Driscoll Island Salmon Habitat Enhancement Project

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Driscoll Island Salmon Habitat Enhancement Project

This project area covered several acres on Driscoll Island in which project plans involved cold water salmon refuges and riparian vegetation planting and an associated waterline.  This project was partly funded by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundations Community Salmon Fund, and as such, the client was required to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).  Plateau was retained to conduct a cultural resources review, survey, and monitoring of the areas of potential effect (APE).

The APE was within traditional Colville Indian territory and located adjacent to known prehistoric camps, pre-contact pictograph sites, and Native American traditional cultural properties (TCPs).  Potential cultural materials or features included features associated with hunting and gathering camps, including hearths and lithic materials.  Plateau performed a background review, and conducted pedestrian survey and subsurface testing and monitoring throughout the project area.  Field procedures were intended to identify the presence or absence of prehistoric cultural deposits located within the immediate area of impact and to identify the vertical and horizontal extent of such deposits.  During the pedestrian survey and subsurface testing, no cultural resources were identified within the Project Area.  Plateau recommended that the habitat enhancement project proceed as planned.

Location: Okanogan County, Washington