Landscape Processes and Cultural Resources: Shifting Perspectives to Protect Mendocino Woodlands

Matthews, Laurie (2019) Landscape Processes and Cultural Resources: Shifting Perspectives to Protect Mendocino Woodlands. In: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium "Forward Together: A Culture-Nature Journey Towards More Effective Conservation in a Changing World", November 13-14, 2018, San Francisco, California. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

PART 3. ENHANCING RESILIENCE, ADAPTATION AND SUSTAINABILITY - Linking Resilience, Sustainable Heritage and Community Livelihoods /// As one of only two Recreation Demonstration Areas built in the western part of the United States and one of only two that remain intact nationwide, Mendocino Woodlands is a rare and complete example of the planning, design and craft of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) era. As a camp that still enjoys its historic use today, the threats to this National Historic Landmark don’t come from adaptive reuse. Instead the dense redwood forest that continues to mature and the flowing streams rich with life that braid through the site both contribute to this cultural landscape’s character and are contributing to its loss. In addition, the site is struggling financially and has been at the short end of funding streams in a region that often prizes its natural resources over its cultural ones. These are not isolated issues, but systemic of the types of challenges facing historic properties located in sensitive complex landscapes. The solution is not to continue conserving one resource at the detriment of another but looking at the resources more holistically and developing preservation and conservation strategies that sustain the character of this property.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Matthews, LaurieUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: Cultural landscapes; woodlands; forests; leisure facilities; natural sites; National Historic Landmarks; conservation of cultural landscapes; financial aspects; culture/nature; nature culture integration; management of natural resources; protection of cultural landscapes; USA
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19. Natural sites
Q. LANDSCAPES > 16. Landscape Management
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Mendocino Woodlands, California, USA; Works Progress Administration
National Committee: USA
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium
Depositing User: Mrs Lucile Smirnov
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2020 14:26
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2020 14:26
References: James, Ronnie and Ethan Carr. 1997. Mendocino Woodlands Recreational Demonstration Area National Historic Landmark Nomination Form. Washington, DC: Department of the Interior,

National Park Service.

Matthews, Laurie, Robert Z. Melnick, and Christina Frank. 2014. Mendocino Woodlands

Cultural Landscape Report. Portland, Oregon: MIG, Inc.

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