A CLG in the Wilderness: Cooperative Local Preservation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Author(s): Lawrence Todd; Kyle Wright; Paul Burnett

Year: 2016


The Shoshone National Forest (Northwestern Wyoming) encompasses some of the most remote, inaccessible landscapes in the continental United States with 56% (1.4 million acres) designated Wilderness. Documenting, researching, and managing heritage resources in these Wilderness areas provides special challenges. A fundamental issue is that little basic archaeological inventory has been conducted and working in the area is logistically difficult. Over the last several years, a partnership between the Park County Historic Preservation Commission (PCHPC), a local certified local government (CLG) entity and the Forest has focused on developing cooperative approaches for addressing the impacts of wild land fire, limited law enforcement presence, and a wide spread public perception that artifact theft in the back country will go un-noticed. By accessing a number of funding sources and extensive volunteer commitment, the PCHPC completed 30-40 days of Wilderness fieldwork a year for the last five years. Of fundamental importance has been the unambiguous documentation that these remote landscapes contain a very rich and complex archaeological record in both the montane and alpine zones. While management of contemporary Wilderness settings focuses on humans as temporary visitors, the prehistoric archaeological record demonstrates that in the past, human land use was much less transient.

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A CLG in the Wilderness: Cooperative Local Preservation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Lawrence Todd, Kyle Wright, Paul Burnett. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404002)

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min long: -111.409; min lat: 42.325 ; max long: -108.67; max lat: 46.354 ;