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Landscape Culture is a quarterly newsletter publication for landscape stewards prepared by the NPS Park Cultural Landscapes Program. You can find past issues here!
The Preservation Horticulture Video Series introduces the basics of preservation horticulture in the National Park Service. These videos introduce the essential principles and practices in preserving historic plant materials.
When tree removal is needed in NPS cultural landscapes, the preservation objective is generally to replace contributing trees in order to preserve the historic character. These considerations for planning, planting, and establishment will make your tree replacement project a success.
Selecting nursery stock or creating specifications for planting can have a large impact on successful plant establishment in the cultural landscape.
Learn how to gain access to the collection of Cultural Landscape Guidance Documents on the Integrated Resource Management Applications (IRMA).
Use this resource to identify plants using images within a free database provided by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
Learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an insect that feeds on ash tree species, and methods to monitor, mitigate, and restore EAB infested areas.
The act authorizes the American Battlefield Protection Program to partner, administer grants, and undertake studies to preserve our battlefield heritage.
Learn more about the symptoms and treatment of fire blight, a common disease that affects plants in the rose family, including apples, pear, and peach.
Learn the history behind Mission 66 and how the era greatly enlarged the park system and expanded entire categories of parks.
Over several decades, NPS staff at National Capital Parks East (NACE) has been converting areas from mowed turf into grassy meadow. Learn their process in this resource!
Internship program providing young people with an overview of landscape management practices through educational workshops and hands-on field experiences.
A collection of reference materials that assist maintenance workers in caring for vegetation significant to the historic character of a cultural landscape.
The Preservation Horticulture Workshop provides participants with the foundation of maintaining trees and shrubs in a historic cultural landscape.
The Guide for Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) on Cultural Landscape Report Contracts provides technical information for NPS staff.
Director's Order #28 requires the protection and management of cultural resources in NPS custody through effective research, planning, and stewardship.
Learn how to identify whether an old fruit tree in your park is an heirloom variety or not.
Tree topping is a drastic pruning practice used to reduce the height of a tree. Learn steps to mitigate the effects of poor pruning or damage to the top of the tree.
This video identifies considerations for replacing trees in historic landscapes, from selection to replanting techniques.
Fruitful Legacy explores U.S. orchards and provides technical guidance, illustrations and tables, relevant organizations, and an extensive bibliography.
The Cultural Landscape Report Collection is available to parks & the public through IRMA. CLRs are used in many aspects of National Park Service management.
In 2015, BOEM published 'Characterizing Tribal Cultural Landscapes,' that provides guidance for tribal consultation in advance of proposed undertakings.
Step-by-step guide for soil testing. A soil test is an essential tool for cultural landscape preservation maintenance, as it reveals the health of the soil.
Learn more about the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and discover potential ways to control the spread of disease to hemlock trees.
The Cultural Landscapes Inventory (CLI) report collection is available to parks and the public through IRMA.