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A Guide to Cultural Landscape Reports

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Cultural Landscape Reports

Guide to Cultural Landscape Reports

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A Guide to Cultural Landscape Reports: Contents, Process, and Techniques is the definitive guidance document for the creation and use of Cultural Landscape Reports (CLRs). It presents a history and context of cultural landscape preservation in the national park system, along with comprehensive instruction for the creation of CLRs.

After the content and purpose of a CLR was identified by the NPS in 1984, it was recognized that a fundamental need existed for standardization in order to incorporate cultural landscape research into a comprehensive park resources management program.

This guide focuses on three primary objectives:
  1. To clarify the purpose and use of a CLR
  2. To define the content, process, and format of a CLR
  3. To provide technical information on the methodologies and techniques for cultural landscape research, documentation, analysis, evaluation, and treatment

What is a Cultural Landscape Report?

The Cultural Landscape Report is the principle treatment document for cultural landscapes and the primary tool for their long-term management. Management and treatment decisions are based on the character of the land, historical significance, and anticipated challenges to preservation. The CLR can be used in maintenance, interpretation, and planning.

A CLR consists of three primary parts:
  • Part 1: Site History, Existing Conditions, and Analysis and Evaluation
  • Part 2: Treatment
  • Part 3: Record of Treatment

First published in 1998, this guide continues to serve as the foundation for preservation treatment planning and can be used along the Landscape Lines publication series.


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