LSA conducted a cultural resources study to fulfill Section 106 permitting requirements for the improvement of an Alpine County Sheriff’s Department telecommunications facility on the top of Hawkins Peak in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The study consisted of background research at U.S. Forest Service and State of California repositories, contact with local Native American individuals, and field survey of the installation site and an approximately three-mile-long access road. The study identified the historical archaeological remains of a mining complex and a historical petroglyph, and LSA recommended measures accepted by the U.S. Forest Service to avoid adversely affecting these resources. The study was documented in a technical report that was reviewed by the Alpine County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Forest Service archaeologists in the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The report supported the U.S. Forest Service in its Section 106 consultation with the California State Historic Preservation Officer.
Two years later, as the result of LSA’s performance, LSA was awarded a contract to conduct supplemental documentation for the project to conform to the requirements of the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for Review of Effects on Historic Properties for Certain Undertakings Approved by the Federal Communications Commission (2004). The documentation entailed the adaptation of the results of the 2007 cultural resources study for use in the FCC Form 620 NT, which was filed electronically with the FCC and submitted in hardcopy to the California State Historic Preservation Officer. Based on mitigation recommendations in the 2007 report (consisting of impact avoidance through the establishment of ESAs), the FCC Form 620 NT concluded that a determination of No Adverse Effect to the cultural resources in the APE was appropriate.
Client: Alpine County Sheriffs Department
Location: Alpine County, California
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