Kaibab National Forest partners with NAU Students

The National Forest System includes 193 million acres of National Forests and grasslands and within those lands has identified 325,000 cultural resource sites. According to forest managers, those cultural resource sites are threatened by insufficient funding, too few staff, vandalism, fire, theft and timber harvesting.

More than 6,000 archaeological and historic sites have been recorded on the Kaibab National Forest. The majority of these sites are associated with Cohonina who occupied the Kaibab between AD 700 and AD 1100. They left stone houses, pottery shards, stone tools, grinding stones and rock art across the forest. Many cultural sites are located on the Kaibab also. They include structures and artifacts from lumber, mining and fire fighting efforts.

With a limited staff to handle the monitoring and restoration of these cultural and archaeological sites, archaeologists and historians have reached out to a variety of volunteer partners to survey archaeological sites, restore rock art, curate artifacts and stabilize historic structures on the Kaibab.

This fall, forest managers reached out to a new partner with Northern Arizona University’s Forestry Department.

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