Civil Air Patrol monitoring
BLM entered into a cooperative agreement with the Utah Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) several years ago under which the CAP conducts monitoring flights over public lands on the Arizona Strip. The National Park Service subsequently used the agreement as a model for an agreement between the Department of the Interior and the Civil Air Patrol at the national level, which allows for this kind of monitoring on any Department of Interior lands. We have also supported Civil Air Patrol flights over the archaeological sites on Perry Mesa, now within the Agua Fria National Monument, for several years.
AZSITE automated database
BLM has been a strong partner with the State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State University, Arizona State Museum, and Museum of Northern Arizona to develop a statewide automated cultural resource database that will house all of the site records for the State and that incorporates a Geographic Information System (GIS) showing the locations of cultural properties and the areas of land that have been surveyed to find them. This electronic database, called AZSITE, will be used by land managers like BLM, and also contractors and others to more efficiently carry out preservation, planning and other management tasks.
BLM also developed, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and members of the Ute, Paiute, Navajo and Hopi Tribes, a nationwide program that provides hands-on activities to educate children about cultural resources stewardship. The program, called Project Archaeology, is designed to give teachers educational materials that will enable them to teach their existing science, math, and social studies curricula, and higher order thinking skills, using examples from archaeology and history. Arizona BLM entered into a partnership with the Arizona Archaeological Council to conduct workshops for educators to teach them how to use Project Archaeology materials in their classrooms. More than 100 teachers have been trained in these workshops so far. Future plans for this partnership are to revise and reprint Discovering Archaeology in Arizona and to develop a Project Archaeology web site to communicate with teachers in Arizona who have taken or are interested in taking Project Archaeology workshops.
Four Corners Heritage Council
BLM participates in the Four Corners Heritage Council in partnership with the National Park Service and the States of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. The purpose of the Council is to manage and promote the wide array of cultural resources in the Four Corners area.
Other cost-share partnerships
BLM has entered into numerous cost-share partnerships with individuals, agencies and organizations to carry out a wide range of cultural resource inventory, protection and outreach efforts. In the past five years, partners have contributed more than $1.2 million in funds, materials, and labor to these efforts, matching BLM contributions by a ratio of five to one.