This publication reflects the essence of the information and ideas that were shared at the Maritime Cultural Landscape Symposium, held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall of 2015. The gathering was the result of planning by three federal agencies and one state agency: the National Park Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office. It provided a venue and an opportunity for scholars, representatives of government and tribal programs, and consultants to discuss their common interests in maritime cultural landscapes—MCLs. It may have been the first such gathering of Americans who have a scholarly interest in MCLs and their recognition and protection under federal regulations related to the National Historic Preservation Act.
This online publication includes presentation abstracts with links to the forty recorded presentations and select presentation papers. Compiled and edited by the the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), these presentations cover a variety of maritime landscape types and case studies. These include management and protection of maritime cultural landscapes (MCLS), characterizing MCLs, non-submerged prehistoric MCLs, and Native American, Alaskan, and Hawaiian MCLs and legal considerations.