Cultural managements

Monongahela National Forest will host the first cultural heritage of the forest

Monongahela National Forest
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Monongahela National Forest has partnered with Lincoln University’s Historic Preservation Advisory Council (the nation’s first historically black college and university), HistoriCorps, and the Youth Leadership Association/Camp Horseshoe in Tucker County, to host five anthropology students in a hands-on learning experience called Cultural Heritage in the Forest.

Students will be on site from June 20 to July 10.

Developed by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the USDA Forest Service, the primary goal of the program is to bring young professionals from historically black colleges and universities into cultural resource management, historic preservation, conservation and related careers that traditionally do not reflect the diversity of the Nation.

During the program, students will spend six days learning practical historical preservation techniques from HistoriCorps; network with conservation and preservation professionals; meet with representatives of sovereign tribal nations, the State Historic Preservation Office and local organizations, as well as Forest Service personnel; and carry out fieldwork at a nearby archaeological site. Additionally, students will visit Wayne National Forest in Ohio, Gray Towers National Historic Site in Pennsylvania, and meet with Forest Service leaders from the Washington office.

In total, students will spend four weeks doing both fieldwork and lectures to expose them to different facets of historic preservation and the work of the Forest Service Heritage Program. They can then pursue careers through the USDA Forest Service Pathways program for students and other opportunities: https://www.usda.gov/our-agency/careers/usda-pathways-programs.

For more information about the program, contact Lynne Richmond of the Historic Preservation Advisory Council at [email protected] or Gavin Hale, Monongahela National Forest Heritage Program Manager at [email protected].