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Washington Watch

By Living Landscape Observer February 27, 2020

Updates on the President’s 2021 budget, changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, and staffing vacancies at the National Park Service.

Pennsylvania’s Conservation Landscapes: A Story of Success

By Brenda Barrett February 26, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Conservation Landscapes program was launched more than a decade ago to connect people to the Commonwealth’s rich heritage of parks and forests. Today with seven designated Conservation Landscapes, it is a model of landscape scale resource management.

Flagging Sites of Universal Value

By Brenda Barrett January 27, 2020

An Iranian architect and artist has proposed a conceptual initiative to highlight the risk to world heritage sites in Iran and to flag the importance of these irreplaceable buildings and landscapes in a time of heightened world conflict. As it turns out, it is not a completely new idea.

Conservation and Controversy: Agricultural Landscapes of Marin County CA

By Brenda Barrett January 26, 2020

The San Francisco Bay region is world renowned for its vibrant food culture, nurtured in part by the characteristics of its terrain. The story of how part of this region, Marin County, was conserved and how the same landscape has set off a long running controversy about the role of public lands raises important questions about preserved places and living landscapes. So far this is a tale without an ending. Read more.

Climate Change and Heritage Landscapes

By Brenda Barrett December 18, 2019

Our changing climate is causing radical alteration to the earth’s ecosystems and the focus has been on the impact to flora and fauna. Less recognized have been the impacts that are wrought on our treasured cultural landscape. However, as the climate threat looms larger the discussion is broadening to look at cultural heritage impacts.