Attaining Goals Together: Collaborative Heritage Resource Stewardship and the Forest Service
Author(s): Douglas Stephens
This is an abstract from the "Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me: What Have We Learned Over the Past 40 Years and How Do We Address Future Challenges" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Passage of federal environmental laws during the 1960’s forced otherwise autonomous bureaucracies to accept professions into their ranks that previously had no place. Public lands agencies like the Forest Service were required to employ archaeologists once the National Historic Preservation Act was enacted. The first to be employed in the new field of Cultural Resource Management were often individuals grappling with making sense of the new environmental and historic preservation laws frequently within an agency culture resenting their presence. Eventually programs were formed and the compliance with historic preservation requirements would become integrated into the agency. Now the Forest Service maintains a database of over 500,000 cultural sites and programs in Tribal Relations recognizing the Federal Government’s trust responsibility to Indian Tribes. Today the integration and maturity of the Heritage Program is allowing the Forest Service to expand the public relevancy and benefits of the resources it manages.
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Attaining Goals Together: Collaborative Heritage Resource Stewardship and the Forest Service. Douglas Stephens. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452026)
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