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Conference Proceedings (Video) from Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide II


There was a packed house October 5, 2012 at the Museum of the City of New York for the conference “Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide II: Stewardship of Central Park’s Woodlands.” The conference, co-sponsored with the Central Park Conservancy, brought in speakers from New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia and elsewhere who examined the critical design and maintenance issues faced at some of the nation’s premiere urban woodlands. These well-illustrated, compelling and entertaining presentations demonstrated that the natural look doesn't come easy. Now, video of the entire proceedings is available. Individual speaker presentations can be accessed at the links below.

Opening Remarks and Conference Framework

Sarah Henry, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, MCNY
Lane Addonizio, Associate Vice President for Planning, Central Park Conservancy

Setting the Stage: History and Issues

Christopher Nolan - Vice President of Planning, Design and Construction, Central Park Conservancy

Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR  - Founder & President, The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Panel 1: Public Practitioners


Eric W. Sanderson - Senior Conservation Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society



Michael Boland - Chief Planning, Projects & Programs Officer, The Presidio Trust

Todd Forrest - Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections, The New York Botanical Garden

Christian Zimmerman, FASLA - Vice President for Design & Construction, The Prospect Park Alliance


Panel Discussion

Panel 2: Private Practitioners


Elizabeth K. Meyer, FASLA - Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia



Keith Bowers, FASLA, RLA, PWS - President and Founder, Biohabitats, Inc.

Dennis C. McGlade, RLA, FASLA - President/Partner, OLIN

Margie Ruddick - Landscape Designer & Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania


Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks