Acknowledging Landscapes: The National Register Landscape Initiative

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Acknowledging Landscapes

Presentations from the National Register Landscape Initiative

In 2013, the National Park Service initiated a series of conversations that addressed:

  • Types of landscapes listed in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Guidance on nominated landscapes
  • Issues that partners in federal, state, and tribal agencies face with landscape documentation and evaluation

The conversations formed the basis of the National Register Landscape Initiative (NRLI).

These conversations, held via webinar, were directed toward a strategy for revising, updating, and augmenting the existing National Register landscape guidance.

In the Document:

A red barn on a gentle grade, beside an arching treeThis publication provides summaries of each topic and links to video presentations and transcripts. The NRLI includes:

  • Sessions presented by National Register staff, who explained current practices and existing guidance related to landscape nominations
  • Presentations by individuals with specific knowledge on a particular type of landscape, such as trails and corridors, tribal landscapes, maritime cultural landscapes, and evocative landscapes
  • Sessions focusing on process, such as landscape inventory and treatment programs and the use of viewshed studies.

Debbie Dietrich-Smith of the NPS National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) first envisioned compiling these presentations into an online publication, serving as a public record and a tool to encourage greater recognition of landscape by the National Register.

Additional Information

Content from this article was first published on the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training website on June 19, 2017

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