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Legal & Compliance

TREMAINE & ASSOCIATES has worked on numerous CEQA, and Section 106 projects preparing reports for Initial Studies, Environmental Impact Reports, Environmental Impact Statements, and subsequent mitigation studies. For these projects, we have conducted archival research, consulted with Native Americans and local historical societies, evaluated resources for eligibility to the California Register and NRHP, monitored during construction in sensitive areas, dealt with unanticipated discoveries, data recovery and Native American concerns.

The Office of Historic Preservation has begun paying close attention to the vertical Area-of-Potential-Effects (APE), taking into account impacts in 3-dimensions. It is now necessary to reasonably demonstrate that no subsurface resources are located within the APE or Area of Direct-Impact (ADI). Thus, it is assumed that surface surveys will be insufficient in and of themselves. A discussion of the late quaternary geology of the region and likelihood of buried resources is now required. If the likelihood exists and vertical impacts are significant or substantial, a subsurface investigation may be necessary. This can be accomplished using non-invasive geophysics, augering, or backhoe trenching. TREMAINE is capable of conducting all such subsurface identification work.


Heritage Tourism

Executive Order: Preserve America, signed by George W. Bush on March 3, 2003, calls for the “use of historic properties for heritage tourism and related economic development in a manner that contributes to the long-term preservation and productive use of those properties.” As defined in the Executive Order, Section 7, “heritage tourism” “means the business and practice of attracting and accommodating visitors to a place or area based especially on the unique or special aspects of the locale’s history, landscape, and culture.” Furthermore, the National Endowment for the Humanities has started a fairly new Initiative called We-the-People showcasing America's Historic Places … that is, those that embody our unique spirit, character and identity. The goals of the initiative include a greater shared knowledge about the Nation's past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the country's cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communities.

Archaeology has a charisma that other aspects of historic preservation sometimes lack. The process of discovery excites and interests many people who are otherwise indifferent to or even hostile to history and historic preservation. It is our strong contention that Sacramento’s history can be brought alive and contribute to a project’s overall success through interpretive displays and literature.

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