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On-Call Environmental & Assessment Services Statewide
Georgia Department of Transportation -
The Jaeger Company (TJC) has provided assistance through On-Call contracts to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) since the establishment of the firm, 25 years ago. Assisting first in the mid 1980s with the evaluation of cultural resources along various candidate routes proposed for the Fall Line Freeway, TJC’s partnership with GDOT continues today, resulting in numerous documentation reports for compliance with Section 106 of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act. Specifically TJC provides: (1) Historic Structures Surveys; (2) Determination of Eligibility (DOE) Forms; (3) Assessment of Effects; (4) Assistance with drafting Memorandums of Agreement (MOA); and (5) Landscape Mitigation Plans.  Landscape plans are many times a part of MOA stipulations. TJC’s Landscape Architects develop designs that are sensitive to historic or natural resources to be potentially impacted by roadway projects. Plant material selections for these projects reflect the historic period of the significant structure(s) or utilize native plant communities that would occur naturally in that landscape. Landscape plans are designed to be compatible with the context and an effective solution in lessening the impact of roadway improvements on important cultural and natural areas.

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park: Cultural Landscape Report & Environmental Assessment. National Park Service Midwest Office Vincennes, Indiana - The Jaeger Company (TJC) under contract with the Midwest National Park Service Office completed a Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment (CLR/EA) for the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Indiana. The report included historic research and documentation of an early 1930s memorial building and adjacent memorial grounds located on the riverfront in downtown Vincennes. TJC inventoried and recorded existing conditions of the cultural landscape and evaluated the landscape character and integrity. In the CLR portion of the report, TJC defined detailed treatment recommendations for this site including planting plans to address how the park can adequately protect and manage the historic memorial landscape to convey its significance, accommodate ongoing public use, and rehabilitate historic landscape features. The EA portion of the project included identification of alternatives associated with vegetation management and preservation/rehabilitation of circulation systems within the park. Analysis of the impacts from proposed alternatives was also included in the CLR. The report also takes into consideration two line item construction projects planned for the park including repair of the terrace level of the memorial building and rehabilitation of a historic floodwall within the park, which are now nearing completion.

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Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Measured Drawings Guidelines National Park Service (NPS) & American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) - The Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) is the first federal program to focus on cultural landscape documentation. With the creation of this program, guidelines were needed to provide advice on how best to capture a significant landscape setting. Once documented, the historic landscape records from a selected site are submitted to the United States Library of Congress as the repository for this permanent collection. Modeled after the existing Historic American Buildings Survey and the Historic American Engineering Record programs, which had been in place since 1933 and 1969 respectively, HALS was established in 2000 to “Document America’s Landscape Heritage” and to inventory the dynamics of significant cultural landscapes. The NPS and ASLA combined efforts to create guidelines for the new program and contracted with The Jaeger Company to assist in the measured drawings element of the documentation package. The developed guidelines assist individuals and groups in the documentation of all types of cultural landscapes including designed, vernacular, ethnographic and historic. Guidelines are organized to respond to the different levels of HALS, from Level 1 being the highest level to Level 3 as the minimal level.

Environmental Studies State Stewardship Program & Georgia Environmental Protection Act (GEPA) - The Jaeger Company (TJC) assists a number of State of Georgia agencies in carrying out responsibilities related to environmental laws and regulations, specifically through GEPA (The Georgia Environmental Policy Act) and the State Agency Historic Property Stewardship Program (State Stewardship Program).  GEPA requires that all state agencies evaluate the potential impact on the environment of any proposed undertakings which might “significantly adversely affect the quality of the environment.” Likewise the State Stewardship Program directs state agencies as owners or managers of historic properties to take into consideration any actions which might impact those properties.

As an example, the firm assisted with a mitigation project at Middle Georgia College. The institution’s plans to demolish 12 buildings, a campus physical plant structure, and recreational buildings within the Carl Vinson Medical Complex were deemed a “significant impact” by officials with Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division (HPD). Recognizing that retention of these buildings was not feasible, HPD required photo documentation prior to demolition following the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey. TJC staff completed documentation of the ranch-style houses in the district and the associated swimming pool, pool house, tennis court, and utility buildings. The ranch homes were considered particularly significant as some of the few relatively early examples of this historic house type in Georgia and the pool house, a great example of a mid-20th century recreation building. Documentation was provided to HPD at the completion of the project and placed in this agency’s archives for use by future generations.