Circling the Wagons for the Santa Fe National Historic Trail - Partnering for Preservation

Author(s): Michelle Stevens

Year: 2016


Since its designation as a National Historic Trail in 1987, partnerships between government agencies, preservation organizations, contractors, local communities, and individuals have been essential for identifying, marking, preserving, protecting physical traces and historical landscapes as well as, recognizing, interpreting, and promoting research and recreation along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. In southwest Kansas and southeast Colorado, these diverse partnerships have been instrumental in listing many trail segments on the National Register, conducting landscape scale viewshed analyses, identifying protective corridors, connecting landowners and the public to this nationally significant resource, and encouraging them to become active stewards. While these efforts help ensure future trail preservation, they have not been without controversy. Collaborating and engaging partners and responding to concerns of non-partners often required cultural awareness and political savvy to address controversial issues and increase the effectiveness of Santa Fe Trail management throughout the region.

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Circling the Wagons for the Santa Fe National Historic Trail - Partnering for Preservation. Michelle Stevens. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404003)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -113.95; min lat: 30.751 ; max long: -97.163; max lat: 48.865 ;