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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.

Important changes to ODOT Cultural Resources Consultant Qualification Program:

Only consulting firms with staff who meet the minimum ODOT cultural resources qualifications, complete the ODOT training, and pass the test will be considered qualified for ODOT cultural resources work. Importantly we have changed our requirements so that each firm conducting cultural resource work for ODOT must have at least one staff person currently certified through the ODOT qualification program for the technical discipline of the work (archaeology or historic built environment). Consultant firms that intend to perform both archaeological and built environment tasks for ODOT are required to have at least one archaeologist and one historian qualified by ODOT. The expectation is that qualified staff will oversee and review all cultural work performed on ODOT contracts. This ODOT cultural resources qualification requirement is effective immediately for new consultants. Currently qualified consultants have until the end of October 2018 to requalify. Initial qualification status is valid for three-years (no longer two years) after which ODOT requires renewal. Each renewed qualification is also valid for three years. 

Importantly, ODOT has developed web-based cultural resources qualification training to replace the previous face-to-face training. The ODOT web-based qualification training will be available spring of 2018.

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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