Visual Resources

  • Evaluating Visual Effects of Projects on Traditional Cultural Property

    Kathryn Leonard, M.A., RPA

    In this article, we will analyze how the National Register Bulletin 38 affects evaluations of visual resources in the assessment of cultural resources – specifically, properties the National Register has defined as Traditional Cultural Property.

    National Register Bulletin 38 establishes a general definition for Traditional Cultural Property (TCP) as a particular type of historic properties that is “eligible for inclusion in the National Register because of its association with cultural practices or beliefs of a living community that (a) are rooted in that community’s history, and (b) are important in maintaining the continuing cultural identity of the community.”

    Like cultural landscapes, TCPs are not considered an “official” NRHP properties type. However, unlike cultural landscapes, they can take the form of all five NRHP-recognized properties types:
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  • Logan Simpson Wins GSA Blanket Purchase Agreement to Provide Visual Resources Services to BLM

    Our visual resources specialists know that changes to landscape scenery can be one of the most evident—and often controversial—effects of projects developed on federal lands. Failure to understand or properly assess a project’s potential impact on the visual environment can result in costly, time-consuming delays.

    The BLM recently awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to Logan Simpson to provide visual resources management services, including the inventory, analysis, and assessment of visual resources required under the BLM’s Visual Resource Management (VRM) System. By conducting visual resources inventories that comply with VRM requirements, Logan Simpson will also help the BLM establish a thorough and consistent national geodatabase that will help the agency manage visual resources more effectively. The contract also allows Logan Simpson to provide visual resource management training, provide technical advice and guidance to federal land managers, and perform research on visual resource-related topics.

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