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06/14/2017 16:44:57 MDT
Monument Manager Invitation to Comment
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spokane District announced today (6/14/2017) that the proposed Central Washington University Field School on Iceberg Point has been postponed. The proposal is currently being reviewed under a Categorical Exclusion (CX) as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Part of the NEPA process is to review and analyze data in public comments.  The BLM received a large number of substantive comments and the review of those comments will necessitate a longer review period.   

A decision regarding the CX is expected to be released later this year.
BLM is proposing to authorize Central Washington University to conduct cultural resources management field school work at Iceberg Point. The field school would include approximately 25 students who will learn about local environments, geology, culture, and archaeological field and laboratory methods.  The inventory conducted during the proposed field school would assist the BLM to meet its cultural resource inventory requirements under Section 110 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  The inventory results will also provide data for future management of the property. 

The field school is anticipated to be conducted for approximately 3 weeks. Total duration of the fieldwork would not exceed 4 weeks. The field school would conduct pedestrian surveys at 10-meter intervals across the parcel to identify any surface evidence of cultural materials. The pedestrian survey would be followed by a sub-surface survey where shovel probes are placed 30 meters apart. Both of these efforts will be modified depending on the sampling strata established. Inventories would avoid locations of BLM sensitive plants and any bird nests. Although subsurface probes would not be conducted in areas of bedrock, pedestrian survey would be conducted to inspect surfaces for pictographs or petroglyphs. 

The fieldschool would also lead organized site visits with interested community members and visitors to tour and observe the field school activities. Tours of the field laboratory and discussions about the results of the fieldwork would be integrated into local talks at museums, libraries, or other public venues.