Cultural Resources

  • Ajo Train Depot Wins Preservation Award

    Ajo Railroad Depot
    The Tucson–Pima County Historical Commission and Tucson Historical Preservation Foundation will present a Historic Preservation award for the Ajo Train Depot rehabilitation May 18.

    LSD assisted the Pima County Cultural Resources Department and Federal Highway Administration with the rehabilitation of the NRHP-listed contributing building within the Ajo Townsite Historic District. LSD prepared a Project Assessment, a Categorical Exclusion, and arranged for the utility and right-of-way clearances and asbestos testing. LSD also worked with the project design team to ensure that the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards were applied to proposed building rehabilitation and addressed in the project assessment document. LSD also assisted with SHPO consultation on a conditional determination of “no adverse effect” for the rehabilitation project.

    The Commission’s award recognizes the significant contribution and impact that the rehabilitated Ajo Train Depot has to the interpretation of local history and architecture at the community level.
    Ajo, a copper mining town, is about 120 miles southwest of Phoenix.

  • Logan Simpson Wins IDIQ to Provide Cultural Resources Services to BLM

    Spokane and Vale BLM Districts MapLogan Simpson has been awarded a five-year IDIQ with the Vale and Spokane districts of the BLM to provide cultural resources inventory and evaluation in eastern Oregon and eastern Washington.

    Historic archaeology sites in the Vale and Spokane districts include rockshelters, quarries, campsites, village sites, and rock art sites. Historic sites and structures on public lands in both states include ranches and railroad logging camps, Civilian Conservation Corps sites, and roads and trails.

    Cultural resources tasks covered under this contract include inventories, subsurface testing, archaeological data recovery, and evaluating historic buildings and structures. The cultural resources studies Logan Simpson completes will help the BLM manage cultural resources throughout the Vale and Spokane districts. The BLM manages cultural resources in order to conserve their significant cultural, scientific, educational, traditional, and recreational values for present and future generations.

    The Vale District manages 5.1 million acres of public land in eastern Oregon. The district boundary runs along the Snake River between Oregon and Idaho and includes small sections of Washington and Nevada. The majority of BLM public lands in Washington are east of the Cascade crest in the central Columbia Basin and in the highlands of northeastern Washington along the Canadian border.

    The Vale District includes the Main, West Little and North Fork Owyhee rivers, which fall within a Wild and Scenic River corridor; and segments of the Burnt, Powder, Snake and Grande Ronde rivers. Sections of the Powder and Grande Ronde rivers are also designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers. There are numerous Wilderness Study Areas and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern as well as Research Natural Areas. The Spokane District includes land throughout eastern and central Washington. The Spokane District includes numerous tributaries of the Columbia River: Wilderness Study Areas, and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern.

    According to the BLM, more than 1.2 million acres of public lands in Oregon and Washington have been inventoried for cultural resources.