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National Heritage Areas: Learning from Thirty Years of Working to Scale

By Eleanor Mahoney August 31, 2016
View of Wilkes-Barre, PA in the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

In the face of challenges such as climate change and urban sprawl not to mention shrinking budgets and at-times hostile lawmakers, how can those interested in large landscape conservation ensure that their work is both effective and sustainable? In the most recent issue of The George Wright Forum, a variety of scholars and practitioners examine […]

Landscape Conservation: The Next Four Years

By Brenda Barrett August 30, 2016
Maine North Woods
Photographer: George Wuethner

How will the next election impact the idea of large landscape conservation? This topic is not the stuff of campaign speeches or sadly even photo ops. No one spoke at the conventions in Cleveland or Philadelphia about how large landscapes made a difference in their life.  However, landscape scale practitioners are interested in how the next […]

Rappahannock Retracing their Past.

By Guest Observer August 29, 2016
Fones Cliff Beverly Marsh

Courtesy: St. Mary's College of Maryland

By Joe McCauley In 1940, Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can’t Go Home Again, a novel about finding one’s identity in the modern world.  In popular American speech, the phrase has come to mean it is impossible to relive the optimistic expectations of youth once you have experienced the world as an adult.  Perhaps so, but […]

Corporate Role in Parks Recalls Earlier Era, Presents New Challenges

By Eleanor Mahoney August 1, 2016
Photo Harry Teng / Wikimedia Common

This summer saw a flurry of critical articles centered on a proposed change in how the National Park Service solicits and recognizes private donations, including from corporate entities. But is the link between conservation and corporations actually new? And what does it reveal about deeper connections between economic change in the United States and the manner in which the country manages its public lands and historic sites?

Lessons in Partnerships along the Appalachian Trail

By Brenda Barrett July 29, 2016
View of the Appalachian Trail from the porch of the Iron Masters Mansion now a hostel in Pine Grove Furnace State Park

The Appalachian Trail Museum in Pennsylvania’s Pine Grove Furnace State Park serves as a great introduction to the people who made the trail a reality. For insight into the intersection of the trail with the growth of the environmental movement and the need to secure permanent protection for the trail during the rise of the property rights movement, read Sarah Mittlefehldt’s book Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics (2013). In it, she offers some valuable insights on forming conservation partnerships in a challenging world.