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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 CRRW's and any required documentation must be submitted to the NRCS Cultural Resources email address

  • The Cultural Resources Coordinator will return the verified CRRW, if properly completed, or the planner know 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 Resource Instructions (PDF, 248KB)
  2. Conservation Practice Effects on Cultural Resources (PDF, 406KB)
  3. Cultural Resource Review Worksheet (PDF, 1.6MB)
  4. Guidance for Completing the PA Cultural Resource Review Worksheet (PDF, 437KB)

National NRCS Cultural Resources Information


Heather Smeltz
Cultural Resources Coordinator
(717) 237-2214

Last updated: May 24, 2021