US Bureau of Reclamation Humboldt Project


The Humboldt Project Conveyance Act (Title VIII of Public Law 107-282) directs the US Secretary of the Interior to transfer title of approximately 83,000 acres of Federal land in central Nevada to the Pershing County Water Conservation District, the State of Nevada, Lander County, and Pershing County. As part of this process, the Bureau of Reclamation developed an inventory design and scope of work for the identification and evaluation of cultural resources in portions of transfer areas. Reclamation thus contracted with Far Western to conduct pedestrian inventory of three parcels of transfer lands—at Battle Mountain Pasture, at the Humboldt Sink, and near Rye Patch Reservoir. Inventory of these parcels included random-sample surveys to guide the development of an archaeological sensitivity model to select areas for a second, non-random survey phase.

In total, Far Western documented 346 newly identified cultural resources and 349 isolates, and prepared site record updates for 48 previously documented sites. The project concluded that 71 of these sites were eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, Far Western crews identified four areas that have the potential to be designated as Traditional Cultural Properties pending future investigation and coordination with local tribes.


Evaluation and Testing
Effects Mitigation
Sensivity and Constraints
Environmental Planning Support
GIS and Cartography
Public Outreach and Interpretation
Sector: Resource Management
Agencies: Bureau of Reclamation
State: NV
County: Pershing

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