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Register for Historic Preservation PPN Webinars

New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. / image: R. Melnick

ASLA’s Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network has two FREE webinars coming up:

Acknowledging Historic Black Landscapes

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

For the 12th annual HALS Challenge, the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) invites you to document historic Black landscapes, and ASLA’s HALS Subcommittee has organized a webinar related to this theme for Black History Month. On February 24, join us to learn more about the HALS Challenge, historic cultural landscapes, the Texas Freedom Colony Atlas & Study, and New York City Parks’ documentation of historic Black landscapes.


Elizabeth J. Kennedy, ASLA, NYCOBA-NOMA

Principal, EKLA PLLC

Andrea Roberts, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University

Joseph Disponzio, Ph.D.

Preservation Landscape Architect, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Christopher Stevens, ASLA

Acting Chief, Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS), National Park Service 

Cultural Landscapes and Climate Change: A Framework for Assessing Impacts

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Cultural landscapes embody a dynamic and often difficult facet of the nation’s preservation agenda—places characterized by essential qualities of both natural and human forces on the land. Cultural resource managers must often confront the growing stresses of climate change at the landscape level, demonstrating a need for strategic decision-making guidance responsive to both climate trends and climate events. This presentation describes a synthesis of IPCC scenario-based projections and historic- landscape field assessment methods. The presentation focuses on examples of selected case study sites located within the National Park Service Pacific West Region, but is also applicable elsewhere. Historic impacts as well as potential climate-related vulnerabilities facing character-defining landscape features are addressed, with implications for future management of historic landscape resources.


Robert Z. Melnick, FASLA

Professor Emeritus and Director, Cultural Landscape Research Group

Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon

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