30th Annual Meeting of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation (February 10, 2008)

The Alliance’s 30th annual meeting will take place in the exciting metropolitan city of Montreal from May 28-31, 2008. Montreal boasts many opportunities to learn and to exchange knowledge in a challenging urban environment. Experience firsthand the Lachine Canal which played a decisive role in the industrial development of Montreal, and witness its blossoming as a cosmopolitan city which culminated in Expo 67.

The late Olmsted scholar, Charles McLaughlin, called Mount Royal Park (inaugurated in 1876), one of Frederick Law Olmsted’s seven most important works: we’ll simply call it his most important Canadian work. Passionate enthusiasts from the City of Montreal and the Friends of the Mountain will speak on how they are managing the challenges of development pressures in and around the mountain.

St. Laurent Boulevard, or the “Main,” was designated a National Historic Site to commemorate this favoured immigrant gateway: it provides a laboratory on how to manage linear corridors comprised of an array of cultural groups. And let’s not forget the great shopping streets of St. Denis and Ste. Catherine or “Old Montreal,” as European and dynamic a place as you’ll find in North America!

The Alliance invites abstract submissions for paper presentations which demonstrate good examples of integrating energy needs, sustainable practices and green initiatives within heritage landscapes. (Think wind turbines or wind farms, hydro-generating channels, powerlines or pipelines crossing historic rural districts.)

More importantly, we will be looking ahead at the ways and means by which to best balance and to integrate heritage conservation practices and historic preservation treatments with environmentally sustainable activities. These concepts, programs and activities are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

Featured speakers to be announced in early April following the March 1st Call for Papers deadline. The Alliance will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2008, so all the more reason to participate. We will be looking at where we’ve been and, importantly, where we are going.

The conference organizers strongly encourage those coming to set aside additional time to visit Canada’s capita, Ottawa, and the Quebec City World Heritage Site, celebrating the 400th year of its founding. Both cities are an easy drive from Montreal and well worth the effort.

More information on these and other places can be found at www.ahlp.org or at the City of Montreal’s website at www.tourisme-montreal.org.