Central Coast Field Office

Cultural Resources

BLM's Cultural Resource Management Program is designed as a comprehensive system to:

RESPOND in a legally and professionally adequate manner to the statutory authorities concerning historic preservation and cultural resource protection, and the principles of multiple use and ecosystem management;

RECOGNIZE the potential public and scientific uses of, and the values attributed to, cultural resources on the public lands and manage both the lands and cultural resources so that these uses and values are not diminished, but rather are maintained and enhanced;

CONTRIBUTE to land use planning and the multiple use management of the public lands in ways that make optimum use of the thousands of years of land use history inherent in cultural resource information, and that opportunities for attaining appropriate uses of cultural resources are safeguarded;

PROTECT and preserve in place representative examples of the full array of cultural resources on public lands for the benefit of scientific and public use by present and future generations; and

ENSURE that proposed land uses, initiated or authorized by the BLM, avoid inadvertent damage to Federal and non-Federal cultural resources.

Archeological site CA-Mnt-1818H, photo by E. Zaborsky BLM

Archeological Site CA-Mnt-1818H, Henneken Ranch ruins


The term "cultural resources" can apply to archeological sites, Native American traditional items, historical objects or documents, or even cultural uses of the natural environment.


Please respect both prehistoric and historic archeological sites.

Do not remove any artifacts or deface any features.

Be especially mindful of what those sites may mean to Native Americans; some of these places are regarded as sacred.

Help to protect our cultural heritage by observing the following:

    • Treat all sites with respect
    • Do not damage historic structures or sites by moving things around or climbing on the roof or walls of a site
    • Enjoy rock art by viewing, sketching, or taking a photograph...never chalk, trace, or touch the art
    • Do not make camp or build fires in, on, or near a site
    • If you discover an artifact report your find to the BLM
    • Collecting without a permit is illegal.

Thank you for your cooperation while you explore your nation's history!

Visitors at Joaquin Rocks, photo by E. Zaborsky BLM

Visitors learning about the historic Joaquin Rocks area

Archeological Research


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California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program (CASSP)

California Archaeological Site Stewards are caretakers of sensitive archeological sites and sometimes work on site excavations or laboratory analysis of artifacts.

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Passport in Time (PIT) is managed by the USDA Forest Service for volunteers to experience archeology-based research projects.

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BLM Cultural Resources

BLM California State Office Cultural, Tribal, and Paleontological Resources Program: State Protocol Agreement (PA) with California State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

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Information & Reference

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 Anza Trail historic re-creationist commemorates the trail

Anza National Historic Trail on the Fort Ord National Monument

History and Significance of the Anza Expedition

Local Museum Partners

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Agricultural History Project

Image from the interior of R.C. Baker Museum, photo by R.C. Baker Museum

R.C. Baker Museum

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Society for California Archaeology

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California Indian Basketweavers Association

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Bureau of Land Management
Central Coast Field Office
940 2nd Avenue
Marina, CA 93933
Phone: (831) 582-2200
Fax: (831) 582-2266
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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