U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Historic Preservation
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FWS offers two courses that help staff better understand how to comply with cultural resources law and manage resources in the field. For more information or to register for these courses please contact Eugene Marino at 703-358-2173 or eugene_marino@fws.gov


Cultural Resources Overview
Course Description

This course offers an overview of cultural resource management issues affecting Fish and Wildlife Service programs.  Topics to be covered include compliance with Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act and related laws and regulations; law enforcement and protection of archaeological resources; the care and management of historic buildings and structures, etc.  

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Identify the steps necessary to comply with historic preservation laws.
  2. Identify areas requiring cultural resource evaluations when projects are planned. 
  3. Describe the effects of cultural resources on projects.

Course Delivery
Distance Learning- Moodle Platform
Instructor moderated independent study
Who Should Attend
Project leaders and their assistants, Regional Office program managers and staff, and other Refuge, Realty or Ecological Services staff involved in management activities affecting the identification and protection of cultural resources.
Length 8 hours per week for 4 weeks
College Credit 1 semester hours 
Tuition for FWS, NPS, and BLM is prepaid. For participants from other agencies and organizations, there is a tuition charge of $200.00. 
To Register
Register online at http://training.fws.gov using DOILearn, the Department of the Interior’s Learning Management System.
Availability Course is offered once per year. 
Contact Cathy Johnson, (304) 876-7441 catharine_p_johnson@fws.gov

Preservation Skills Workshop

Background: The infrastructure of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, like that of any federal agency, is made of many different kinds of assets.  These assets are numerous and all require care and maintenance.  A significant portion of these assets fall into the category of Heritage asset—those assets with an intrinsic historic value, beyond the basic cost of their replacement that distinguishes them from non-heritage assets.  In order to effectively manage its Heritage Assets, the FWS has included a process for determining adequate condition measures (Facility Condition Index) for these buildings.  Unlike its non-heritage assets however, proper assessment of a Heritage Asset FCI requires specialized expertise to adequately gauge the true maintenance needs of these kinds of facilities

Description:  This country contains rich and complex historic features that contribute to the character and significance of our cultural resources.  The care and maintenance of these resources are critical to the preservation goals of individual sites and the mission of these organizations. This workshop will provide training in the principles and practices of maintaining historic structures. It is targeted toward field maintenance staffs that have direct contact with the resource but rarely have the opportunity to participate in training opportunities and nevertheless are tasked with the cleaning, repair, and maintenance of their sites historic structures. 

The class will provide basic skills and knowledge regarding the roles of historic materials, the importance of material compatibility, and the correct methods for successfully cleaning and repairing historic structures according to the Secretary of the Interior Standards. This workshop also focuses on craft skills, treatment techniques, and materials selection and application. Sessions include topics such as:  how to determine the appropriate preservation method to use, identifying deterioration of building components, and how to document the preservation work that is done.  Participants will study treatment techniques and then practice specific skills in hands-on sessions on a historic preservation project. 


  • Apply the techniques and philosophy learned in the workshop to work on their historic structures;
  • Demonstrate, through a variety of means, an increased understanding of and sensitivity to historic preservation in their daily work;
  • Identify sources of information, both general and specific, that can assist maintenance staffs in determining appropriate treatments for historic structures.
  • Provide better understanding of the differences associated with maintenance of historic assets compared to non-historic assets.

Class Size  15

Target Audience FWS maintenance employees directly responsible for maintaining and repairing historic structures.

Cost   $0 for FWS

Method of Delivery Instructor-led training including lecture and work-centered instruction

Length of Workshop 80 Hours

Contact Eugene Marino, 703-358-2173 eugene_marino@fws.gov or John Blitch 703-358-2190 john_blitch@fws.gov

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