Cultural Resources

Culture is defined as "the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought" and "the predominating attitudes and behavior that characterize the functioning of a group or organization." Cultural resources, then, provide means by which individuals, families, communities, regions, and nations organize and interpret their lives, experiences, and plans. Cultural resources are critical to human ecosystems as they determine whether and how particular circumstances and events affect other system components.

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