Cultural Resources Program
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has a long history in cultural
resource management and protection. From the creation of roads and bridges
which harmonized with the landscape at our inception, to highway beautification
programs that included “Beaver Boards” which highlighted our cultural heritage,
to our regulatory role responding to laws from the 1960s, we understand the
intimate connection between human pathways and heritage. We consist of a qualified staff of
professionals who meet Secretary of the Interior's (SOI) Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation.
assist the Federal Highway Adminstration (FHWA) in following the National Historic
Preservation Act of 1966 (Section 106) and the Department of Transportation Act
of 1966 (Section 4(f)). We maintain a Section 106 Programmatic Agreement with
FHWA, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), which outlines how we handle both complicated cultural
resource interaction and innocuous projects which have limited, if any, effects
to historic resources. Our Cultural
Resources Staff review all Section 106 documentation, work directly with the FHWA
and SHPO offices, develop Section 4(f) documentation, and conduct all Tribal
Consultation. Oregon is a state rich in
cultural heritage – our program seeks to strike that balance between a growing
transportation framework with protection of Oregon’s significant cultural resources.
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resources have been associated with transportation projects in Oregon as far back as
the 1910s and 20s. Such resources vary greatly in
their nature, content, context, extent, and are non-renewable finite resources.
Over 30,000 sites have been recorded in Oregon
to date with less than 10% of the state actually surveyed. Each resource and
circumstance must be evaluated individually, and appropriate procedures and
steps are developed on a case by case basis.
This program is administered by Carolyn Holthoff, ODOT Cultural Resources
Manager in the Geo-Environmental Section. While some fieldwork is conducted in
house, most is performed through interagency agreements and private contracts. Our team is nationally recognized program. We also have conducted several educational events such as the Ashland Mock Dig and the Elk Trail Elementary School Mock Dig.
ODOT has the responsibility of reviewing all scopes of work and final
products for sufficiency. ODOT Archaeological Staff are responsible for all
Tribal Consultation on ODOT projects.
Archaeology - Guidance & Resources
Cultural Resources Program Manager
Descriptions of the various laws
and regulations which protect Oregon´s historic resources. As our cities grow and change through the
years, the protection of our cultural resources becomes more and more important. For our consultants, links are provided to documents which you
will need to comply with the above regulations.
The ODOT Cultural Resources Program, in coordination with the Bridge Preservation
Program, is developing a state-wide Historic bridge guide that will capture the
known historic bridges in the state. It
will be available on this website, and will welcome input on it from the
Historic Resources - Guidance & Resources
Historic Preservation Program Coordinator