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Please Review the New Utah Archaeology Site Form

Posted by UPAC on January 21, 2015 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (4)


UPAC members,

As you may be aware, for the past year many state and federal agencies have been engaged in revising the archaeological site recording system in Utah. After consultation with the archaeological community, a final draft version has been completed and is posted on the Utah Professional Archaeological Council (UPAC) website (posted below).

A separate (but connected) project developing an electronic site form generator and wireless application is also underway.

The agencies are now soliciting comments on the final draft through March 15th. Be aware that the manual has not yet been formatted, so that headings, font, indentation, etc., will not be completed until the final version.

Should you have questions about the project please contact David Yoder ([email protected] or 801-537-9014


David T. Yoder
Utah Governor's Public Lands Policy Coordination Office


Final draft for the new site forms available for review.

BLM & Tread Lightly Survey on looting/vandalmism

Posted by UPAC on December 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Greetings, Friends, Colleagues, and Stakeholders of Utah's Archaeological and Paleontological Resources,


I am very pleased to announce a new partnership between BLM-Utah and Tread Lightly! to develop a public outreach campaign that aims to eliminate the looting and vandalism of archaeological and paleontological resources in Utah. As I'm sure you're aware, there have been numerous media stories regarding the looting and vandalism of these resources in Utah that have made international headlines, and BLM-Utah has decided to develop a proactive and positive message about these illegal behaviors. This effort will eventually be incorporated into Tread Lightly!'s existing “Respected Access is Open Access” public outreach campaign, which reaches an estimated 10 million people each year. I am now inviting you and your respective organizations to join this exciting partnership. I truly believe the public outreach campaign's messages will be more powerful if we all speak with one voice regarding the responsible enjoyment of archaeological and paleontological resources.


To kick things off, I am asking you and your respective organizations to please take 10 minutes to complete an online survey that will assist us identifying which particular behaviors and issues you believe the public outreach campaign should focus on. The survey can be accessed at the below link through January 31, 2015. I also encourage you to pass this information and link along to your friends and colleagues who may also be interested in participating in the survey.




Once the survey results are compiled, BLM-Utah and Tread Lightly! will be reaching out to those stakeholders who have expressed an interest in participating in the development and implementation of the outreach campaign for a partnership kick-off meeting sometime in early 2015. If you need any additional information or have any questions about this public outreach campaign, I encourage you to contact the partnership's primary points of contact listed below:


Aaron Curtis

Branch Chief for Outdoor and Heritage Resources

BLM Utah State Office

(801) 539-4225

[email protected]


Dianne Olson

Assistant Director

Tread Lightly!, Inc.

(801) 627-0077 ext 13

[email protected]


I appreciate any and all support you and your organizations may be willing to provide to help us protect and celebrate America's cultural and natural heritage.




Juan Palma

State Director


Submit Comments on BLM Draft Data Standards

Posted by UPAC on March 28, 2011 at 6:09 PM Comments comments (1)

Message from the BLM:

The minutes and information from the March 22 2011 BLM-hosted interagency meeting for cultural resource consultants are posted online (see links below, within this blob post).

Please submit your comments to Laurel Glidden by April 15th in order to incorporate your feedback into BLM's experimental guidelines for the upcoming field season.

Laurel Glidden, District Archaeologist
Cedar City District Office
176 E. DL Sergeant Drive
Cedar City, UT 84721-9337

Tel: 435-865-3066
Fax: 435-865-3058
Email: [email protected]

Anonymous comments: www.surveymonkey.com/s/2kpdxzy


BLM Files (All files are in pdf format):

Workshop for archaeological consultants workingin Utah.

Posted by UPAC on February 17, 2011 at 1:26 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear archaeolgocial consultat working in the state of Utah:

On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Governor’s Public Lands Policy Coordination Office, along with other state and federal agencies, will host a workshop for archaeological consultants working in Utah.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am and is expected to last most of the day.  We will be meeting in the Auditorium on thefirst floor of the State Office Building at the Utah State CapitolComplex.  Information regarding publicparking and directions to the State Capitol can be found on the Capitol Preservation Board’s website.  You are encouraged to attend as we will discuss some important issues and forthcoming changes in the BLM’s reporting process.


We are currently developing an agenda with the other agencies, but planf or the meeting to last most of the day. The BLM is in the final stages of developing a new national programmatic agreement with the Advisory Council.  The next stages of this process will require a new statewide protocol or agreement and revision of our handbooks.  We will begin to incorporate some of the changes this year as we attempt to integrate new technologies and procedures into our permitting and reporting requirements.


Please contact Byron Loosle at [email protected] or 801-539-4276 or Kelly Beck at [email protected] or 801-537-9046 if you have questions.





ActingDeputy State Director,



Utah State Office

P.O. Box 45155

Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0155