Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is missing there.
Right -- it wasn't listed on the official spreadsheet, which is why I missed it. I'll add it onto my list, but you may want to check with Els to see if she can add it onto the spreadsheet.
That trail (like the mountain range) actually goes up to Newfoundland.
Yup -- that's the International Appalachian Trail
extension. I had just been suggesting the original one, but the international one covers awesome terrain, too.
Maybe Delaware Bay is better as it is a major site for migratory birds and spawning of horseshoe crabs. I was also looking for sites on barrier islands of Virginia and North Carolina but couldn't find a satisfying one.
I've been to both, and I think the Chesapeake Bay is the better of the two. They both are Ramsar wetlands; I just am not sure if either can compete on the world stage.
If such a site (re: maple sugaring) is ever nominated, it should be in Québec.
I agree with you there.
What would you think of the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia?
Excellent suggestion, since it had a global sociological impact. I think that would be an excellent one to put forward.
Growing up here and visiting fairly often there are only a handful of places that could be considered.
Thanks for your thoughts on Wisconsin -- I think they make sense. Agree about the Apostle Islands, and the Ice Age Trail sounds fascinating; I love the terrain of the state (I had a good, but brief, tour last summer on two visits, going from the northwest down to Madison with a friend, and then later exploring the Fox River Valley with another friend; the bluffs on the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota are beautiful, too). Thinking about the brewery aspect, I might lean toward the recommendation that the Europeans have a more important history.
In regard to the fur trade recommendation, thanks for the suggestion! I'd considered whether to include sites related to Astor's American Fur Company, but I decided to just stick with some sites related to the Canadian side when I submitted it. I would love to have included sites like Fort Vancouver
or Fort Astoria
on the West Coast, since that was the Pacific terminus, but there is really nothing authentic left there. The same goes with the Chauvin Historical Museum
in Tadoussac, where the French fur trade first started in Quebec. I included some representative sites, but I'm sure there would be others that are worth considering as well, and this might be one of them.
I'd suggest a proposal focusing on the Lower Amur basin
I love the idea for a Lower Amur River Basin site, and you chose some good potential components. I'd say go for it.
For Alabama, what about:
- Moundville Archaeological Site:
In addition to Cahokia Mounds, the US just recently inscribed the Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point in nearby Louisiana, so I'm not sure how another mound site from that region would fare. The US is moving onto Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks
in Ohio next.
- Marshall Space Flight Center: A site connected to the early history of space flight.
Great thinking, but I would say the strongest case to be made in the US for space is for the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where the early days of the US space program had all of its milestones.
I have never been there but is there nothing at Kitty Hawk?
I've been there
a lot, since the Outer Banks is a popular vacation destination on the East Coast. There is a monument to the Wright Brothers Flight atop a hill next to the field they used for their controlled flight. There are markers on the ground to show how far each of their flights went, and the markers are visible from the top of the hill for context. But so far as original infrastructure -- you're right, there really isn't anything remaining. I think the markers tell the story well enough, though.
I've been to Rushmore twice, it is impressive but far too national for serious consideration in my opinion.