›› For the Horseshoe Grazing Coordinated Management Plan within Agua Fria National Monument, BLM Arizona used LIDAR to facilitate Section 106 review for a range improvement project. The imagery led to the identification of 13 previously undocumented pre-contact archaeological sites. According to BLM, use of LIDAR technology expedited identification efforts for Section 106 consultation, streamlining the approval process for a much-needed project.
Nez Perce Tribal intern excavating a circular pit feature at Cooper’s Ferry archaeological site, ID (BLM/David Sisson)
CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS
Particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, agencies are finding increased value from their investments in technology enabling remote work, electronic recordkeeping, and communication with stakeholders. As the work of consultation has changed in response to changed working conditions, agencies have used digital tools to adapt while ensuring important efforts to support their missions and fulfill their historic preservation responsibilities continue. For example, the USFS Rocky Mountain Region developed a system to share files electronically rather than sending hard copies. This allowed the Region to maintain active lines of consultation with tribes that have been affected by COVID-19 and continue to work in telework status on critical projects. The Region hosted a training to explain the electronic file sharing process with interested Indian tribes.
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