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Cultural Resources

As a federal agency, the NRCS must consider possible effects to cultural resources in all of our undertakings. The following resources have been developed to help us protect any historic or prehistoric sites that we may encounter as we assist landowners in implementing conservation practices.

Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices

During the conservation planning process, the NRCS must consider the ground disturbing potential of activities associated with the application of a conservation practice and its impact on cultural resources that may be present at or near the site.

Please visit our Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices Web page to view a list of conservation practices and their ground disturbing potential.

Culturally Significant Plants

The National Plant Data Center (NPDC), in collaboration with Native American plant authorities, NRCS plant material centers, and university specialists, is assembling a series of Culturally Significant Plant Guides and technical notes for each NRCS region. These guides can help Native American tribes and NRCS field offices to establish and manage culturally significant plants and restore traditional gathering sites.

Information Resources

Cultural Resources Training Series - National Employee Development Center (NEDC)
History and Culture - National Park Service (NPS)
National NRCS Cultural Resources Web site - (USDA NRCS)
New York State Historic Preservation Office, GIS-Public Access
Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizen's Guide to Section 106 Review

Charts and Maps

Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart
New York Aboriginal Territories

Contact Information

Flo Swartz, Agricultural Economist
Phone: 315-477-6533
E-mail: Flo Swartz

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