Landslide 2019 Report

Holden Arboretum Named Important Cultural Landscape Threatened by Climate Change

The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Landslide 2019 report names ten U.S. cultural landscapes threatened by climate change, including the Holden Arboretum.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation recently released Landslide, its annual report about threatened and at-risk landscapes.  The Landslide 2019: Living in Nature report highlights ten cultural landscapes throughout the nation that are threatened by the various effects of climate change. The ten sites demonstrate the wide array of effects and the scope of its impact on our natural and cultural resources. Ranging from sites including the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Death Valley Scotty Historic District, and the Holden Arboretum, the locations are geographically and typologically diverse.

“This recognition raises awareness of the impact of climate change in our region and our efforts to combat it,” said David Burke, PhD, Chief Program Officer for Science and Conservation at Holden Forests & Gardens. “The effects of climate change impact everything we do, from conserving our native forests, to maintaining our plant collections, to determining the best plant species for long-term success. We are dealing with pests and diseases we have never seen before in this part of the country, such as hemlock woolly adelgid, that are likely due to climate change.”

“The Holden Arboretum has an extremely diverse ecosystem including 1,700 species of woody plants, decades-old plant collections, and thousands of acres of native forests, that serve as a robust laboratory for studying the effects of climate change,” added Katie Stuble, PhD, Scientist, Community Ecology, at Holden Forests & Gardens.

First issued in 2003, Landslide has highlighted more than 300 significant at-risk parks, gardens, horticultural features, working landscapes, and other places that collectively embody our shared landscape heritage. Landslide designations have resulted in advocacy that has saved numerous sites.  Moreover, once a site is enrolled in the Landslide program, it is monitored by TCLF. In keeping with TCLF’s prior thematic Landslide reports, each of the sites in Landslide 2019: Living in Nature was nominated by individuals or groups advocating for their stewardship.

“Climate change is a widely acknowledged threat to natural and ecological systems, but the dire potential impacts on irreplaceable cultural systems and historic resources need greater attention,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s President & CEO, “and it requires action, now.”

More information about the Landslide 2019 report and profile of the ten sites highlighted, click here. The report provides a history of each site, outlines the threats posed to them, and ways for people to get involved.