From 2001 to 2009, DCR’s Heritage Landscape Inventory Program amassed data on historic landscapes in 108 municipalities across the Commonwealth. The Program engaged communities to identify heritage landscapes – special places that help define the character of a community and reflect its past – and to plan for their protection. The HLI Program produced online narrative reports and a map for each community.
Recognizing the need to increase data access and empower citizens toward action, DCR developed the Heritage Landscape Atlas, an interactive, web-based mapping tool that allows for landscape-specific analysis, and regional or statewide comparisons of heritage landscapes.
The Atlas displays 600+ priority heritage landscapes identified through the HLI and includes:
• Statewide data on heritage landscape types
• Statewide datalayers such as protected open space, water resources, roads, habitat, and the State Register of Historic Places
• Town data including demographic information, status of common preservation bylaws, and information about the local and regional partners
• Landscape level data such as landscape name, types and subtype, historic designation and ownership, recommendations, and a place to track actions taken.
• Extensive hyperlinks to a program Glossary, defining all terms and linking to internal and external resources
This atlas was made possible through Grant MT-2210-10-NC-06 from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).