Cultural Resources Preservation Coalition

Cultural Resources Preservation Coalition is a group of historic preservation, archaeology, trails, recreation, business, and place-based friends groups, led by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Coalition advocates for the protection of irreplaceable cultural resources located primarily on federal public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the National Park Service (NPS).


Cultural Resources Preservation Partners promote the preservation, protection and interpretation of prehistoric, historic and traditional cultural resources on federal public lands by working for increased cultural resources funding, staffing, inventorying, planning, compliance, law enforcement, awareness and education in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and National Park Service (NPS).


Cultural Resources Preservation Partners will work to 1) make cultural resources preservation a high priority for the BLM, USFS and NPS, and 2) ensure that the agencies have enough resources and mandates to make that ethic a reality.


  1. Significantly increase the amount of funding annually dedicated to cultural resources programs at the BLM, USFS and NPS.
  2. Encourage the BLM, USFS and NPS to make better land use decisions by completing more cultural resources inventories and identifying and evaluating cultural resources at the earliest possible stage in project planning.
  3. Ensure that the BLM, USFS and NPS adhere to existing cultural resources laws, regulations and policies in their administrative and legal processes.
  4. Strengthen our nation’s “preservation ethic” by increasing awareness among policy makers, BLM, USFS and NPS staff and the public about the importance of protecting cultural resources on federal public lands.
  5. Work with diverse partners to educate and engage people in protecting and being good stewards of cultural resources on federal public lands.
  6. Promote responsible recreation on federal public lands that ensures resource preservation while fostering public enjoyment and providing economic benefits to local communities.

What does it mean to be a Cultural Resources Preservation Partner? 

Partners share a commitment to promoting the preservation of cultural resources on federal public lands by:

  • Agreeing that cultural resources preservation should be a priority for federal agencies;
  • Listing Partner organizations on educational materials, such as brochures about cultural resources preservation;
  • Considering signing letters to decision-makers on issues affecting cultural resources on federal public lands; and
  • Raising awareness of cultural resources preservation on federal public lands by mentioning the issue in their own organization’s literature, website and press releases where appropriate.

Who are Cultural Resources Preservation Partners?

Partners are as diverse as the cultural resources that exist on federal public lands.  Some organizations are national non-profit historic preservation proponents, such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Others are resource-based organizations, such as the Partnership for the National Trails System and the Society for American Archaeology. Still others are primarily community or state-based, such as the Center for Desert Archaeology and the New Mexico Archaeological Council. Each partner brings a unique perspective on and appreciation for the preservation of cultural resources on federal public lands.

How are Cultural Resources Preservation Partners organized?

We organize and communicate via email, website, monthly calls and occasional regional or national events.  There are no fees or dues.  Being a partner means supporting the preservation of cultural resources on federal public lands in a variety of self-selected ways, from dispersing educational information to commenting on federal agency actions to lobbying for cultural resources funding. Partners determine their own level of involvement and activity but, the larger number of groups who work together, the more cultural resources we can preserve and promote.

Interested in joining the Coalition? Download (Word Document) a Board Resolution For Cultural Resources Preservation Coalition