Information for Cultural Resource Consultants and Contractors

Archaeological and Cultural Resource Permits

Archaeological permits are only authorized to those who meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards (36 CFR 61) and who can show a demonstrated need for the permit.


Role of Cultural Resource Consultants in the Section 106 Process on the Ashley National Forest

The Section 106 process, as outlined in 36 CFR 800, is the Forest’s responsibility.  However, in order to expedite the process, many project proponents have opted to use Cultural Resource Consultants to assist the Forest in meeting Section 106 responsibilities.  In order to make this process function effectively, Cultural Resource Consultants must work closely with the Forest and coordinate all aspects of the field and office work.

Ashley National Forest intends to play a proactive role in ensuring that Section 106 and NEPA requirements are met for all proposed actions on the Forest.  In order to meet Section 106 requirements in a timely manner, the project proponent (or consultant/contractor) must contact the Forest Heritage Program staff to discuss the project prior to applying for a permit or beginning any fieldwork.  Active coordination with the Forest is essential because the Section 106 requirements may vary with the magnitude and nature of the project.  The Forest, assisted by the Cultural Resource Consultant, will determine the Area of Potential Effects, determine necessary identification efforts, fulfill consultation responsibilities, determine National Register evaluations, and determine the level of effect on Historic Properties.  The Cultural Resource Consultant, under the direction of the Forest, will complete identification efforts, document cultural resources, and prepare documentation as required by 36 CFR 800.11.

Because Ashley National Forest Heritage Staff must be involved in projects at an early stage, all Cultural Resource and Archaeological permits must be project specific and coordinated with the Forest Heritage staff.  No “blanket” cultural resource survey permits will be authorized.

Please contact the Ashley National Forest Archaeologist prior to submitting a permit application.

Forest Archaeologist
Jeffrey Rust
Ashley National Forest
355 North Vernal Avenue
Vernal, Utah  84078

Phone - (435) 781-5156
Cell - (435) 790-1550
Fax - (435) 781-5142
Email -

Cultural Resource and Archaeological Permit Process

1.  Contact the Forest Archaeologist to begin initial review of the project.

2.  Complete and mail (or deliver) a signed copy of the Forest Service Archaeological Permit Application form (FS-2700-30) to the address below.  The form is available for download at the bottom of this page.

Resource Permit Specialist
Ashley National Forest
355 North Vernal Avenue
Vernal, Utah  84078

3.  The Forest will review the permit, determine the Cost Recovery Fee, and send you copies of the completed permit (FS-2700-32) with a bill for collection of the fee. Permits are subject to Federal Cost Recovery regulations. The Cost Recovery Fee is variable, and based on the estimated amount of time to process application.

4.  Sign the received copies of the permit and return them to the Forest Resource Specialist at the address listed above. The Forest Supervisor will sign and date the permit and the Forest will return one copy to the applicant.  The permit is valid beginning on the date the Forest signs the permit and will expire as indicated in the permit.  Permits are typically authorized for 1 year or less.

Permit Terms and Conditions

The Permit will include General Terms and Conditions required by the Forest Service and will also contain a Supplemental Appendix that contains requirements specific to Ashley National Forest.  Carefully read all of the terms and conditions, including the supplemental material in the Appendices before signing the permit. Permit applicants will be legally obligated to follow all requirements of the permit.  The Principal Investigator is responsible for ensuring all field supervisors and field personal also follow the stipulations of the permit.  Link for the permit requirements included at the bottom of this page.

A general discussion of expectation for completing cultural resource inventory on Ashley National Forest is included below. 

File Search.
The ANF office at 355 North Vernal Avenue, Vernal, Utah has the most current and accurate cultural resource database for the Forest lands. You must do a file search at the ANF office, in addition to any searches of Utah or Wyoming State records required by the respective states. Our regular hours are 8 AM to 5 PM weekdays; give us advance notice and we will help you expedite the file search. If you supply a GIS shapefile of the project area we can quickly identify sites within, or within a specified distance of, the project area.

Heritage Project and Site Numbers.
Projects and sites on Forest lands are assigned Forest numbers as well as state project and site (Smithsonian) numbers. Ashley National Forest project and site numbers begin with “AS-“. The Forest numbers must appear on digital data, reports, and site forms submitted for review.
1)  The Forest project number format is AS-YY-XXXXX, where “AS” denotes Ashley, “XX” is the two-digit year, and “XXXXX” is an annual project serial number.
2) Obtain ANF site numbers as needed from Heritage as soon as fieldwork is complete. The site number format is AS-XXXXX, where “AS” denotes Ashley, and “XXXXX” is a serial site number.

GPS Data Collection.
GPS Data collection and quality must be of the highest standards using professional grade GPS receivers.  Ashley National Forest manages all cultural resource projects and sites through the Forest GIS database.  GIS data submitted by permit applicants must meet Forest Service data standards.  (See Ashley National Forest Stipulations for Cultural Resource Inventory and Site Documentation)

Artifact Collection.
The Forest has a general No-Collection policy during cultural resource inventory, with three exceptions as noted in the Ashley National Forest Stipulations for Cultural Resource Inventory and Site Documentation.

Forms and Other Information