A special site is any noteworthy or meaningful place in your woods: the ruins of an old homestead, a painted cave wall, or even a treasured spot your family returns to year after year. It’s a place of personal, historical, archeological, cultural, geological, biological or ecological significance.
Personal sites can be designated for sentimental reasons. It can be a pretty piece of your woods that your parents or grandparents cherished, or one you and your family hold dear—any place you want to keep just the way it is.
Photo: Jeri Coffey
Historical and archaeological sites offer a tangible connection to history. They may be the site of an historical event—a Civil War battlefield, for example—or contain artifacts from the past, such as tools, weapons or remnants of old buildings or roads.
Cultural sites can include historical or archaeological elements, but are also important from a cultural, social or religious perspective. American Indian ceremonial or burial sites, traditional villages, or fishing and hunting grounds can all be valuable cultural resources. So can scatters of broken pottery, arrowheads, shells and bone. Some of these cultural resources are thousands of years old and are protected by law.
Photo: Billy Humphries, Forest Resource Consultants, Inc., Bugwood.org
Geological, biological and ecological sites have rare or valuable natural features. An outcropping of a rare mineral or rock or an unusual biological community, such as a stand of rare trees or a pitcher plant bog, have special ecological value and warrant extra care.
Photo: Kenneth M. Gale, Bugwood.org