Waterfalls in the Forest

Tribal and Cultural Resources

Several local Oregonian tribes have special and distinctive interests in the land affected by the Project. Jordan Cove is meeting with and getting to know our tribal neighbors so we can learn, understand and respect their concerns, as well as share information about our operations and projects.

Building these critical relationships with tribal communities helps us understand the importance of the area's traditional heritage and culture while exploring opportunities to collaborate on community projects relating to health, education, training, employment and business development.

Cultural Resource Surveys

Another way we are engaging local tribes in the process is through cultural resource surveys. Cultural resource surveys are a means to identify and gather information on a property’s architectural, historical and archaeological resources. Cultural resources are evidence of past human activity and may include pioneer homes, buildings or old roads; structures with unique architecture; prehistoric village sites; historic or prehistoric artifacts or objects; rock engravings called petroglyphs; and human burial sites and earthworks, such as battlefield entrenchments, historic canals or prehistoric mounds. A qualified cultural resources expert will begin by researching the history of an area, which may include interviews with landowners, local tribes, historians and archaeologists to gather information on where historic sites and artifacts may be present. That will be followed by a thorough field examination to assess the Project area’s physical condition, as well as to determine whether there are any archaeological sites visible on the surface. During this stage, the field team will note any visible cultural resources, photograph any structures and document both the type and level of disturbance that may have compromised the physical integrity of potential archaeological sites. Cultural resource surveys on a specific property normally last just a few days, but the duration may vary depending upon the significance of potential discoveries.