Legislating the past: Cultural resource management in the U.S. forest service

Grace A. Wang, Dorothy H. Anderson, Pamela J. Jakes

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Cultural resource management, commonly called CRM, has emerged in recent years as a popular topic in federal land use programs. Fundamentally, CRM can be used as a paradigm to more effectively manage the diverse resources found on federal lands in the United States. One obvious example of these resources is the physical, archeological artifact. This article addresses cultural resource management on federal lands, and presents the various laws that have been enacted to protect and preserve such resources of the human past. Second, with the U.S. Forest Service asan example, this article describes some of the deficiencies in the current methodology and recommends ways federal agencies can more effectivelymanage cultural resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-18
Number of pages16
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996

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Received 7 November 1994; accepted 8 March 1995. This article was originally prepared for and presented at the 5th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Ft. Collins, CO, June 1994. This research was supported by funds from a grant from the USDA Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station to the Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota. Address correspondence to Dr. Dorothy H. Anderson, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, 1530 N. Cleveland Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA. E-mail: danderso@mercury.forestry.umn.edu.


  • Archeology
  • Artifacts
  • Cultural resource management
  • Federal lands
  • Preservation

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