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St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve - Protection of Cultural and Historical Resources

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The lands and waters that make up the Buffer Preserve have a rich history of human occupation. To adequately assess and interpret the full range of cultural resources, the preserve facilitates and conducts research to serve as a foundation for developing a comprehensive cultural resources management plan starting with a detailed assessment of the location and description of these resources. As the Buffer Preserve's archaeological surveys and artifact collection inventory progresses, this information is incorporated into its education and outreach programs.

The management of cultural resources is often complicated because these resources are irreplaceable and extremely vulnerable to disturbances. Coastal erosion and vandalism threaten the integrity of the Buffer Preserve's cultural resources. This issue is principally associated with coastal erosion and vandalism occurring at Richardson's Hammock on the Deal Tract. Advised by other governmental agencies, universities, private groups, and citizens; the preserve seeks solutions to preserving the cultural heritage of the area. Regular monitoring of all cultural and historic sites are implemented to ensure protection of these resources. Additionally, public education and outreach will continue to mitigate continued removal of artifacts by Buffer Preserve visitors. All land management activities involving ground disturbing components undergo a cultural resource assessment using best management practices as defined by the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources (DHR).

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February 24, 2023 - 3:18pm

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