Cultural and Natural Resource Management

Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills for Cultural and Natural Resource Managers

Laws and regulations related to cultural and natural resources often require participatory processes that can be mired in conflict and misunderstanding. Projects frequently can be more effectively navigated when stakeholders use collaborative processes and mutual gains negotiation during consultation to resolve problems and develop win-win solutions. Through interactive exercises and role plays, learn to understand conflict management styles, practice negotiation skills, and design a stakeholder consultation process to address issues in a timely manner and prevent conflict from escalating.

Cultural and Natural Resources: An Integrated Management Strategy

Explore a holistic stewardship approach to an integrated management strategy for cultural and natural resources on public and private lands. These resources often are analyzed and planned for independently, leading to isolated approaches. Through case studies, discuss and evaluate long-term planning and decisionmaking processes that combine legal and management frameworks to better conserve and preserve the core values of these resources.

Emerging Technologies for Cultural Resources

Review best means of integrating new technologies with existing CRM practices as they relate to the documentation, preservation, and/or creative mitigation of cultural resources. Learn about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), digital documentation (photogrammetry), and virtual reality (new media methods). Discuss ways to integrate these technologies with more familiar forms of technology, such as geographic information systems (GIS), and explore how information gathered can be used for public outreach.

GIS for Cultural Resources: An Introduction

Discuss introductory geographic information system (GIS) concepts and functionality, combining spatial technologies and database management systems in the area of historic preservation. Learn how to use GIS software through hands-on exercises for identification, evaluation, protection, and preservation of cultural resources. From assisting with inventories, to mapping historic districts and battlefields, to mitigating the impact of disasters on historic areas, GIS technology can be used to provide a better basis for planning and decisionmaking for the nation’s heritage.

GIS for Cultural Resources: Advanced Techniques

Review how to use geographic information system (GIS) technology for applications that go beyond the basics for identification, evaluation, protection, and preservation of cultural resources. From geo referencing historic maps to publishing data online, looking at the latest data sources/types, and producing story maps, there are many innovative ways to use GIS technology to expand the resources available to professionals and the general public.

Landscape Preservation: An Introduction

In this introduction to the basics of cultural landscapes, learn about designed, vernacular, and ethnographic landscapes, and historic sites. Review applicable laws and regulations, and discuss how to identify and inventory character-defining features of a landscape. Explore the concepts of preservation planning and documentation, and the development of the cultural landscape report for use in managing historic and cultural landscapes. Case studies illustrate realistic approaches to effective landscape management and preservation.

Landscape Preservation: Advanced Tools for Managing Change

In this advanced landscape preservation seminar, explore the sometimes conflicting issues that direct the process of change and decisionmaking for challenging landscapes. Review the practice and discuss the implications of inventorying, evaluating, treating, and maintaining landscape resources. Identify tools and techniques for managing change when difficult issues affect the process. Understand the philosophical foundations for making sound, educated decisions about the preservation and long-term management of historic and cultural landscapes.

Renewable Energy Development: Impacts on Cultural Resources

Identify the impacts and effects that large-scale renewable energy development, such as solar, wind, and hydropower, geothermal projects, and corridor development may have on cultural resources. Understand the infrastructure systems required and review approaches for identifying resources. Discuss the legal and consultation requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Explore the time frames and options for addressing impacts on cultural and natural resources.