Why Study Cultural Resources?

Both the federal government and the State of California have acknowledged the importance of our nation’s cultural heritage to its citizens.  Where possible, these links to our past are to be preserved for future generations.  Where preservation is not possible, scientific studies of these resources are mandated. 

The acknowledgement of the importance of these limited, non-renewable cultural resources and the requirements for preservation and scientific studies are contained within many pieces of federal and state legislation.  The primary sources are Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)