Landscape Culture: Newsletter Archive

Park Cultural Landscapes Program

Updated Cultural Landscapes

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Landscape Culture is a quarterly newsletter publication for landscape stewards prepared by the NPS Park Cultural Landscapes Program. Please find past issues of the newsletter below.

Latest Edition 

SPRING: Read the Spring 2022 edition (PDF)

  • Making it Work for APIS Light Station Landscape Care
  • Role of NPS Arborists, Horticulturists and Gardeners
  • Employee Spotlight: David C. Browne
  • Tool of the Moment: Sonic Tomograph



WINTER: Read the Winter 2022 edition (PDF)

  • Orchard Rehabilitation Planting at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
  • Mulching Leaves into the Lawn
  • Employee Spotlight: Anna de Cordova
  • Tool of the Moment: Manual Pruning Pole Saw

FALL: Read the Fall 2021 edition (PDF)

  • Mulching the Urban Forest in the Washington Monument Grounds
  • NPS Turf Classes and Typical Maintenance Needs
  • Employee Spotlight: Gene Long
  • Tool of the Moment: Slit Seeders
  • Small Engine Virtual Workshop Announcement

SUMMER: Read the Summer 2021 edition (PDF)

  • Using Survey123 for CARE Orchard Condition Assessments and Treatment Planning
  • DNA Testing Fruit Trees
  • Employee Spotlight: Michelle Richardson
  • Tool of the Moment: DIY Compost Screen
  • Video: Soil Excavation and Aeration with an AirSpade®

SPRING: Read the Spring 2021 edition (PDF)

  • Arborist Incident Response Team (AIR Team) Stabilizes Historic Eucalyptus Trees at Channel Islands NP
  • Employee Spotlight: Suzanne Bouchard
  • Tool of the Moment: Protective Decking and Mats for Landscapes

WINTER: Read the Winter 2021 edition (PDF)

  • Local Native American Crews Prune Historic Yosemite Valley Orchards in November During COVID-19 Pandemic
  • How To Conduct A Tree Condition Assessment
  • Employee Spotlight: Brian Spang
  • Tool of the Moment: Tripod Ladder


SUMMER: Read the Summer 2019 edition (PDF)

  • Replanting John Muir’s Victorian Garden
  • Selecting Nursery Stock Part 2: Plant Inspection
  • Employee Spotlight: Lanette King
  • Pests and Disease: Deer
  • Tool of the Moment: Small-Blade Sharpener

SPRING: Read the Spring 2019 edition (PDF)

  • Converting Mowed Turf to Grassy Meadow at Anacostia Park
  • Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Gibson
  • Selecting Nursery Stock Part 1: Production Method and Size
  • Tunneling Mammals in Cultural Landscapes
  • Tool of the Moment: Aerial Lift

WINTER: Read the Winter 2019 edition (PDF)

  • Engaging Volunteers at Acadia and Alcatraz
  • Tree Replacement: Planning, Planting, and Establishment
  • Employee Spotlight: Ahsa Jensen
  • Pests and Diseases: Powdery Mildew
  • Tool of the Moment: Stump Grinder


FALL: Read the Fall 2018 edition (PDF)

  • Replacing Tumacácori’s Historic Apricot Tree
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • Employee Spotlight: Lydia Woltje
  • Pests and Diseases: The Basics of Fire Blight
  • Tool of the Moment: The Pruning Handsaw

SUMMER: Read the Summer 2018 edition (PDF)

  • Vegetation and Building Maintenance in Cultural Landscapes
  • Tree Care for Fire Resilience
  • Employee Spotlight: David Goto
  • Pests and Diseases: Dutch Elm Disease
  • Tool of the Moment: Turf Dethatcher

SPRING: Read the Spring 2018 edition (PDF)

  • Witness Tree Project: Hampton National Historic Site and Rhode Island School of Design
  • Tree Planting at Gateway Arch National Park: A Team Effort
  • Tool of the Moment: Aerator
  • Employee Spotlight: Lonnie Maize
  • Pests and Diseases: Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Lethal Pest of Eastern and Carolina Hemlocks
  • Fundamentals of Accessible Trail Construction: Installing a Stabilized Surface Trail

WINTER: Read the Winter 2018 edition (PDF)

  • De-topping Trees: Mitigating the Effects of Inappropriate Pruning
  • Comprehensive Condition Assessments in Cultural Landscapes: New WASO project provides no-cost assistance to parks
  • Employee Spotlight: Joe Rocha
  • Pests and Diseases: Anthracnose: The Achilles Heel of London plane and American sycamore


FALL: Read the Fall 2017 edition (PDF)

  • CARL Nursery Program: Park Installs In-house Plant Nursery to Propagate Historic Plants
  • Employee Spotlight: (Elizabeth) Brooke Derr
  • How to Do a Soil Test
  • Defensible Space in Cultural Landscapes
  • Pests & Diseases: Emerald Ash Borer

SUMMER: Read the Summer 2017 edition (PDF)

  • In-Park Composting Made Simpler
  • Employee Spotlight: Momi Hooper
  • Pests & Diseases: Coconut Palm Heart Rot, A New Threat to Hawai’ian Cultural Landscapes
  • Seasonal Pruning Tip
  • Plant Spotlight: Osage Orange
  • Tool of the Moment: Reach Pruner


Can’t find what you need?  Contact the Park Cultural Landscapes Program via email or the program lead in your region.

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