Cultural Landscape Assessment

cultural-landscape-assessmentThe capacity to define and interpret cultural landscapes has become increasing important to the practice of cultural resource management (CRM). Over the years, the subjects of CRM have shifted in scale from the historic site, to the historic building, to the historic district, and have broadened to include places and landscapes. Cultural landscapes, including large historic districts, traditional cultural properties, and heritage areas are often constraints on the development of projects of all sizes and type. These hard-to-define resources are now central to everything from integrated planning and heritage tourism to environmental streamlining.

Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc.’s (CRA) experiences in completing large-scale studies of iron plantations, coalmines, coking facilities, limestone quarries, and landscapes associated with lumbering and the forest industries require we frequently engage complex cultural landscapes, from iconic places such as Blair Mountain Battlefield to the massive coal company towns of Jenkinjones and Beards Fork, West Virginia. Recent projects have included studies of persistent settlement-era rural landscapes located amidst lumbering operations associated with the massive sawmill complexes of Nallen and Camden-on-Gauley, West Virginia, as well as the assessment of the landscapes and places associated with the lumbering operations themselves. From the identification and evaluation of densely developed urban districts to the assessment of expansive rural historic landscapes, CRA has the expertise and experience necessary to complete even the most complex cultural landscape assessment.

CRA has assembled a team that understands the cultural landscape concept and knows how to best identify, define, and manage these resources during the development of your project. Our staff includes recognized experts in the assessment of cultural landscapes associated with historic transportation corridors, historic cemeteries, colonial era military sites and road networks, battlefields, hospital campuses (including 43 Veteran’s Administration complexes), rural historic districts and modern neighborhoods. CRA staff has presented the results of landscape-scale studies at conferences and invited lectures, and have published papers and book chapters on cultural landscape assessment within CRM.

  • Expertise in Cultural Landscape Assessment
  • Informing Context Sensitive Solutions
  • Heritage Area Management Plans
  • Cultural Landscape Reports
  • Integrated Planning
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Creative Mitigation
  • Historical GIS
  • Viewshed Analysis