Hosted by the ASLA Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network (PPN)
Cultural landscapes embody a dynamic and often difficult facet of the nation’s preservation agenda—places characterized by essential qualities of both natural and human forces on the land. Cultural resource managers must often confront the growing stresses of climate change at the landscape level, demonstrating a need for strategic decision-making guidance responsive to both climate trends and climate events. This presentation describes a synthesis of IPCC scenario-based projections and historic landscape field assessment methods. The presentation focuses on examples of selected case study sites located within the National Park Service Pacific West Region, but is applicable elsewhere. Historic impacts as well as potential climate-related vulnerabilities facing character-defining landscape features are addressed, with implications for future management of historic landscape resources.
Robert Z. Melnick, FASLA
Professor Emeritus and Director, Cultural Landscape Research Group
Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon