Cultural Resource Defense Campaign

Help End Cultural Resource Damage

San Juan County likely has more archaeological sites than any other county in the United States. Unfortunately, our shared American history is being irreparably damaged by continued looting, vandalism, desecration of burial sites, artifact theft, irresponsible motorized use, and careless visitation. You can read our fact sheet on the problem of cultural resource damage here.

While the scale of the problem is daunting, we can make a real difference with your help!


Three-Pronged Approach

Your support of FCM’s Cultural Resource Defense Campaign will help us combat alarming levels of archaeological site damage – both intentional and unintentional – on San Juan County public lands. This three-tiered campaign will leverage education, monitoring and enforcement to protect archaeological resources and deter illegal activities. Our ambitious goal of raising $25,000 will help us build a solid foundation in all three of these areas over the next 18 months.

Anti-Looting Reward Fund: As a part of this campaign, FCM has created a first-of-its-kind Anti-Looting Reward Fund. Partnering with land managers including the BLM and SITLA, Friends of Cedar Mesa is offering a standing reward of $2,500 for information leading to the conviction of individuals perpetrating acts of looting, vandalism, and desecration of human remains or other serious damage to cultural resources. Get all of the reward fund details here or read the basics in this Salt Lake Tribune article. We’re confident this reward will help deter criminals, bring forward missing information and help end the black market for illegal artifact sales from Cedar Mesa.

Visit with Respect: On the education front, FCM is working collaboratively with the BLM Respect & Protect Campaign to provide visitors friendly tips when visiting archaeological/cultural areas. After seeing the damage caused by careless visitation by uneducated hikers, we couldn’t stand by as more pot-sherds were pocketed, dogs continued to run unleashed around cliff dwellings, and 2000-year old rock art was lost to graffiti. We have a whole line up of Visit with Respect videos that we encourage you to watch and share with friends. With your support, we’ll be expanding this education effort dramatically in the next 18 months.

Monitoring & Recording: This year, we are starting new monitoring programs, including a pilot site monitoring program with the Forest Service. We’re also supporting several site recording projects to ensure we have baseline assessments of key sites. Eyes & boots on the ground help deter illegal activities and assist land managers in monitoring the thousands of cultural sites in San Juan County.

We can curb the destruction of cultural resources through on-the-ground monitoring, education and enforcement.

Donate today (use the form at right) to the Cultural Resource Protection Campaign.

Contribute to the Defense Campaign

Or Mail a Check

Friends of Cedar Mesa

PO Box 338

Bluff, UT 84512

***Please reference the Cultural Resource Defense Fund in your check memo.***