National Park Service Cultural Landscapes Inventory: The Watchman, Crater Lake National Park, 2001
Condition Assessment And Impacts
The criteria for determining the condition of landscapes is consistent with the Resource Management Plan Guideline definitions (1994) and is decided with the concurrence of park management. Cultural landscape conditions are defined as follows:
Good: indicates the landscape shows no clear evidence of major negative disturbance and deterioration by natural and/or human forces. The landscape’s cultural and natural values are as well preserved as can be expected under the given environmental conditions. No immediate corrective action is required to maintain its current condition.
Fair: indicates the landscape shows clear evidence of minor disturbances and deterioration by natural and/or human forces, and some degree of corrective action is needed within 3-5 years to prevent further harm to its cultural and/or natural values. If left to continue without the appropriate corrective action, the cumulative effect of the deterioration of many of the character-defining elements will cause the landscape to degrade to a poor condition.
Poor: indicates the landscape shows clear evidence of major disturbance and rapid deterioration by natural and/or human forces. Immediate corrective action is required to protect and preserve the remaining historical and natural values.
Undetermined: Not enough information available to make an evaluation.
Condition Assessment: Fair
Assessment Date: 09/30/1998
Date Recorded: 09/30/1998
Park Management Concurrence: Yes
Concurrence Date: 7/25/2003
Level Of Impact Severity:
Explanatory Notes: As of 2002 Watchman Observation Station and Watchman Trail are in “Fair” condition.
Type of Impact: Exposure To Elements
Internal/External: Both Internal and External
Description: Damage to Watchman Observation Station and Watchman Trail is caused by harsh climatic conditions at Watchman Peak.