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Published since 2012, the Living Landscape Observer e-newsletter highlights approaches to large landscape conservation from around the world, with an emphasis on policy and ideas for growth and change.






  • September 2017 – Bureau of Land Management Leasing Plans, Edward Abbey, and Point Reyes National Seashore
  • August 2017  – Recreation in the Mesabi Iron Range and the Nature / Culture Journey
  • June / July 2017 – English Lake District World Heritage and Energy Bill in U.S. Senate
  • May 2017 – National Monuments, Virtue of Good Government, and Detroit’s Cultural Landscape
  • April 2017 – Featured voice interview with Emily Bateson, World Heritage, Trends in Large Landscape work
  • March 2017 – Heritage Tourism and the U.S. Federal budget
  • February 2017 – Featured voice with historian Jacqueline M.M. Gonzales on National Seashores, National Parks on the U.S.-Mexico border
  • January 2017 – Featured voice with historian Allen Dieterich-Ward, Congressman Ryan Zinke hearings, 1981 and 2017 comparison



  • November 2015 – ICOMOS updates and Education in National Heritage Areas
  • October 2015 – Mitigation on a Landscape Scale
  • September 2015 – New “Branding” Opportunities for NPS and Keweenaw National Historical Park
  • August 2015 – New Literature on Open Spaces and the Past, Present and Future of the LWCF
  • July 2015 – New Monuments and Old Debates and the National Historic Preservation Act at 50
  • June 2015 – The Difficulty of Funding Landscape Scale Work
  • May 2015 – New York State Parks and Heritage Areas
  • April 2015 – Urban Parks – Past, Present and Future and New Approaches for Heritage Area Funding
  • March 2015 – World Heritage Threatened and the Next Generation of Preservationists
  • February 2015 – Next steps for large landscape conservation and Labor History in the NPS
  • January 2015 – Coal Seam Gas and Public Lands in Australia


  • December 2014 – Heritage Areas get Reauthorized and What’s Next for Blackstone National Heritage Corridor and now National Park?
  • November 2014 – Nature and Culture: Still Worlds Apart? and the 1970’s Recreation Imperative
  • October 2014 – Reflections on the recent National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation and a piece highlighting landscapes associated with the classic children’s novel Anne of Green Gables.
  • September 2014 – Updates on the legislation that might change the successful Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor model
  • August 2014 – News on the Pennsylvania Wilds and New York State Heritage Areas
  • July 2014 – Traditional Cultural Landscapes and National Heritage Areas Program Legislation
  • June 2014 – Labor History in New York State and World Heritage Meeting in Qatar
  • May 2014 – National Historic Landmarks and Heritage Areas and Canals
  • April 2014 – Landscapes of the Great Society and NHA@30 coverage
  • March 2014 – Atlantic Coast Flyway, NHA@30 and historic documents on large landscape conservation
  • February 2014 – Uncertain future for New York State heritage areas, thoughts on the Presidio and and NHA funding woes
  • January 2014 – National Heritage Areas at 30 overview, Land and Water Conservation fund updates


  • December 2013 – Pennsylvania Supreme Court Makes Conservation History
  • November 2013 – Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) issues a report on National Parks and a landscape report from Australia
  • October 2013 – Conservation connections between Italy and the U.S. and impacts of the federal shutdown
  • September 2013 – Industrial heritage and conserving Agricultural landscapes
  • August 2013 – African American Civil War cemeteries in Pennsylvania and the Adirondack Park
  • July 2013 – Key resources on the evaluation of large landscape conservation efforts, remembering J.B. Jackson, and the changing nature of post-industrial landscapes.
  • June 2013 – Can parks and other protected areas be self-sustaining or should they even aim to be? More news on world heritage and on tidelands law and policy.
  • May 2013 – Risks to the World Heritage Program and thoughts on cultural and natural resource conservation on a Georgia Sea Island. Also, a re-cap of the LLO’s first year.
  • April 2013 –Thoughts on preservation vs. conservation, the Fabos conference and a new Aldo Leopold film
  • March 2013 – Learn more about new national monuments and the first NPS unit in Delaware
  • February 2013 – National Heritage Areas evaluation update and news on the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
  • January 2013 – Revisiting the Leopold report and Secretary Salazar’s legacy on large landscapes


  • December 2012 – Highlights of 2012 and a look at the year ahead.
  • November 2012 – Featuring information on the history conservation and preservation along the Erie Canal and a report back on two large landscape sessions at the recent National Trust for Historic Preservation conference.
  • October 2012 – Featuring information on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, large landscape conservation in the Amazon and a reflection on the legacy of Lady Bird Johnson.
  • September 2012 – Featuring information on the Gullah Geechee Corridor and funding cuts for the National Heritage Areas program.
  • August 2012 – Featuring information on threats to the Appalachian Trail and signage in large landscapes.
  • July 2012 – Featuring information on the Washington Boro archaeological sites, significant locations associated with the history and culture of indigenous peoples along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania as well as news on upcoming meetings focused on large landscape conservation.
  • June 2012 – Featuring information on upcoming conferences, large landscape conservation in the Amazon and updates on World Heritage.
  • May 2012 – Featuring information on National Heritage Areas, proposed national park in the Blackstone Valley and more
  • April 2012 – Featuring updates on federal funding, America’s Summit on National Parks and more