From Reliable Prosperity:
Each time a language or culture is lost, we loose an irreplaceable and exquisite way of being. Each time a well-loved building is torn down without a trace, or a gathering place paved over, a strand of culture is frayed. Culture is the highest expression of what it means to be human. It is a measure of our species' contribution to planetary biodiversity. Cultural preservation emphasizes the need to protect, restore, and honor all forms of cultural diversity. It is a cornerstone of community.
Cultural Preservation recognizes the many strands of culture: language, stories, songs, dances, practical skills; buildings; sacred sites; artifacts; arts and crafts; relationships to the land; and forms of subsistence. In the context of the built environment, the appropriate re-use of well-loved and culturally significant buildings and sites can provide cultural renewal. Landscapes retain memories of old patterns of use, from the long trails of oaks planted across California for food and game; to the fire-maintained savannas of the Applegate now closing back in with forest; to the ancient salmon weirs on the British Columbia coast. These sites can be celebrated, and these patterns of use hold clues for twenty-first century management systems grounded in traditional ecological knowledge.