered at National Geographic Headquarters for an event called “Half Earth Day” held six months after Earth Day in April. The half theme was to highlight renowned biologist, naturalist, and author E.O. Wilson’s big idea that half the planet is the amount of protected marine and land habitats required to […]

Threats to the Conservation of U.S. Marine Landscapes

National Marine Sanctuaires 
Courtesey NOAA

Overshadowed by the controversy over shrinking the size of national monuments that protect large swaths of the United States’ western landscapes, is a parallel effort to change the protected status of the nation’s marine resources. While all eyes have been focused on Department of the Interior, the Department of Commerce has been preparing its own report on the future of marine national monuments and national marine sanctuaries. The report is not yet public, but could impact a broad area of the nation’s off shore real estate.