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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.

The Great Accomplishments and Uncertain Future of the Land & Water Conservation Fund

Land and Water Conservation Fund

Authorization of the Land & Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (LWCF) will expire on September 30, 2015 unless Congress takes action to extend the legislation. Arguably the most significant piece of conservation legislation passed in the decades after World War II, the LWCF has funded all manner of projects across the country. Find out more about the politics currently threatening the future of this groundbreaking bill.

Who is Responsible for Landscape Stewardship on Farm Land

By Guest Observer July 1, 2015

Many rural landscapes are shaped by centuries of agricultural land use. As agricultural land use practices change, landscapes transform. In fact, transformation is a key-characteristic of any agricultural landscape. Most of these transformations occur without major notice. Others, however, are perceived as unwelcome and result in requests for landscape stewardship interventions. But who is responsible for defining the stewardship goals and the interventions needed for agricultural landscapes, for implementing and bearing the extra efforts or forgone profits?