Cultural resources (also known as heritage assets) include: archaeological sites (both prehistoric and historic and their associated documentation), buildings and structures, landscapes, objects, and historic documents. These items form a tangible links with the past. As an agency of the Federal government, the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is responsible for, and committed to, protecting and managing these irreplaceable resources in a spirit of stewardship for future generations to understand and enjoy. A Cultural Resources Management (CRM) program was established at USFWS in 1970s to manage the rich array of cultural resources under its jurisdiction. Its primary goal is to:
FWS issues permits for archaeological (and paleontological) research on FWS lands. These permits are required under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA) and the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act of 2009 (PRPA).
If you have questions relating to the USFWS cultural resources or about obtaining a permit, please contact your Regional Historic Preservation Officer