Topic ID #37635 - posted 11/15/2016 4:51 AM

CRM, the new administration, and our jobs

sandy loam

So where do we go from here? With the election and the possible repeal or weakening of Section 106, our jobs are on the line. Things are looking so bleak for the future. 

I've been in this field for nearly 30 years and I've paid my student loans off long ago. I feel the worst for those who have newly joined this field, who have taken out student loans in the many thousands only to have their career taken from them and left in debt. Those still in college can still make a change to another field of study. 

Do we just accept it for what it is and do nothing? Do we join with ACRA and put aside differences and work together? What are our options? 

Post ID#20811 - replied 11/16/2016 9:07 PM


What I HOPE will happen is an increase in infrastructure improvements, energy developments, etc.,without a serious weakening of the environmental/CRM laws that make our profession run. What I EXPECT is that there will be some weakening of the regs, but hopefully not enough to kill CRM entirely. I'm not ready to give this up and go work at Wallyworld, and I'm not quite ready to retire.

Post ID#20814 - replied 11/24/2016 8:42 AM


I've worked in the field for a few years, and I'm currently attending a CRM-focused Masters program. I know I intend to do a couple things over the next few months. It starts with attending the ACRA seminar on the 28th, which I encourage everyone to do. I do think now is a time to work closely with other professionals, as well as with state and local organizations. It's tough to know what will happen and puts our industry in the position of trying to prepare for attacks from any side. I think we need to be vigilant- watch for attempts at deregulation to be hidden as riders in house bills, etc.
Don't be afraid to leverage popular support. The American people are very much in favor of archaeology, at least in the abstract. Remember that our mandate to conduct CRM, specifically, is rooted in the idea that if the federal government is going to support or conduct an undertaking, then it must be in the interests of the American people m- basically, to hold proponents accountable for impacts they may cause. If nothing else, a president-elect who ran on a platform of pluralism and "make America great again" suggests that there is a willingness to conserve heritage resources.
As archaeovagrant posted above, an increase in infrastructure without a concomitant weakening of regulations could be a huge boon for us. Whether it's likely I can't say, but now is a time to seize every opportunity to display that archaeology and CRM, broadly, do have public benefits and can be of benefit to communities. 
I'm worried, uncertain and anxious. But I'm not ready to gove up and I'm hopeful that we can drum up enough popular support for preservation to blunt the worst effects of deregulation.

Post ID#20823 - replied 12/16/2016 10:38 AM


The sky is falling, the sky is falling...said Chicken Little

Post ID#20824 - replied 12/16/2016 11:06 AM


The sky hasn't fallen yet...but should we wait until we get bonked on the head to look up?


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