One Health Seminar Series Presents ‘Keeping Special Places Special: Protecting a Community’s Distinctive, Character-Defining Elements’

Courtesy: Jeff Marshall. Marshall will discuss land preservation and the importance of protecting natural resources in his lecture.

Apr 03, 2019

Jeff Marshall will be presenting his lecture “Keeping Special Places Special: Protecting a Community's Distinctive, Character-Defining Elements” at Delaware Valley University on Wednesday, April 10. The event will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building auditorium. All are welcome, and there is no cost to attend. Guests do not need to register in advance.

A delicate tapestry is created by the interwoven connectedness between natural land and the buildings developed through the course of history. The basics of human survival rely on protecting critical resources such as clean air, clean water and healthy food. These pieces are essential to the success of current and future generations. Beyond the basic benefits provided by protecting these resources are increased scenic and recreational amenities offered from land preservation. Throw in the preservation of the distinctive architecture of towns, small villages, and farms that make a region unique and one quickly realizes that the effect of “protecting our natural and historic heritage” should be relevant to all the members of the community.  These resources create a tapestry that makes our community special, but it is a delicate balance between the past, present and future that once destroyed, may never be restored.

This seminar will emphasize the unique ways in which land use and building architecture help to shape communities and our impacts on the planet for future generations.

Marshall, president of Heritage Conservancy in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has been involved in land conservation and historic preservation for 40 years. Marshall believes protecting the character of the community as well as the natural resources that sustain it are important elements in creating livable communities. A strong advocate of community outreach and engagement, his efforts have been at the national, state, and local level. Marshall was selected for a Lifetime Achievement Award as the “2015 Ambassador of Bucks County.”  He was also the recipient of inaugural Bucks County Preservation Legacy Award created in his honor for the preservation of historic places and open spaces by the Bucks County Commissioners. He is the author of six books on Bucks County architecture and history.  Marshall serves as president of the board of directors of the National Barn Alliance and is a founding member and past president of the board of directors of the Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania.  He serves on the board of directors of Preservation Pennsylvania and formerly served as president of the Board of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association.

The presentation is being sponsored by the University’s One Health Seminar Series and Heritage Conservancy.

About Heritage Conservancy

Based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Heritage Conservancy is committed to being the region’s premier, nationally-accredited conservator. Heritage Conservancy is a community-based organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of significant open spaces, natural resources, and our historic heritage. A champion of conservation best practices, Heritage Conservancy believes that everyone is responsible for stewardship and seeks to enlighten, engage, and empower others to help achieve this mutual vision. To learn more, please visit

About One Health

One Health is a multi-disciplinary approach that works locally, regionally, nationally and globally to attain optimal well-being for people and society, the environment and plants, and animals. Together, the three major components make up the One Health triad, and the well-being of each is inextricably linked to the others in the triad. For more information on the One Health Seminar Series, please visit