Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region and Intermountain Region are forming a collaborative group with the Chinese Historical Society of America (San Francisco, CA), the Chinese American Museum (Los Angeles, CA), and others to better engage the APA urban community with their heritage resources on National Forests and surrounding lands within California and western Nevada. In 2015, the Forest Service will partner with the Chinese Historical Society of America to develop educational outreach materials (web and hardcopy) that highlights the early contributions of APA pioneers during the 1865 building of the transcontinental railroad and the 1849 gold rush era in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on Forest Service and surrounding lands.
Examples include Chinese work sites, cabins, merchant shops, railroads, tunnels, mining and timber camps. Ultimately, it will serve as a foundation for an APA Heritage Tour in 2016, where we will invite the APA community, APA youth, media, and members of the commercial organizations (for example, chamber of commerce, tour associations) who may be able to make APA heritage tours commercially sustainable.
Build a collaborative partnership among Forest Service, APA communities, non-profits, universities, commercial entities, and other agencies to provide interpretation and access to heritage resources on public lands for APA urban communities and others. This goal is consistent with USDA goals (rural development) and Forest Service goals (enhance recreation opportunities, engage urban America, cultural transformation).
- Develop websites, conferences, publications, exhibits, and other products to educate underserved communities about their heritage resources on Forest Service and surrounding lands.
- Initiate and facilitate tours for underserved communities to Forest Service and surrounding lands to visit heritage resources.
- Build and foster APA partnerships to raise awareness of Forest Service’s outreach and recruitment employment opportunities, historic preservation, ecological restoration efforts, and other programs.
- Expand partnerships with other federal, state, and local agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private sector organizations who are interested in historic interpretation, education, preservation, and cultural tourism.
Fred Wong, District Ranger, Stanislaus National Forest, APA Heritage Collaborative Champion
Office: 209-586-3234 ext. 607