Pond trail located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
DOE is committed to responsible stewardship of cultural resources on its lands and has an obligation to protect these resources for future generations. The Department has many rich and varied cultural resources including archaeological and historical sites, Native American burial and sacred sites, and historic buildings. The Department has an obligation to protect these resources for future generations.
The DOE Policy 141.1, Department of Energy Management of Cultural Resources, identifies how DOE addresses cultural resources. Policy 141.1 requires DOE offices and managers to comply with all cultural resource laws, regulations and executive orders. It details DOE’s commitment to be a good steward of these resources on behalf of the public through consultation with Native American tribes, State Historic Preservation Offices, and the general public.
Headquarters actions support conservation of the following cultural resources throughout the DOE complex:
- Archeological materials (artifacts) and sites from prehistoric, historic, or ethno historic periods that are located on or beneath the ground surface;
- Standing structures that are over 50 years old or are important because they represent a major historical theme or era;
- Cultural and natural places, certain natural resources, and sacred objects that are important to Native Americans and other ethnic groups; and,
- American folk life traditions and arts.