March 2016

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
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May 15-19 2016
Prague, Czech Republic

Planet at the Crossroad
September 1-10, 2016
 Honolulu, HI

November 15-18 2016
Houston, TX

The  Conservation  of  the Landscape of the Appalachian Trail

Hiking the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) isn't just a walk in the woods-it's an experience that embodies an environment linking the majestic Appalachian Mountains to the human landscapes of the eastern cities. Iconic viewsheds and the precious natural resources and cultural heritage that surround the Trail all contribute to the hiking experience.
The landscape surrounding the A.T. connects rural communities, working farms and forests, national heritage areas and historic sites; squeezes through rapidly developing regions; and provides the foundation for world-class outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities.
The A.T. footpath and a surrounding narrow corridor are protected by federal law as established in the National Trails System Act of 1968. While public access and trail continuity are secure and well managed, many of the iconic viewsheds, watersheds, and areas of natural and cultural significance comprising the A.T. landscape are unprotected and vulnerable to external threats. 
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US/ICOMOS Study on US World Heritage List
The  US/ICOMOS Gap Study Report is the product of a  series of consultations that took  place from August to December, 2015.  US/ICOMOS is grateful to the hundreds of heritage professionals and experts who participated in this process. Drawing from their feedback, the Study identifies categories of U.S. cultural resources with potential universal and national significance that could both represent the breadth of U.S. heritage and also fill gaps in the World Heritage List previously identified by international experts.  Read More.
Diamonds in the Rough: Urban National Parks
Why have the so-called "crown jewels" of the National Park system (mostly large,  rural areas in the western U.S.) received the majority of scholarly and public attention? How does looking at park units in a variety of settings, including urban areas, change perspectives on the system's history, present condition and future direction? A panel considered these questions at the recent NCPH meeting in Baltimore, MD.  Read more.
Recognizing Working Women
The Riverspark State Heritage Area in New York, one of the first in the nation, was designated to interpret the themes of industry and labor. Industry proved a relatively easy topic to explore, given both the wide-ranging work of industrial archeologists and the efforts of communities like Troy, Cohoes, Watervliet, Green Island and Waterford to preserve large 19t h century structures.  The challenge for Riverspark, however, lay in telling the stories of labor, which often revolved around the experiences of female workers.  Read More.

In the News  

The Park Institute of America, a collaboration between Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment and the Coalition to Protect America's National Parks, has been launched with the aim to "promote greater use of protected public lands as long-term research sites and fund student internships and other educational programs in conservation and environmental management."

Read this latest post from  Landscapes for People, Food and Nature for a discussion on how to balance these factors in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

From the Hercules Cultural Landscape Blog, this post notes that case studies alone can often result data overload with no clear conclusions or takeaways.The recent Satayoma Thematic review seeks to remedy this challenge, distilling case studies into useful insights for landscape management.

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