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One of the goals of the the Living Landscape Observer is to provide links to organizations and resources that work in the field of large landscape conservation. Please let us know about other links we should add to this list or if any links need to be updated. Contact Us here.

The Alliance of National Heritage Areas – A membership organization created for congressionally designated National heritage Areas. The web site provides examples of best practices, information, news and updates, and a useful document library of member’s management plans and other heritage area studies.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network– The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network connects you with the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through more than 160 exceptional parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships, historic communities, trails and more. Gateways are the special places where you can experience the authentic Chesapeake National Trails System

Conservation Study Institute National Park Service -The institutes programs in collaborative conservation connect the National Park Service to the larger world of conservation. Its diverse portfolio creates opportunities to identify and share best practices, reflect on lessons learned, exchange leadership experience, and maintain a dialogue on the best thinking and practice in the evolving field of conservation.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation -The Cultural Landscape Foundation is the only not-for-profit (501c3) foundation in America dedicated to increasing the public’s awareness and understanding of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of its cultural landscapes.

George Wright Society – The society is the leading organization connecting people, places and ideas to foster excellence in natural and cultural resource management, research, planning and interpretation in parks and equivalent reserves.

The Practitioners’ Network for Large Landscape Conservation – The network  is an alliance of professionals and citizens engaged in leading, managing, researching, advocating, funding, educating or setting policy to advance large landscape conservation initiatives

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy -The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land. Providing high-quality education and research, the Institute strives to improve public dialogue and decisions about land policy.

Maryland State Heritage Areas -Maryland’s Heritage Program has recognized 12 State Certified Heritage Areas where public and private partners make commitments to preserving historical, cultural and natural resources for sustainable economic development through heritage tourism.

National Heritage Areas– Designated by Congress, National Heritage Areas are places where natural, cultural and historic resources combined to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape.

National Landscape Conservation System– The mission of the National Landscape Conservation System, which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, is to conserve, protect, and restore nationally significant landscapes that are recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values. NLCS areas are part of an active, vibrant landscape where people live, work and play. They offer exceptional opportunities for recreation, solitude, wildlife viewing, exploring history, scientific research and a wide range of traditional uses.

National Trail System – The network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. These trails provide for outdoor recreation needs, promote the enjoyment, appreciation, and preservation of open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources, and encourage public access and citizen involvement. The trails are managed by multiple federal agencies and many local partnership organizations.

National Trust for Historic Preservation -The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.

Pennsylvania State Heritage Areas – Pennsylvania is home to 12 state designated Heritage Areas. Five of these state Heritage Areas have also been designated as National Heritage Areas. Pennsylvania has more national heritage areas than any other state in the country. Established in 1989, the Heritage Areas Program is a multi-faceted regional strategy to conserve and enhance those resources and promote its heritage for tourism development.

Regional Plan Association -Regional Plan Association is America’s oldest and most distinguished independent urban research and advocacy group. RPA prepares long range plans and policies to guide the growth and development of the New York- New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. The association also provides leadership on national infrastructure, sustainability, and competitiveness concerns.