Jim Sharpe is a Secretary of Interior qualified professional archaeologist and cultural resource manager. For 25 years, he has provided cultural resource support to local, state, and federal governments; public utility districts; private companies; and individuals. Jim offers in-depth experience with Section 106 compliance requirements, including conducting cultural resource reviews, historical research, site inspections, archaeological surveys, and site monitoring. He is skilled at developing tribal consultation plans, research designs and performing subsurface testing, archaeological excavations, site evaluations, and laboratory analyses. He is also adept at working with clients to develop cultural resources management goals and implement strategies and planning efforts.
For many years, Jim has performed extensive work for the U.S. Department of Energy at its Hanford nuclear site providing cultural resources support to its Cultural and Historic Resources Program. He is well known for his expertise as a tribal liaison with numerous Native American tribal groups, including the Yakama, Umatilla, Nez Perce, and Wanapum. He prepares Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) and has written more than 100 articles and reports for publication. Jim’s extensive experience working to ensure archaeological and historic resources in the region are preserved and protected to the fullest extent possible has earned him credibility with clients, contractors, stakeholders, and tribal nations.
Although Jim’s primary experience is in the Columbia Plateau, Washington, he has conducted archaeological surveys and cultural resource investigations for a wide variety of projects in other parts of Washington, as well as Oregon, California, Colorado, Idaho, Alaska, and Nevada. Specific project experience is related to solar, wind, and geothermal energy; electrical transmission lines, natural gas exploration and pipelines, road and highway improvement projects, wastewater and water reclamation facilities, airport rehabilitation, dam re-licensing, state parks, and Superfund site cleanup and remediation. He has performed work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and Washington and Idaho Departments of Transportation. Additionally, he has provided cultural resource support to private landowner projects in Washington.
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