Fort Riley, Kansas



Site Protection and Compliance Enforcement

By Unknown | DPW.ENV | May 06, 2009

In 1998, the Cultural Resources Program and Provost Marshal Office personnel received Archeological Resources Protection Act training, which provides instruction on recognizing, investigating, and enforcing laws regarding illegal actions surrounding archeological resources. Fort Riley's professionally trained staff can now determine whether a site has been looted, and, if so, how to properly collect and protect the evidence. Employees inspect vulnerable sites monthly for looting or other unauthorized activity.Fort Riley is currently drafting a policy for the Commanding General's signature prohibiting unauthorized metal detecting, as required by Army Regulation 200-4. This policy will allow enforcement of the Archeological Resources Protection Act and reduce looting and vandalism. Fort Riley regularly submits articles to local newspapers discouraging the public from metal detecting and digging on the installation.

Since 1996, Fort Riley has protected significant historic farmsteads from heavy military machinery through the construction of Tactical Concealment Areas (TCAs). These areas consist of old telephone poles and railroad ties that are brought in and placed upright around the sites. In addition to protecting the farmsteads, these enclosures enhance tactical training scenarios for installation units.