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About Us

The CRF's cultural resources management staff, including archaeologists, architectural historians, and other specialists, provide a wide variety of consulting services to meet client needs. We specialize in project compliance with historic preservation laws and regulations under federal, state, and local jurisdiction. Our staff is experienced in the full range of historic specialties, and each of our principal staff meets the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications (36 CFR 61) in their respective disciplines.

Our goal is to manage projects consistently and effectively to ensure the needs of the project are weighed appropriately against current environmental constraints as well as to facilitate engineering requirements to provide our clients with alternatives that represent the most cost-effective solutions.

CRF staff has the personnel, facilities, and equipment necessary to complete a variety of tasks in an efficient and timely manner including: project inventory, site mapping, excavation, NAGPRA assistance, historical research, identification and management of cultural resources as dictated by federal and state laws, determining eligibility of sites to the California Register of Historic Resources, the National Register of Historic Places, and as Traditional Cultural Properties, Ethnographic Consulting, and construction monitoring.

CRF has provided services for most of the tribal, federal, state, and local governments in Northern California and has completed numerous projects treating archaeological and historic resources in the Northern California region. The CRF team has also coordinated and managed a wide variety of projects throughout California, the Pacific Northwest, and the Great Basin.

By now you may be wondering, "What is CRM?" I invite you to look through our website to learn about CRM. Also, look through our CRF Brochure. After you have read the information, please feel free to call or email us at any time with questions or comments.

Facilities:

CRF in conjuction with the Department of Anthropology has administrative and research offices, and laboratory space for processing cultural materials: cleaning, sorting, cataloging, and photographing collections. CRF computers have recently been upgraded with the newest version of Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, GIS/GPS, and data analysis software.

CRF Staff:

CRF knows that a team effort best addresses the challenges and opportunities offered by each project we work on. A project-management-based approach, efficient scheduling, staff continuity, and in-house analytical and GIS capabilities all contribute to our ability to undertake concurrent projects of varying size and complexity and complete those projects on time and within budget. At CRF, we understand that our staff is the foundation of our success. CRF has the ability to leverage our staff’s collective knowledge and expertise to provide creative solutions to our clients’ complex challenges. All personnel meet the professional standards described in Archaeology and Historic Preservation: Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines.

Cultural Resources Facility Director - Jamie Roscoe has worked as an archaeologist and cultural resource specialist in the North Coast for more than 30 years and has extensive knowledge of the prehistory and history of the area. He has a M.A. in cultural resource management and archaeology from Sonoma State University. As a consultant, Jamie has completed over 400 cultural resource projects in Humboldt, Trinity, Lake, Mendocino and Del Norte Counties. He also serves as Director of the Cultural Resources Facility at the Center for Indian Community Development at Humboldt State University. Jamie has worked as an instructor in archaeology and history at Humboldt State University and at College of the Redwoods. He is a former president of the 6,000 member Humboldt County Historical Society.

Cultural Resources Facility Co-Director -Marisol Cortes-Rincon, Ph.D. Marisol is a faculty member of the Department of Anthropology at HSU and responsible for CRF website design, management, and administration. She is an experienced archaeologist with an active research program. She directs an intersite settlement survey project during the summer(s) under the auspices of the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project (PfBAP) located in northwestern Belize. She has worked on Historic Archaeological Projects in the northeast and in Texas. She is skilled in the use of mapping software such as Transit, Surfer, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Beyond archaeological theory and field archaeology, she finds much reward in teaching general anthropology courses. She believes that awareness of diverse cultural traditions and the principle of cultural relativism have great relevance for college students who live in increasingly globalized social and work environments.

Cultural Resources Facility Co-Director- William C. Rich. M.A., RPA
William Rich is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with over ten years of archaeological experience in Northern California. Mr. Rich has extensive knowledge of the prehistory and history of the area. As a consultant, William has managed and completed hundreds of cultural resources projects in Trinity, Humboldt, Siskiyou, Shasta, Mendocino and Del Norte Counties for various agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, Caltrans Local Assistance Program, the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Fish and Game, National Park Service and various other local agencies and private entities.

Archaeologist and Research Associate- Donald Verwayen, M.A., M.S., RPA
Donald Verwayen is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with over ten years of experience surveying and recording the archeology of Northwest California. He has completed cultural resource investigations for the Bureau of Land Management, Caltrans, California State Parks, California Fish and Game and the National Park Service. Recently, for the Hoopa Valley Tribe he authored the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the Fort Gaston adobe officers' quarters. For the Smith River Rancheria he has prepared an ethnographic and landscape study of Tolowa sacred places including a methodology for protecting these places under CEQA and NEPA; and for the Karuk Tribe, he was lead writer for a National Register nomination of the Orleans White Deerskin dancegrounds. His current focus is Native American traditional cultural properties, including natural and monumental landscapes, social construction of place, the idea of "inscription" of landscape (how people attach meanings to place), and related CEQA and NEPA issues. His interests extend to archaeological recordation of the contact period when the landscape was contested by mining camps, ranches, military posts and logging operations.

Historian, Ethnographer and Research Associate-Jerry Rohde, M.A.
Having lived in, hiked through, and studied northwestern California for over 25 years, Jerry Rohde has been described as knowing Humboldt County “like the back of his hand.” Rohde has also conducted research in Sonoma, Mendocino, Del Norte, Siskiyou, Trinity, and Shasta counties, and is one of the few experts on the history of Klamath County, the only county ever established in California that no longer exists. Rohde’s work is known for: 1) extensive library and archival research, including the study of the unpublished field notes of such ethnographers as Alfred L. Kroeber, John Peabody Harrington, Pliny Earle Goddard, and C. Hart Merriam; 2) detailed field observation that makes extensive use of historical maps; 3) a clear, comprehensive, and interesting writing style that has been honed in the authoring of five books. For the last decade, Rohde has supplied local, state, federal, and tribal organizations with documents ranging from community history overviews to Indian geographical summaries to museum display text. The quality of Rohde’s ethnographic and historical reports can be summarized in three words: “readable and reliable.”

Anthropology Faculty-Liason, Marissa Ramsier, Ph.D.

Her primary research interests are sensory ecology, bioacoustics, and the evolution of social complexity and communication. Her current research focuses on acoustic communication and the auditory (hearing sense). In collaboration with Nathaniel Dominy at Dartmouth College, She has developed a minimally invasive means of studying the hearing sensitivity of nonhuman primates using a technique (ABR) developed for human infants.

Research Associate, Melinda Salisbury, B.A.

Melinda began working at the CRF as a student volunteer in May of 2007. She received her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Anthropology from Humboldt State University, and is now a full time employee of the CRF. Melinda has worked on a variety of archaeological fieldwork projects across Northwest California including, habitat restoration projects, inventories for the Bureau of Land Management lands within the Coast Ranges and for California State Parks in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, excavation assistance along the Lost Coast and on the Channel Islands, cultural resource monitoring for various construction projects in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, and has provided general records search, survey, and report composition assistance on many CRF projects throughout the State of California. She has provided technical archaeological support for private and public sector contacts and is able to survey, identify, and efficiently document cultural resources in the field as well as provide monitoring support. Melinda is proficient in report writing, electronic data entry of archaeological information, performing CHRIS center records searches, providing support in conducting consultation with local Native American groups and interested parties, and in cartography and spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Melinda is currently acting as Project Coordinator and Crew Chief for a number of projects throughout California and regularly directs student volunteers in data acquisition and research projects.

Research Associate, Matthew Steele, B.A.

Matt Steele attended two field schools, one on the Channel Islands and one in Baja California, before receiving a B.A. in Anthropology from Humboldt State University. He has been working with the CRF for four years. In that time, he has assisted the CRF under subcontract with the Department of Fish and Game, California State Parks, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Far Western Anthropological Research Group, Pacific Legacy and Associates, The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria, and the Table Bluff Wiyot. He has participated in excavations on the Lost Coast, Indian Island on Humboldt Bay, and private timberland throughout Humboldt County. Matthew is proficient at transect and block survey, site identification and recordation, data-recovery excavation, artifact analysis, technical report preparation, construction monitoring, acting as crew chief, performing CHRIS background research, organizing field trips and student volunteers, and leading flintknapping workshops for HSU students.

Research Associate, Karen Raskin, B.A.

Karen Raskin began volunteering for the cultural resources facility in 2006 while finishing up her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. Over the years, the CRF has provided her with numerous opportunities to sharpen her skills which include archaeological surveying, monitoring, technical report writing, artifact identification and analysis, and consultation with the Native American Heritage Council and other parties. The Engine Barn and Cookhouse excavations in the historic logging town of Falk provided her with hands on training in a local setting. In addition to completing numerous days in the field under subcontracts from various agencies including the Department of Fish and Game, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management, Karen has continued her education by completing the archaeological training program developed by Cal Fire as well as take classes at College of the Redwoods' Historic Preservation and Restoration program. Karen is particularly interested in Humboldt County's rural heritage and landscapes.

Research Assistant, Uri Grunder

Uri Grunder started volunteering at CRF since his first year at HSU in 2009; he is currently a Research Assistant at CRF. Uri has assisted in several field investigations in Mendocino, Del Norte, Humboldt, and Shasta-Trinity counties and in the production of their subsequent field reports. He has received sufficient training in background and ethnographic research, field methods, mapping, laboratory methods, and report synthesis skills. Uri is the Co-Senator of Archaeology within the Anthropology Club.  Uri is interested in experimental archaeology as well as exposing other club members to the wealth of information that can be gained from an understanding of tool formation processes.

Botanists

Name Email
Jennifer Kalt jkalt@asis.com
Kyle Wear kyle_wear@suddenlink.net
Cara Witte cw24@humboldt.edu
Courtney Otto cmo4@humboldt.edu

CRF Support Staff

Name Email
Kimberly Roscoe kimberley.Roscoe@humboldt.edu
Nancy Busler njh1@humboldt.edu
Kimberly Rich ksm6@humboldt.edu

Students and Volunteers
Field and laboratory crew from the Cultural Resource Facility and the HSU Archaeology Laboratory are involved in a variety of projects. All crew members are trained in appropriate methods of field survey and lab analysis and are either pursuing or hold at least a B.A. degree in related fields. HSU students have the opportunity to participate in field projects and laboratory analysis. Students are trained in survey and excavation methodology, artifact analysis, data entry, and report writing. Resumes for technicians are available upon request.


October 29, 2012
Cultural Resources Facilty at Humboldt State University