In order to identify successful examples
of cultural landscape management that illustrate the integration
of natural, cultural, and scenic resources, the project team
evaluated a series of case studies. A preliminary list of
sites for interviews was chosen based on several criteria.
Researchers looked for a broad geographic distribution; variety
in both scale and type of landscape (historic, designed, vernacular,
and ethnographic); recently designated sites as well as older,
long-established sites; and sites managed in partnership.
In all but one case, researchers interviewed more than one
staff person at each site in order to gain a broader perspective.
This series of case studies was drawn primarily from the U.S.
national park system. In compiling a list of potential case
study sites, researchers considered suggestions made by cultural
resource specialists in National Park Service regional offices
for locations where resource managers were faced with interesting
challenges and were responding with creative solutions. Researchers
also drew potential sites from a network of conservation professionals
and organizations contacted during a collaborative project
that resulted in the preparation of The
Landscape of Conservation Stewardship, thus leveraging
an existing investment that has been identifying case studies
on conservation stewardship. Finally, a search for potential
privately managed sites was conducted through the world wide
iiv Tuxill, Jacquelyn L., ed. The
Landscape of Conservation Stewardship: The Report of the Stewardship
Initiative Feasibility Study. Woodstock, Vermont: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller
National Historical Park, Conservation Study Institute, and
Woodstock Foundation, 2000.