Cultural Resources Management

FCS’s full-service cultural resources division guides you through every cultural aspect of your project’s compliance, from historic and archaeological to paleontological and tribal cultural resource management.

Case Study


FCS is currently assisting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with the data recovery of a large site in Northern California. FCS’s Dana DePietro, PhD, as Principal Investigator, is implementing the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and Historic Property Treatment Plan (HPTP) for the project, which was determined to have an adverse effect on the prehistoric site.

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Our team of in-house experts brings over 25 years of experience to the table, with cross-trained monitors and technical capabilities ranging from GIS to autonomous aerial drone surveys. By studying the location, project design, materials gathering, and other activities involved before implementation, we determine how your project can affect cultural resources. Our team then recommends solutions, alternatives, and mitigation programs to help you save significant time and costs.

  • Architectural Historic Resources (AHR)
  • Archival Research, Literature review and Records searches
  • Architectural Viewshed Studies
  • Area of Potential Effects Maps
  • Assembly Bill 52 Consultation
  • Area of Potential Effects (APE) Mapping
  • Construction Monitoring and Reporting
  • Context Statements
  • Cultural Resources Design Guidelines
  • Cultural Resources Evaluations (Section 106)
  • Cultural Resources Inventories
  • Curation and Documentation
  • Determinations of Eligibility
  • Field Surveys
  • Historic American Building Survey Reports (HABS)
  • Historic American Engineering Record (HAER)
  • Historic Property Survey Reports (HPSR)
  • Historic Resources Compliance Reports
  • Historic Structure Reports
  • Literature and Record Searches
  • Municipal Code Amendments
  • National Historic Landmarks Nominations
  • Native American Consultation
  • Paleontological Surveys and Salvage
  • Phase I Cultural Resources Surveys and Assessments
  • Phase II Archaeological Testing
  • Phase III Excavation and Data Recovery Options
  • Photodocumentation

The FCS Cultural Resources Management Team

Dana DePietro


Director of Cultural Resources

Director of Cultural Resources

Stefanie Griffin


Staff Archaeologist

Staff Archaeologist

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From 2017-2018, FCS was
responsible for completing
the largest and most
complex excavation project in
Northern California

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Select Projects

San Gorgonio Crossing Project EIR

FCS recently prepared an EIR and associated technical studies to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with construction and operation of the San Gorgonio Crossing Project, which proposes to construct two LEED-certified industrial buildings totaling more than 2.5 million square feet on approximately 229 acres near Cherry Valley, California.

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North Shore Solar Facility Project Archaeological and Paleontological Services

FCS’s mitigation measures included avoidance of the archaeological sites and surface collection and monitoring when in the vicinity of the sites. Following approval of the reports, FCS prepared cultural and paleontological mitigation and monitoring plans for the project.

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Archaeological Monitoring Services for the Solano Community College New Science Building and Gas Line Project

FCS identified sensitive prehistoric cultural resources, then proposed and carried out an Archaeological Monitoring and Treatment Plan that included Phase II archaeological testing.

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Valley Peak Telecommunications Facility Limited Archaeological Study

Geologic testing, consisting of two small backhoe test holes, was conducted in advance of the construction of the new Valley Peak Telecommunications Facility on Santa Cruz Island in Santa Barbara County. At the request of The Nature Conservancy, FCS delineated and staked a small study area encompassing both locations and prepared an archaeological field work plan for conducting an archaeological evaluation of disturbed soils.

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How we can help

In an ever-changing regulatory and sustainability environment, FCS understands the challenges you face. Our highly qualified environmental specialists, energy management consultants, and technical experts deliver integrated, industry-specific solutions that move your project forward—so that you can focus on what matters.