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Cultural Resources


Toll road in AshlandThe Oregon Department of Transportation's Cultural Resources Program seeks to strike a balance between a growing transportation system and the protection of Oregon's significant cultural history.

Major Program Areas

Historic Resources


Services Provided

Program staff aid the Federal Highway Administration in adhering to:

  • National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, section 106; and
  • Department of Transportation Act of 1966, section 4(f).

Program staff maintains a programmatic agreement with FHWA; Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and State Historic Preservation Office. This agreement outlines how ODOT handles cultural resource evaluations and determinations on all federally funded projects

Program staff:

  • Reviews all Section 106 documentation;
  • Works directly with FHWA and SHPO offices;
  • Develops Section 4(f) documentation; and
  • Conducts all Tribal consultations.

Active list: Qualified Cultural Resources Consultants​

Qualified Cultural Resources Consultants have completed required training, within the past two years, certifying the consultant to provide cultural resource documentation for ODOT's Statewide Transportation Improvement Projects or other projects using federal funding.

Interested in becoming qualified?

Consultants must attend the "ODOT - Cultural Resources Consultant Training for Qualification" course available through iLearn. Participants must complete the course with a passing score of 80 percent to be considered "qualified" to perform cultural resources work for ODOT.

Training is offered twice a year, every two years.

Consultants are required to renew their qualifications every two years.

Completion of this course is designed specifically for ODOT projects, and should not be used as a tool to hire consultants for other state agencies.

Tribal Coordination

Legislative Commission on Indian Services

Government-to-Government Tribal Relations glossary

ODOT conducts government-to-government consultation as mandated under ORS 182.162. With regards to FHWA-related projects, FHWA remains responsible for consultation with Tribes and retains its government-to-government relationship; however, FHWA does rely on ODOT’s established tribal coordination process. Archaeologists consult with all nine of the federally-recognized Tribes in the state of Oregon as well as with federally-recognized out-of-state Tribes that have an interest within Oregon. ODOT’s government-to-government policy promotes and enhances these relationships through programs that include Tribal involvement in the development and implementation of transportation projects and other activities which may affect Tribal lands, resources, and interests.


Websites for Tribes in the Northwest

Contact the Geo-Environmental Section

4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, MS 6
Salem, Oregon 97302
Phone: 503-986-3252
Fax: 503-986-3249

Program Contacts

Phone: 503-986-3309
Phone: 503-986-3853

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