Re-envisioning the Cultural Landscape Report: Straddling the Nature/Culture Divide at Pecos National Historical Park

Melnick, Robert Z. (2019) Re-envisioning the Cultural Landscape Report: Straddling the Nature/Culture Divide at Pecos National Historical Park. 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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PART 1. ADOPTING A LANDSCAPE APPROACH - Taking a Landscape Approach to Integrating Nature and Culture /// As professionals advance the conservation of natural and cultural resources, they often seem to be living in different worlds. Ecologists may pay homage to a landscape’s human history, viewing that history as an ‘invasive species’ interrupting a landscape’s natural systems. Landscape historians may envision the natural systems as a blank canvas upon which the human hand has fashioned a place of beauty, function, and delight. Each of these perspectives – presented in the extreme – leaves a hazy understanding of a landscape’s complexity and true resilience. In the United States, this circumstance, has been nurtured by federal agencies, especially the National Park Service, that built and maintained a wall between the programs, funding and professionals in natural and cultural resources. This results in a myopic view of a landscape’s meaning, value, and needs. Research, planning and stewardship priorities have often favored one side of that border over the other. The result, too often, is the sound of one hand clapping. An innovative approach to this problem is being developed through an on-going Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) project at Pecos National Historical Park in New Mexico. The project team of cultural landscape historians, ecologists, archeologists, and others meets regularly to share professional insights with an emphasis on human history, ecological knowledge and vegetation management. It is a test case for a new vision for a CLR, being developed by partners who listen and learn from each other and work together to create a process and ‘landscape dictionary’ that facilitates crossing the professional and linguistic divide.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Melnick, Robert Z.
Languages: English
Keywords: Cultural landscapes; nature culture integration; natural landscapes; conservation of cultural landscapes; natural heritage; cultural heritage; cultural significance; national parks; criteria; local communities; interdisciplinarity; historians; ecologists; archeologists; heritage professionals; values; evaluation; methodology; presentation; USA
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 06. Cultural Landscapes
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Pecos National Historical Park, USA; National Park Service, USA
National Committee: United States of America
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2020 14:27
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 09:48
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