The identification and preservation of our state's cultural resource heritage is a priority for the Environmental Planning Group. Cultural resources is a broad term to include archaeological resources and historic sites.
Each highway project involves a cultural resource assessment which includes a records search and on-site surveys to identify possible sites. If sites are found, mitigation involves avoidance or data recovery.
Consultation is made with the State Historic Preservation Office, Native American Groups, and land resource agencies to make sure that findings and conclusions satisfy local and federal laws, including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
The primary documents involved with cultural resource assessment
include the Consultation Initiation Form, which
states preliminary findings, actual survey reports which document
findings from on-site surveys, and Memoranda of Agreements,
which document specific mitigation measures for sites that cannot