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Cultural Resources

Cultural Resources are tangible remains of past human activity. These may include buildings; structures; prehistoric sites; historic or prehistoric objects or collection; rock inscription; earthworks, canals, or landscapes. These nonrenewable resources may 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.

Important Notes:

  • Cultural Resources Review Worksheets (CRRW's) are required for certain NRCS-assisted activities (see Item 7 in the Instructions).
  • All CRRWs and any required documentation must be submitted to the  NRCS Cultural Resources Coordinator (CRC) listed below (e-mail preferred).
  • The CRC will provide verification that submitted CRRW's are properly completed and if further investigation may be required. Verification can take from one day to two weeks depending on workload and quality of materials submitted.
  • Cultural resources reviews and field inspections for NRCS-assisted actions that are limited in scope may be performed by personnel who have completed the eight module NRCS Cultural Resources Training (see Item 1 in the Instructions). 

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

1.   Cultural Resources Review Instructions (PDF, 78KB)

2.   Classification of Conservation Practice Effects on Cultural Resources

3.   Cultural Resource Review Worksheet

4.   Guidance for Completing the PA Cultural Resource Review Worksheet

National NRCS Cultural Resources Information


Heather Smeltz
Cultural Resources Coordinator
(717) 237-2214

Updated 02/22/2016