This proposed project is the construction of a 280-foot self-support lattice communication tower and the installation of the associated equipment. The area of potential effect (APE) is the area required for the construction of the tower, and covers less than 1.0 acre located on the uplands overlooking the town of White Bird. The facility will be located within a 50-x-50-ft fenced area.
The archaeological and historical survey is intended to identify, document, and evaluate historic properties within the project’s APE and to then assess the potential effects the tower’s construction could have on properties eligible or listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Pre-field research revealed two previously recorded cultural resources: the White Bird Grade and U.S. 95. The White Bird Grade was listed on the NRHP in 1974. While the Project Area does not directly encompass this feature, it is within the 0.75-mile visual APE.
The fieldwork included inspection techniques to identify both surface and subsurface archaeological resources. The pedestrian survey and subsurface investigations conducted for the White Bird Communication Tower resulted in no newly recorded archaeological resource in the Project Area. The proposed undertaking does fall within the White Bird Grade National Register District; however, Plateau recommends that the undertaking have No Adverse Affect on Historic Properties.
Location: Idaho County, Idaho