QEA’s long time partner, the Midwest Regional Office of the National Park Service, collaborated with the United States Mint to create a new quarter featuring the Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa.

The winning design will feature an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group.  
 
The United States Mint has released a wonderful video where “Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon takes us behind-the-scenes on her process of sculpting the coin.” Check out the video below. 

 
QEA prepared a combined Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment for Effigy Mounds National Monument. The mission of the monument is to preserve outstanding representative examples of American Indian moundbuilding cultures in the Midwest, to protect wildlife and natural values, and to provide for study and appreciation of its resources. The project included documentation of the physical landscape from the moundbuilding period through present day, description of existing conditions, evaluation of integrity of the landscape, and a landscape treatment plan that provides a vision for the future condition of the mounds and a phased plan for implementation. Representatives of American Indian tribes participated in developing the plan, resulting in recommendations that respect their ancestors. The interdisciplinary project team led by QEA included historical landscape architects, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, archaeologists, an ecologist, and NEPA specialists.