2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the National Heritage Areas program. Conceived as a way to cross the culture – nature divide, heritage areas stretch beyond political boundaries to tell landscape scale histories and protect regional environmental resources. The areas tell stories that are too big, too gritty, too alive and too expensive to be confined within a traditional national park unit. Yet, heritage areas have been consistently hammered by shrinking federal budgets, questions about the proper role of government, and even their right to exist. Read more about how the LLO plans to mark this important anniversary.
In the years following World War II, outdoor recreation of all sorts, hiking, fishing, hunting, picnics, and yes – even driving – boomed across the United States as many families saw an increase in their income levels and their leisure time. At the same moment, population pressures and suburban development, including in ecologically sensitive areas […]
The children’s novel Anne of Green Gables (1908) attracts a worldwide audience to the book’s setting Canadian Maritime Province of Prince Edward Island. The book has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 47 languages. Learn more about how the evocative landscapes of the text are managed today.
At the recent National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation, attendees took time to celebrate the anniversaries of two ground-breaking large landscape projects – National Heritage Areas and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
In partnership with the National Park Service, National Heritage Areas across the country launched a one week media campaign blitz from August 24-30, 2014 using the hashtag #HeritageArea30. A mixture of creative posts, tweets, blogs, and articles celebrated the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor and 30 years of National Heritage Areas. National Heritage […]
The conservation movement has embraced the idea of preserving large landscapes as the only way to provide the necessary resilience and protection for the world’s ecosystems challenged by climate change and the impacts of global development. But how large a landscape is large enough?