September 2015

Living Landscape Observer - Nature, Culture, Community
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National Trust for Historic Preservation
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November 3-6 2015

IUCN World Congress Honolulu HI (Sept 2016) Proposals due Oct 15

  Joint National Council on Public History and Society for History in the Federal Government Conference 
 March 16-19, 2016

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Three Rivers, Pittsburgh
Credit: Explore PA
Rivers of Steel Heritage National Heritage Area conserves, interprets and develops historical, cultural and recreational resources in eight counties in western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh's former steel mills, manufacturing sites, coal mines; all connected by a complex transportation web were once the beating heart of the region. And it was the rapid collapse of the steel industry and the related industrial system that spurred local leaders to try to preserve something for the future. Steel making has a long history in the valleys formed by the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers reaching its height during the American war effort in the 1940s. At that time Pennsylvania led the world in steel production.  Learn more about this featured landscape here  
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A Franchising Opportunity for NPS Brand
Over the last year the George Wright Journal has been running a series of Centennial Essays reflecting varying perspectives on the future of the National Park Service. The most recent article by Holly Fretwell, a research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Bozeman, Montana, offers some provocative ideas. The Living Landscape Observer also has some thoughts .
Exploring Keweenaw National Historic Site
Quincy Mine Keweenaw Heritage Site Scoot See Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula is an 800,000-acre land mass that extends out from Lake Superior's southern shore. For over 7,000 years, people have come to the peninsula to extract pure copper trapped in its ancient volcanic rock formations. The Keweenaw National Historic Site has developed creative ways to tell this story. Read more.
Anthropogenic Landscapes: The Idea of PLACES
The authors theorize that by arranging the occurrence of plants and animals into anthropogenic landscapes, ancestral Native Americans had developed new types of economic systems. Through managing nut groves, fruit orchards, and berry patches, utility and medicinal gardens for examples, close to their home-base residences, Native peoples were able to successfully and sustainably manipulate their environments, ensuring predictable yield, while decreasing effort and distance traveled to desired resources.
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NPS and Anniversaries
In 2016, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Coverage of the upcoming NPS centennial in popular media has been relatively scarce, with prominent news sources like the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, for example, devoting little coverage to the Agency's plans for the upcoming year. What, if anything, does this relative lack of attention reveal about the current and future state of the NPS as well as its many affiliated programs and partnerships and how does it compare to 1966, when the NPS turned 50? Read more
In the News
Acclaimed Australian author Tim Winton takes a stand for the landscape that inspired his work. Read an interview here.

T he PDFs of nearly 50 PowerPoint presentations made at the 2015 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites are now available for download/viewing on the George Wright Society website.  

Apply now for Historic Preservation Internships with the National Park Service and partner agencies. Deadline is October 23, 2015. 

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has still not been re-authorized. Read an update here, including the latest statements from Rep. Rob Bishop, (R-UT) chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, who has stated he will not move the bill unless significant changes to the Fund's structure and function are included.

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