Stewardship Cutural Resources
Trends related to this theme: Best practices for historic buildings now recommend the rehabilitation and/or restoration of buildings rather than mothballing. A trend with the Federal government (Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act) is to conduct active resource management for cultural resources through assessment, survey and National Register evaluation of properties upfront, before they are threatened by impacts. Technological advances, such as the use of GPS, digital imaging, infrared and aerial photography, remote sensing and special analyses of findings are being incorporated into the documentation of sites.
Countywide objectives related to this theme:
- Stabilize, restore, repair, and renovate significant historic structures in the Park Authority's ownership to ensure their preservation and availability for public viewing and interpretation.
- Identify, assess and evaluate threatened cultural resources prior to any proposed construction activity.
- Avoid impacts to National Register eligible cultural resources where feasible. If impacts cannot be avoided mitigation level documentation or data recovery should occur.
- Provide new, expanded and upgraded facilities to preserve, restore and house museum and artifact collections to ensure their preservation for future generations.
District-level Cultural Resource Stewardship strategy suggestions include: restoring and preserving specific historic buildings, reconstructing historic outbuildings, and conducting archaeological surveys.