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Reading: The Science of Open Spaces

By Brenda Barrett August 29, 2015

My late summer reading list included Charles Curtin’s book The Science of Open Spaces: Theory and Practice for Conserving Large Complex Systems (Island Press 2015). In so many ways this is the book I have been waiting for. As the title promises it tackles working on a landscape scale both on the ground, but also takes a deep scholarly dive into the theories that underpin this work – chaos, complexity and resilience to name just a few.

How is Restoration Relevant to Stewardship?

By Brenda Barrett August 27, 2015

Peter Bridgewater   Centre for Museum and Heritage Studies, Australian National University. Can Landscape Stewardship really include restoration? Even more the concept of novel systems and their management? The upcoming workshops on the implementation of the European Landscape Convention in October have the sub-title “the landscape knows no boundaries”. That is true, but it is as […]

New Monuments, Old Debates

By Eleanor Mahoney July 29, 2015
President Obama signs an Executive Order creating three new National Monuments. Photo:

On July 10, 2015, President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate three new National Monuments – Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and Basin and Range in Nevada. With these new designations, the President will have used the Antiquities Act to establish or expand 19 national monuments. First used by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, the Antiquities Act remains one of the most important – and most controversial – tools by which the Executive Branch can take immediate action on pressing conservation and preservation priorities.

Historic Preservation @Fifty Years: What is Going On?

Preservation50 - 1966-2016. Credit: Preservation@50

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, and a host of organizations and advocates are taking the opportunity to not only celebrate, but also to reflect on historic preservation’s past, present and future. Find out more about what is going on and how you might be able to get involved.

Find Your Chesapeake


The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office launched a new partnership website “Find Your Chesapeake” is tourism-focused and helps residents and visitors explore over 350 special places around the Chesapeake region.