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12 U.S. landscapes being listed as endangered spaces

  • Birds fly across Pennsylvania Avenue NW with the Capitol in the background in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Pennsylvania Avenue, sometimes called “America’s Main Street,” is being listed among the nation’s endangered landscapes because of neglect and deferred maintenance by the National Park Service. The nonprofit Cultural Landscape Foundation told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the grand avenue connecting the Capitol and White House is slowly falling into disrepair. Water fountains are left rarely functioning, benches are broken and some trees have been removed. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — The Cultural Landscape Foundation has released a list of 12 threatened or at-risk landscapes. Here is a look at the 12 sites:

— Jack London Lake in California's Sonoma Valley — This California State Park has sunk into decline with a leaking dam and has been slated for closure. A private group secured a contract to operate the park this year and is working to raise money for restoration.

— Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington, Vt. — The landscape includes a grid of 123 uniformly spaced locust trees to screen the church from the city. Construction of a proposed bus terminal would remove part of that landscape.

— Fern Dell in Los Angeles' Griffith Park — This 90-year-old landscape blends natural and manmade features as a unique public fern garden. Regular maintenance ended in the 1970s.

—Garland Farm in Maine — This was the last home and garden of noted landscape architect Beatrix Farrand. Financial difficulties have stunted the completion of a planned restoration.


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