Preservation 50 and the Forest Service

October 2016 begins the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. As part of this celebration, the Forest Service Southwestern Region is highlighting forest archeological projects.

The Southwestern Region Celebrates 50 Years of Historic Preservation

In the Southwestern Region, we manage some of the most important and spectacular archaeological sites in the country - sites that have drawn visitors and researchers to the area for more than 100 years.

We have many types of cultural resources on our forests, ranging from small artifact scatters to log cabins to large pueblos and cliff dwellings. This archaeological record is a reflection of the diverse history and makeup of the cultures in the American Southwest.

50 years ago, Congress made us a full partner and leader in historic preservation with the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act. But we in the Forest Service have actually placed value on archeological and cultural resources long before the National Historic Preservation Act. Preservation of cultural resources has been one of our core values since the early 1900s. With the passage of the Antiquities Act, this quickly became part of the FS Manual direction in 1906.

The National Historic Preservation Act has led to a growing awareness of the past and of community identity.

The Forest Service continues to preserve and manage sites that serve as witnesses to the diversity and beauty of the history of the Southwest.

To learn more about Preservation50 and for more information about all the entities involved in this celebration, please visit the Preservation50 Web site.