Preservation maintenance techniques for caring for cultural landscapes identifies six techniques of caring for cultural landscapes (stabilization, protection, repair, replacement, heroic efforts & extraordinary measures, and recurring maintenance).

  • Resource stabilization techniques will be introduced to help participants recognize field practices that can be used to halt deterioration and minimize loss of resources while longer-term preservation strategies can be developed and implemented. It will also address ways to mitigate impacts to nearby historic features and natural systems.
  • Resource protection practices will build participants’ skill in recognizing known and potential resource threats and preventing associated damage.
  • Resource repair will cover methods for correcting damage, improving the condition of cultural landscape features, and recognizing when work should be stopped to allow for consultation with a specialist.
  • Feature replacement will introduce participants to the concepts of functional life spans of features and feature replacement.  Concepts of determining when replacement in-kind is needed or if substitute materials are appropriate will be covered within the context of preservation objectives and feasibility considerations such as cost.  Replacement of aggregate vegetative features also will be addressed.
  • Heroic efforts and extraordinary measures will introduce situations, examples and scenarios where it may be appropriate to expend resources above and beyond those ordinarily used to maintain cultural landscapes.  Examples of extraordinary preservation techniques will provide participants with an understanding of how specialized practices and materials can be used to retain important cultural landscape features beyond their expected lifespan.
  • Recurring maintenance