Strategy. Story. Engagement.


In 2018, Jackie Barton established Birch Wood Planning on the foundation of an 18-year career in public service-minded organizations, completing projects in our core practice areas.

Strategy & Planning

  • A Strategic Plan for Colorado Heritage Tourism Enhancement*

  • Arlington (VA) Historic Preservation Plan*

  • Downtown Revitalization Study for the Town of Boonsboro (MD)*

  • River Towns (PA) Heritage Development Strategy*

  • Lancaster-York (PA) Heritage Region Management Action Plan*

  • Ohio Local History Alliance Strategic Plan & Rebranding

  • Ohio History Connection Strategic Plan & Core Values (2011)**

  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC): Philadelphia Commercial Corridors Redevelopment Initiative Assessment*

Storytelling & Interpretation

  • Baltimore City Heritage Area (including Interpretive Framework)*

  • The Harriett Tubman Underground Railroad Byway*

  • Ohio Civil War 150th Commemoration Interpretive Framework**

  • Ohio History Center Exhibits**

    • Controvery: Objects You Don’t Normally See

    • Going, Going, Gone? Endangered and Extinct Species

    • 1950s: Building the American Dream

    • Transformation

  • Ohio & the Civil War: 150 Years Later Traveling Exhibit**

Engagement & Outreach

  • Creation of Ohio History Service Corps, an AmeriCorps program serving historic preservation and historic site/museum needs in Ohio**

  • Shaw Neighborhood Plan public engagement*

  • Heritage Tourism Development: A Policy Framework for Pennsylvania*

  • Early sponsorship and partnership development for Ohio As America, online history textbook**

  • Montgomery County (MD) Heritage Area Management Plan*

*Mary Means + Associates, Inc. project

**Ohio History Connection project