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Maritime Washington National Heritage Area

By Eleanor Mahoney November 6, 2019

The recently designated Maritime Washington National Heritage Area (NHA) is an exciting addition to the NHA program. Its boundaries are the saltwater coastlines of 14 counties in Washington State or roughly 3,000 miles of shoreline .25 mile from the mean high water mark. What opportunities and challenges are present in an effort so clearly focused on water and maritime landscapes?

Mesa Verde National Park: Reinterpreting a Landscape

By Brenda Barrett October 31, 2019

The word landscape jumps out at you on many of the interpretative signs at Mesa Verde National Park and the real thing is before you at every overlook.  The park established in 1906, ten years before the creation of the National Park Service, was later designated as the first World Heritage cultural site in the United […]

WORLD RURAL LANDSCAPE PRINCIPLES: Understand Rural Landscapes and their Heritage Values

As the introduction to the Principles Concerning Rural Landscapes as Heritage recognizes, these landscapes are a vital component of the heritage of humanity. While they are the most common type of  continuing cultural landscapes, they are also some of the most  diverse representing a  wide variety of cultures and cultural tradition.  For this reason, one of the important implementing actions in […]

Landscape Management: More than just Words

By Brenda Barrett September 25, 2019

For many good reasons such as climate change resilience, wild life corridor management, and cultural connectivity working on a landscape scale is something the Living Landscape Observer supports. However, many questions have been raised about Secretary Zinke 2018 announcement that the Department of the Interior (DOI) would be managed as 12 Unified Regions to enable bureaus within DOI to conduct business more effectively and efficiently.

WORLD RURAL LANDSCAPE PRINCIPLES: Threats, challenges, benefits, and sustainability

The ‘Principles Concerning Rural Landscapes as Heritage’ (ICOMOS 2017) after defining rural landscapes also briefly develop themes relating to threats, challenges, benefits, and sustainability for rural landscapes from a cultural heritage point of view for today’s society. These challenges have been examined by scholars, scientific and cultural associations and public administrations, both at international and local levels and you will probably be aware of many of these issues.