Cultural Resources

  • Contract Win: Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project

    The Bureau of Reclamation has selected Logan Simpson Design to provide programmatic agreement program management (PAPM) services for the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project (NGWSP). The NGWSP is a major infrastructure project that once constructed, will convey a reliable water supply from the San Juan River to the eastern section of the Navajo Nation, southwestern portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the city of Gallup, New Mexico.  The project will include approximately 280 miles of pipeline, several pumping plants, and two water treatment plants. By evaluating the adequacy of cultural resources studies, distributing information to parties of the programmatic agreement, and coordinating field visits and tribal consultation meetings, LSD’s cultural resources team will assist Reclamation in achieving  federal agency compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

  • Christopher Garraty, Ph.D., RPA Joins Logan Simpson Design

    Christopher Garraty, Ph.D., RPA

    Christopher Garraty, Ph.D., RPA

    Logan Simpson Design Inc., one of the largest environmental planning and landscape architecture firms in the West, announced today it has hired Christopher Garraty, Ph.D., RPA, as a principal investigator in our Tempe office.

    Chris has more than 17 years of experience, most recently working for the Gila River Indian Community in their Cultural Resource Management Program as a Project Manager in Sacaton, Arizona.

    His regional and topical expertise includes ceramics analysis and technological change, development of  complex societies and premodern markets, and Spanish Colonialism.  He has conducted research on the Postclassic (Aztec) central Mexico (Aztec), Mexican Gulf lowlands, and in the American Southwest.  His analytical focus involves ceramic compositional analysis, elemental characterization techniques, multivariate statistics, heuristic approaches, exploratory data analysis (EDA), and spatial statistics.

    Chris obtained his Ph.D. and his M.A. in Anthropology from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, and he obtained his BA in Anthropology from Temple University in Pennsylvania.

  • Kathryn Leonard Appointed to Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee

    Kathryn Leonard, M.A., RPA

    LSD Cultural Resources Director Kathryn Leonard, M.A., RPA, was appointed by the State Historic Preservation Officer to the Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee. The nine-member committee is Arizona’s official National Register of Historic Places Review Board. Members represent the fields of history, architecture, prehistoric and historic archaeology, and related disciplines. During her three year term, Kathryn will assist the State Historic Preservation Officer in reviewing National Register Nominations and provide recommendations for nominating properties to the State and National Register of Historic Places. Kathryn, who resides in Phoenix’s Fairview Place Historic District, manages the cultural resources program at LSD and provides Section 106 of the NHPA support, including government-to-government consultation, for large, complex energy EIS projects.

  • 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.