In 2010-2011, Ruby Pipeline, LLC, constructed roughly 674 miles of a 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline crossing four states: Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and Oregon. Far Western served as cultural resources prime for effects mitigation and ancillary inventory across the state of Nevada (347.4 miles of pipeline corridor plus access routes and associated facilities). The identified resource base for this portion of the project consisted of 1,066 archaeological sites or resources.
Although brought into the Ruby project late in the game, Far Western prepared and implemented a research design and treatment plan for data recovery that included construction-monitoring protocols, procedures for unanticipated discoveries, Native American participation in the data recovery and monitoring programs, a post-construction data recovery plan, and project-wide (across three BLM District Offices) reporting standards and protocols. Far Western has completed investigations and the final Class III Inventory Report and comprehensive Data Recovery Report which includes ground-breaking research on the archaeological record of Nevada’s Northern Tier, a significant Great Basin landscape. Far Western’s Public Outreach and Interpretation Program for the project includes a 32-minute film entitled Breaking New Ground – Native Americans in Archaeology and a full color 35-page booklet entitled Creating Vya – the Dream of Dry Farming in Long Valley, Nevada. The film has been sent to nearly 500 agency archaeologists and tribal representatives in the western United States. The booklet is available at BLM District Offices and Field Stations, the Nevada State Museum, Nevada Historical Society, Modoc National Forest, and Modoc County Historical Museum.
Prehistory of Nevada’s Northern Tier: Archaeological Investigations along the Ruby Pipeline Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, No. 101.