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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) students last week completed an almost four-week internship called Cultural Heritage in the Forest (CHIF). It is a collaboration among the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), USDA Forest Service’s Heritage Program, Wayne National Forest in Ohio, and Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. CHIF is a hands-on program for students at HBCUs, training them in cultural resources management, historic preservation, and conservation.

In the summer of 2022, the ACHP partnered with USDA Forest Service and the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities to bring anthropology students from HBCUs into the forest, and introduce them to careers in the Forest Service Heritage program. Learn more about this past summer’s program by watching a video about the experience.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the Forest Service’s Heritage Program, Grey Towers National Historic Site, Monongahela National Forest, HistoriCorps, and the Youth Leadership Association/Camp Horseshoe partnered this summer with Lincoln University of Pennsylvania on a new program to train students in cultural resource management, historic preservation, conservation, and related careers.