The Alturas Intertie Project is a prime example of Far Western’s ability to manage large-scale data recovery (effects mitigation) projects in a timely and efficient manner. Among the project’s greatest achievements was the ability to coordinate successfully with multiple stakeholders, including a diverse array of agencies and Native American groups. The study also shows our extensive experience conducting archaeological research, and demonstrates our familiarity with regional research issues.
Archaeological test evaluations and data recovery were conducted at 71 prehistoric and historic-era sites located within the Area of Potential Effects (APE) of the Alturas Transmission Line, a 164-mile-long overhead line that extends from Alturas, California, south to Reno, Nevada. The project corridor traverses 137 miles in California, including portions of Modoc, Lassen, and Sierra counties, and 27 miles within Washoe County, Nevada. The successful completion of this project involved coordination with the Bureau of Land Management (Nevada and California state offices; Susanville and Carson City districts); Modoc and Toiyabe national forests, California Public Utility Commission; the California and Nevada State Offices of Historic Preservation; the Kosaletawi and Hammawi bands of the Pit River Indians, the United Maidu Nation, the Susanville Rancheria, the Yahmonee Maidu, and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.