Cultural resources serve as irreplaceable documentation of a place’s past and continuing evolution.  Without hard work and dedication these resources – and what they communicate about the collective American experience – could be overlooked and potentially lost for future generations.

What is cultural resource management?  Cultural resource management involves:

  • Research:  to identify, evaluate, document, register, and establish other basic information about cultural resources;
  • Planning:  to ensure that this information is well integrated into management processes for making decisions and setting priorities; and
  • Stewardship:  under which planning decisions are carried out and resources are preserved, protected, and interpreted with – and for – the public.

Who do cultural resource specialists work with?  Cultural Resource specialists work with:

  • Law Enforcement and resource protection – for example, archeological sites are subject to vandalism and theft.  Both rangers and archeologists benefit from training in archeological resource protection;
  • Facilities Maintenance and park maintenance – treatment of historic structures and their surroundings requires awareness and sensitivity about above-ground and below-ground cultural resources;
  • Interpretation – Cultural Resources need to be relevant and meaningfully interpreted to our visitors;
  • Natural Resource specialists – Natural Resources often have cultural value, particularly to traditionally associated groups;
  • Other Cultural Resource specialists; and
  • Partners – including preservation organizations, academic institutions, and the public.