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Cultural Resources

Historic FarmhouseCultural Resources are evidence of past human activity. These may include pioneer homes and associated landscapes; structures with unique architecture; archaeological sites; historic or prehistoric artifacts or objects; rock inscriptions; 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. Although many have been discovered and protected, there are numerous forgotten, undiscovered, or unprotected cultural resources in rural America.

Cultural Resources ArtifactsWhile conducting their core duties, NRCS and other federal agencies focus on protecting the significant cultural resources, also called “historic properties”:  prehistoric or historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, or objects included in, or eligible for inclusion in, the National Register of Historic Places maintained by the Secretary of the Interior (see 36 CFR 60.4).    

The following document requires Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

NRCS Maine’s Cultural Resources Fact Sheet (.pdf)

National NRCS Website for Cultural Resources


For more information contact:

Lindsay Hodgman
Cultural Resources Coordinator