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Cultural Resources

cultural resources imagesCultural Resources are evidence of past human activity. These may include pioneer homes, buildings or old roads; structures with unique architecture; prehistoric village sites; historic or prehistoric artifacts or objects; rock inscription; human burial sites; earthworks, such as battlefield entrenchments, prehistoric canals, or mounds. These nonrenewable resources often yield unique information about past societies and environments, and provide answers for modern day social and conservation problems.  

The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is a federal agency that provides assistance to private landowners, in order to promote the conservation of natural resources on private land. Some conservation practices affect cultural resources, and their preservation requires careful consideration when planning. When NRCS conservation practices will result in the alteration or destruction of a cultural resource, extra steps are required to research and document that resource.  The NRCS considers a wide range of preservation and protection measures for cultural resources as national policy, as required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 and its amendments.

NRCS Cultural Resources StoryMaps

  • Irrigation Ditches and Canals: Historical Water Management in Colorado - ArcGIS StoryMap
    • This StoryMap highlights the prehistory and history of water management in Colorado. For example, the interactive map notes the location of the Grand Tunnel Ditch (Figure 1) and when selected, images and information pop-up illustrating specific ditch segments (Figure 2).  It also includes a video allowing users experience the sights and sounds surrounding the area.  While often overlooked as basic infrastructure, water management practices in Colorado have complex and fascinating history that many people have never considered.   

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These National Statements of Work Templates require Microsoft Word

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Craig Dengel
State Archeologist
Denver Federal Center
Building 56, Room 2604
PO Box 25426
Denver, CO 80225-0426