To address concerns about the protection of sacred spaces at Effigy Mounds National Monument, QEA is leading an interdisciplinary team in documenting and recommending appropriate treatments.

Through comprehensive research, evaluation of the landscape’s integrity, and the creation of a treatment plan informed by input from tribal representatives, the monument, one of the nation’s outstanding representative examples of American Indian moundbuilding cultures, will be protected and will serve as an educational and interpretive site.


  • Created cultural landscape report and conducted environmental assessment
  • Preserved prehistoric resources
  • Contains over 200 conical, linear, compound, and effigy mounds
  • Mounds constructed between 500 B.C. and 1300 A.D.

Preserving Moundbuilding Cultures

Effigy Mounds National Monument represents a large concentration of relatively intact and surprisingly well-preserved mounds dating from 500 BC to 1300 AD. QEA is working closely with the National Park Service and tribal representatives to preserve the landscape and enhance visitors’ understanding of the significance of the site. We are also exploring opportunities for present-day tribal use and traditional cultural practices on the landscape. Our project team includes a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation as well as landscape architects, archaeologists, an ecologist, and NEPA specialists, who are all contributing to a cohesive and unified visitor experience at the monument.