By Kristin Espeland
Laramie, WY – A new report from the National Trust for Historic Preservation says the Bureau of Land Management does not have the resources or staff to identify and protect cultural resources on public lands. The report says a huge percentage of B-L-M land has not yet been surveyed for cultural resources, such as native American artifacts or historic trails. National trust spokeswoman Barbara Pall says that lack of knowledge is dangerous.
The National trust report also found that, in western states with rapid oil and gas development, especially Wyoming, the B-L-M does not have the resources to do any pro-active surveying. Instead, it's relying on limited surveys in connection with the approval process for oil and gas and other land use permits.