Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS Florida) is a public engagement program focused on tracking changes to archaeological sites at risk, particularly those impacted by climate change in the form of erosion and sea level rise.
FPAN Central Region will offer an opportunity to become a heritage monitoring scout during an outreach workshop in Levy County.
For those with a greater interest in how sea level rise and global climate change will affect coastal, as well as inland archaeological sites, FPAN organizes the annual Tidally United Summit highlighting community groups, climate science, planning, and the importance of cultural heritage.
The primary focus of the Heritage Monitoring Scout program is to foster public engagement in monitoring known archaeological sites along the thousands of miles of coastline and inland rivers and waterways. We hope to provide an opportunity for a “citizen scientist” to examine, interpret, and report on conditions of known and previously recorded historic and prehistoric archaeological sites.
FPAN has developed an easy to use online form for Scouts to submit general information about sites. They also examine the effects of sea level rise and loss of cultural resources through a variety of threats including, active erosion, storm surge, wind, wave action, invasive vegetation growth, visitor traffic, and looting.
HMS Florida workshop in the Central Region will be held in the classroom at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve in Yankeetown on September 21st from 9:00AM – 12:00PM. Follow the links below for more information on upcoming HMS Florida related events: https://fpan.us/crc/eventList.php