How do you preserve a Park in a Library or Archives?

How could we preserve a park for future generations?  Actually, this discussion pertains to a person who has taken photos on a park, documenting a history of a park during specific time periods.   The end result is a book that contains a pictorial documentary of an amateur naturalist’s ten-year travel throughout Lake Artemesia.    Due to an increasingly large number of buildings being built, with the result of less natural areas being saved, deer and other wildlife have started to move into human neighborhoods.  What happened to their natural areas?  Ten years ago, an amateur naturalist started to walk in different parks around the Maryland area.  He pointed out wildlife and plant life that I would never have noticed if I were walking around the park while listening to my mp3 player as I would exercise.  He had shown me how to stimulate my mind with the life all around me. This amateur naturalist wanted to find ways to document information about the park through pictures in case it were destroyed due to floods and other natural/unnatural events.  After ten years walking through Lake Artemesia in Berwyn Heights, Maryland, Ulysses Weldon developed a four-step process to capture different aspects of a park (  This process could be expanded upon to fit many other parks that we never would want to forget.

Picture by Ulysses Weldon, Taken at Lake Artemesia, Berwyn Heights, MD

First, find out about the background of the park you are trying to document.  What is its history?  The park he documented (, is Lake Artemesia.  Before Lake Artemesia, there was a thriving human community existing called Lakeland.  After an urban renewal program, Lakeland was mostly converted into a natural park area.

Second, document known hiking areas and other paths.  Take pictures and draw maps of how to get to different locations of the park and what you would find in those locations.  These maps would be documented tours of the park from one person’s viewpoint.

Third, document plant life you see while walking throughout the park.  Take many pictures and then discard repeated plant pictures unless the plants were in different viewpoints worth remembering.

Fourth, document animal life you see while walking throughout the park.  Do not put yourself into jeopardy.  Take pictures of animals from within a safe distance.  Just as you are taking pictures of the plant life in its environment, you would want to take the animal life in its environment enjoying a regular day.

Once you have the background, pictures of paths, pictures of plant life, and pictures of animal life, then catalog them.  Cataloging can be short and direct by labeling according to date, name of animal/plant, location in park.  Cataloging can also be performed by using the processes: Background Research; Tour locations; Plant Life; Animal Life.

This amateur naturalist documented different aspects of  Lake Artemesia for future generations to see in Lake Artemesia in Pictures (




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