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California High Speed Rail Authority

California High Speed Rail Project, Merced to Fresno Segment

Conducted inventory and research to help engineers with project planning to avoid significant cultural resources, saving time and money for the project.

For the first year of the project, and prior to founding GrassRoots, Charlane Gross served as cultural resources project manager, leading inventory and identification efforts along multiple alternative routes between the cities of Merced and Fresno.

High Speed Rail Route

Project Tasks

  • Initiated Native American contact program
  • Identified key sites to avoiding uncovering them during construction
  • Coordinated with state agencies to identify resources
  • Reported findings for regulatory documents

Cross-disciplinary Analysis

To assist in evaluating the potential for archaeological sites along the route, Ms. Gross and her team developed a predictive model to screen possible site locations using geological reports.