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Check out some stories that caught our attention in 2012 related to living landscapes.

November 2012

Pennsylvania Heritage Areas Launch a New Website Heritage PA announced a new web site featuring the twelve state heritage areas.

Conservation + Agriculture = Real Food Security New collaborations like the Landscape for People Food and Nature Initiative, led by Ecoagriculture Partners, are informing new thinking on how to scale-up whole landscape approaches that meet conservation and agriculture goals from National Geographic.

Plains and Prairie Potholes Cooperative Landscape Conservation The Plains and Prairie Potholes (PPP) Landscape Conservation Cooperative ( LCC) is seeking project ideas for potential funding in 2013.

The Massachusetts Heritage Landscape Atlas Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) developed the Heritage Landscape Atlas, one of the first online viewers for cultural landscape information and a valuable tool for the protection of Massachusetts heritage.

From 2001 to 2009, DCR’s Heritage Landscape Inventory Program amassed data on historic landscapes in 108 municipalities across the Commonwealth

October 2012

President Obama Dedicates Cesar Chavez National Monument from the Los Angeles Times

September 2012

Conservation Leader Peter Stein named Kingsbury Browne Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy from the Sacramento Bee

Interior Secretary Salazar Established Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area in Colorado from the Valley Courier

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area Funding to Expire September 30 from the Augusta Chronicle

Preservation Plans for Isle of Wight Land in Virginia – to become Blackwater Sandhills Natural Area from Virginian-Pilot

Group Wants to Expand North Cascades National Park from the Seattle PI

August 2012

Green groups worry Congress will cut land conservation program amid drought from The Hill

Conservation Group Purchases Ranch in Montana for Wildlife Complex from the Washington Times

Plan to preserve Gullah culture seen as boon for local heritage groups from the Island Packet. The Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission released a 272-page document this month, setting the groundwork for preservation and public recognition of Gullah Geechee heritage.

69,000 more acres of Adirondack Park “forever wild” Poststar.com

July 2012

Sangre de Cristo National Historic Park proposed
KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News
Mark Udall announced the launch of a public input process to craft potential legislation that would establish the Sangre de Cristo National Historic Park, building on the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area that was established in 2009.

Billionaire Pledges 90,000 Acres for Conservation in Colorado from MSNBC.com

June 2012

Native American Traditional Cultural Landscapes Action Plan – Better Decisions for Historic Properties from The White House (blog)

Tune into the World Heritage Convention in St, Petersburg Russia– Live Streaming of the 36th Annual Meeting is available here from Jun 24 to July 6, 2012

Breathtaking Act of Generosity: ‘Protecting the San Luis Valley’ from the Valley Courier

Job Posting: Executive Director Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. The Executive Director will be responsible for planning and directing the work of the SdCNHA in fulfillment of its mission. Submittals should be addressed to Lawrence Gallegos, SdCNHA President, P.O. Box 844, Alamosa, CO 81101. For a full position description or information, please contact info@sdcnha or 719-580-6212. Application deadline (postmark) is July 6, 2012.

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Plan Management Plan Submitted for Approval from Niagara Gazette

Susquehanna River Water Trail Gains National Designation from York Daily Record

Heritage Conservation a Thorny Issue in Vietnam from the Viet Nam News

May 2012

Four New Connecting Trails Added to Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail from the National Park Service

Class on Cultural Heritage Management and Indigenous Cultures in Florence, Italy this July

Stewardship, Balance, Emerge as Themes in Montana Public Lands Talks from the Chicago Tribune

Ken Salazar, Hickenlooper Greenlight Denver-area Greenway Plan from the Denver Post

April 2012

Move for a New National Monument in the San Juan Islands from KBKW News

U.S. Forest Service Spends $40.6 Million for Lands in 15 States from the Environment News Service

Historic Preservation group says fracking would transform the rural landscape, hurting New York tourism from the North Country Public Radio

Officials Tout Progress on African American Heritage Corridor from the Buffalo News

Employment Opportunity – The Crossroads of the American Revolution Association has a position opening for a full-time Coordinator in our Trenton office. Email info@RevolutionaryNJ.org

Bray: New Adirondack district a good first step from the Albany Times Union. The park’s land, half public and half private, includes large portions representative of each of America’s three landscape ideals. These landscapes are sustainability managed timber and water resources, wilderness, and recreational sites.

March 2012

Dent and Tonko introduce Bill to Reform National Heritage Areas from the Alliance of National Heritage Areas

U.S. Reps. Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Paul Tonko (NY-21), co-chairs of the Congressional National Heritage Area Caucus, today introduced H.R. 4099, a bipartisan bill to reform and modernize the nation’s National Heritage Areas (NHA). This legislation, the National Heritage Area Act of 2012, was drafted in cooperation with the Alliance for National Heritage Areas (ANHA) and with input from the National Park Service (NPS).

The People Planning Fort Monroe’s Future from the Daily Press

Leaders Say Loss of Conservation Reserve Program will Hurt Minnesota Wildlife from Minneapolis Star-Tribune

County Council Wants to Designate Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area from the Snoqualmie Valley Record

How to Protect America’s Countryside from Sprawl from the Atlantic Cities:Place Matters

February 2012

President Obama Signs an Executive Order to increase travel and tourism in the United States from the White House Press Office

Re-kindling America’s Golden Era of Building Large Scale Parks and Reserves from the Huffington Post

Australia’s Deeply Troubled Ecology Demands Fresh Thinking from the Guardian U.K.

The Key to Addressing Climate Change – Indigenous Knowledge from National Geographic