A History of Successful Advocacy for the Golden Gate

Meyer, Amy W. (2019) A History of Successful Advocacy for the Golden Gate. In: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium "Forward Together: A Culture-Nature Journey Towards More Effective Conservation in a Changing World", November 13-14, 2018, San Francisco, California. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

PART 1. ADOPTING A LANDSCAPE APPROACH - Taking a Landscape Approach to Integrating Nature and Culture /// When I came from New York City to San Francisco in 1955, I had never seen a place so beautiful. This compact city, sparkling between the ocean and the bay, was surrounded by broad tracts of open land, north and south of the Golden Gate, a strait between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean spanned by the Golden Gate Bridge. In 1970, when I sought a community project to balance my psychiatrist husband’s introspective outlook, I met people who wanted to create a national park on the Golden Gate. I was happy to become an advocate for what turned out to be the largest land use conversion in the Bay Area. It is now the 82,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). This paper recounts many of the stories of the successful advocacy campaigns that saved the grandeur of the Golden Gate as a national park. Others had tried before 1970 to permanently protect the Golden Gate. When former Sierra Club president Dr. Edgar Wayburn and his neighbor, photographer Ansel Adams, tried to bring the lands at the Golden Gate to the attention of the National Park Service (NPS) in the 1960s, NPS representatives instead asked for their help with the authorization of Point Reyes National Seashore to the north. That campaign was successful in 1962.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Authors:
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Meyer, Amy W.UNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: Cultural landscapes; nature culture integration; natural landscapes; conservation of cultural landscapes; natural heritage; cultural heritage; national parks; land use; land use conversion; protection of cultural landscapes; legal framework; legal protection; methodology; USA
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 06. Cultural Landscapes
D.URBANISM > 03. Town and country planning
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 11. Historic landscapes
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 18. Mixed sites
Name of monument, town, site, museum: San Francisco Bay, USA; National Park Service, USA
National Committee: USA
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium
Depositing User: Mrs Lucile Smirnov
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2020 15:13
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 09:46
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/2296

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