The Plumas National Forest’s Claremont and North Quincy Forest Resiliency Projects aim to reduce hazardous fuels, restore habitat, treat invasive plants, and reduce high-intensity fire risk to Quincy and other communities in American Valley.

Why does this project matter?

Wide-scale fires have devastated communities near and around Quincy. By conducting a time-sensitive and broad survey of 7,700 acres throughout the Mt. Hough Ranger District, Plumas National Forest District could begin their fuel-reduction work while also protecting significant cultural resources in the region.

What is ESA doing to help?

ESA prepared and implemented a survey plan to complete a pedestrian survey of all accessible portions of a 12,800-acre area in the vicinity. Over the course of 4 months, ESA surveyed more than 7,700 acres of the Mt. Hough Ranger District. During this survey, 50 new resources were identified, documented, and recorded on DPR 523 site record forms. Additionally, more than 90 isolates were identified and recorded. ESA also developed several GIS-based resource documentation tools and forms to streamline the survey and resource recordation process. These tools make both field recordation and post-field data processing easier and faster so that preliminary field results data can be provided to the client quickly. Project deliverables consisted of an inventory report with the DPR site record forms and a GIS database documenting the results of the project including survey coverage, resources and isolates identified.

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“Catastrophic wildfires jeopardize natural and cultural resources on public land. ESA’s team of dedicated archaeologists enjoy conducting large scale cultural resource inventories to help land managers prioritize where to focus vegetation management activities to protect all types of resources.”

Tony Overly, Cultural Resources Practice Leader


Client Plumas National Forest, Mt. Hough Ranger District

Location Quincy, CA


Ashleigh Sims presented the results of this project at the 2024 Society for California Archaeology meeting in a talk titled, “Delineating Resources in a Mining Landscape: Results of a Large-Scale Survey in the Mt. Hough Ranger District”.


We received a rating of ‘Very Good’ on all areas of the CPARS including Quality, Schedule, Cost Control, Management, Small Business Subcontracting, and Regulatory Compliance. And the CPARS evaluation says: “I would recommend them for similar requirements in the future”

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