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While We Were Not Watching, Part II

By Living Landscape Observer May 17, 2020
Pueblo Bonito

Across the world, daily life has been completely upended. Millions and millions of individuals are living under quarantine, limiting social interaction whenever possible. Unemployment has reached levels not seen since the Great Depression. And yet, despite such unprecedented conditions, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is continuing to make significant decisions on land use […]

The Impact of the Pandemic on Agricultural Landscapes

By Brenda Barrett May 13, 2020

Everyone agrees that world will look very different after the current crisis. One change that should have been foreseen, but was not widely predicted was the impact on agriculture. The underlying structural problems facing the farming community worldwide were well known, but under appreciated.
Threats such as an aging farmer population, critical labor shortages, global market forces, urbanization, and a changing climate have made this sector vulnerable.

WORLD RURAL LANDSCAPES PRINCIPLES: Sustainably manage rural landscapes and their heritage values

There is a need to mange landscapes and their heritage values sustainably. In Australia this has usually referred to private lands and one of the driving forces in this management has been through Landcare for the last 30 years. Around 10% of Australia’s population lives in rural or remote areas. These comparatively small communities – largely farmers and Indigenous land managers – currently steward most of the country.

Dramatic Changes Could be Coming to NEPA

By Living Landscape Observer April 3, 2020

In January 2020, the Trump administration proposed dramatic changes to the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a landmark law for both natural and cultural resource protection. In order to better understand the potential implications of these actions, we interviewed Dr. Tom King, a preservation professional, who has worked with NEPA and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) since before they were enacted in the 1960s.

While we were not watching…

By Brenda Barrett April 1, 2020

Understandably attention has been riveted on the spread of the Corona virus. And as is often the case, the controversy over the current administration’s management of visitation to the United States’ National Parks has taken center stage. However, while these decisions have conservation downsides, there are much bigger ongoing efforts to dismantle a host of well-established conservation programs that are still moving forward.