Integrated Natural & Cultural Heritage Programs

Integrated Natural & Cultural Heritage Programs

At Native Environment Solutions (NES), we understand the importance of integrating natural and cultural heritage considerations into environmental development projects. Our methods are based on cutting-edge integration of Western and Native science approaches to natural resource development permitting processes. With a deep respect for Tribal sovereignty, our specialized programs are designed to ensure comprehensive compliance with environmental policies while honoring the historical and cultural significance of the land and its people.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) sets a crucial precedent for federal agencies to evaluate the environmental impacts of their proposed actions. At NES, we emphasize the importance of understanding and adhering to NEPA guidelines in all environmental development projects. We have developed a new and innovative method for integrating Native science into NEPA compliance processes. Our approach supports clients through the NEPA process, focusing on the strategic aspects of environmental assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), alongside facilitating public involvement and consultation.

Section 106 of the NHPA requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their undertakings on historic properties and to afford the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation a reasonable opportunity to comment. NES guides clients through the Section 106 review process, ensuring that all aspects of cultural heritage are considered and protected. Our expertise includes identifying historic properties, assessing project impacts, consulting with State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPOs), and other parties, and developing mitigation strategies to resolve adverse effects. We take a unique approach based on oral histories and traditional knowledge that moves beyond consideration of isolated sites to a more holistic consideration of cultural landscapes. The NES method has a successful record of identifying important sacred areas and landscapes that were never previously identified by traditional archaeological methods. Our goal is to facilitate a process that respects and preserves cultural heritage while allowing for mindful and culturally respectful development.

Understanding the cultural dynamics, traditions, and values of local and Tribal communities is crucial for successfully integrating natural and cultural heritage into development projects. NES moves beyond traditional ethnographic studies to more holistic cultural studies led by Tribal citizens and values to gather deep insights into the cultural landscape of project areas. Our cultural studies provide invaluable information on local and Tribal ways of life, beliefs, and connections to the land, informing project planning and implementation in culturally sensitive and respectful ways. This research enriches the project development process, ensuring community values and heritage are acknowledged and preserved. We have developed methods that place Tribal sovereignty and confidentiality of sensitive information at the forefront.

Why Choose Native Environment Solutions?

Choosing NES means partnering with a team that brings a deep respect for natural and cultural heritage to every project. Our approach ensures environmental and cultural considerations are not just checked compliance boxes but are integral parts of project planning and execution.

  • Expert guidance through complex regulatory landscapes.
  • A commitment to meaningful engagement with local and Tribal communities.
  • Innovative solutions that respect and preserve natural and cultural heritage.
  • A partner dedicated to the principles of environmental stewardship, sustainability, and respect for culture and its deep heritage and active growth.

Supporting Our Clients

At Native Environment Solutions, we believe in the power of respectful and informed collaboration to navigate the complexities of environmental development and Tribal relations. Our integrated natural and cultural heritage programs are a testament to our commitment to ensuring that environmental development projects respect and benefit natural environments and Tribal communities. Let us help you integrate these crucial considerations into your project with expertise, sensitivity, and a dedication to positive outcomes for all involved. For more information about our integrated natural and cultural heritage programs, contact us by filling out our online form or emailing us at [email protected].