The Jicarilla-Apache Transmission Line

Jicarilla

Tierra conducted archaeological and biological surveys of a 60-mile-long corridor on Jicarilla Apache Nation lands in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico in support of an electric transmission line project designed to provide the town of Dulce and the northern portion of the Nation with reliable electric power. Following the surveys, Biological Evaluation and Class III cultural resources reports were completed and submitted to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for review and approval.


An Environmental Assessment was also developed for the project and submitted to the BIA, who following review, released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the project. During their review of the cultural resources report, the BIA determined that a minor corridor reroute was required in order to avoid potential visual impacts to a Tribal festival site. Tierra's biological and cultural resources personnel returned to the project area to survey the reroute and afterwards provided addendum resource reports in a timely fashion to BIA. No delay in approval of the project's Environmental Assessment was encountered.