Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

Lunch and Learn: Cultural Resources Management: Regulations, Reviews, and Tribal Consultation

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Seattle: Anchor QEA (1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2600 - Seahurst Conf Room); Portland: Apex Companies (3015 SW 1st Ave)


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NWAEP Lunch and Learn Program Presents:
Cultural Resources Management: Regulations, Reviews, and Tribal Consultation

February 20, 2018 from Noon-1:30pm
Seattle: Anchor QEA at 1201 3rd Avenue, Suite 2600, SEAHURST CONF ROOM (NOTE NEW ADDRESS!)
Portland (webinar): Apex Companies at 3015 SW 1st Ave


  • Dennis Lewarch, Suquamish Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO)
  • Stephenie Kramer, Willamette Cultural Resources Associates, Ltd.
  • Mary Rossi, APT-Applied Preservation Technologies, a program of the nonprofit Eppard Vision


Environmental professionals and cultural resource managers often cross paths (or likely should) during the various regulatory review processes that necessitate our participation in project planning, design, and implementation.  Do we understand enough about each other’s disciplines, however, to know when and how we should work together?

Join a panel of cultural resource professionals representative of Tribal communities, private consultants, and even a nonprofit for a discussion about cultural resource regulations, review processes, and Tribal consultation.  The panelists will share information and tips about the Tribal Trust relationship, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices/Officers (THPOs), review processes to identify projects that may have cultural resource concerns, and the interface with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP).

The information presented and the ensuing discussion will be focused on helping demystify cultural resource management, particularly the consultation – both formal and informal – that occurs (or likely should) between regulating agencies, Tribes, and consultants.  Learn how you fit in and how we can all work together more efficiently to protect these finite resources that show us who we are.  

Speaker Bios:

Dennis E. Lewarch, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Suquamish Tribe, has 47 years experience as a professional archaeologist.  Dennis is a University of Washington Anthropology program alumnus, receiving a B.A. in 1971 and M.A. in 1974.  He has conducted archaeological investigations throughout the United States and Mexico.  Dennis worked in the private sector for engineering firms, taught archaeology and cultural resources management at the University of Nebraska, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Washington, and conducted research and cultural resources management projects for universities.  He joined the Suquamish Tribe Environmental Program in February 2006 and in September 2007 was appointed the first Suquamish Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.  Dennis created the Suquamish Archaeology and Historic Preservation Program in 2008 and serves as Program Manager. 

Stephenie Kramer is a consulting archaeologist and project manager at Willamette Cultural Resources Associates (Willamette CRA) in Seattle.  Prior to Willamette CRA, Stephenie was the Assistant State Archaeologist at the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) for 14 years.  While at DAHP she reviewed projects, issued excavations permits and provided technical support to local government planners in cultural resources matters at the local and SEPA levels.  She is currently on the Washington State Historic Cemetery Advisory Committee, reviewing grant applications. 

Mary Rossi currently serves as Program Director for APT-Applied Preservation Technologies, a program of the Bellingham-based nonprofit Eppard Vision. As Program Director, Mary provides cultural resource consulting services and educational programming to a wide range of clients, including tribal communities, government agencies, engineers, developers, and cultural resource professionals. Mary has over twenty years of cultural resource planning experience, including six years as an employee of the Lummi Nation, first as an Archaeological Field Crew Supervisor on the Semiahmah Recovery Effort and then as the tribe’s first Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO). She is currently serving on the City of Bellingham’s Historic Preservation Commission and on the Board of Directors for the Association for Washington Archaeology (AWA); she is a past Board member of the Planning Association of Washington (PAW). Mary received a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Western Washington University in 1998.

Note that we will be hosting this event live in Seattle and broadcasting via webinar in Portland. If you have any questions about the Seattle event, please contact Josh Jensen at If you have any questions about the Portland event, please contact Carmen Owens at

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