Cultural Resources

How we identify, protect and manage cultural resources

The history of the Northwest is all around us, in people and places. To preserve it, we've established partnerships with tribes, local and state historic preservation offices, advisory councils. Together, we plan initiatives to preserve history and culture , as well as wildlife.

We created development plans for our historic properties:

  • The Upper Falls, Monroe Street, Nine Mile and Long Lake
    Hydroelectric Developments Historic Properties Management Plan
  • The Post Falls Hydroelectric Development Historic Properties Management Plan
  • The Coeur d’Alene Reservation Cultural Resource Management Plan

Here's how you can help:

  • Treating historic and archaeological sites with care and respect when you visit, and by teaching others to do the same.
  • Refraining from touching or picking up archaeological or cultural resources.
  • Notifying Avista and appropriate tribal and law enforcement agencies as soon as possible if you see someone vandalizing or looting archaeological or cultural resources or sites. Do not confront the vandal yourself but make note of useful information and report it.

Examples of illegal acts:

  • Defacing a pictograph or petroglyph
  • Digging, probing, or using a tool to remove any artifact (arrowheads, etc.) from the ground (a tool being any instrument, even a stick.)
  • Digging for or possessing human remains
  • Digging for bottles
  • Removing any artifacts
  • Vandalizing old buildings