On October 2012, the National Park Service Park Cultural Landscapes Program launched its program website (http://www.nps.gov/cultural_landscapes/). This site is designed for broad audiences as well as preservation community members, to answer basic questions about cultural landscapes but also to serve as a gateway for more in-depth discoveries.
Our program website responds to the NPS Director’s Call to Action #17, “Go Digital” by providing online access to hundreds of inventories, reports and images of cultural landscapes throughout the national park system. The website links researchers and the public to the NPS IRMA database, to find the full downloadable text of these documents.
The site also includes the following features about park cultural landscapes:
• “Stories” which highlight the history of park cultural landscapes with particular themes;
• “People” which highlight individuals or groups with direct association to the history of stewardship of park cultural landscapes;
• “Preservation” which describes the management of cultural landscapes, through the processes of “research,” “planning,” and “stewardship;”
• “Climate Change and Cultural Landscapes” which describes how the NPS is responding to our changing climate in park cultural landscapes through scientific research, adaptation, mitigation and enhanced communication;
• “Sustainable Cultural Landscapes” which provides case studies of park cultural landscapes that are environmentally, economically, and socially durable.
Go Social – Stay Connected
“Like, tweet, post, and comment” are a new vocabulary for the staff of the NPS Park Cultural Landscapes Program. Visitors and the public are now discovering and connecting with us and their friends and family on social media. In summer 2012, we joined Facebook, and now we’re on Twitter and YouTube. We’ll continue to expand our social media platform to better connect with youth, students, researchers, the preservation community and park visitors. We invite you to share your stories about park cultural landscapes. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
Follow @NPSParkCLP on Twitter and receive updates on news on park cultural landscapes, special events, and what’s happening now in park cultural landscapes.
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Check out our YouTube Channel for videos about park cultural landscapes. Watch and listen to the stories and people that have helped to shape landscapes, communities and historic events.
“Like” our Facebook page to explore the variety of cultural landscapes in the national park system. We welcome you to join our conversations, to post photos and videos and pose your own questions. Here, you’ll be able to share with us and others your experiences and responses to the cultural landscapes you’ve encountered. We’ll keep you updated on news, events, new cultural landscape publications, and share compelling images and stories of park cultural landscapes.