Cultural resources are the fragile, irreplaceable resources that are part of our Nation's heritage. The BLM manages a variety of cultural resources in Utah ranging from pictographs to Ancestral Puebloan ruins to historical cabins to trails blazed by pioneers. Always be respectful of these places and take only pictures. 

Programmatic Agreement for Travel and Transportation Management Planning

In collaboration with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, American Indian tribes, local governments and consulting parties, the Bureau of Land Management - Utah State Office (BLM-Utah) is developing a National Historic Preservation Act – Section 106 programmatic agreement, for the protection and management of historic properties as they relate to travel and transportation management decisions made by BLM-Utah. This programmatic agreement is also being developed, in part, to respond to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah’s November 2013 decision in Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, et al, v. Burke, et al. 

In October 2014, BLM-Utah received a letter from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, which supports BLM-Utah’s decision to develop a programmatic agreement and to establish a consistent approach to Section 106 compliance for travel and transportation management on public lands in Utah.

To see the most recent draft of the programmatic agreement click here.

To see the district court's November 2013 Order click here.

To see the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's October 2014 letter click here.

For more information contact Nate Thomas at (801)539-4276.

Archaeological Resources Protection Act

BLM-Utah’s responsibility to manage cultural resources include identification and evaluation, deciding on appropriate uses, recognizing the potential and scientific uses and attributed values, and managing the lands and cultural resources so that these uses and values are appropriately protected. The BLM also has the responsibility to 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.

Stone Building (Temple Mountain, San Rafael Swell)In addition, BLM actively promotes the use of cultural resources for scientific study, classroom education as well as tourism. If you would like to teach children about Utah’s rich cultural heritage, then you need Project Archeology (formerly Intrigue of the Past). If you are a classroom teacher, interpreter, museum docent, youth group leader, home schooler, or just interested in teaching archaeology, please join us for a workshop. You’ll receive an activity guide with 34 exciting lessons and learn how to use it. You can help children discover the excitement of archeology!

Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, federal agencies must identify and evaluate cultural resources and consider the impact of undertakings they fund, license, permit, or assist on historic properties eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The federal agencies must afford the State Historic Preservation Officer and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation the opportunity to comment on these undertakings. Follow these links to learn how the Section 106 process affects undertakings on public land.

BLM’s Heritage Publications include a series of monographs describing archaeological investigations conducted in Utah. To learn more about Utah archeological sites, including Anasazi pueblos, an unusual human burial, and a Pony Express station, link to Utah BLM’s heritage resource publications website. Most of the monographs may be downloaded for free.

Comb RidgeAs public land use increases, our cultural and paleontological treasures are in more need of protection and stabilization than ever.  The Utah BLM is embarking on the Comb Ridge Project (pdf). This intensive five-year program will bring together communities and research organizations to discover and document one of the most culturally-rich areas in the four-corner region.  


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Archaeology is often confused with Paleontology, which is the study of ancient life preserved in the fossil record.

"Hmmm.  I was looking for information on dinosaurs and trilobites."

Archaeology Links