GSA Connects 2021 in Portland, Oregon

Paper No. 223-6
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM


SZTEIN, Ester, Board on International Scientific Organizations, National Academy of Sciences, 500 Fifth St., Washington, DC 20001, MOGK, David, Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717, CHAN, Marjorie, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah, 115 S 1460 E, Room 383 FASB, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, CONNORS, Timothy, Department of Interior, National Park Service, Geologic Resources Division, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, Denver, CO 80225, DUNBAR, Nelia W., New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, New MexicoTech, Socorro, NM 87801, TORMEY, Daniel, Catalyst Environmental Solutions, 315 Montana Ave., Suite 311, Santa Monica, CA 90403 and WHITLOCK, Cathy, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717

The America’s Geoheritage Workshop II: Identifying, Developing, and Preserving America’s Natural Legacy was convened by the U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences (NASEM/BISO). Goals of the workshop were to: 1) survey the status of Geoheritage (GH) across America and provide opportunities for participants to share interests, experiences, and resources; 2) develop a shared vision for GH and demonstrate the value of GH in research, education, and for the general public; 3) identify resources needed to identify and develop GH sites in communities across the country; 4) build a community of geoscientists and collaborators to promote GH and, 5) encourage the use of GH sites by researchers, educators and the general public. The workshop was in two parts: Part I consisted of a fall 2020 Distinguished Speakers Webinar series of eight webinars with presentations by thirty speakers on topics including a global vision for GH and relation of U.S. initiatives to international programs; a survey of GH activities in the U.S. (federal agencies and state geological surveys); GH and cultural heritage, economic development and geotourism; and GH in education and in research initiatives. The list of speakers, titles, and video recordings of the webinars are posted at Part II consisted of a January 2021 virtual writing workshop attended by ~100 participants from across diverse interests in geoscience and allied disciplines. The introductory plenary session provided an overview of historical and ongoing international and U.S.-based GH initiatives. Workshop participants contributed to 12 focus groups and 3 ad hoc topical discussion groups, with time allotted for group discussions and for personal in-depth exploration of these topics. The list of focus groups and report outs of group findings can be found at The workshop proceedings will be posted at This workshop was supported by NSF, NPS, and USGS with co-sponsorship by AASG, AGI, GSA, NAGT, and NESTA.