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cultural resources services

 
There are two basic types of archaeological evidence which indicate the presence of an archaeological site - artifacts and features. Features, as shown above, are defined as non-portable evidence of past human behavior, activity, and technology

There are two basic types of archaeological evidence which indicate the presence of an archaeological site - artifacts and features. Features, as shown above, are defined as non-portable evidence of past human behavior, activity, and technology

EcoPlan’s cultural resources staff has extensive field, laboratory, and regulatory experience. These specialists are well versed in cultural resources compliance and trained in technological applications in archaeology, such as integration of the GPS and geographic information systems. Our Cultural Resources Group is experienced and fully equipped to manage a full range of archaeological and historic preservation services, including surveys, testing, data recovery, and the production of associated high-quality technical reports to meet local, state, and federal agency regulatory guidelines. EcoPlan currently holds numerous National Forest, tribal, federal, and state agency permits and has the experience, key personnel, and qualifications to meet or exceed most permitting requirements. EcoPlan can also obtain permits on a project-specific basis. Please contact us for additional information.


Our cultural resource assignments include but are not limited to:

  • Archival research and literature review

  • Class I and Class III archaeological inventory

  • Research design development and implementation

  • Archaeological testing and data recovery excavation

  • Construction monitoring and training

  • Artifact analyses (ceramic, flaked stone, ground stone, faunal, and historic artifacts)

  • Human osteology and paleopathology studies

  • Oral history and ethnographic documentation

  • National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility assessments and nomination document preparation

  • Section 106 and Native American consultation assistance

  • U.S. Department of Transportation Section 4(f) alternative analysis

  • Archaeological Resources Protection Act cases and damage assessments

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Ceramics…

are among the most valuable types of artifacts that archaeologists can find and are often used to determine when sites were occupied.


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Onaqui Complex Fire Project

Toy truck discovered among construction materials at one of the survey sites

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Cultural Resources Management Services

EcoPlan is in the midst of a five-year contract with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to conduct cultural resource inventories, research, and report production prior to implementation of federal and state habitat restoration projects proposed as part of the Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative. Since 2017, EcoPlan has surveyed nearly 60,000 acres, primarily on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands throughout the state. This effort has consisted of eight large-scale surveys (each more than 5,000 acres), including more than 13,000 acres in Onaqui in the BLM’s Salt Lake District (see photo featured left). EcoPlan has been able to meet the challenges of this project, including large-scale surveys commissioned shortly after the fire season that required close coordination and mobilization of large field crews in remote areas. Additionally, rapid coordination with the Utah State Historic Preservation Office regarding NRHP eligibility recommendations and site avoidance requirements as well as expedient report preparation was crucial to allow restoration and reclamation activities to take place prior to fall/winter snowfall.