In this guest piece, Katie Rispoli, a 2015 Preservation Action Scholar, makes a compelling case for thinking about the ways in which historic preservation qualifies as a conservation strategy – both in terms of the natural environment and the cultural heritage of a particular community.
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.
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.
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.
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.