Cultural Landscape

Fayette Townsite

"CULTURAL LANDSCAPE ZONE"This zone addresses the overall setting in which is found not only historic structures, but also non-structural evidence of the traditions, beliefs, practices, lifeways, arts, crafts and social institutions of any community.  For example, a location associated with a particular culture, such as a Native American sacred burial ground, or an abandoned mine town site, representative of a bygone era, would qualify as a 'Cultural Landscape Zone'.

The Cultural Landscape Zone can be a subset of one of the 'Resource' zones, and as such, the guidance for that zone will also apply.


1.   Natural Resources:

  • This zone will reflect natural processes, with vegetative management focused to restore and maintain natural ecological structure and processes (such as removing of invasive species), to address hazard trees, and to manage pests and disease.  Vegetation may also be managed to enhance education/interpretation uses which can include non-native species specific to the era and/or location, and maintaining an aesthetically appealing landscape that is sensitive to the historical resource and interpretation of the zone.
  • Where agricultural fields currently exist as part of the cultural history, a strategy should be developed to preserve them.  This strategy should be in the form of an 'Ecological Restoration Plan' developed by the Stewardship Unit with input from staff.
  • New agricultural fields may be allowed in the zone but only as a specific and limited phase of an 'Ecological Restoration Plan' or as a critical component of a plan for managing species of greatest conservation need.

2.  Historic/Cultural Resources:

  • Includes historic buildings, structures, and other landscape characteristics and features which represent the evolution of the cultural resource, temporal change, and the continuum of time.
  • Cultural resources preserved or rehabilitated for visitor understanding and/or for compatible adaptive use by DNR or partners.
  • Historic structures could be adaptively used for operational uses or educational purposes.

3.  Recreation Opportunities:

  • Visitors engaged in sightseeing, recreational, and educational activities in a cultural setting (i.e. automobile, bicycle, walking, hiking tour), compatible with and sensitive to the setting.

4.  Education Opportunities:

  • Interpretive signage at trail heads, on the trail, overlooks and other points of interest.
  • Off site interpretation as well.

5.  Visitor Experience:

  • Moderate visitor encounters are accommodated.
  • Visitors engaged in sightseeing, recreational, and educational activities in a cultural setting (i.e. automobile, bicycle, walking, hiking tour).
  • Moderate time commitment.
  • Moderate on-site interpretation.
  • Moderate off-site interpretation.
  • Moderate noise tolerance.
  • Moderate interaction with DNR staff.

6.  Management Focus:

  • Maintain cultural character of the zone, and if a sub-set of a resource zone, maintain emphasis on natural resource quality.
  • Keep development consistent with the zone.

7.  Development:

  • Non-historic development and activities that do not conflict with the cultural landscape are tolerated.
  • Moderate level of development to support visitor access and use (i.e. interpretive media, walks, trails, small picnic areas, and restrooms).
  • Development compatible with the cultural landscape.
  • Moderate accessibility.