Throughout history, people's relationship with the landscape has shaped communities, personal stories, and historic events. Here we highlight people whose significant contributions to the stories shared by the National Park Service included direct links and influence of their surrounding landscapes.
Yellowstone National Park
Zehra Osman remembers first learning about cultural landscapes in 1990. “I was the new park landscape architect at Grand Canyon and was anxious to begin improving public spaces on the South Rim. I was told I’d have to slow down my projects to document something called cultural landscapes.”
Once she explored the concept of cultural landscapes and historic preservation concepts, she was hooked. “When I discovered how a cultural landscape contributed to the character of a historic property, I knew our projects would be even better – that we could preserve the sense of place.” Read More
Other Featured People
Meet Gerry Enes, a Preservation Gardener and an Arborist who’s worked for the NPS since 2004. He exudes positive energy and would bring a great attitude to any job, but at Manzanar, his efforts have been golden.Read More
Mona McKindley is a gardener at three national historic sites in the Boston metropolitan area. Mona’s knowledge and passion for horticulture and history guide her stewardship of these three important, yet distinct landscapes.Read More
Over the past 27 years, the National Park Service undertook an increasingly active and coherent program to identify, prioritize, and mitigate such hazards. A very influential figure in this effort was Logan Hovis, the Mining Historian and Blasting Officer for the Alaska Region, who recently retired in 2012.Read More