The National Trust for Historic Preservation has added a section to its website that focuses on the link between conservation and preservation. Visiting there for the first time yesterday, I was pleased to see that TPL Heritage Lands projects among the examples cited.
When a place has significant cultural importance the historic preservation movement stands ready to protect it. Many of us are also members of land conservation organizations that work to protect places of profound natural, agricultural, or open space value. But what about special places that boast a range of values? These places – often defined as cultural landscapes – are more than the sum of their parts. Loss of one dimension diminishes our experience of the whole place. Yet these complex sites can present challenges for organizations and resources structured to address solely historic preservation or land protection.
Among the historic landscapes and buildings profiled in these pages are:
- The 175-mile-long Journey Through Hallowed Ground heritage corridor, a historic route along which TPL has protected land, and which we featured in the fall 2006 issue of Land&People magazine
- The New Hampshire homestead of statesman and famed orator Daniel Webster (1782-1852, protected by TPL and local preservation groups in 2007.
- Walden Woods–the home turf of Henry David Thoreau–protected by TPL and the Walden Woods Project in 1990. (This interview about the project with Eagles lead singer and preservationist Don Henley is worth a read.)
- Raspberry Farm, in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, protected by TPL in cooperation with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance last year
There are lots of other projects profiled here–representing work by conservation and preservation groups nationwide.