Cultural resources include the many forms of evidence left by people who once inhabited the land. They can be damaged inadvertently during logging operations.
Knowing about cultural resources can provide important links to the past. They might have religious significance, provide information to archeologists, be of interest to the local historical society, or provide an attraction for visitors.
Cultural resources include stone walls, cellar holes, sugar shacks, logging camps, old dam sites, cemeteries, Native American ceremonial grounds, or the trash dumps of old farmhouses. Landscapes—combinations of structures and sites that convey a sense of a time or lifestyle—can also be considered as cultural resources. Old farmsteads with overgrown fields, apple orchards, lilac bushes, and buildings or cellar holes are a good example.
The key to protecting cultural resources is to identify clues on the ground and plan management activities accordingly.
Protect cultural resources during harvesting operations.
3.1 Timber Harvesting Systems; 6.5 Permanent Openings.
RSA 227-C. Historic Preservation. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xix/227-c/227-c-mrg.htm Accessed May 27, 2010.
RSA 231:157-158. Scenic Roads. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/NHTOC/NHTOC-XX-231.htm Accessed May 27, 2010.
RSA 472. Boundary Lines. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XLVII/472/472-mrg.htm Accessed May 27, 2010.
Sanford, R., D. Huffer, and N. Huffer. 1994. Stonewalls and Cellarholes: A Guide for Landowners on Historic Features and Landscapes in Vermont's Forests. Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. http://www.historicvermont.org/programs/stonewall%20and%20cellarhouse_pub_screen.pdf Accessed March 13, 2010.