Stewarding Places and Stories: Maryland Heritage Areas Program as a Framework for Conservation

Ruffner, Jennifer and Barbery Smith, Ennis (2019) Stewarding Places and Stories: Maryland Heritage Areas Program as a Framework for Conservation. 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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PART 1. ADOPTING A LANDSCAPE APPROACH - Stewardship of Biocultural Landscapes in the 21st Century: Forging Community-Based Approaches /// Heritage area programs, at both state and federal levels, have implemented practical, place-based strategies for landscape-scale conservation and preservation. These programs offer financial incentives and technical assistance to partners working to steward a myriad of interconnected cultural and natural resources: the built environment, archeological resources, cultural and natural landscapes, and intangible cultural heritage. Heritage area programs also seek to share these resources by supporting the creation of place-based educational and recreational opportunities for visitors and residents. By encouraging investment in and preservation of regionally and nationally significant places, building partnerships between organizations, and fostering heritage and nature tourism as economic drivers, heritage area programs represent models for holistic, community-led stewardship of places—models that have been successfully adapted for both urban and rural settings. This paper, written by the staff of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, explains the framework and strategies of the program, including the community-driven process for creating heritage areas and the programmatic incentives that provide both technical and monetary support to heritage areas and their stakeholders. The paper also examines the program’s successes, reflects on how impacts have been measured and will be measured going forward, and explores the program’s challenges.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Ruffner, Jennifer
Barbery Smith, Ennis
Languages: English
Keywords: cultural policy; financial aspects; built environment; archeological heritage; cultural landscapes; natural landscapes; sustainable economic development; community participation; conservation programmes; conservation measures; strategies
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 06. Cultural Landscapes
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19. Natural sites
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 04. Sustainable tourism
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
National Committee: United States of America
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 15:26
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 15:27
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