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June 8, 2024

A Tale of Two Management Plans: Comparing Visitor Impacts to Rock Art Sites on National Park Service Land vs. San Bernardino County Land by Jeremy Freeman     Register

On July, 6 2016 it was announced that management of the Coyote Hole rock art site located near the village of Joshua Tree, California would be transferred from the San Bernardino County Flood Control District to the Native American Land Conservancy.  The site's proximity to Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR) provides a unique opportunity to compare this highly-accessible site with unregulated visitation to similarly threatened sites that are managed by JOTR.  The publication of sensitive information pertaining to JOTR rock art sites, particularly through social media, has increasingly threatened sites and raised concerns regarding the effects of increased visitation.  JOTR staff conducted a study of three panels at Coyote Hole and three panels within the park that exhibit variable degrees of accessibility, visitation, and histories of graffiti remediation.  A methodology was developed to monitor and compare the transformational processes affecting rock art sites providing a better understanding of how increased visitation may adversely affect sites on public land.  The methods and data here presented will be used to develop management plans for Coyote Hole and JOTR to determine appropriate visitation management strategies for rock art sites.

Jeremy received his B.A. in anthropology at Heidelberg University and his M.A. in anthropology at Ball State University.  He has worked as a professional archaeologist for over 25 years for cultural resource management firms, museums, universities, federal agencies, and non-profit research institutes throughout the U.S.  He has also work as the tribes particularly as the tribal archaeologist for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  He has taught classes at the collegiate level at Ball State University, Heidelberg University, and Owens Community College as well as classes for youth programs.  Jeremy is currently two full time jobs an archaeologist for the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and a historic preservation specialist for Parsons Corporation.  He also conducts freelance Section 106 reviews for agencies in the CNMI.

Jeremy has a passion for archaeological public outreach and education and has been involved in the development and implementation of a variety of public outreach projects including:  The Fallen Timbers Public Archaeology Project, the Archaeological Discovery Tour at Minnetrista Cultural Center, the Next Step Education through Archaeology Project, the Experiential Learning through Historical Archaeology Project, Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center, and Archaeology Learning Group where is the founder and the Archaeological Program Coordinator.  He is currently serving as a member of the Society for American Archaeology's Public Education Committee which is a biannual elected position.  He is currently working for California State Parks where he works in the Cultural Resources branch of the Resources Division.  His research interests include:  rock art documentation and conservation management, indigenous cosmologies, public archaeology, and mythology and the sacred landscape.

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