The Pennsylvania wilds: the role of cultural and natural heritage in landscape scale development

Barrett, Brenda and Mitchell, Nora J. (2012) The Pennsylvania wilds: the role of cultural and natural heritage in landscape scale development. In: ICOMOS 17th General Assembly, 2011-11-27 / 2011-12-02, Paris, France. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper explores the conservation and management of heritage resources on a landscape scale, the role of government agencies in relationship to local communities, and the outcomes on community revitalization as illustrated by a specific case study. Landscape models founded on civic engagement and governmental investments in cultural assets, and land conservation are an emerging policy direction in the United States. One of the most ambitious of these projects is the Pennsylvania Wilds. Evaluations of the project demonstrate that investments in parks and forest infrastructure, tourism promotion and local communities produced positive economic impacts primarily through increased visitation. However, the research highlights the challenges of developing a common approach between public land managers, economic development programs, and community residents including the definition of regional heritage. Today this strategy for landscape management in the PA Wilds is being severely tested by a new extractive industry, drilling for natural gas. There are opportunities to learn from European landscape scale schemes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Barrett, Brenda
Mitchell, Nora J.
Languages: English
Keywords: landscapes; conservation of cultural landscapes; landscape management; revitalization; cultural policy; social and economic development; regional level; government policy
Subjects: E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 01. Generalities
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19. Natural sites
I. CULTURAL TOURISM > 01. Generalities
J. HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
K. LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 03. National/Regional legislations
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 01. Americas
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Pennsylvania Wilds, USA
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2011, 17th
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2012 12:19
Last Modified: 22 May 2023 14:56
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