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Suggested Citation:"9 Conclusion." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. America's Geoheritage II: Identifying, Developing, and Preserving America's Natural Legacy: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26316.
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In wrapping up the workshop, planning committee chair Mogk asked planning committee members for closing comments. Marjorie Chan, University of Utah and member of the planning committee, asked participants to continue the momentum engendered by the workshop, such as at meetings of related professionals or in more public settings, such as TED Talks. She suggested finding allies and sharing geoheritage’s embrace of community, inclusivity, access, respect, responsibility, and communication. Dunbar welcomed the participation by state geological surveys, and Connors reminded the group about National Park System resources as well as the recordings from the Fall Webinar. Tormey said a workshop goal was to set up a geoheritage “big tent,” which he said he felt was accomplished. Along these lines, Whitlock stressed the ways that geoheritage can inform Earth science teaching and research. Mogk concluded by noting that the goal was to have many people work together in a metaphorical “barn-raising” to build a strong foundation for geoheritage in the United States. He expressed the hope that the workshop accomplished this goal and the barn is beginning to be built.

Suggested Citation:"9 Conclusion." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. America's Geoheritage II: Identifying, Developing, and Preserving America's Natural Legacy: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26316.
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Suggested Citation:"9 Conclusion." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. America's Geoheritage II: Identifying, Developing, and Preserving America's Natural Legacy: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26316.
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Suggested Citation:"9 Conclusion." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. America's Geoheritage II: Identifying, Developing, and Preserving America's Natural Legacy: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26316.
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America is endowed with places that embody a rich geoheritage, from sites where indigenous people subsisted for millennia, to mines that furnished the raw materials that built U.S. industry, to mountain ranges and river gorges with unparalleled recreational opportunities, to field sites where students can truly understand a geological process, to places of aesthetic or spiritual value, and many more across all states and territories. In order to assess the status of geoheritage and the activities of its practitioners in the United States in light of social, political, and environmental changes over the past ten years, the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine convened a series of virtual webinars and a workshop. From September to December 2020, a Distinguished Speakers Webinar Program composed of eight webinars provided an overview of geoheritage initiatives, as well as focused presentations on geoheritage related to federal and state lands, cultural heritage, education, research, and economic development and geotourism. In January 2021, 101 land managers, state geologists, educators, researchers, and members and staff of professional societies and nongovernmental organizations participated in a virtual writing workshop to aggregate and organize community input on strategies and best practices in developing geoheritage sites across the United States. The participants were divided into focus groups that roughly aligned with the topics explored in the fall 2020 workshops. The groups worked synchronously and asynchronously over the course of a week, then presented their ideas in a plenary session. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussion of the webinars and workshop.

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