This is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to protecting the natural, historic, scenic, and agricultural resources of a rural community. The authors show how to organize a conservation effort, inventory available resources, pass effective new laws, set up land trusts, take advantage of federal programmes, and change public attitudes. This revised and updated second edition reports on changes in conservation over the previous eight years and adds a chapter on making ecomic development compatible with rural conservation. It includes new case studies, more than 50 new illustrations, and a section on heritage tourism. The detailed case studies document a variety of successful - and often invative - conservation efforts by residents of rural communities throughout the USA.
Samuel N. Stokes designed and initiated the Rural Heritage Program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He now works for the National Park Service, where he manages the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. A. Elizabeth Watson consults on heritage planning, conservation, and sustainable development. She has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, the Land Trust Alliance, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and now works with JMA/Watson. Shelley S. Mastran is director of the Rural Heritage Program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
A. Elizabeth Watson, Samuel N. Stokes, Shelley S. Mastran