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Cultural Resources
BPA’s Cultural Resource staff, part of the Environmental Planning and Analysis group, works to protect and preserve cultural resources, prehistoric and historic resources and traditional cultural properties affected by agency actions. There are three components of BPA’s Cultural Resource Program:
  • Cultural Resource Compliance for BPA Transmission Services projects 
  • Cultural Resource Compliance for BPA Fish and Wildlife projects 
  • Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) Cultural Resource Program
​A stone tool in the form of a bear figure that Native Americans created hundreds of years ago, found by a Colville Confederated Tribal employee who was working with BPA.
To find out more about the work in each of these components, click on the tabs to the left.
BPA manages cultural resource compliance activities in collaboration with affected Tribes, State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO), other federal and state land management agencies, the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and interested members of the public.
Cultural resource compliance is guided primarily by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations.