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Discovery Center gets grant for Lewis and Clark research

Grant to help forward search for evidence of Lewis and Clark

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center (CGDC) recently received a $5,000 grant from the Jackson Foundation to help forward the archaeological search for evidence of Lewis and Clark.

This grant allows the CGDC staff and key advisors the ability to more fully participate in the Space Act Agreement signed with NASA Stennis Space Center last year. This Space Act Agreement will employ the technology of NASA to narrow archaeological target areas at several sites along the Lewis and Clark Trail, including two sites in Oregon; Fort Clatsop in Astoria and Rock Fort in The Dalles.

Ken Karsmizki, assistant director and curator of history at the center, will conduct a magnetic survey at the Rock Fort site and travel to Stennis to work with NASA on this project.

Expected completion date for phase one of the project is December 2002.

The purpose of the Space Act Agreement is to facilitate Karsmizki's archaeological search for Lewis and Clark sites with remote sensing, which has the ability to detect buried artifacts and campfires, and to receive technical assistance from NASA staff.

This agreement grants the center access to numerous types of high-resolution satellite imagery and data. In addition, this agreement assists in the collection of new data by tasking satellites and Stennis aircrafts, and through a data purchase program between NASA and privately operated remote sensing systems.

Although no funds are changing hands, the value of NASA's in-kind service exceeds $300,000 and is planned to continue through 2006.

The Jackson Foundation is a broad, charitable purpose fund located in Portland, Ore. The Foundation was created in 1963 to provide net income for charitable and educational purposes and the advancement of public welfare within the State of Oregon.


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