Cultural Resource Management

Recovered Artifacts

Some of the artifacts recovered from your National Forest are on display at the San Diego Archaeological Center. These were recovered during scientific studies conducted by professional archaeologists and are being curated in accordance with Federal law. For more information, please visit San Diego Archaeological Organization.

Passport in Time

Passport in Time is a volunteer organization which places volunteers with professional archaeologists, historians, and preservation specialists to work on public lands throughout the U.S. conducting archaeological surveys, excavation, rock art restoration, archival research, historic structure restoration, oral history gathering, and artifact curation. Over the years, volunteers have helped stabilize ancient cliff dwellings in New Mexico, excavate a 10,000-year-old village site in Minnesota, restore an historic lookout tower in Oregon, clean vandalized rock art in Colorado, survey sites in a rugged Montana wilderness, and excavate a 19th-century Chinese mining site in Hell's Canyon in Idaho. Many opportunities await those who volunteer. For more information, visit the Passport in Time webpage.

San Diego Gas and Electric MSUP/Wood to Steel Project

Documents regarding Cultural Resource Management for San Diego Gas and Electric Company’s Master Special Use Permit and Power Line Replacement Projects:

Ask an Archaeologist

It is possible, along your recreational travels, that you may stumble upon a new archaeological site. If you find something in the Forest that might be of historical value, please report it. Take a photograph and send it to the Cleveland Forest Archaeologist along with location information. Updates and information will be provided if and when it becomes available. Please note, it is important to leave artifacts undisturbed so that its historical integrity remains intact. Do not remove any artifacts from federal lands. Theft of artifacts is a violation of multiple laws including the Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979. More information can be found at:


Traditional Use

The Forest Service continues a long tradition of managing the resources of the area that is now known as the Cleveland National Forest.  The descendants of the people who managed these lands for generations continue to live in the area and use the resources of the Forest for traditional purposes.  These purposes include, among other things: food, tools, medicines, and ceremonial items.  The Forest Service supports the ongoing access and free-use by descendent communities of these important resources for non-commercial purposes.


Know before you go: The Cleveland National Forest participates in the Adventure Pass system. Adventure Passes are required for parking within developed areas (i.e. those with facilities). Tribal members interested in gathering resources from within developed areas can contact the Tribal Relations Program Manager or local Ranger District office for information on how to do so without purchasing an Adventure Pass.  For gathering outside developed recreation areas Tribal Members do not need a permit for gathering for non-commercial use but do need to keep vehicles within 1 car-length of system roads. 

For more information on traditional gathering on NFS or BLM managed lands in California, visit Traditional Gathering: The Policy. A Traditional Gathering Brochure is also available.