Are the cultural resources listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places or as a national historic landmark?
- National historic landmarks should always be addressed in planning, whether as fundamental resources or as "other
- Historic/cultural units of the national park system are automatically listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and many of the cultural resources within these units are likely to be "fundamental resources and values," and many could be "other important resources and values."
- In these parks, "non-fundamental" resources and values that may be associated/affiliated with or provide support to the fundamental resources and values are most likely to be considered "other important resources and values."
- Park units that have been created for their natural resource values may not necessarily include cultural resources in their "fundamental resources and values," unless these resources are specifically identified in the park’s establishing legislation. These parks may, on the other hand, contain "other important resources and values" that are cultural resources that are listed or may be eligible for listing on the National Register
Are there strong support groups? For example,
- Are there traditionally associated peoples related to these cultural resources?
- Is there strong local and/or state political, social, or other sentiment for these cultural resources?
- Would controversy occur if these resources did not receive planning attention?
Is there a specific or critical planning issue that needs to be resolved?
For listing on the National Register of Historic Places, either a property is significant or it is not. The local, state, and national levels of significance refer to the contexts within which a cultural resource is significant. The local, state, national distinctions are not hierarchical levels of significance such as minimal, moderate, high significance (these concepts do not exist in the national register program). The National Register of Historic Places is seen as a planning tool by identifying those properties that are significant and worthy of preservation/ protection. How we preserve/protect/manage these properties is based on numerous other factors, not on any hierarchy of significance. See the National Register Bulletin, "How to Apply the National Register Criteria of Evaluation," chapter V.