A. Elizabeth Watson, AICP
As an independent consultant since 1993, Elizabeth Watson has worked in more than a dozen heritage areas, which combine regional planning with resource conservation, tourism development, and community education initiatives. She has also worked on greenway initiatives, including a statewide plan for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and many other projects that combine historic preservation and land conservation. Elizabeth has been the part-time executive director of the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area on Maryland’s Eastern Shore since 2002. She is also the co-author of Saving America’s Countryside: A Guide to Rural Conservation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997, 2nd ed.). This book grew out of her earliest working experience, when she worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Rural Program. She has also worked for the Land Trust Alliance and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, and is the co-producer of the 1992 award-winning film made for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake: Living Off the Land. She is currently at work on another book, Lasting Landscapes, as a James Marston Fitch Fellow.