U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Teamwork Results in Clean-up of BLM Petroglyph Site
By Sarah Beckwith, Public Affairs Specialist, Wind River/Big Horn Basin District
The Oregon Basin Petroglyph Site has been subject to vandalism for many years. WYSSP observers discovered vandalism during a site visit in January 2009, prompting the need for the cleanup. Volunteers recently spent a pleasant day picking up garbage, removing debris from modern campfires, and obscuring off highway vehicle tracks.
In addition to the clean-up, Dr. Larry Todd, Anthropology Professor at Colorado State University and NWCC, brought his electronic distance measurement total station to create a new site map of the area. The total station provides information on rock art panel location, recent vandalism, and two newly-discovered prehistoric hearths, all at submillimeter accuracy.
The first volunteer to return to the site since the clean-up was happy with the results from the workday. "I was pleased to be a part of the clean-up," said Mike Neville of Cody. "I have visited the site twice since and it gives me a good feeling to see it looking so good."
WYSSP, a joint effort between the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office and BLM, was created to monitor and protect at-risk cultural resources throughout the state. WYSSP trains volunteers and provides them with the necessary tools to protect and preserve Wyoming's cultural heritage.
Kierson Crume, Cody Field Office archaeologist in the Cody Field Office, hopes to increase awareness of the importance of sites such as the Oregon Basin Petroglyph site. "A greater appreciation for our shared cultural heritage and Wyoming's past will ultimately result in better protection of these sites," Crume said. "Cooperative efforts like this emphasize the importance of working together to care for our public lands."