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The ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation, based in the Department of Landscape Architecture, supports the education of landscape architects and students in related professions as best stewards of the cultural environment. The Center brings together interdisciplinary expertise from across ESF, the National Park Service, state parks, and other partners to address challenges in preserving our landscape heritage.

  • Gettysburg National Cemetery gates

    Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Simulation by CCLP research assistant Chris Anderson of proposed treatment for the main entrance gates, 2016. The simulation illustrated one of the treatment recommendations in a cultural landscape report for the cemetery.

  • Natural resource assessment with Dr. James Gibbs at Harriet Tubman National Historical Park

    Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, Auburn, New York: Natural resource assessment with Dr. James Gibbs of the SUNY ESF Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, 2016. The assessment was undertaken as part of existing conditions documentation for a cultural landscape report being developed through the CCLP.

  • Students, ESF faculty, and NPS staff

    Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, New York: Students, ESF faculty, and NPS staff participants in final review of cultural landscape preservation studio at ESF, 2008. The studio produced design concepts for the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic landscape as part of a cultural landscape report.

  • ESF students at Chancellorsville Battlefield

    Chancellorsville Battlefield, Spotsylvania, Virginia: ESF students in a landscape architecture studio being introduced to the site by NPS park staff, 2015. The studio produced design concepts for the historic battle held as part of treatment recommendations for a cultural landscape report prepared through the CCLP.

  • CCLP Research assistant Nate Ogdahl atErie Canal National Heritage Corridor

    Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, Port Byron, New York: CCLP Research assistant Nate Ogdahl on a site visit with ESF and Canal Society of New York State staff, 2010. Nate produced a digital model of proposed site improvements as part of a research project for the Canal Society completed through the CCLP.

  • CCLP Research Assistant Haichao Wang with CCLP Co-Director John Auwaerter and NPS Olmsted Center Director Bob Page

    Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, California: CCLP Research Assistant Haichao Wang with CCLP Co-Director John Auwaerter and NPS Olmsted Center Director Bob Page, 2014. The inventory done that summer was part of a cultural landscape report developed through the CCLP.

  • Poplar Grove National Cemetery

    Poplar Grove National Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia showing reconstruction in 2016 of the historic upright Civil War headstones that were laid flat by the NPS in the 1930s. This recommendation was part of a comprehensive treatment plan for rehabilitation of the historic Civil War-era national cemetery produced by the CCLP through a cultural landscape report completed in 2009.

We acknowledge, with respect, the Onondaga Nation, rekeepers of the Haudenosaunee, the indigenous people on whose ancestral lands SUNY ESF and Syracuse University now stand. We give thanks that they are here, stewarding this land.

News and Updates Summer 2020

Summer Internships in Landscape Preservation

For the fourth consecutive summer, ESF Landscape Architecture students are participating in the National Park Service's Designing the Parks internship program through the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. The program provides students with opportunities to participate in National Park Service historic landscape preservation planning, research, and design.

Four of ESF's Masters of Landscape Architecture students participated in internships with the CCLP that were part of the National Park Service's Designing the Parks internship program. While the program had to overcome barriers imposed by COVID-19 pandemic, the students- Ashley Crespo, Meaghan Keefe, Justin Kwiatkowski, and Anna Tiburzi, still had a rewarding summer learning about the planning that goes into managing historic landscapes.

Meaghan Keefe, a third year MLA student created videos that encapsulated the historic changes of the Liberty Island landscape. Her work builds off of 3D models created by Anna Tiburzi in 2019. These videos allow users to experience the key features of the site virtually as well as travel forwards or backwards in time. Ashley (second year MLA) and Justin (third year MSLA) worked on The Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pennsylvania. Ashley began 3D modelling the Flight 93 memorial using software that shows growth habits of trees based on environmental conditions as well as maintenance techniques. Justin worked on the site's Cultural Landscape Report mapping existing conditions for the site as a whole as well as detailed mapping of specific features. Anna focused on the early stage development of a Cultural Landscape Report for the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House and Chamberlain House sites in Seneca Falls, NY. She developed a chronological history for a Cultural Landscape Report that the CCLP will be starting next year.

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Vera Angelina, Justin Kwiatkowski, and Connor Neville visiting Springwood, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, as part of their orientation to the landscape, May 2019. (SUNY ESF)