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Release Date: 11/22/13
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Cody Man Recognized for Protecting Wyoming Cultural Heritage

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) recently recognized Michael Neville of Cody for volunteering 150 hours with the Wyoming Site Stewardship Program (WYSSP). Neville received the Distinguished Service Award at a meeting of the Wyoming Archaeological Society, Absaroka Chapter, on November 19 in Cody. 


Mike Neville receives his award.
Mike Neville receives
the Distinguished Service Award from Cody Field Manager Mike Stewart
and Archaeologist
Kierson Crume.

Mike Neville examines historic inscriptions along the Bridger Trail. 
Mike Neville examines historic inscriptions
along the Bridger Trail.


“We sincerely thank and appreciate Mike for his commitment and contributions to the protection and preservation of Wyoming’s rich cultural heritage,” said BLM Cody Field Manager Mike Stewart.

The WYSSP, developed by the BLM and SHPO in 2006, brings together professional heritage/cultural resource specialists and trained volunteers to monitor cultural resources throughout the State, adding to the existing documentary record, sustaining a regular presence to deter looting and vandalism, and reporting these activities when they occur.

Neville’s first visit to a cultural site as a WYSSP volunteer was on June 7, 2008. Since then, he has made 58 inspection trips to monitor at-risk cultural resources located throughout the Bighorn Basin, contributing 150 volunteer hours to the WYSSP effort.

When asked why he volunteers for the WYSSP, Neville replied, “It’s because of the appreciation I have for cultural resources, and because I want my friends and family to be able to enjoy the resources for years to come.”

To learn more about the WYSSP, visit For further information, please contact BLM Archaeologist Kierson Crume at 307-578-5900.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 11-22-2013