NCPTT has prepared an interactive map showing Gulf Coast cultural resources within the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) zone. This zone is established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide a summary of “coastal resources that are at risk if an oil spill occurs nearby.” The map below plots resources listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes National Park Service sites and National Historic Landmarks. Click the plotted points for more detailed information.

Cultural Resources within NOAA ESI Zone
Note: Map may be slow to load. Archaeological sites, including many shipwrecks, excluded as a protective measure.

View full map or download files


Additional Resources

NPS Oil Spill Response

Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA)


NOAA Office of Response and Restoration Maps


Deepwater Horizon Response

Deepwater Horizon Response Maps

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8 Responses to Interactive Map: Gulf Coast Cultural Resources

  1. David Lowe says:


  2. Mitchell says:

    Can we start criminal prosecutions against these greedy monsters yet?

  3. Capt Judy says:

    Why isn’t the Western Gateway to the Everglades National Park as well as Flamingo marked on this map? If oil reaches these many pristine habitats, many combined major coastal resources are at risk! If the oil spill comes here with over a hundred miles of mangrove forests, coastal beaches and islands, seagrass beds, hardwood hammocks, hundreds of rivers and bays where the oil can eventually reach our river of grasses, (A World Heritage Site and National Biosphere,) these are Park Service Headquarter Sites that deserve our utmost attention as enviromentally sensitive. Hundreds of different species of birds, marine life such as fish, dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, as well as our alligators are at risk. Presently, walruses seem to be the biggest concern for BP in our Gulf! Interestingly, the walruses are documented as being at risk, however, Everglades National Park does not even exist for preservation on this documented map.

  4. Ed FitzGerald says:

    Capt Judy,
    The sites to which you referred are indeed present on the map. Unfortunately, large areas such as the Everglades National Park have been presented as single points. This is admittedly a poor way to display a park of some 2500 square miles. To correct this oversight, we have added another layer which plots federally administered parks and other natural areas (including National Seashores, Forests, Wildlife Refuges, Wildernesses, Monuments, and Preserves) as polygons to more accurately represent their perimeters.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We hope you will find the improved map satisfactory.

  5. Capt Judy says:

    Great Job on ‘Going Green’ on Federally Administered and Sincerely Thank You!
    The Everglades National Park is my backyard. Being deeply saddened by this oil spill and its threat to this most precious gift that is in danger of being completely destroyed, I couldn’t help but bring attention to this most valuable resource. I still can’t help but feel there should be an orange square designating the Everglades National Park as an NPS site as its headquarters are in Homestead and its Western Gateway in Everglades City, however, I do not even see a single orange square marking any of the 2500 square miles of ENP. Most kindly, what town is represented as the headquarters for Everglades National Park?
    Capt. Judy

  6. Capt Judy says:

    I see Homestead has been put on the map. I think one problem is the scale of this map as Homestead is butted against Hollywood instead of Miami where Biscayne National Park is located. Everglades National Park Headquarters and Biscayne National Park Headquarters appear to be on top of each other with an overlapping orange square. Personally, I would like to see ENP more clearly defined and represented with its other gateways as significant as it is but that is just one’s personal opinion.
    Keep up the good work as this map is educational and being a teacher I do tend to study things more acutely so I hope I have not offended.
    Most Sincerely,
    Capt. Judy

  7. estetik says:

    Some relict landforms can be used as indicators of cultural resource presence, consequently, once located, they should be considered high probability areas. Survey techniques included direct observation by diving archeologists and remote sensing techniques that search for characteristic signatures. Site-specific surveys should employ tight line spacing, and towing speeds should not be more than 6 kn. Records from archeological surveys should be periodically reviewed by a panel of qualified archeologists. More detailed pilot studies are recommended to develop appropriate methodology for site-specific surveys. There is a shortage of qualified marine archeologists to meet the growing survey needs of the offshore oil and gas industry. Two thirds of the total shipwrecks located occurred within 1.5 km of the coast; most of these ships sank during the 19th century and the most important group was from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.

  8. Capt Judy says:

    I see you moved the the two orange squares overlapping each other so Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park are now separated.
    Capt. Judy

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