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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 308 

 Protecting our Shared Cultural Heritage with Mexico

(photo ID – Julia – see below, Ken and wife Carol Wilson)

BLM State Director Mike Pool traveled across the border in mid-November to Mexicali to participate in a binational symposium on the joint preservation of heritage resources of California, sponsored by the Instituto Nacional De Anthropologia e Historia en Baja California (INAH), Society of California Archeologists (SCA), and BLM.

At the forum, entitled “Balances and Perspectives on Anthropology and History of Baja California” Pool joined Julia Bendimez Patterson, director of INAH in Baja California, in honoring BLM-California’s archeologist Ken Wilson for his leadership in developing and implementing the joint declaration between national BLM and the Institute pledging cooperation between the two countries’ cultural resource management program. (text continues below)

From left: Julia Bendimez Patterson, director of INAH in Baja California; BLM California Director Mike Pool, BLM California archaeologist Ken Wilson and his wife, Carol Wilson.
Above, from left: Julia Bendimez Patterson, director of INAH in Baja California; BLM California Director Mike Pool, BLM California archaeologist Ken Wilson and his wife, Carol Wilson.

Wilson was instrumental in crafting the declaration, signed in 2000, as well as implementing it, including sponsorship of symposia like the one in Mexicali that have  been held previously in Tecate, Rosarito Beach, Tijuana and Mexico City.

Other joint INAH-BLM projects have included activities to mitigate OHV-impacts on cultural resources and sponsoring participation of INAH professionals at California forums, including the SCA.

Pool credited Wilson with helping build a strong bond with INAH that “addresses our shared cultural resources management issues and goals.”  He noted that these bonds continue to grow and are rapidly expanding to include other state and federal agencies, professional societies, academia and cultural resources consulting firms.


BLM California News.bytes, issue 308


 
Last updated: 11-27-2007