Essex Heritage to Host Symposium on the Protection of Large Area Landscapes

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National and regional leaders convene to address growing threats to natural and cultural heritage

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) announces Scaling Up: New Strategies for Landscape-scale Conservation, a daylong symposium to be held on Friday, October 7 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

The educational symposium features regional, national, and international thought leaders who will present the conceptual framework and the partnership implementation strategies used for the protection large lived-in landscapes such as the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County).

Responding to the impacts of globalization, climate change, and environmental degradation, conservationists, resource stewards, and public officials are embracing a much larger, whole ecosystem approach to conserving land and its attendant historic and cultural attributes. This emerging approach requires building complex networks of partnerships and overlapping jurisdictions which work in concert to conserve the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the regional landscape. The symposium will provide attendees with an overview of current international and national landscape-scale initiatives as well as an understanding of partnership implementation strategies being utilized by regional on-the-ground practitioners.

“As a regional organization, Essex Heritage recognizes the benefits of addressing important challenges at an appropriate scale. By organizing the Scaling Up symposium we seek to help communities and others combat the negative effects of global change by providing information on new strategies and best practices” said Annie Harris, Essex Heritage CEO. “We are blessed to live where we do and believe that protecting our incredibly rich natural and cultural heritage is worthy of our best efforts.”

The symposium’s keynote speaker is P. Lynn Scarlett, Global Managing Director for Public Policy for The Nature Conservancy. Ms. Scarlett is a former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior and a leading U.S. environmental policy executive and analyst.

Organized by Essex Heritage and hosted by the Peabody Essex Museum, the symposium is designed for natural, historical, and cultural resource advocates such as municipal officials, regional and local planners, state agency staff, nonprofit resource stewards, and college faculty. Registration includes all sessions, food and beverage, and a closing reception.

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