Cultural Landscape Collections
The NPS Park Cultural Landscapes Program has published a collection of documents that is used to support the management of cultural landscapes.
The reports provide comprehensive, professional preservation guidance by documenting the history and significance of cultural landscapes, providing preservation guidance, and identifying management objectives. These resources are all managed through the Integrated Resource Management Applications (IRMA) Portal, the NPS-wide repository for documents, publications, and data sets related to natural and cultural resources of the National Park Service.
Discover and download NPS cultural landscape publications from the IRMA Data Store. Each series below contains a collection of reports. Can't find what you're looking for? Ask us!
These guidelines explain how the four treatments - preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction - can be applied to cultural landscapes. These standards are intended to provide guidance to cultural landscape owners, stewards, managers, planners, contractors, and project reviewers before and during the planning and implementation of treatment projects.
A Handbook for Managers of Cultural Landscapes with Natural Resource Values
This handbook addresses the relationship of nature and culture in cultural landscapes, presenting strategies and advice to encourage a comprehensive approach for more effective management of cultural and natural values of a landscape. This is intended for superintendents, site managers, resource managers, and other professional staff.
Fruitful Legacy: A Historic Context of Orchards in the United States, with Technical Information for Registering Orchards in the National Register of Historic Places
This study provides information about the development of the most common types of historic orchards and fruit trees in the United States. It describes events, important individuals, patterns of development, and spatial characteristics associated with these horticultural properties, as well as a national context for evaluating landscapes that may be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
The full series of Preservation Briefs is available from Technical Preservation Services. These publications, which provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings and features, are especially useful to Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program applicants because they recommend methods and approaches for preservation that are consistent with the historic character of a resource.
This publication provides guidance on replacing trees in cultural landscapes using methods that respect the sensitivity and importance of the site and its features. The goal of these recommendations is to help guide field practices that minimize adverse impacts to the site, prevent damage to important resources, and protect the character and integrity of the cultural landscape.
This Preservation Brief (also part of the series from Technical Preservation Services) focuses on one aspect of historic cemetery preservation. The publication provides guidance for owners, property managers, administrators, maintenance staff, volunteers, and others who are responsible for or interested in preserving and protecting grave markers.
National Park Service Cultural Landscapes Inventory Professional Procedures Guide
This guide presents the conceptual framework of the Cultural Landscapes Inventory (CLI), implementation, and detailed guidance for completing a CLI inventory unit record. The CLI is a comprehensive management inventory of all cultural landscapes in the National Park System. This guide ensures consistent and high-quality data in accordance with policy guidance and existing references.
A Guide to Cultural Landscape Reports: Contents, Process, and Techniques
Comprehensive guidance for the creation and use of Cultural Landscape Reports (CLRs). The CLR is the principle treatment document for cultural landscapes and the primary tool for their long-term management. This guide outlines each section of a CLR and describes the document's origins and uses.
The seventeen published reports in the series are available for download:
- Landscape Lines 1: Project Agreement
- Landscape Lines 2: Level of Investigation
- Landscape Lines 3: Landscape Characteristics
- Landscape Lines 4: Historic Plant Material Sources
- Landscape Lines 5: Graphic Documentation
- Landscape Lines 6: Geophysical Survey Techniques
- Landscape Lines 7: Pollen, Phytolith, and Macroflora Analyses
- Landscape Lines 8: Tree Coring
- Landscape Lines 9: Surveys
- Landscape Lines 10: Geographic Information Systems
- Landscape Lines 11: Global Positioning Systems
- Landscape Lines 12: Treatment of Plant Features
- Landscape Lines 13: Accessibility
- Landscape Lines 14: Cataloging, Printing, and Distribution
- Landscape Lines 15: Historic Trails
- Landscape Lines 16: Historic Roads
- Landscape Lines 17: Cultural Landscapes and Facility Management
Last updated: August 7, 2018