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As part of the National Park Service, the Park Cultural Landscapes Program helps preserve cultural resources and their associated values and stories for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations.

Recognizing and maintaining the wealth and variety of public lands requires involvement from many partners. How does the NPS Park Cultural Landscapes Program relate to parks, preservation professionals, and visitors?

Four image tiles show ways that the program relates to the service and the public. Social media iconsMan lifts a handful of compost from a truck bed. Education resources for parks, cultural resource professionals, and visitors. Image of man learning over soil testing kit, directs to Partners and Programs pageTwo people walk along the curve in a road, assessing features along the historic road.

Research: The documentation process involves the use of primary and secondary sources, review of archeological records, and field investigations to determine the extent and condition of historic landscape features. Maps, drawings, photographs, and laser scanning are ways of documenting a cultural landscape.

Increasingly, this cultural landscape documentation can be used alongside other information systems for improvements in facilities maintenance, mapping, and interpretation.

Action: The program supports efforts to make cultural landscape data, training, and public feedback available to park practitioners and managers.

With relevance to history, biology, archeology, and other disciplines, cultural landscape information can be incorporated into planning and operations in a variety of ways.

Learning: The program supports development and learning opportunities for young people, university students, professionals, and anyone with an interest in the preservation of cultural landscapes.

Through a range of outreach activities and shared experiences, the NPS Park Cultural Landscapes Program encourages wider participation in the decisions and conversations that will guide the future of our park system.

Go Digital: The program's online presence expands the pathways that connect people and cultural landscapes. In addition to the cultural landscapes subject website, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Instagram to begin your own journey.

Last updated: April 22, 2016