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Cultural Model

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The objective of the Cultural Model is to map the relative cultural value of lands in Virginia. DCR - DNH collaborated with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/) in the development of this model in an effort to help promote the mission of DHR "to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of Virginia's significant historic, architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources". DHR was used as the expert source for model parameter weighting and as the data sources.

Click here for information on the Cultural Asset Model.

The cultural data model includes the following datasets with the associated attributes that controlled the ranking of:

  • Archaeological and Architecture sites
  • o   Entity has been listed as a National Historic Landmark
    o   Entity listed in the Virginia Landmarks Registry
    o   Entity has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places
    o   Historic preservation easement
    o   Sites that are eligible to be on the national register
    o   Sites for which a national register eligibility determination has not been made
    o   Sites that are not eligible to be on the national register
  • American Indian Lands

Application of the Cultural Model

Some general categories of uses to which the recreation model data 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 public and private land managers in making land management decisions that enhance cultural values.
  • Public education- to inform the citizenry about the cultural value of their community, helping retain the unique sense of place associated with these communities.


Maps will be produced for the entire Coastal Zone and the Planning District Commissions and included as part of the final report. The report will be available online and on CD by request and include:
  • Maps showing:
    o   Cultural value of land
    o   Vulnerable cultural lands
    o   Natural heritage sites and cores that intersect cultural lands
  • A report detailing the methodology
  • Metadata
  • Personal geodatabase and shapefiles with cultural and cultural_pks feature classes attributed for the absence or presence of an archaeological, architectural, American Indian Land and / or park land, the associated total weight for that particular entity and the cultural total weight which is the sum of all weights of all entities present in the specific geographic location.
  • For specific archaeological or architectural datasets, please contact the Department of Historic Resources http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/homepage_features/map_to_richmond.htm).

For more information about the Cultural Model, please contact Jason Bulluck at jason.bulluck@dcr.virginia.gov or 804-786-8377.

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LandScope provides Virginia ConservationVision models in an interactive map, to explore in the context of many other state, regional and national conservation priorities and reference maps. Virginia DCR-Natural Heritage is an active partner with NatureServe and other partners in the development and maintenance of Landscope Virginia, Landscope Chesapeake and LandScope America.

Page last updated 2/11.