Upcoming events

    • 10/20/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 10/21/2020
    • (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Telling the Stories of Who We Are

    The 2020 Cultural Resource Protection Summit marks our 13th gathering, and as your well-being is always our greatest concern, we are going Virtual!! Our Summit family is still hard at work fulfilling the mission we have had since the Summit’s inception: The primary goal in organizing the annual Summit has been to facilitate amongst all affected parties an open, frank discussion about the intersection between cultural resources and land use. The Summit is designed to promote collaborative cultural resource planning as an effective means of finding resolution to issues before they escalate into emotionally-charged, divisive, and expensive stalemates or law suits.

    This year, the Summit agenda includes an engaging array of cutting-edge topics that will encourage attendees to examine the ways we tell (or should be telling) the stories of the cultural resources we are responsible for protecting and how engaging storytelling might shape innovative solutions for today’s most pressing challenges to effective cultural resource protection. A tripartite Keynote, panel discussions, lightning talks, and small group discussions will highlight useful examples of the links between engaging CRM stories and responsible land use. We will also reserve time for Q&A and general socializing. It will be a much-needed boost to see one another, even if it must be virtually for now!

    Please join us online for a two humanely-paced days that will help you improve your technical skills while deepening your connection to why we do this work. Then, with renewed commitment, move forward with helpful tools for protecting cultural resources and sharing the important stories they tell.

    NEW pool of sponsor-donated registrations: We are very pleased to announce that several Summit Sponsors are donating some of their free registrations to a pool so that we can assist those experiencing financial hardship, either professionally (e.g. frozen training budgets) or personally (e.g. furlough). Thank You so much, Sponsors; we are very grateful for your generosity and concern!!

    If you or your employees are experiencing financial hardship and wish to take advantage of a free registration from the pool, please email Mary Rossi. We will match donated registrations on a first-come, first-served basis until all registrations in the pool are awarded. Please let us know if we can help you attend the Summit!

    Click here to view the event flyer. To register and view more details, please visit the event website.
    • 10/22/2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • GotoWebinar
    • 4
    Registration is closed

    UPDATE: The registration limit for this webinar has been reached. We do have a wait list for those that wish to be offered a spot should space open up. Additionally, this webinar will be recorded and available on ACRA's Webinars on Demand shortly after the live session.

    The vast majority of writing in cultural resources management is for non-archaeological audiences: the public, our clients, the proponents, lawyers, and construction managers, to name just a few. Yet the writing guidelines traditionally used in modern CRM adhere to centuries-old writing style that conflates our meaning because it dictates that scientists remove themselves from their work in order to appear objective ― what is called a legacy value. This passive and intransitive type of writing is not only difficult and slow to read, it is expensive to write, edit, and produce, so much so that many academic publishers are abandoning the “academic voice” for this reason.

    In contract archaeology, however, the workplace has been slow to change, even with laws such as the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-274), which mandates increased transparency and accountability by making government (much of our work is for governmental entities) reports more accessible and transparent to the public. The Plain Writing Act emphasizes “plain writing that is clear, concise, well-organized, and consistent. It encourages writers and communicators to avoid jargon, redundancy, ambiguity, and obscurity.” To put it plainly, plain language would greatly help cultural resources reports become more accessible and transparent to non-archaeological audiences. This approach to technical writing also can empower all CRM practitioners with the tools and training to produce consistent results of the highest quality.

    The webinar will go into detail on the new style of technical writing meant to engage not just colleagues, but also clients and the general public. It will benefit junior and senior scientists by helping them understand the difference between technical and scientific writing and how to use a few simple tenets of technical writing to be more efficient in the workplace while also being more responsive to the needs of the public audiences they serve. Managers and reviewers also will have the tools to evaluate work on a consistent basis.

    Note: This webinar will occur on Eastern Time


    Jerryll Moreno

    Formally trained and certified in scholarly publishing, Jerryll has produced 20+ supporting and leading technical documentation projects internally for infrastructure and governmental business lines and externally with academic publishers. She has also produced and/or written 70+ technical reports in a range of scientific fields and 50+ scholarly books in various scientific disciplines. Jerryll is currently a Cultural Resource Project Director with SWCA Environmental Consultants, having previously served as a Technical Editor for the organization. She holds a MA in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and a Master's Certification in Scholarly Communication from Arizona State University.
    • 11/12/2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • GotoWebinar
    • 96

    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.

    • 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
    • 97

    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

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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