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Natural and Cultural Resources

We prepare natural resource management histories for private businesses and public agencies including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian tribes, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Our work with public agencies, tribal councils; our expertise in retrieving relevant documents in agency, area, and tribal offices; and our ability to identify and interview involved and interested parties to assist resource planning and policy evaluation has proven useful to inform the public and other agencies about the positive effects of responsible natural resource. We have written many book-length forest management histories and updates.

  • Yakama Forest History
  • Nez Perce Forest History
  • Flathead Forest History Update
  • Coeur D'alene Forest History
  • Yakama Update
  • Metlakatla Forest History
  • Crow Forest History Update
  • Quinault Forest Management History
  • Menominee Forest History
  • Warm Springs Forest History Update
  • Quinault Forest History Update

Case Studies:

Excerpt from the Quinault Forest History

Heritage also provides professional historical consulting services to help clients meet requirements of federal and state historic preservation laws. Our cultural resource specialists inventory such resources as historic roads and trails, trading posts and forts, mines and mill sites, logging camps, ghost towns, ranches, homesteads, industrial sites, urban sites, military installations, and historic districts.

Among our services are historic overviews and context statements, historic resource surveys, National Register evaluation and nomination, mitigation plan and research design and geographic information system (GIS) data. We develop historic preservation plans, historical and architectural overviews, historic cultural resource inventories, and HABS/HAER documentation.

Cultural Resource Survey and Architectural Inventory

Heritage Research Center contracted with the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System to survey and evaluate 25 historic and non-historic structures scattered on campuses within the System. The structures represented numerous architectural styles, materials and periods of construction. Heritage used records and information held by the respective colleges, local archives and libraries, and knowledgeable staff to document the history of individual structures.

Heritage established historic contexts for the roles of junior/community colleges in advancing education in Colorado, individual schools in their communities and regions, and individual structures. Evaluation of each building included comparison of original and current uses for several structures built for other purposes, such as a church in one instance, to assess significance. Heritage completed Cultural Resource Survey Architectural Inventory Forms for each resource, but determined that only seven structures had sufficient age, integrity and signifcance to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.