Ackerman Cave, Asotin County

Lee O'Connor filed this request with the National Park Service of the United States of America.
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FP-18-011568

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From: Lee O'Connor

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

(1) Files describing the Ackerman Cave south of the city of Asotin in Asotin County along the Snake River related to a 1961-1962 fallout shelter survey.

(2) A 1964 archaeological survey of Ackerman Cave by David Rice or other records related to the cave that were created or collected during planning for the Asotin Dam on the Snake River that was never built.

Please direct this request to
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
ATTN: FOIA Officer
Walla Walla District Office of Counsel
201 North Third Avenue
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
E-mail: FOIA-NWW@usace.army.mil

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Lee O'Connor

From: US Army Corps of Engineers - Walla Walla District

Hello Muckrock News/ Mr/Ms. O'Connor,

This email will serve as acknowledgment of your FOIA request received by this office on 27 February 2018. Whenever possible, an initial determination to release or deny a record will be made within 20 working days. Therefore, you should expect a reply to be mailed no later than 27 March 2018. The FACTS number for this request is FP-18-011568. If any costs are anticipated in processing this request you will be notified ASAP.

Let me know if you have any questions or if you want further clarification, I'm happy to help. You're able to contact me through phone at 509-527-7706 or by e-mail at sarah.f.donaldson@usace.army.mil.

Respectfully,

Sarah Donaldson
Paralegal Specialist
Office of Counsel
509.527.7706

From: US Army Corps of Engineers - Walla Walla District

Muckrock News, Mr./Ms. O'Connor,

A search of the Walla Walla District records located only a 1969 Nelson and Rice archaeological survey report of the Asotin Dam Reservoir Area. District Cultural Staff inform me that this is already available via the WISAARD database for cultural resource professionals. This document was submitted to the National Park Service.

It is unclear to me if you are seeking this document, or already have access. If you are seeking the document, I can forward to the National Park Service for a final release determination. If you already have this document or are not seeking it, please let me know.

Please be aware that until this clarification is received, this request is tolled (placed on hold).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Evan Carden
Assistant District Counsel
Walla Walla District
Corps of Engineers
(509) 527-7717
Evan.J.Carden@usace.army.mil
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From: Lee O'Connor

Dear Mr. Carden,

Thank you for searching the records for information about Ackerman Cave. To clarify, I am seeking the 1969 Nelson and Rice archaeological survey report of the Asotin Dam Reservoir Area. I do not have a copy of this document and I would like to read it to learn about the area's archaeological history in general and to see if the document mentions Ackerman Cave. Please forward the document to the National Park Service for a final release determination.

Lee O'Connor

From: US Army Corps of Engineers - Walla Walla District

Dear Lee O'Connor,

As discussed below, the Walla Walla District does not have any responsive records, beyond the single NPS document. That document has been referred to NPS, along with a copy of your original request and our communication. They will be responding to you directly.

Attached is a letter documenting that referral and the lack of other records.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Evan Carden
Assistant District Counsel
Walla Walla District
Corps of Engineers
(509) 527-7717
Evan.J.Carden@usace.army.mil
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From: Lee O'Connor

Dear Mr. Carden,

Thank you for your search for information about Ackerman Cave and the referral to NPS.

I am also curious to know if the Walla Walla District has any records of the National Fallout Shelter Survey (ca. 1961-1962) covering Washington State, specifically the inventory, survey, and utilization of mines, caves, highway tunnels, and railroad tunnels as fallout shelters. Can I request documents related to this subject as part of this current request or is it more convenient if I submit a second request?

Lee O'Connor

From: US Army Corps of Engineers - Walla Walla District

Dear Lee O'Connor,

Unfortunately, your first request has been closed out, so sending a new request would be the way to go.

Sincerely,

Evan Carden
Assistant District Counsel
Walla Walla District
Corps of Engineers
(509) 527-7717
Evan.J.Carden@usace.army.mil
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From: Lee O'Connor

Great to know. Thank you again for your help. Have a great afternoon!

From: JPat Brown

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

(1) Files describing the Ackerman Cave south of the city of Asotin in Asotin County along the Snake River related to a 1961-1962 fallout shelter survey.

(2) A 1964 archaeological survey of Ackerman Cave by David Rice or other records related to the cave that were created or collected during planning for the Asotin Dam on the Snake River that was never built.

This request should have been forwarded to your agency from ACOE - the letter mentioning that referral is attached. Thank you.

From: National Park Service

Mr. O'Connor,

I show no record of any referral from the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Accordingly I have reached out to them to request that they send me a copy
of your incoming request and the document they believe is responsive to
your request. Until I hear back from them I will be unable to process your
request, as we are unable to locate a document that meets the description
of the information you are seeking.

As soon as I hear back from the US Army Corps of Engineers, I will let you
know.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

From: National Park Service

Mr. O'Connor,

I have learned that the US Army Corps of Engineers had sent the referral
materials directly to the FOIA staff in our Pacific West Regional (PWR)
office, which was why I had no record of it. That referral was received on
March 21, 2018, and is being processed in our normal processing track under
request number NPS-2018-00564. If you have any questions you can reach the
PWR FOIA Officer at:

Nancy Hori
National Park Service
909 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-1060
206-220-4154
NPS_pwr_FOIA@nps.gov

You should expect our response by April 17, 2018. If you do not receive
our response by that date you may file an appeal by writing to:

Freedom of Information Act Appeals Officer
Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
MS-6556-MIB,
Washington, D.C. 20240
foia.appeals@sol.doi.gov

Your failure-to-timely-respond appeal may be filed anytime after the
estimated response date provided above and the date we issue our final
response. The appeal should be marked, both on the envelope and the face of
the appeal letter, with the legend "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION APPEAL." Your
appeal should be accompanied by a copy of your original request and copies
of all correspondence between yourself and the National Park Service
related to this request, along with any information you have which leads
you to believe our response to be in error. Note, any appeal received
after 5 p.m. EST will be considered to have been received on the next
business day.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

From: Lee O'Connor

Nancy Hori
National Park Service
909 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-1060
206-220-4154
NPS_pwr_FOIA@nps.gov

I am following up on my request for information about Ackerman Cave in Asotin County, WA. I understand from Ms. Charis Wilson, NPS FOIA Officer in Denver, CO, that this has been filed under request number NPS-2018-00564.

Lee O'Connor

From: National Park Service

Dear Mr. O'Connor,

Your request, NPS-2018-00564 is in the process of being finalized for
release. We anticipate a release no later than June 6, 2018.

Sincerely,

Nancy

*NOTE: This correspondence is tracked, do not change subject information
contained in brackets. Send replies to NPS_PWR_FOIA@nps.gov
<NPS_PWR_FOIA@nps.gov>*

Nancy Hori
Andrew S. Muñoz
National Park Service
Pacific West Region FOIA Office
206-220-4249 phone

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Dear Mr. O’Connor:
This is our final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request received by the National Park Service (NPS) on March 21, 2018. Your original request was forward to this office by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Walla Walla District. The Department of the Interior (DOI) tracking number for this request is NPS-2018-00564. Please cite this tracking number in any future communication with our office regarding your request.
You requested:
“(1) Files describing the Ackerman Cave south of the city of Asotin in Asotin County along the Snake River related to a 1961-1962 fallout shelter survey.
(2) A 1964 archaeological survey of Ackerman Cave by David Rice or other records related to the cave that were created or collected during planning for the Asotin Dam on the Snake River that was never built.”
The USACE forwarded one document to us for review. We have attached a 152 page report which is being released to you in part. We have redacted parts of 108 pages under FOIA Exemption 3, which allows the withholding of information protected by a nondisclosure provision in a federal statute other than FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(3). In this case, the withheld information pertains to the nature and location of certain archaeological resources and is protected by the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (16 U.S.C. § 470hh).
We reasonably foresee that disclosure would harm an interest protected by one or more of the nine exemptions to the FOIA’s general rule of disclosure.
Deborah Bardwick, DOI Assistant Field Solicitor and Nancy Hori, NPS Pacific West Region FOIA Officer were consulted in this decision.
We do not bill requesters for FOIA processing fees when their fees are less than $50.00, because the cost of collection would be greater than the fee collected. See 43 C.F.R. §2.37(g). Therefore, there is no billable fee for the processing of this request.
For further information about Archaeology in Washington State and how to possibly obtain unredacted reports, please visit the following internet website: https://dahp.wa.gov/archaeology.
You may appeal this response to the Department’s FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals Officer. If you choose to appeal, the FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals Officer must receive your FOIA appeal no later than 90 workdays from the date of this letter. Appeals arriving or delivered after 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, will be deemed received on the next workday.
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For your information, Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. §552(c). This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of FOIA. This is a standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist.
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You also may seek dispute resolution services from our FOIA Public Liaison Charis Wilson by telephone at (303) 969-2959, by email at charis_wilson@nps.gov or by mail at 12795 W. Alameda Parkway, PO Box 25287, Denver, CO 80225-0287.
If you have any questions about the processing of your FOIA request, you may contact Andrew S. Muñoz or Nancy Hori at (206) 220-4249, by email at NPS_PWR_FOIA@nps.gov, or by mail at National Park Service, 909 First Ave, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104.
Sincerely,
Stan Austin
Regional Director
Pacific West Region
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cc: Evan Carden, Assistant District Counsel, Walla Walla District,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
David Louter, Chief, Cultural Resources Program, Pacific West Region
NPS-2018-00564_Nelson 1969 Arch Survey Test Asotin Dam_redacted.pdf (https://secure.nps.gov/w/BHf3fb4a) 10.04 MB
NPS-2018-00564 180530 Final response O'Connor from Austin.pdf (https://secure.nps.gov/w/BHf3fb4a) 536.87 KB
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From: Lee O'Connor

Dear Mr. Austin,

Thank you for fulfilling my request. I am interested to read the documents to learn about Ackerman Cave, but unfortunately, I am not able to download them because the link to download them leads to a page that says, "NPS PWR FOIA requires you to verify your email address before accessing the files." I tried entering the email address requests@muckrock.com, but that turned up the message: "The specified email is not the intended recipient." Can you please tell me what email address might work to access the documents, or is there a way to email them to me through MuckRock directly?

Lee O'Connor

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From: Lee O'Connor

Hi,

I was able to download the report.

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Lee O'Connor

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