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Mon June 23, 2008
Forest Service Worries About Historic Areas
Dubois, Wy – A study shows the U-S Forest service lacks the resources to protect more than 300-thousand places of historic or cultural significance on public land.
The study published last month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation says the Forest Service does not have the budgets or staff to manage prehistoric and Native American sites. Shoshone National Forest Archeologist Jeremy Karchut acknowledges it's difficult to survey the more than two-point-four million acres in Northwestern Wyoming. He says only eight percent of the forest has been surveyed in the past 30 years.
"I know there is lot out there still we don't know where it is or how vulnerable it is. So it's going to take a good chunk of time to get this forest surveyed and good inventory going of what we have."
Karchut says his department has 65-thousand dollars each year dedicated to the Shoshone's heritage program. He says he relies on teams of volunteers from universities across the country to help survey and protect cultural sites. Wyoming has about 10 million acres under Forest Service jurisdiction.