Our Cultural Resources Services

South Environmental provides the full suite of cultural resources services for compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and permitting processes, including analysis of project impacts to historical, archaeological, and tribal cultural resources under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as adverse effects to historic properties under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act or State-owned resources under Public Resources Code 5024 and 5024.5.

Architectural History/Historic Built Environment: when projects propose impacts to buildings, structures, and objects over 45 years old, South Environmental provides historic significance evaluations in consideration of National Register of Historic Places, California Register of Historical Resources, and local designation criteria. We also provide design review services to determine if project design plans are in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and assist with complex project mitigation including Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record documentation, interpretive displays, salvage, treatment plans, and monitoring.

Archaeology: in consideration of project impacts to prehistoric and historic archaeological resources, South Environmental provides a range of archaeological services from baseline constraints analyses to complex technical reports. This includes completion of California Historical Resource Information System records searches, California Native American Heritage Commission Sacred Lands File searches and tribal outreach; both small- and large-scale intensive-level pedestrian surveys; archaeological technical reports, testing, excavation, and data recovery and monitoring programs.

Tribal Cultural Resources: in consideration of project impacts to tribal cultural resources, South Environmental provides assistance with the required government-to-government Assembly Bill 52 process in which lead agencies must notify tribes of their CEQA projects and provide them with the opportunity to consult.