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Cultural Heritage Plan

The South Mountain Cultural Heritage Plan is a long-range project to develop a regional plan for defining, interpreting, and sharing the South Mountain landscape’s major historical contexts or narratives. The project is intended to:

  • Greatly increase the knowledge and understanding of the presence and importance of the cultural resources in the region at a landscape level;
  • Provide information about the cultural resources for tourism and education materials to interpret and share the narratives about the region’s history more widely;
  • Ensure the preservation of important cultural resources while providing public access to them.


Phase One: Michaux State Forest Cultural Landscape Assessment

The South Mountain Partnership has received funding to launch an initial phase of the Cultural Heritage Plan: a cultural landscape assessment of the Michaux State Forest is slated to be completed in the first half of 2015.

Cultural landscapes are distinctive landscapes that have been shaped by humans through the conscious or unconscious manipulation of natural systems. Cultural landscapes offer a lens through which to consider how people have adapted to and changed the landscapes upon which they live, and thus can reflect social and cultural attitudes of individuals and communities; a comprehensive understanding of such landscapes can be central to understanding how we have gotten to where we are today, both physically on the landscape and culturally within communities.

Stay tuned for more information as this project develops.

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