How Do I Preserve A Site?

To be a Certified Tree Farmer, a landowner has to make a reasonable effort to locate and protect special sites appropriate for the size of the forest and the scale and intensity of forest-management activities. These articles provide information to help with that task.


The Perks of Preservation (American Forest Foundation My Land Plan)
Whether their importance is personal, cultural, historic or ecological, special sites need extra care to preserve their character. Woodland owners have a unique opportunity to preserve these pieces of history before they vanish forever. Many federal and state programs provide tax credits, financial assistance and other incentives to landowners who protect special sites.

How to Protect Special Places (American Forest Foundation My Land Plan)
If not carefully done, timber harvests and other standard practices can easily disturb or destroy your woodland’s special sites. But being careful doesn’t have to take a lot of time or expense. You can plan for protection of special sites in a sensible, cost-effective way.

Conservation Easements: Protecting Archaeological Sites and Historic Buildings on Private Lands (Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research)
If you own an historic building or an archaeological site, you can play an active role in its preservation by placing a conservation easement on your property. A conservation easement offers property owners flexibility in land management while at the same time protecting some of Florida’s history. Additionally, it can afford property owners tax benefits.

Archaeology on Private Lands (American Tree Farm System video)
This presentation covers the basic tenants of what archaeology is, what it is not, why it is important, and what it can provide to society.  It also addresses the pertinent laws regarding archaeological sites and cultural resources at the federal level, as well as those specific to the State of Oregon.

Archaeology in Your Woods (American Tree Farm System webinar)
Many landowners might have archaeological sites on their property, either prehistoric or historic, but they might not even know it. This webinar discusses what sites look like, how you can recognize different kinds of artifacts and sites, and what to do if you do have a site on your property, including ethical strategies for site discovery and protection.

Preserving the Past – A Guide for North Carolina Landowners (N.C. State Forestry Extension)
As a landowner, you probably know of your responsibility to protect and preserve soil productivity, water quality, biological diversity, and wildlife habitat. But you may not be aware of other valuable resources potentially on your property: archeological artifacts, historic structures and landscapes, and culturally important vegetation. These are known collectively as cultural resources, and this publication will help you learn more about identifying, protecting, and conserving these resources on your land through the creation of a preservation plan.