Evolving heritage landscapes within their settings: Examples of planning for the stewardship and sustainability of protected landscapes in the United States

O’Donnell, Patricia M. (2005) Evolving heritage landscapes within their settings: Examples of planning for the stewardship and sustainability of protected landscapes in the United States. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Protected landscapes require planning for their core resources and also for the context around them. The global trends of sprawling development and increasing built-up urban edges threaten to alter the character not only of the protected resources but also of the setting for these resources. Stewardship of the protected landscape requires detailed consideration of the surrounding setting. The experience of the visit springs from the frame of mind of the visitor and clarifying the arrival route and the progression into the historic property can improve the visit immeasurably. Also, partnering with neighboring properties toward common scenic conservation goals can provide long-range guidance for the protection of landscape character for both protected property and setting. At Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, in rural Forest, Virginia, a National Historic Landmark heritage property of 600 acres (240 hectares), the inundation of sprawling development has made the wayfinding and arrival process complicated and confusing. Heritage Landscapes planned for this valuable property at three scales: 1. Arrival zone through the surrounding suburban development in a fast growing county; 2. Plantation zone for the agricultural and woodland landscape and the siting of the new visitor campus; and 3. Core ornamental landscape defined by Jefferson around his retreat house. At Shelburne Farms, a 1400 acre (560 hectares) National Historic Landmark, we worked with the non-profit Shelburne Farms Inc. to develop the Shelburne Farms Landscape Stewardship Plan to meet their mission of heritage preservation and environmental education. The setting of Shelburne Farms on the shores of Lake Champlain surrounded by private and public properties is the subject of land stewardship interest. Various tools are applied to the preservation of scenic landscape character and quality in a partnership effort. The identification of landscape character and all its components is at the heart of these planning efforts to guide heritage properties effectively into the future. The tools and techniques of this process will be explored in the presentation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
O’Donnell, Patricia M.
Languages: English
Keywords: protected landscapes; setting; conservation; sustainability
Subjects: H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 11. Historic landscapes
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2010 16:46
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/394

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