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    ASC STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS

    SERVICES The ANTHROPOLOGICAL STUDIES CENTER (ASC) at Sonoma State University

    (SSU) has been providing consulting services in Cultural Resource Management (CRM), heritage documentation, preservation planning, policy training, community engagement, public outreach, and interpretation since its founding in 1974. Our clients include state and federal regulatory and management agencies, Native American and non-profit organizations, museums and historical associations, regional and municipal utilities, environmental and engineering firms, as well as developers and private individuals. ASC offers a proven team, with exceptional experience, and the skills to provide high quality, timely, and comprehensive deliverables on even the most complex task orders. As part of the California State University system and the M.A. program in CRM at SSU, our commitment to training the next generation of CRM professionals ensures that we always seek to develop innovative approaches, appropriate solutions, and the most effective methods to achieve the regulatory and permitting objectives of our clients. Our services include:

    • Cultural Resource Management and Heritage Documentation o Historical documents and archival research o Property inventories, evaluations, and construction monitoring o Archaeological survey, testing, and data recovery o Laboratory analyses and curation o GIS mapping, predictive models, advanced spatial analyses o Significance assessments, and technical reporting

    • Preservation Planning and Policy Training o Management plans, agreements, and assessment documents o Research designs, and evaluation/mitigation plans o CEQA and NHPA training workshops

    • Community Engagement, Public Outreach, and Interpretation o Oral history, ethnography, and intangible resource assessments o Native American consultation and NAGPRA inventories o Interpretive plans, museum exhibits, media and websites o Educational packages and school curricula

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    EXPERIENCE The ASC team is notable for the depth of its experience and training. Our permanent

    staff has over 380 years of combined archaeological experience, with 14 salaried and hourly employees holding M.A. or higher-level degrees, and nine Registered Professional Archaeologists (RPAs). Senior staff members are highly experienced in the requirements for cultural resources identification, evaluation, and mitigation under federal and state laws, regulations, and guidelines, such as: Sections 106 and 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), etc. We also facilitate tribal consultation, documentation, and repatriations under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and similar state legislation or directives. The ASC produces stand-alone technical reports or deliverables that are incorporated within other regulatory documents, such as: Environmental Assessments (EAs) or Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), Integrated Cultural Resource Management Plans (ICRMPs), or Department of Transportation Act (DTA) Section 4(F) documents. But we also develop creative mitigation strategies that produce interpretive or interactive exhibits, educational packages, public outreach programs, and other forms of engagement that go beyond technical reporting. These approaches can help defray expensive excavation costs in favor of outcomes that are community and educationally-oriented.

    Our deep working knowledge of state and federal regulations, coupled with solid scholarly research, has earned the ASC and its staff numerous awards:

    • The California Preservation Foundation’s Preservation Design Award (2014) • The Society for California Archaeology’s (SCA) Harrington Award for preservation

    and public archaeology (2011) • SCA’s Martin A. Baumhoff Special Achievement in Research Award (2006) • SCA’s Thomas F. King Award in Cultural Resources Management (2003) • The American Society of Civil Engineers Award of Merit (1999) • The California Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation (1999 and 2016)

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    FACILITIES The ASC has nearly 10,000 square feet of well-equipped facilities on the SSU campus in

    Rohnert Park, CA. In addition to administrative and research workspaces, the ASC maintains a full range of field equipment, survey instruments, remotely operated and handheld recording devices, as well as Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) units. Our facilities include a comprehensive archaeological laboratory supported by a wide range of analytical and technical equipment, plus an extensive library of reference materials and comparative collections. We use the latest versions of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Computer-Aided Design (CAD), aerial imagery and remote sensing, photo/video editing, Structure from Motion (SFM) photogrammetry, immersive/augmented reality, and both object-editable and photorealistic 3D modeling software to carry out advanced spatial analysis and create interactive and interpretive digital solutions. Notable efforts in this area include extensive experience in large scale archaeological predictive modeling across many environments in North America, as well as recent research into recreating 3D photorealistic environments in submerged coastal settings to assess the effects of sea-level rise both prehistorically and into the future as the result of climate change. Innovative digital technologies are being employed in many aspects of both CRM and environmental resource management.

    The ASC’s David A. Fredrickson Archaeological Collections Facility (ACF) is the primary repository for artifact collections and associated documents from the San Francisco Bay Area and northwestern California. This facility currently contains more than 500 individual collections, comprising many thousands of artifacts. It consists of over 3,500 square feet of curation space and is supported by an endowment of over $1,000,000 from curation fees. The Office of Interpretive and Outreach Services (OIOS) within the ASC interprets archaeology, history, and ethnography to the general public through events, student tours, pamphlets, museum displays, websites, and various forms of multimedia. These facilities are intended to provide long-term curation of the material remains excavated by ASC staff and many other CRM firms and state agencies across California, as well as develop creative and engaging ways of bringing archaeology and history to the general public.

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    CLIENTS Within California alone, the ASC has completed hundreds of projects for federal, state,

    and local agencies, and worked for dozens of municipal and private utilities, environmental planning/architectural/engineering firms, tribal and non-profit organizations, and private individuals. We also have extensive experience in neighboring states and across the Western US. Additionally, our staff have a great deal of archaeological, historical, and regulatory experience across North America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It is that range of experience that allows us to bring a highly skilled consultative perspective to our clients. Our objectives are to facilitate an effective and efficient permitting process, while training the next generation of CRM professionals. A few examples of our agency clients are as follows:

    Federal Agencies • US Army Corps of Engineers

    ○ South Pacific Division ○ San Francisco District ○ Sacramento District

    • Bureau of Land Management ○ Arcata Field Office ○ Redding Field Office ○ Alturas Field Office ○ Surprise Field Office ○ Ukiah Field Office ○ Eagle Lake Field Office ○ Folsom Field Office

    • Bureau of Reclamation ○ Mid-Pacific Region

    • Environmental Protection Agency ○ Pacific Southwest, Region 9

    • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management ○ Pacific Region

    • Department of Agriculture • General Services Administration • National Forest Service • National Park Service

    State Agencies • CA Department of Fish and Game • CA Department of Forestry • CA Department of Justice • CA Department of Parks and

    Recreation • CA Department of Transportation • CA Department of Water Resources • CA State Lands Commission • CA Water Resources Control Board

    Local Agencies • Contra Costa County • Marin County • Sacramento County • San Francisco City and County • San Joaquin County • Santa Clara County • Solano County • Sonoma County • Calaveras County Water District • Contra Costa Water District • El Dorado Irrigation District • Nevada Irrigation District

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    PERSONNEL ASC has a staff of 15 permanent full-time and 24 intermittent professionals with a long

    history of working cooperatively in the field, in the lab, and on report development. This team of regular employees gives ASC an advantage over consultants who must hire personnel at all levels to meet project needs. ASC also has a large pool of short-term hourly employees available.

    ASC’s Director is Dr. Tom Whitley, an archaeologist with over 30 years of experience in CRM; he is also an SSU faculty member. Full-time ASC staff members include a business manager, historical and prehistoric archaeologists, a historian, an oral historian, histor