Upcoming events

    • 11/12/2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • GotoWebinar
    • 90

    Technical and narrative mapmaking is a primeval desire of humankind—to imagine, document, and celebrate our place in the cosmos and there are rich examples spanning the centuries before it was possible to actually leave the ground to observe our habitat. Once we did achieve the ability to go aloft, the landscape that we saw, though intimately familiar, was seen in a startling new way which revealed truths about our habitat that were totally unanticipated before we left the ground.

    Developments in aviation and photography created a synergy that was uniquely exploited by archaeological projects leading to the discovery of huge sites throughout the agricultural and arid landscapes of Europe, North Africa, and the Americas. Many of these sites were virtually invisible from the ground. Advanced photo sensors; infrared, hyper and multispectral, and the development of LiDAR and Drone based systems continue to reveal new sites throughout the world.

    Today, with a light aircraft, high resolution cameras, and a thorough survey protocol, huge landscapes can be covered in a matter of hours with photographs capturing both quantitative data and relevant qualitative information about context, scale and character. The qualitative aspects of narrative photography not only add context to important data at the site, but in an increasingly visual culture, artistic and narrative photography provides a hook to draw people into the story of important landscape research.

    The operational, technological, regulatory, and economic differences between conventional and unmanned aerial platforms; and software available to process imagery are changing rapidly and deserve careful attention when considering project design for survey and imaging of project sites. Attendees of this webinar will receive specific knowledge of the state of aerial imaging technology today and detailed options for its deployment in the service of archaeological research/documentation/communications. The webinar will address project design and provider selection, and will also discuss costs, regulatory issues, resolution at different altitudes and speeds, and general pros and cons of the technology.

    Note: This webinar will occur on Eastern Time


    Christopher Boyer

    Christopher Boyer is a commercial pilot, professional aerial photographer, and founder of Kestrel Aerial Services, Inc., an aerial survey and mapping company devoted to academic, scientific, and documentary imaging of landscape projects throughout the western United States. With a focus on natural resources and community dynamics, Chris provides low-level oblique photography, orthophotography and 3D terrain modeling, as well as hyper/multispectral imaging for a wide variety of projects. The motivating theme behind most of Chris’ project work is the combination of high resolution quantitative data and compelling narrative, qualitative imagery in helping tell the stories of natural and cultural landscape change.

    Chris’ engagement with projects addressing changing communities in response agricultural, natural resource, and energy issues, inform his work with INSTAAR and other groups. His historical research on the interplay between aerial imagery and community identity, facilitate a broad historical perspective on the role of aerial photography in archaeological exploration and potential future applications.

    • 11/19/2020
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Virtual

    As part of our partnership with the NAEP, ACRA member firms can receive the member price for NAEP webinars. Get the code here.

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    This joint NAEP–ACRA webinar brings together cultural heritage and NEPA practitioners and attorneys to unpack the new NEPA definitions of Direct and Indirect Impacts, and Effects and discuss how these changes affect cultural resources review under Section 106 and NEPA. The panelists, Mathew Adams, Michael Smith, and Heather Miller, along with moderator Marion Werkheiser, will highlight the recent James River transmission line court ruling (National Parks Conservation Association et al vs. Semonite) as a backdrop for the discussion. The panelists ask, “how would the James River court ruling be different under the new definitions?” The panelists will recap the court case, look at the new vs. old language and how it might have affected the ruling and its impact on future cases. They briefly present the history of the NEPA–106 process, assess traditional understandings of NHPA, and discuss how the new definition of effects will change consideration of cultural resources.

    Marion Werkheiser ties it all together and outlines several caveats and teaching points for moving forward (or is it back?) with a “modernized” approach.


    Marion Werkheiser


    Matthew Adams

    More Information Coming Soon!

    Heather Miller

    Heather Lee Miller, PhD, joined HRA in 2005 and works in both HRA’s History and CRM divisions on projects related to cultural resources management, Section 106/110 and NEPA/SEPA compliance, the development of historic contexts, inventory and evaluation, and mitigation reports, in addition to litigation support. From 2007–2015, she served as the lead of HRA’s aboveground history program (a subsection of HRA’s Cultural Resource Management division) while also working on complex research and writing projects pertaining to environmental and tribal litigation. An effective project manager with a strong grasp on cultural resources compliance and history as well as an eye for detail, Heather also has exemplary research, writing, and editorial skills, having worked for over two decades in scholarly journal and book editing. Heather has served as HRA’s marketing director since 2014 and became Vice President of Business Development in 2018. She meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards in History and Architectural History.

    Michael Smith, Ph.D.
    Principal, Ecology & Environment, Member of WSP

    Michael is a Principal with Ecology and Environment, Inc. (a member of WSP), a global network of innovators and problem solvers, dedicated professionals and industry leaders in scientific, engineering, impact assessment and planning disciplines working collaboratively with federal, state and local government and private sector clients to develop technically sound, science-based solutions to the leading environmental challenges of our time. E&E has successfully completed more than 50,000 projects in 122 countries in nearly every ecosystem on the planet.. His current work focuses on providing project and program management, technical analysis and review, policy development and review, and training and education focused on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance for some of the nation's and California’s most complex and controversial projects relating to energy development, transportation infrastructure projects, approvals of genetically engineered plants, commercial space transportation operations, and rulemakings for national motor vehicle fuel economy standards. He frequently provides training and strategic advice for NEPA and related environmental compliance requirements as an adjunct faculty member at numerous educational institutions, including the UC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Program, the UCLA Extension Sustainability Program, and the NEPA Certificate Program at the Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. He has served as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) headquarters Office of Water and Office of Federal Activities in Washington, DC. He has also held positions with the U.S. Department of Interior – National Park Service in Biscayne, Glacier and Yosemite National Parks.

    *Webinar time listed in Eastern Time.*

    • 12/10/2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • GotoWebinar
    • 96

    Many federal land management units – including bases, campuses, buildings, forests, and parks – benefit from Section 106 Programmatic Agreements that establish efficiencies for routine projects and maintenance, repair, and operations activities. In this webinar, Program Analysts Katharine Kerr and Chris Daniel will identify the pros and cons of pursuing such a PA and provide practical advice to program managers on how to develop one.

    This webinar was designed and developed by the President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, which is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation's historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. 

    Note: This webinar will occur on Eastern Time

    • 01/28/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • GotoWebinar
    • 96

    Cultural resource management (CRM) frequently involves the evaluation of resources for their eligibility to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). CRM practitioners know there are four main eligibility criteria, and each CRM specialist tends to focus on one or another of those criteria. Although all resources should be evaluated under all four criteria, archaeologists generally focus on information values, that is, NRHP Criterion d. As our society changes and awareness increases of broader cultural values, CRM practitioners are increasingly asked to consider whether cultural resources might possess other values and thus be eligible for listing in the NRHP under criteria a, b, and/or c. Capturing those cultural values in a regulatory context can be very challenging.

    In this webinar, our expert presenters will focus on how to document what makes a place important to descendant communities or how a place might fit into the identity a group shares about a location. This often involves interviews and consultation with other groups, including Native Americans but expanding to other social, cultural, or ethnic groups’ association with a significant place. The webinar will also provide guidelines and ideas on how to capture the information, and put it in writing so an agency reviewer can understand the case for significance and agree with the reviewer or ask appropriate questions. With liberal use of case studies and examples, the presenters will explain ways to document what may seem like nebulous values to an outsider as well as “dos” and “don’ts” that will help with managing properties in a regulatory setting such as for Section 106 compliance.

    The presenters will also address some new directions in CRM compliance including tribal resource studies (distinct from consultation), and the concept of traditional knowledge. Several federal agencies and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation apply the term “traditional knowledge” to the information or knowledge held by indigenous peoples and, for purposes of National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106, to the knowledge held by Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations (NHOs). Understanding how to integrate and evaluate resources under all the criteria will be an important tool in coming decades. With apologies to the Jackson 5, it really is as simple as do, re, mi if you know the regulatory “lyrics” and can harmonize to capture a story of place.

    Participants are encouraged to have a working knowledge of NHPA and NRHP vocabulary as this is not an introductory workshop and the content and presentation will assume familiarity.

    Note: This webinar will occur on Eastern Time


    Shelly Davis-King

    Anmarie Medin

    Brendon Greenaway

Past events

10/22/2020 ACRA Webinar: Technical Writing for CRM: Developing More Efficient Communication
10/20/2020 NON-ACRA EVENT: Suquamish Tribe's Cultural Resource Protection Summit
09/24/2020 Virtual 2020 ACRA Annual Conference
08/13/2020 ACRA Webinar: Data Preservation and Access in the Digital Age of CRM
07/16/2020 ACRA Webinar: Emerging Technology for Heritage Management & Section 106 Compliance
06/15/2020 NON-ACRA EVENT: WSU Archaeological Field School 2020
06/11/2020 ACRA Webinar: Resolving Disputes in Section 106
05/28/2020 ACRA Webinar: CRM Health and Safety Programs in the 21st Century
05/20/2020 ACRA Healthcare Program Informational Webinar
05/04/2020 CANCELED: 2020 CRM Day on the Hill
04/30/2020 ACRA Webinar: Safety and Human Resources for CRM During COVID-19
02/20/2020 Harnessing the Power of the People in NEPA and Section 106 Compliance: An ACRA and NAEP Webinar
12/05/2019 ACRA Webinar: Meeting the Reasonable and Good Faith Identification Standard in Section 106 Review
10/24/2019 2019 Annual Conference in Spokane, WA
10/10/2019 ACRA Webinar: Forecasting 101
09/26/2019 ACRA Webinar: Acquisition v. Retention: Strengthening the Firm-Client Relationship
09/05/2019 NAEP Webinar (non-ACRA event): NEPA Case Law Update
07/25/2019 ACRA Webinar: Meetings for a Healthy Organization
07/25/2019 NAEP Webinar (non-ACRA event): NEPA Legislative Update with Ted Boling/CEQ
06/20/2019 ACRA Webinar: Planning for Successful Section 106 Agreements
05/22/2019 NON-ACRA EVENT: Suquamish Tribe's Cultural Resource Protection Summit
05/16/2019 2019 CRM Day on the Hill
05/09/2019 ACRA Webinar: Accounting Basics
04/03/2019 CRM Day on the Hill: What to Expect
03/21/2019 ACRA Webinar: The Art of Negotiation and Conflict Management
01/24/2019 ACRA Webinar: Advocacy Skills for All Levels
12/06/2018 ACRA Webinar: Innovative Approaches to Section 106 Mitigation
11/15/2018 ACRA Webinar: What the 2018 Election Results Mean for CRM
10/25/2018 ACRA Webinar: Geophysical Survey for Cultural Resource Management Archaeology
09/06/2018 2018 Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio
08/16/2018 ACRA Webinar: Communications Skills for All
07/26/2018 ACRA Webinar: Ethnography Basics
06/14/2018 ACRA Webinar: Planning to Involve the Public in Section 106
05/23/2018 NON-ACRA EVENT: Suquamish Tribe's Cultural Resource Protection Summit
03/22/2018 ACRA Webinar: Digital Data Management and Curation for CRM Professionals
01/17/2018 FREE WEBINAR -- Preservation in the Trump Era: What Will Year 2 Bring?
12/06/2017 Proposals due for ACRA Continuing Education Presenters
11/02/2017 OLO: Secrets Revealed: Why CRM Sales Efforts Aren’t Effective…and How You Can Change this at Your Firm
10/20/2017 OLO: Hosting a Successful Internship Program
10/04/2017 OLO: Section 106 Review for Planners and CRM Professionals
10/02/2017 Cultural Resources Law: Consulting with Tribes on Energy Projects
09/19/2017 OLO: Indigenous Stone Features and Landscapes of the Northeast
09/07/2017 2017 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
07/12/2017 Beyond Profit: Increase Value and Create a Sustainable Firm
05/18/2017 The California Environmental Quality Act: What Cultural Resource Managers Should Know about the Fundamental Process and Larger Context
04/13/2017 Occupational Wellness Among U.S. Archaeologists: A Special Preview of Study Results
02/21/2017 How to Make a Project Budget for CRM Professionals
02/10/2017 Advocacy Strategy Session (Members Only)
01/26/2017 How to Write a Great Proposal
11/28/2016 The CRM Industry in the Age of Trump
10/20/2016 Section 106 Review for Planners and CRM Professionals
10/20/2016 Cultural Resources Law: Consulting with Tribes on Energy Projects
09/15/2016 2016 Annual Conference in Palm Springs, California
07/28/2016 Making Your Voice Heard in Election Season



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