ACHP, USDA Forest Service Partner in Cultural Resources Management Internship for HBCU Students 

By: U.S. Department of Education

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. 

Over the course of the four-week program, both fieldwork and coursework exposed students to the different facets of historic preservation and the critical work of the Heritage Program. The Forest Service manages 193 million acres of forest land across the nation. Students are able to pursue career tracks through the USDA Forest Service Pathways program:  

For more information about CHIF, contact Lynne Richmond at, Gavin Hale, Heritage Program Manager at the Monongahela National Forest at, or Andy Tremayne, Heritage Program Manager at Wayne National Forest, at  

Learn more about the partners in CHIF:   

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