Archaeology Month 2016

We are pleased to announce the celebration of October as Washington State Archaeology Month.    Please see our  public service announcement and feel free to share with others.  As your local media outlet to run it on your local TV station.

During this special time, we promote a variety of archaeological related events across the state, which focus on the general importance of protecting Washington’s rich archaeological heritage.

Please feel free to contact Russell Holter at (360) 586-3533 or at should you have any questions about Archaeology Month.  We look forward to working with you for another successful year.

For a look at previous years Archaeology Month posters click here. If you would like a copy any of the previous year’s poster, please contact Beverly Ubias at (360) 586-3077 or


Wisaard Q & A

Greetings! I was on vacation last week so there was no post. I had a lovely time in the Canadian Rockies. Saw two grizzly bears! Good stuff. Kim

Q: Where is Ranch on the historic property inventory form styles menu?

A: DAHP  categorizes Ranch as a Form/Type, not a style. A Ranch form can have many different styles. A Ranch that has no particular stylistic features is just a Ranch form, leave the style field blank or use No Style. If it is a Ranch that has a style, use one of the styles in the Modern Movement category. For example, a Ranch is a Form/Type that can be Early American or Storybook etc….See this helpful guide for more info: Georgia Ranch House Guide.

Q: What is the best size for photos to be uploaded into Wisaard? 


A: Photos have a physical size and a file size. The physical size in measured in pixels. The file size is measured in kb or MB. I have found that images at least 1500 pixels wide work best for enlarging to get a better view. If the photo is 1500 pixels wide, the height will vary depending on the ratio and the file size will vary depending on the resolution. 72 dots per inch (dpi) works fine. The file size will vary depending on the physical size and resolution. For example, a photo that is 1500 pixels wide x 900 pixels tall x 300 dpi will have a larger file size than one that is 72 dpi, even if they are the same physical size. Photos should always be in JPEG format.


Senior Archaeologist Position – Colville Reservation

Basic Duties:

Incumbent’s responsibilities in this Exempt position will entail both office and field work. The incumbent will prepare scopes of work and budgets for projects. Incumbent will conduct archaeological fieldwork (i.e., survey/inventory, evaluative testing, mitigation, and treatment activities) on a project-by-project basis. Incumbent is expected to have experience in all phases of archaeological projects and understand site recording, mapping, photography, and site interpretations. Experience using GPS and GIS technology, graphic programs, and either lithic analysis or historic-era artifact analysis is preferred. Incumbent conducts documentation of archaeological sites, including site mapping, preparation of all field forms, screening of artifacts during testing projects, and post-field artifact processing. The incumbent prepare reports following the end of fieldwork. Incumbent may serve as a Field Director or Crew Chief on specified projects if necessary. Incumbent will review Section 106 compliance letters and documents. May be required to supervise or assist in the training of less experienced staff in field procedures and methodologies. Other duties as assigned.

For more info and to apply:


Wisaard Q & A

As promised here is the weekly post! Keep the questions coming! Send them to

Question:  Why do I have to email letters instead of uploading them into Wisaard?

Answer:  The simple answer is that Wisaard does not yet have a reliable way to notify staff that your Project materials have been uploaded, with the exception of EZ-2s. We understand that this is confusing and we are all doing our best. While it is certainly physically possible to upload a letter to Wisaard, unless you email a staff member directly, or send an email to one of the compliance correspondence emails, staff will not know the Project is there. It is our plan in the foreseeable future to add features to Wisaard so it can handle the full compliance workflow, we are just not there yet.

Question:  Can I use Wisaard on a mobile device?

Answer: No. Wisaard is not formatted for use on a mobile device. We would really like to offer a mobile application, but it is not as simple as it sounds, and we have not had the funds to make it happen.

Question: Is a DAHP Log Number the same as a Project Number?

Answer: Yes. Before the new Wisaard we had a separate Access database for administrative records. This database had no public interface and was viewable only by DAHP. The numbers generated by that database were DAHP Log Numbers and had the format mmddyy-sequential number for that day-agency abbreviation. An example is 111813-60-KI where the Project was created on November 18, 2013; it was the 60th project entered in the database that month; King County was the lead agency. This data was merged into the new Wisaard. If the previous Project had links to historic property inventories, those links are preserved in the new system. All of the other associated correspondence that may be associated with each database entry were not migrated to Wisaard. These documents are still on our file server and may be retrieved the old fashioned way, upon request from our records management staff.

New Wisaard creates Project numbers, which means the same thing as DAHP Log number. They are just created in a different format: yyyy-mm-sequential number in the month: Example, 2016-03-00256 means that the Project was started in Wisaard in March 2016 and it was the 256th project for the month. You can easily search for old or new Project numbers under the Project tab or the Search Filters.

Each undertaking should have one Project number. You can still add things to old log numbers, and you definitely should add things to ongoing projects to avoid a duplicate record, but you may have to contact DAHP to add you and your organization to an old project. Please make sure there is no existing Project in Wisaard before starting a new one. If you are a consultant adding historic property inventory forms or reports, it is highly likely that a Project number has already been created either by the lead agency or DAHP staff.

Question: When I click on a Project why does it say “Data is Hidden Due to Security Rules?”

Answer:  Project details are hidden from those that are not associated with them. If you are a consultant and need to add reports or inventory forms to a Project, the person that created the Project in Wisaard has the permissions to add you. Their name will appear in the Project Contacts. Your Organization must also be added and the Access level should be Editor. The Viewer level of Access is currently not functioning as designed and will prevent you from seeing any of the Project details. If the person that started the Project is not available, or if DAHP staff started the Project, you may always contact DAHP and we can assist you. Please do not create a new Project if you think there is already a Project, just because you are initially locked out. Until all old Projects are completed, which could be years from now, we will have to make this accommodation. Projects that began after January 20, 2016 should not have this issue.

Question: Why does it say “Data is hidden due to security rules” when I click on some Historic Property Inventory Form Detail Pages, but not others?

Answer:  This indicates that the Property in question is currently in Draft status and has not yet been approved by DAHP.


Proposed Rules for Washington Main Street Program

FINAL Washington Main Street Logo Color





The proposed rules are available now on our website for review and comment. Click the Main Street logo for more info. 



Wisaard Q & A

Greetings! I am going to start posting some of the great questions (with answers) that we get about Wisaard here on the BLOG. Hope these help make it more user friendly! As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to us at!  DAHP answers are in RED.

Question #1 (from a consultant): Could I get a clarification on the process for submitting an activity? When doing a project, I typically move along the following process (below):

In general, it is the agency/consultants responsibility to consult with each other before submitting to DAHP. So steps 1-4 are entirely up to you.

  1. Send draft report to Client via email for approval.
  2. Make desired Client edits.
  3. Have the Client email the revised report to stakeholders/agencies.
  4. Make desired stakeholder/agency edits.
  5. Submit report (with Client permission) to DAHP via WISAARD. Just submitting the report in Wisaard is not enough. We must also receive correspondence from the agency via email. The review clock starts when we receive the correspondence. The system cannot yet reliably notify DAHP staff that projects are there and ready for review. It is kind of a hybrid system right now.
  6. DAHP approves. Project is done. DAHP may approve the report in Wisaard, but there will also be a letter back to the agency that requested the review.

Question #2 (from a consultant): Is every reviewer supposed to approve through WISAARD? This would mean every one (even clients) would need a WISAARD account and would have to learn the program. It is up to you to decide how you want to coordinate with your clients. The system is not yet completely capable of a full workflow, although anyone with access to your Projects can use it to view documents/HPI forms. As long as an Activity is in Draft status, you can upload and delete as many drafts as you want for your clients to look at. If you prefer to do that coordination via email, that is up to you. If the COE did not notify us that they approved the report via a letter, then we do not know. If you are responsible for submitting the report, you must let your client know that you did so and provide them with the Project number so they can reference it in their letter to us (if a Project number was not already created). That is how we know where to find things.

Question #3: Does WISAARD notify reviewers that an action is needed?  No. Wisaard is set up to notify users when an action is taken, but does not notify when an action is needed. It is up to you to personally coordinate with others that a review is needed.


Author Event – Tacoma’s Fateful Fourth – Featuring our own Russell Holter!



Port Townsend – USA Today Ten Best Main Streets

Let’s show Port Townsend some love!


Preservation Groups Unite to Support Historic Structures in Olympic National Park

Preservation Groups Unite to Support Historic Structures
in Olympic National Park
Washington (June 15, 2016) — National, state and local preservation groups have recently
joined together to support the preservation of historic structures in Olympic National Park, a vast wilderness comprised of glacier-capped mountains, rain forests, and over 70 miles of Pacific coastline. Recently, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled in favor of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the Friends of Olympic National Park joining litigation in support of the National Park Service’s authority to maintain the historic structures of Olympic National Park.

Following are statements from the preservation groups:
Brian Turner, senior field officer and attorney, National Trust for Historic Preservation:
“The precious few cabins, trail shelters and other rustic structures that remain within the
Olympic Wilderness provide an unobtrusive complement to the park’s natural beauty. They enrich visitors’ experience and provide a safe spot for backpackers of all ages to seek shelter during a storm, or to gaze upon the park’s stunning beauty. These structures also serve as a tangible link to the early history of the park, and the distinctive craftsmanship of that era. “In joining this lawsuit, we are asking the court to affirm the National Park Service’s authority to maintain and manage Olympic’s historic structures in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act and the Wilderness Act. These two laws are in the public interest and can and should be used in concert to guide the stewardship of all wilderness areas in the public domain, to ensure that future generations are able to experience the wealth of America’s natural and structural historic treasures.”

Chris Moore, executive director, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation:
“Olympic National Park is one of the most dramatic landscapes in Washington State. Amid its towering peaks and glacial fields are the last remnants of the places that led to the creation of the Park itself. The historic resources remaining in the backcountry remind Washingtonians of the legacy of the pioneering conservationists who made this cherished park a reality.”

Rod Farlee, vice-president, Friends of Olympic National Park:
“The shelters and cabin at the heart of this lawsuit embody the history of Olympic National Park’s trail system. They were built to support the original construction and maintenance of the trails, which led to widespread appreciation of the beauty and natural resources of the Olympics. We are joining this lawsuit to send a strong message of support to Park staff for their ongoing efforts to preserve this important part of the region’s legacy.”

About the Historic Structures of Olympic National Park
These shelters, including those built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, are closely intertwined with the history of Olympic National Park itself. Originally constructed to support the creation and maintenance of trails in the early 20th century and to detect and fight forest fires, they enhanced recreational use and opened up the park to the public in a way never before possible. Published accounts of visitors who stayed in these shelters led to widespread appreciation of the beauty of the
Olympics, and ultimately to its preservation by U.S. Congress in 1938 as a national park and in 1988 as a wilderness. Only 18 of the original 90 shelters in Olympic Wilderness remain today. They are all eligible for or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service should be encouraged to continue the ongoing maintenance of those remaining to ensure that the Park’s historic shelter system remains intact for all future visitors.

About the Lawsuit
Montana-based Wilderness Watch has sued the National Park Service, seeking the court-ordered removal of four trail shelters and a cabin from the park’s wilderness areas. But the preservation groups supporting NPS believe these rustic log shelters are in keeping with the primitive beauty of the park’s backcountry,visited by 40,000 annually. The preservation groups are represented pro bono by Elaine L. Spencer and David O. Bechtold of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP.

About the Specific Structures at Risk
Canyon Creek Shelter constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939 overlooking Sol Duc Falls. This is a T-shaped, one-story log building with a wood-shaked, cross-gabled roof set on a concrete foundation. This shelter is the only CCC-built shelter remaining in the Park of three built. It was listed on the National Register in April 2007 for its architectural significance and association with the CCC.
Elk Lake Shelter, 15 trail miles up the Hoh River, is a three-sided 14’ x 14’ log shelter with open front. Shelters at Elk Lake have offered refuge to climbers approaching Mt. Olympus since 1927. This shelter, a replacement built in 1963, represents the last variation of shelter design in the Park.
Wilder Shelter, 21 trail miles up the Elwha River, is a 12’ x 12’ three-sided solid log structure built in 1951 to accommodate backcountry visitors. It was listed on the National Register in 2008.
Botten Cabin, near Wilder, is an 11’ x 17’ log cabin with gabled roof built in 1928 featuring fine, hand-crafted, dovetail-notched corners. The cabin is actively used as an emergency shelter. It was listed on the National Register in April of 2007 for its architectural significance and association with recreational history in the park.
Bear Camp Shelter is a three-sided solid log structure 12’x16’ deep built in 1952. It is 16 trail miles up the Dosewallips River.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. | @savingplaces
About the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Established in 1976, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation preserves Washington’s historic places
through advocacy, education, collaboration, and stewardship. | @preservewa
About the Friends of Olympic National Park
Formed in 2001 with the mission of supporting Olympic National Park in preserving the Park’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of present and future generations.


Wissard Updates

Greetings from DAHP! Recently I gave a presentation with some information regarding where we are and where we are going with the Wisaard system. I also included some tips for filling out the HPI form and navigating through the Project module. There is a link to it here and you can also find it on the website! Happy reading!

Kim Gant