On Thursday April 26th, we held a call between LCCs in the Southeast and Cultural Resources Stakeholders. The purpose of the call was to begin a dialogue with the cultural resource community to understand the challenges faced today and anticipated tomorrow, and to discover ways to work together. We began the call with an overview of LCCs by Bill Uihlein so that participants could understand the context of our questions. We learned that State Historic Preservation Offices, Federally Recognized Tribes, Historical Societies, Certified Local Governments, and Departments of Anthropology and Archaeology are all entities working to conserve cultural resources and with whom a mutually beneficial relationship could be established. We learned that the cultural resource community is planning for climate change impacts to cultural resources and would benefit from landscape data developed by the Climate Science Centers and LCCs. One of the biggest threats to cultural resources is urbanization, and cultural resource conservation is faced with many of the same challenges as natural resources conservation. In fact, changes in the landscape can damage the cultural context of some resources like historic buildings. We identified several ways we can work together through information exchanges, data integration, and the sharing of planning outcomes. There are some challenges to collaboration, such as data security and limited time and resources, however these were brought up, not as barriers, but issues we could work around.
To follow up on the call, I am working with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer to collaborate on a meeting of Southeastern SHPOs in Asheville in August where LCCs and State Historic Preservation Offices and learn from each other and develop ways to work together.