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May 23-24, 2018: 11th Annual Cultural Resource Protection Summit

Living Landscapes, Living Cultures The 2018 Cultural Resource Protection Summit marks our 11th gathering. Since its inception, the primary goal in organizing the annual Summit has been to facilitate amongst all affected parties an open, frank discussion about the intersection between cultural resources and land use. The Summit is designed to promote collaborative cultural resource planning as an effective means of fi nding resolution to issues before they escalate into emotionally-charged, divisive, and expensive stalemates or law suits.

This year, the Summit agenda includes an engaging array of cutting-edge topics that will encourage attendees to examine the benefi ts of a landscape approach and how it might inform workable solutions for today’s most pressing challenges to effective cultural resource protection. Topics on Day 1 will orient us to a variety of relevant landscapes, including regulatory and environmental, while Day 2 topics will address more advanced Cultural Resource Management (CRM) applications. Keynotes, panel discussions, and open discussions will highlight useful examples of the link between landscape-based CRM and responsible land use. Please join us at the Suquamish Tribe’s beautiful and inviting House of Awakened Culture for a two-day gathering that will help you improve your technical skills while deepening your connection to why we do this work. Leave with more tools for protecting cultural resources and sharing the important stories they tell, not to mention new allies and friends.

2018 Location:

The 2018 Cultural Resource Protection Summit will be held at the scenic House of Awakened Culture - with sleeping rooms just a moment away at the Clearwater Casino Resort Suquamish, WA, right between Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island at the Agate Pass Bridge. Just a short ferry ride from Seattle or Edmonds.


  • Day #1 Keynote – Marion Werkheiser, Cultural Heritage Partners in D.C. We welcome Marion Werkheiser, founding partner of Cultural Heritage Partners law firm, from the “other Washington” as she shares with us the very latest about the Federal legislative and regulatory landscape. Marion currently serves as Government Relations Strategist for both the Coalition for American Heritage and the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA).
  • The Merits of a Landscape Approach – Increasing attention is being paid by cultural resource managers to the potential merits of a “landscape approach.” Join us for an examination of a wide variety of landscapes (e.g. legislative, educational, environmental, linguistic, resource management, TCPs, ethnobotanical), and explore how such an approach might inform workable solutions for today’s most pressing challenges to effective cultural resource protection.

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