The Cooperative’s cultural resources committee recently adopted a charter outlining its role.  The charter also proposed that the chair of the committee serve to represent its perspectives on the Steering Committee. During their July call, the Steering Committee endorsed this charter and the committee’s first chair Ramona Bartos.  The seat is one effort to ensure that cultural resources are more fully considered in the work of the Cooperative.

Ramona is the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.  Ramona has been an active and supportive member of the Cooperative working to help frame the context of cultural resources within the mission of the Cooperative.

I would like to recognize SALCC staff member Janet Cakir for her excellent work over the past two years.  She has worked collaboratively within the SALCC geography and across the southeast LCCs to gain important understanding and perspectives related to cultural resources.  I expect continued progress as Janet supports the cultural resources committee in their efforts to integrate cultural resources into the development of the Cooperatives shared conservation blueprint.