, Corbin, KY

August 13, 2012

Knox team learns how to seek the past

Volunteers learn to search for historical artifacts

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

A pair of Knox County Earth Team Volunteers, Seth Evans and Matthew Dixon, recently learned how to find historical artifacts in a 52-acre wetland reserve.

Conservationist Brian Jones, biologist Charles Kitts and archaeologist Bill Sharp worked with the pair last weekend.

According to Jamie A. Johnson, conservation planning technician for the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Jones, Kitts and Sharp were out with the young men to give them information about past societies and environments.

And they got answers to modern day conservation issues.

The NRCS team and Earth Team Volunteers used shovels a lot on the wetlands reserve.

They tested the land, checked the condition of the soil and watched the land for any disturbances.

They also sifted for artifacts, she said, adding that in the wetlands Evans and Dixon found no artifacts.

Of course the weekend in the wetlands taught Evans and Dixon the life in the field, she said.

The Wetlands Reserve Program is voluntary in which landowners have an opportunity to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on their property.

USDA’s NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to help landowners with efforts to restore wetland.

To qualify, landowners must comply with the High Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions of the Farm Bill. They must also meet the Adjusted Gross Income limitations.

Those who may be interested in becoming an Earth Team Volunteer should go to