to the Cultural Landscape Managerís Handbook web site. This is a
joint project of the Conservation Study Institute and QLF/Atlantic
Center for the Environment, with a grant from the National Center
for Preservation Technology and Training. As part of the Institute’s
work to bridge the traditional gap between natural resources and
cultural heritage conservation, this handbook was developed for
managers of cultural landscapes with important natural resource
In the past ten years, there has been an
increasing interest in and recognition of cultural landscapes in
the United States and worldwide. Progress has also been made in
developing tools and approaches for management, yet challenges remain.
Increasingly, park and landscape managers are turning to inclusive
resource conservation models that incorporate both natural and cultural
resources, and also address the interests of local communities.
Much of the information compiled here came from a series of interviews
with professionals from a variety of disciplines who manage cultural
landscape. The project team compiled several case studies of innovative
multidisciplinary work being done by resource management professionals
across the country and identified successful approaches and tools.
The project also included a literature review, and a bibliography.
In the "Preservation" section of
this document, the reader will find information on the history of
the evolution of the cultural landscape idea, both in the United
States and worldwide. The "Preservation" section also
contains a series of definitions for the term "cultural landscape."
The "Methodology" section describes the methodology used
to gather the information that appears in the "Findings"
section and in the case studies. The "Findings" section
includes tools and approaches to cultural landscape management,
as well as advice for improving management, that researchers obtained
through a series of interviews. The "Bibliography" section
includes literature suggested by a number of individuals working
professionally with cultural landscapes. Suggestions for additional
entries can be sent through the address reached at the "contact
us" botton at the bottom of this page. The "Appendices"
section includes: a list of interview questions (A); the National
Park Service definitions of cultural landscape types (B); the World
Heritage Convention definitions of cultural landscapes (C); a list
of National Register Bulletins that relate to cultural landscapes
(D); a list of interviewees for this project (E); source materials
used for case studies (F); and a list of web links to sites relevant
to cultural landscapes (G).
The handbook is being published as a web
site because it is meant to be a living document that will continue
to evolve and expand as readers respond with additional case studies
or advice gleaned from their own professional experience. Information
and ideas can be sent to the Conservation Study Institute through
the address listed at the "contact us" button at the bottom
of this page.
This report is the fifth in the Conservation
and Stewardship Publication Series produced by the Conservation
Study Institute. This series includes a variety of publications
designed to provide information on conservation history and current
practice for professionals and the public. The series editor is
Nora J. Mitchell, director of the Conservation Study Institute.
Co-author of this publication is Barbara Slaiby, with contributions
from Susan Buggey, Brent Mitchell and Stephen Engler, and editorial
assistance from Leslie Hudson.
Recommended citation: Slaiby, Barbara E.,
and Nora J. Mitchell. A Handbook for Managers of Cultural Landscapes
with Natural Resource Values. Woodstock, Vermont: Conservation Study
The authors would like to thank Charles Birnbaum,
Mary Beth Carlin, Ethan Carr, Jill Cowley, Shaun Eyring, Cathy Gilbert,
Tonia Horton, Lucy Lawliss, Christina Marts, Robert Page, Charlie
Pepper, and Sherda Williams for all of their help.