NEPA/MEPA Project

Montana Resources Butte, MT

Ethnotech partnered with HydroSolutions to review a mining permite submitted by Montana Resources to the DEQ. Ethnotech has executed several cultural resource related project under NEPA and MEPA.

Section 110 Documentation

Nee Mee Poo Trail, Nez Perce National Forest

Ethnotech documented over 25 miles of the Nee Mee Poo trail in Idaho. The trail was an ancient travel route used by the Nez Perce and Salish that connected salmon fishing grounds on the Lochsa River with buffalo hunting grounds of the Deer Lodge Valley and Upper Missouri River Valleys.  Ethnotech used ArcCollector to streamline and standardize data collection, resulting in faster report and site form production.

Section 106 Excavation

Stevensville Bridge Fishing Access Development

Ethnotech worked with the MFWP to conduct excavation at a proposed fishing access site.  The site was near Fort Owen, one of the earliest settlements by Europeans in Montana.  Systematic excavations, assisted by drone technology, allowed Ethnotech to address site eligibility and other client concerns.

Policy Documents

Hungry Horse Reservoir HPMP

Ethnotech worked on behalf of the Federal Columbia River Power System lead federal agencies to develop a historic property management plan.  The HPMP was mandated by a Systemwide Programmatic Agreement.  In addition, Ethnotech spent three seasons conducting field inventory, drone mapping and site monitoring at Hungry Horse Reservoir.

Cultural Resource GIS Database

Northern Cheyenne Ecoregional Assessment

Ethnotech assisted the Northern Cheyenne tribe in developing a GIS component to a comprehensive database they had developed on their own cultural resources, oral traditions, language and biota of cultural significance. The primary component was to seek sources of plant and animal data that could be integrated into the existing system.  For more info, see here

UAV Mapping Site Erosion

Koocanusa Reservoir Site Erosion Monitoring

Ethnotech assisted the Kootenai National Forest in their annual erosion monitoring at select areas on Koocanusa Reservoir.  The program is designed to detect changes in the shoreline environment that may affect cultural resources.  Using a drone for remote sensing, Ethnotech was able to develop high resolution orthoimagery to document the shoreline status and set a baseline for future monitoring.