Archaeological Evaluation & Cultural Landscape Treatment Plans

Principal provides services for archaeological surveys, cultural resource data recovery, resource mitigation and cultural landscape treatment plans to secure permit approval. With experience in both environmental management for projects as well as archaeological evalution, Principal offers an integrated approach, and ideally, an expedited process, to completing environmental review.  Examples of recent and ongoing projects:

CA-MRN-67 (September-October, 2012):  This site in Marin County is one of the 400+ shell middens in San Francisco Bay first identified by archaeologist, Nels Nelson, in 1900.  Work involved excavation and documentation of the Native American Miwok habitation site under the supervision of the tribe’s descendants, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and documentation team of Holman & Associates.

Historical American Landscape Survey (HALS) documentation for China Camp Heritage Village, China Camp State Park, San Rafael, CA (2012-present) is, the last remaining Chinese shrimp harvesting village in San Francisco Bay and in California. This is a volunteer project supported by HALS of Northern California (; California Department of Parks and Recreation and Friends of China Camp.

South San Francisco Bay Salt Pond Restoration ProjectSouth Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (SBSPRP) California, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties (2004-present).  Conducted the Cultural Resources Survey, cultural assessment and mitigation recommendations for the Resource Management Plan with the EDAW team.

A Cultural Resource Study and Supplemental Recording for CA-LAK 1260 and 286. UC Davis’ McLaughlin Reserve at Lake, Napa and Solano counties, California (2005-06).  Project Coordinator as a member of the Anthropological Studies Center team based at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA for CA-LAK 1260 and 286.

Benton District Historic Resources Survey and Inventory in Santa Rosa, CA. (2005-06) Member of the survey team to identify Benton District’s eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historic Sites.

Currently an appointee of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee as a member of the City of S. F. Historic Preservation Commission.


2008  Johnck, Ellen The South San Francisco Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project:  A Cultural Landscape Approach to the Resource Management Plan, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

2014   Laura A. Watt and Ellen Joslin Johnck,  “The Bay Area’s Solar Salt Industry– An Unintended Conservationist”, In California History, Vol. 91, Number 2, pp. 40-47 ISSN 2327-1485, Regents of the University of California