Cultural Resources

DoD Environmental Planning & Conservation Webinar Series: Cultural Resources

Upcoming Webinars

Information on upcoming webinars will be posted as soon as more webinars are scheduled.

Past Webinars

The Fort Eustis Cultural Resources Management Program has monitored the installation’s 234 archaeological sites since 2010. The Program has determined that the largest threat to the installation’s archaeological resources is increased tidal erosion driven by climate change. It is time to move beyond documenting the extent of the problem and determine how to address the issue. Effectively accomplishing that requires bringing a diverse group of individuals and organizations together to build a narrative that leads to consensus on the proper course of action. Presented by Dr. Christopher L. McDaid, Archaeologist and Cultural Resources Manager at Fort Eustis.

Tribal Engagement Guidebook: Legacy Project #CR-21-001
The Legacy Program in partnership with the USACE, Tribal leaders, and cultural resource professional created a guidebook for Natural Resource and Cultural Resources professionals, Base Commanders, Tribal Liaisons, legal counsels, and public affairs personnel to strengthen the Department of Defense’s relationship with Tribal Leaders. The guidebook authors navigate Tribal engagements and provide recommendations on creating relationships with Tribes specific to their region and/or installation. The authors also worked to collect best practices and protocols for engaging with federally recognized Tribes. Presented by Matthew Grunewald, Deputy Director, USACE Tribal Nations Technical Center of Expertise.

American Veterans Archaeological Recovery: A Supported Opportunity for Veterans to Excel
American Veterans Archaeological Recovery (AVAR) has provided over 250 opportunities for veterans to engage with archaeology for the first time, to take part in paid CRM projects, and most recently to undertake an accredited Field School. The only program of its kind in the USA, AVAR’s support tools and management approach also have proven mental health benefits for the veterans who take part in AVAR field projects. This presentation describes the unique support systems and cultural competency that American Veterans Archaeological Recovery has developed since its inception in 2016. Presented by Stephen Humphreys, PhD, CEO of American Veterans Archaeological Recovery.

Protecting Cultural Heritage Abroad: U.S. Army Monuments Officers – Webinar Recording, 2023
This webinar introduces the U.S. Army’s Monuments Officers Program and their commitment to protecting cultural property in areas of armed conflict. The history of the program as well as the special training that is necessary to meet the mission are discussed.

Climate Adaptation Guide: Legacy Project #CR-20-002 – Webinar Recording, 2023
The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the recently completed Guide to Incorporating Climate Considerations into Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plans (ICRMP). The presentation will discuss the guide’s two parts. Part I includes an overview of climate risks to military installations and mission; compliance requirements; information on climate change and adaptation; sources of information; and a summary of climate and adaptation considerations. Part II offers a step-by-step method for carrying out the ICRMP adaptation planning process and integrating the outcomes into the ICRMP. The presentation will provide a summary of the components in the two parts, and a walk through of the worksheets that can be used for ICRMP integration. Presented by Jayne Aaron, Environmental Planner and Architectural Historian at EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.

The Veterans Curation Program: Heroes Preserving History – Webinar Recording, 2023
The Veterans Curation Program (VCP) is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) funded program that hires post-911 veterans to process at-risk archaeological collections that are currently under the stewardship responsibility of USACE. Veterans with no prior experience in archaeology or collections management are trained to catalog, rehouse, and digitize artifacts and their associated records during the course of the five month term. VCP managers utilize this training to teach transferable job skills while also trying to meet the individual personal growth and development needs of each technician. To date, the VCP has brought 750 veterans and 490 collections together in a flexible, transitional space that results in benefits for both. Presented by Alison Shepherd, Veterans Curation Program (VCP) Project Manager and Kimberly Blanke, VCP Assistant Project Manager.

This webinar provides an overview of program replication options within DoD for Secretary of Interior Standards historic preservation projects in collaboration with DoD installation Departments of Public Works and military design and construction units, that improve transition for greater numbers of active duty Servicemember participants.  The webinar discusses examples of projects/training over the last ten years and associated non-profit/federal training-based contracting, regulatory compliance, cost reduction, scheduling, safety, and quality assurance approaches. Tanya Komas, Concrete Preservation Institution, and Boris Kun, Director, Workforce, Credentialing & SkillBridge Programs OASD(Readiness)/ODASD(Force Education & Training) OUSD Personnel Readiness.