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While we were not watching…

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.

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Outsized Threats to Large Landscapes

It should come as no surprise to readers of the Living Landscape Observer that conserving large landscapes in the current political climate is no easy task. There are threats to our public lands and proposals to defund the federal programs that conserve our cultural and natural resources. However, the bigger issue is the underlying erosion of landscape scale work throughout our national government. There are systemics challenges to all these efforts that need to be better understood.

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Visitors walking to the Berkeley Pit.

Interpreting histories of pollution

Do we need more historic sites that addresses the effects of pollution as well as remediation on the landscape. The Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana provides one example of this type of location.

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Highway Planning on a Landscape Scale: The Next Generation

What happens when a highway project, long planned to improve the functionality of the overall transportation system, runs up against new designations that look at the value of resources on a landscape scale? How can infrastructure development manage this changing landscape? After all it does not look like this kind of thinking is going away. Read the back story and some recommendations for the future.

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While we were not watching…

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.

Read More »

Outsized Threats to Large Landscapes

It should come as no surprise to readers of the Living Landscape Observer that conserving large landscapes in the current political climate is no easy task. There are threats to our public lands and proposals to defund the federal programs that conserve our cultural and natural resources. However, the bigger issue is the underlying erosion of landscape scale work throughout our national government. There are systemics challenges to all these efforts that need to be better understood.

Read More »
Visitors walking to the Berkeley Pit.

Interpreting histories of pollution

Do we need more historic sites that addresses the effects of pollution as well as remediation on the landscape. The Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana provides one example of this type of location.

Read More »

Highway Planning on a Landscape Scale: The Next Generation

What happens when a highway project, long planned to improve the functionality of the overall transportation system, runs up against new designations that look at the value of resources on a landscape scale? How can infrastructure development manage this changing landscape? After all it does not look like this kind of thinking is going away. Read the back story and some recommendations for the future.

Read More »