For Women’s History Month, HRA is featuring some of our women employees who contribute to all aspects of the company!

Since joining HRA in 2016, Kathryn Burk-Hise has worked on numerous cultural resources management projects, including National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations; National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Sections 106 and 110 survey, inventory, and evaluations, at reconnaissance, compliance, and intensive levels; Historic American Building Survey (HABS) documentation; Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) compliance review; Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) Level II mitigation documentation; and Montana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Level III documentation; and updates to the historic Preservation element in a city’s comprehensive plan. Kathryn also has experience working on a wide variety of historic-period buildings, structures, and objects, including vehicular and railroad bridges, barns, single- and multifamily residential buildings, commercial buildings, schools, irrigation systems, farmsteads, parks, and military facilities. Kathryn has over a decade of experience as an architectural historian and historic preservationist.

In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her husband, spending time with her grandchildren, kids, and family, and working on house and yard projects.

Kathryn’s favorite project was researching and writing the NRHP Nomination of the Yankee Fork Dredge, in Custer County, Idaho, for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Kathryn was fortunate to be able to take a personal tour of the dredge led by Billy Reed of the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge Association and perform research in the Association’s archives that comprise original records from the Snake River Mining Company. The Yankee Fork Gold Dredge is an important tangible reminder of Idaho’s mining heritage and a rare surviving example of a heavy-duty bucket-line placer gold dredge.