Virginia
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Virginia ConservationVision - Cultural Assets Model

Overview

This layer represents the current location and relative value of most cultural assets in Virginia to promote awareness and conservation of these resources. Sensitive resources (e.g. American Indian archaeological sites) are not displayed in this public map layer.

Data Layer Description

Source

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage

What this data layer represents

This layer represents the current location and relative value of most cultural assets in Virginia to promote awareness and conservation of these resources. Sensitive resources (e.g. American Indian archaeological sites) are not displayed in this public map layer.

Location

Commonwealth of Virginia–map scale: 1:24,000

Description

This model was developed via collaboration between the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Division of Natural Heritage and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/ ). The Cultural Assets model is a weighted overlay map consisting of various input GIS datasets, representing historic architectural resources (e.g. sites listed and eligible for listing as national or state historic places, including features such as cemeteries, bridges and historic districts) and archaeological sites (e.g. American Indian Lands). All lands in the Cultural Assets map are ranked from 1 to 5. A 1 indicates areas with a single recorded culturally valuable asset, or multiple co-occurring assets of relatively low value. Ranks 2 though 5 indicate areas with known co-occurrence of multiple cultural assets, where rank 5 represents areas with the greatest number of co-occurring cultural and historical resources of high value. In addition to serving as the sole data source, the Virginia DHR provided the expert source for model parameter weighting and final review of the summary map.

How to get the data layer

This layer can be obtained by contacting:

Jason Bulluck
Virginia Natural Heritage Information Manager
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Division of Natural Heritage
(804) 786-8377
jason.bulluck@dcr.virginia.gov

How you might make use of this data layer

This map can be used for Conservation Planning and making land-use decisions in the interest of conserving multiple values, including cultural resources. Some general categories of uses to which the cultural assets map can be applied include:

  • Targeting- to identify targets for protection activities.
  • Prioritizing- to provide primary or additional justification for key conservation land purchases and other protection activities.
  • Local planning- guidance for comprehensive planning and local ordinance and zoning development.
  • Assessment- to review proposed projects for potential impacts to archaeological sites, architectural sites or American Indian Lands.
  • Land management- to guide property owners and land managers in making decisions that enhance cultural values.
  • Public education- to inform the citizenry about the cultural values in their community, helping retain the unique sense of place associated with communities.

How to get more information

Visit VCLNA Cultural Model or contact

Jason Bulluck
Virginia Natural Heritage Information Manager
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Division of Natural Heritage
(804) 786-8377
jason.bulluck@dcr.virginia.gov

Access and use constraints

Attribution (BY)

None.

Credits

Weber, J. T. and Ciminelli, J. M. 2006. Green Infrastructure GIS: Year 1 Final Report. Natural

Heritage Technical Report #06-13. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation,

Division of Natural Heritage. Richmond, Virginia 124pp.

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