Mojave National Preserve, a unit of the National Park Service was seeking a qualified historian to assist with evaluating abandoned mine at seven mine sites. The goal was to determine their eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The park plans to install safety mitigation or wildlife protection on 30 mine openings located on these 7 mine sites. The Determinations of Eligibility assisted the Park with compliance required by 36 CFR 800 for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) before proceeding with the safety mitigations.
PanGIS staff evaluated seven abandoned mines to determine their eligibility for listing on the NRHP. The study included historic research, condition assessments, photo-documentation, and architectural descriptions along with descriptions and photographs of the cultural landscape. PanGIS staff completed fieldwork, wrote site inventory forms and technical reports, interacted with Agency and SHPO staff and GIS staff mapped and recorded historic mining features. All seven reports received SHPO concurrence. PanGIS staff have abundant experience recording mines and their associated features, as well as determining eligibility for historic structures and making recommendations to the lead agency for SHPO concurrence throughout Southern California.