The Cultural Landscapes Inventory (CLI) Report Collection on IRMA
Do you know where you can find essential information about your park’s cultural landscape?
The Cultural Landscape Inventory report is the baseline document to understand what’s precious to preserve.
The NPS Park Cultural Landscapes Program maintains a collection of reports in the IRMA Data Store (Integrated Resource Management Applications). Most of the CLI report collection is available to the public, and new references are created each year.
The Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI) is a database of all cultural landscapes in the national park system. It documents each landscape’s location, physical development, characteristics, and features and identifies the landscape’s eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places as either a site or a district. CLI reports are generated from the database.
The CLI aids park managers in planning, programming, and recording preservation treatment, management decisions, and monitoring condition. It is useful across programmatic areas because it contains information that can support interpretation, education, and facilities management.
What is in a CLI report?
Each CLI report contains these sections:
- Inventory Unit Summary and Site Plan
- Concurrence Status
- Geographic Information and Location Map
- Management Information
- National Register Information
- Chronology and Physical History
- Analysis and Evaluation of Integrity
- Condition Assessment
- Bibliography and Supplemental Information
How is the CLI used?
The CLI serves these major purposes:
- It provides a method for describing cultural landscapes on an individual or collective basis at the park, regional, or service-wide level.
- It provides a platform to share information about cultural landscapes across programmatic areas and to integrate related data about these resources into park management.
- It indicates the condition of the landscape and any stabilization measures that are needed. This information is updated on a cyclic basis.
- It provides an analytical tool to measure accomplishment and accountability.
A detailed description of the Cultural Landscapes Inventory process can be found in the NPS Cultural Landscapes Inventory Professional Procedures Guide.
Can’t find what you need? Contact the Park Cultural Landscapes Program via email or the program lead in your region.