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How are historic and archeological resources managed in wilderness?
Cultural features, such as archeological sites, historic trails or routes, or structures that have been included within wilderness, are protected and maintained using methods that are consistent with the preservation of wilderness character and values and cultural resource protection requirements. Preservation activities such as salvage rehabilitation, stabilization, reconstruction, restoration, excavation, and intensive inventories are approved on a case-by-case basis, if they will not degrade the overall wilderness character of the area. Cultural resource sites, that appear to qualify, are nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. Unless they are needed to provide wilderness benefits or serve administrative purposes, those sites or structures that do not qualify for the National Register could be allowed to deteriorate naturally, or be removed or destroyed. Interpretation of sites is done outside of wilderness, except for verbal interpretations by wilderness rangers.