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Helping Facilitate 500 Megawatts of Renewable Energy

January 22, 2020

We’re delighted to have supported NextEra Energy Resources with their construction of over 200 wind turbines as part of the ambitious Cedar Springs Wind Energy Project, located just north of the city of Douglas in Converse Country, Wyoming. We completed fieldwork, tribal consultation, and technical reporting for the project, which is estimated to yield over 500 megawatts of renewable energy.

Crews, comprising more than 30 employees from various PaleoWest offices, braved adverse weather conditions to inspect over 13,000 acres of land, resulting in the documentation of 110 cultural resources sites and hundreds of isolated artefacts. A rich prehistoric and historic record was documented, which included high plains hunter-gatherer sites, prehistoric stone architecture, and architectural remains related to homesteading, rural schooling, and ranching. We also facilitated tribal consultation meetings and conducted a guided tour within the project area for four regional tribes: Cheyenne River Sioux, Standing Rock Sioux Spirit Lake, and Three Affiliated Tribes.

Principal Investigator Rebecca Schwendler said of the project, “Our crews physically walked thousands of acres and endured rain, snow, mud, and the occasional sunny day and did great work.”

Vice President and Client Service Manager Clint Helton added, “This was a really big project with a very aggressive permitting schedule, and I am really proud of the work our team did to meet all expectations for quality of work. Not only did our team deliver great work safely, they did so in record time, and the WY-SHPO accepted our reports without need for revision! I want to especially congratulate our awesome field crews for their hard work and expertise, and a special thanks to Dr. John Williams and Dr. Rebecca Schwendler for their leadership.”