In the News
Capturing a diverse assortment of projects, programs and events that relate to the field of living landscape conservation from a variety of sources and perspectives. Click here for archived stories from 2013 / Click here for archived news stories from 2012.
Farm Bill Update
The recently passed farm bill has combined many of the former farm and ranch land conservation programs into a larger Agricultural Lands Easement Program (ALE). The ALE program, which covers both rangelands and croplands, will fund more than $1 billion for conservation over the next ten years – with most of that funding coming in the next five years. Details of the cost share waiver and other aspects of the new law will be worked out in administrative rule-making conducted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Mount Taylor Eligible for National Register
Mount Taylor in New Mexico has been determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places as a traditional cultural property. National Trust has also designated by the National Treasure. A mountain landscape of more than 400,000 acres, it is a pilgrimage site for more than 30 Native American tribes. It also provides water to surrounding communities, a spiritual and recreational experience to visitors and residents, and is a beloved landmark visible from 100 miles away. Mt. Taylor’s historic designation was threatened by mining proponents who claimed the site was too large a landscape. In a unanimous opinion, the New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld Mt. Taylor’s designation. The court’s opinion is available here.
National Parks Conservation Association features The Ohio & Erie and Erie Canalway National Heritage Area
Whether you like to hike, bicycle, run, ride horses, or explore 19th century history, you’ll find plenty to do at the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area in northeast Ohio. Designated a national heritage area by Congress in 1996, the Ohio & Erie Canalway celebrates the nature and history of the canal from Cleveland to New Philadelphia.
Interior Secretary Highlights Everglades Restoration
As part of the Obama Administration’s sustained commitment to restoring and protecting the Everglades, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today met with ranchers and private landowners in the Kissimmee River Valley to discuss next steps for the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. During the visit, Jewell highlighted the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to the landscape-level conservation effort, which will protect key Florida habitat and the region’s rural way of life.
Schuylkill named Pennsylvania River of the Year
The Schuylkill was nominated for the title of River of the Year because it demonstrated both conservation success and a continued need for protection. The river runs for 128 miles from Schuylkill County to the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Blighted by pollution from coal mining during, the Schuylkill has been target of major government-funded cleanup. “We’re really pleased to win this,” said Kurt D. Zwikl, executive director Schuylkill State and National Heritage Area “Any attention you can draw to the river that is positive will help make people aware that over a million people use the river as a source of drinking water.”
New web site on National Park Service History
NPShistory.com has been created for those who are passionate about our National Parks and for the employees of the National Park Service. It offer the NPS Electronic Library a portal to thousands of electronic publications, covering the cultural and natural history of the National Park Service and the national parks, monuments, and historic sites of the National Park System