Cultural resource investigations may require recovery of cultural material. Forest Officers shall not collect historic or prehistoric artifacts except under the guidance of a professional cultural resource specialist. Forest Supervisors will caution Forest Officers that collections under other circumstances are not authorized and may result in disciplinary action.
Professional analysis and reporting of all collected cultural materials shall be completed within a reasonable time. This will usually be within 1 year of completion of fieldwork unless specified in writing by the Forest Supervisor.
Special Agents and other law enforcement officers conducting criminal investigations may collect historic or prehistoric artifacts for evidence. Any material collected must be stored in a secure area.