City of Gilroy, Santa Clara County On-Call Cultural Resource Firm, Santa Clara County, California
EDS is currently contracted with the City of Gilroy to provide on-call Cultural Resources services, including archaeological and historic resource evaluations for the City of Gilroy by the City, private developers contractors, and property owners. The work is focused on Historical Evaluations and Archaeological Studies in compliance with California and Federal regulations including CEQA, NEPA, NHPA – Section 106, as well as Secretary of Interior and local ordinance compliance documents.
Imperial County Environmental, Cultural and Other Clearance Survey, Imperial County, California State Lands Commission
EDS lead a team that included Provenience Group, Blackhawk Environmental, and ERRG to provide a complex environmental review for the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) that included biological, cultural resource, paleontological studies, and a UXO (MEC) clearance survey for the Imperial County Environmental, Cultural and Other Clearance Survey Project prepared in compliance with CEQA. The project area included two state-owned parcels totaling 190-acres that were surveyed for biological, cultural, paleontological resources, and munitions and explosives of concern (MEC). The cultural resource study included a pre-field record search and review, consultation with local Native American tribes, a field survey and preparation of a report following ARMR guidelines and DPR 523 forms. In addition to providing a final document that included biological, cultural, paleontological, and UXO clearance reports, and a summary report to the CSLC, EDS also assisted the CSLC in preparing a Negative Declaration (ND) and Administrative Record (AR).
A Historic Property Survey for the Phillips and 18th Avenue Road and Bicycle Lane Project, City of Clearlake, Lake County, California (2015)
EDS was contracted by the City of Clearlake to conduct a historic property survey for a project that entailed the reconstruction and installation of bicycle lanes along approximately 8,200 linear feet of Phillips and 18th Avenues in the City of Clearlake, Lake County, California. The project used funds from an Active Transportation Program grant issued by California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), a Community Development Block Grant issued by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and by the City of Clearlake. Caltrans was the Lead Agency for the project. Due to federal funds and assistance, the project was considered an undertaking and subject to a Section 106 review. EDS conducted an inventory of historic properties within and adjacent to the APE, which included a 1-mile long section of Phillips Avenue and a 0.6-mile long section of 18th Avenue; totaling nine acres. The methods employed included a record search, Native American consultation, a Sacred Lands inventory, a field survey, and preparation of an Archaeological Survey Report (ASR) and Historic Property Survey Report (HPSR) prepared in accordance with Volume 2, Cultural Resources, of the Caltrans Environmental Handbook. The project was completed on time and within budget.
Historic Property Survey and Evaluation for the Vargas Plateau Phase I Development Project, Alameda County, California for the East Bay Regional Park District
EDS was contracted by East Bay Regional Park District to provide a Historic Property Survey and Evaluation for the proposed Vargas Plateau Regional Park Phase I project that included development of a staging area (Morrison Canyon Staging Area), new pedestrian hiking trails, and the restoration, enhancement and maintenance of three existing stock ponds. The study was conducted in compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA due to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needing to issue a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for the project. The project included archival research, a Native American Sacred Lands Inventory, a pedestrian field survey of the entire APE, and an evaluation to determine the presence or absence of historic properties within or adjacent to the APE that could be adversely affected by the proposed project. The Vargas Barn site, a historic property that includes a barn that was twice previously determined to be eligible for the National Register and several associated historic features was located within the APE, and due to the potential for adverse affects to this historic property, the barn and associated features were re-evaluated to determine if the site still meets the NRHP criteria. EDS prepared a Historic Property Survey and Evaluation Report for the overall project, and a Treatment and Preservation Plan for the Vargas Barn site following the Secretary of Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties to be implemented during development of the Morrison Canyon Staging Area. The project was successfully completed on time and within budget.
Results of Archaeological Monitoring During Development of the Morrison Canyon Staging Area within Vargas Plateau Regional Park, Alameda County, California for the East Bay Regional Park District (2016)
EDS was contracted by East Bay Regional Park District to conduct archaeological monitoring during development of the Morrison Canyon Staging Area located within Vargas Plateau Regional Park in Alameda County, California as part of the Phase I Development project. Archaeological monitoring was conducted due to the presence of a historic property, the Vargas Barn Site, that was recommended as eligible for listing on the National Register, and the potential to encounter archaeological resources associated with the site. EDS provided an archaeological monitor during ground-disturbing activities associated with development of the Staging Area due to the potential to uncover artifacts and/or archaeological features. Artifacts that were recovered during monitoring were returned to EDS where they were washed, sorted, cataloged, analyzed and photographed. Following this, a report was prepared that describes the results of the archaeological monitoring program and includes a project description, project location, regulatory setting, a historic context, a description of the mitigation measures that were implemented to ensure that direct and indirect adverse effects to historic properties were reduced to a less-than-significant level, results of the archaeological monitoring program, artifact analysis, summary of findings, and recommendations for treatment of recovered artifacts. Furthermore, Ms. De Shazo prepared a draft Preservation Plan that included recommendations for treatment of historic features within the Vargas Barn Site, including a barn, fencing, troughs, and eucalyptus windrows, following the Secretary of Interior Standards for the Treatment (Preservation) of Historic Properties. A final Preservation Plan was prepared following development of the Staging Area that incorporated the results of treatment activities that occurred during the removal of identified historic features associated with the site that will serve as a long-term guide to assist the Park District in the preservation of historic resources associated with the site. The project was successfully completed on time and under budget.
Historic Resource Evaluation for the Demolition of the Former Bettencourt Ranch Complex, the Clayton Radio Site, and the Clayton Ranch Barn Site, Clayton Ranch Regional Preserve, Contra Costa County, California Conducted for the East Bay Regional Park District (2015)
EDS was contracted by East Bay Regional Park District to provide a Historic Resource Evaluation of three sites located within Clayton Ranch Regional Preserve, including the ca. 1920-1950 Bettencourt Ranch Complex (also known as the Ang/Bettencourt Ranch Complex), the ca. 1964 Clayton Radio Site (Clayton Radio), and the ca. 1940 Clayton Ranch Barn Site located within the Clayton Ranch Regional Preserve in Contra Costa County. Clayton Ranch Regional Preserve is a 4,000+ acre park located between Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve and Mount Diablo State Park in eastern Contra Costa County. The Historic Resource Evaluation was conducted to ensure compliance with CEQA. The project included archival research, a survey of the project area, recordation of historic resources located within the project area on DPR 523 forms, an evaluation of each building to determine historic significance following the CRHR criteria, and preparation of a report providing recommendations for incorporation into the Clayton Ranch Land Use Plan and CEQA documents (IS/MND). The ethnographic, prehistoric and historic contexts of the larger area comprising the Clayton Ranch Regional Preserve were also provided. The project was completed on time and within budget.
Cultural Resource Inventory of 590-Acres within Elliott State Forest Conducted for the Oregon Department of State Lands (2016 – ongoing)
EDS was contracted by the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) to conduct a cultural resource inventory of 590-acres within the Elliott State Forest, which is situated in the southern Coast Range in southwestern Oregon and includes portions of northeastern Coos County and northwestern Douglas County. The Oregon State Land Board approved the DSL to transfer the entire 84,000 acres of Forest land into new ownership in order to continue to build revenue for the State Common School Fund. Prior to the transfer, the Board directed the DSL to prioritize a cultural resource inventory of the 590-acres within the Forest previously identified to contain cultural resources and areas having a high potential for containing additional cultural resources. EDS was retained to provide project management and planning services, GIS/GPS services, pre-field research, a pedestrian survey and testing, lab work and curation of artifacts, and to prepare a report that includes a prehistoric, ethnographic, and historic setting, a description of the methods used in the evaluation, testing and survey results, conclusions and recommendations and all associated maps and site records.