Cultural Resources

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Cultural Resources Management

Cultural resources are prehistoric and historic archaeological sites; historic buildings, structures, and records; certain types of museum collections; and traditional cultural or sacred properties that are important to Native Americans and other ethnic groups.

To date, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has identified over 8,000 cultural resources as a result of surveys completed on approximately 1% of the lands that it manages. The protection of traditional cultural properties and sacred areas is important to the identity and values of many communities. These areas allow us to reflect upon and appreciate the strengths of our nation's cultural diversity.