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Climate Change and Heritage Landscapes

By Brenda Barrett December 18, 2019

Our changing climate is causing radical alteration to the earth’s ecosystems and the focus has been on the impact to flora and fauna. Less recognized have been the impacts that are wrought on our treasured cultural landscape. However, as the climate threat looms larger the discussion is broadening to look at cultural heritage impacts.


By Jane Lennon December 15, 2019

In this issue we will consider the need to develop legal protection and policy frameworks to protect the heritage values of rural landscapes. In Australia this protection varies depending land ownership.

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 […]