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Stewardship Stories

Personal stewardship stories recount local controversies surrounding threatened landscapes and the lessons learned. Whether or not the landscape was ultimately saved, these chronicles bring attention to our rich and diverse legacy of cultural landscapes, and demonstrate how one person can make a difference in any situation. Collectively, these narratives highlight a diversity of geographic locations, landscape types, and individuals.

It Takes One

  • New York, NY
    Oct 27, 2014
    Landslide 2014 was unveiled at this NY-based artist's studio – read about the influence of landscape on her life and work.
  • Taos, NM
    Oct 3, 2014
    This Taos, New Mexico-based landscape architect says: "Every effort should be made to preserve and maintain the landscapes we inherit."
  • Ithaca, NY
    Aug 12, 2014
    Thanks to Hilchey, the humble Concord Grape now has a Heritage Area, and he wants to create them across the U.S. for other crops.
  • Chicago, IL
    Apr 24, 2014
    Jens Jensen's conservation ethic and Prairie-style landscape architecture are featured in the work of this Chicago-based filmmaker.
  • Port Townsend, WA
    Mar 18, 2014
    The core of this artist's fascinating work: "I’m interested in the place where human culture and our natural environment connect."
  • Columbus, IN
    Jan 16, 2014
    Landscape architect and Columbus native Art Hopkins discusses stewardship of a hometown icon.
  • Los Angeles, CA
    Nov 20, 2013
    Edward and Hannah Carter's grandson discusses why he's working to save LA's landmark Japanese garden.
  • The Hamptons, NY
    Nov 1, 2013
    The notable Hamptons-based landscape designer has shifted her focus to eliminating the use of toxins in lawns and landscapes with a new non-profit, Perfect Earth.
  • Portland, OR
    Dec 12, 2012
    This Oregon based developer has worked to restore and improve landscape architect Lawrence Halprin's Portland area parks and open spaces.
  • Apr 27, 2012
    Read about this fine art photographer whose series of landscapes, Empire Falling, explores rock quarries throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
  • Susanville, CA
    Dec 9, 2011
    Read about this committed planner and activist working to conserve natural resources and enhance quality of life in rural Northeastern California. 
  • Hamilton, Ohio
    Dec 5, 2011
    Read about the founder of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, a 265-acre outdoor museum set among wooded forests and designed gardens.
  • Northern California
    Sep 23, 2011
    A landscape architect and filmmaker, Muren focuses on the ecology and poetry of placemaking in the documentary, Dream of The Sea Ranch.
  • New York, New York
    Mar 3, 2011
    See how two NYC-based landscape architects are teaching people to value and see the city's design legacy through a forthcoming publication.
  • Southern Pines, NC
    Dec 6, 2010
    I am a lifelong resident of Southern Pines, North Carolina, a resort town best known for world class golf courses and beautiful horse country.
  • Castlewood, Virginia
    Feb 11, 2010
    Born in New York City, and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, I first became interested in farming through my dad’s modest organic garden.
  • Austin, Texas
    Dec 15, 2009
    I was raised in the suburbs of Chicago during the 1970s and 1980s, the place represented in John Hughes' comedies Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
  • Shelter Island, New York
    Oct 1, 2009
    I saw what the Manor and its 243 acres might become, either chopped up, developed and sold off or restored as a living reminder of where we’ve been and where we’re going.
  • Chicago, Illinois
    Aug 15, 2009
    Throughout my career I have been committed to preserving historic landscapes. When I worked in Highland Park, and found out about the discovery of the archives in Chicago, I was fascinated and intrigued.
  • South Hadley, Massachusetts
    Apr 15, 2009
    I got involved with South Hadley’s Independence Tree because there seemed to be a general lack of awareness regarding the tree’s significance.