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Labor History Makes Headway in NPS

By Eleanor Mahoney February 26, 2015
Pullman strikers in Chicago. The Illinois National Guard is visible protecting the building.

Roughly a week ago, President Obama designated Pullman (IL) 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.

Large Landscape Conservation Conference: Read all about it!

By Brenda Barrett February 25, 2015
Credit: Harvey Locke

Just out is “Expanding Horizons,” a report on the highlights of the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation (October 23-24, 2014). It includes information on pressing issues discussed at the conference including: ecosystem services, cultural heritage preservation, conservation in metropolitan regions and, of course, the overarching issue of climate change.

Preservation Advocacy Scholars Join the Action

Learn more about this year’s Preservation Advocacy Scholars, a select group of graduate students bringing new ideas and energy to the historic preservation movement.

Coal Seam Gas and the Hidden Destruction of Public Lands and Resources

By Guest Observer January 29, 2015
Credit: Jane Lennon

In eastern Australia where coal seam gas [CSG] has become a new industry in the last 10 years, the land is the battleground: grazing country, cropping country, state forest, water catchment areas, rural residential blocks and even urban areas. Gas miners through development approvals have the rights to the mineral resources underground, all government- owned in this country, and prevail over the rights of landowners on the surface.

Recognize Adirondack Park as National Heritage

Baxter Mountain n the Adirondacks. Credit: Adirondack Counci

Now that New York state has five National Heritage Areas — including the cultural landscapes of the Hudson River with its renowned 19th-century art school; the Erie Canal that initiated a new era in labor, transportation and commerce; and Niagara Falls, one of the nation’s best known natural icons — it is time for Congress to designate the Adirondack Park a National Heritage Area, too. This designation does not call for land use regulation or other restrictions. It is a means to foster recognition of heritage and education of this great American landscape.