Internships Available at the ACHP—Apply Today!
Are you, or do you know of, a student interested in the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use of our nation’s diverse historic resources? The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) in Washington, D.C., has internship opportunities available for undergraduate or graduate students, as well as individuals at an early stage of their career and professional development. Applications are due by March 9. Click here for more information.
ACHP Business Meeting Highlights
Click here to read about highlights of the November business meeting including votes regarding legislation and discussion on infrastructure.
ACHP Issues Program Comment to Speed Broadband Communications Work
As part of its efforts to expedite the regulatory approval of communications technologies, the ACHP today announced new procedures for the review of next-generation broadband projects on federal lands as required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Read the press release here. Read Q&As; about the new Program Comment here. Please also see this handy user's guide that was produced by an applicant with coordination from the ACHP and CEQ.
Robert Stanton Wins Crowninshield Award
The ACHP is pleased to announce Robert G. Stanton received the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Louise duPont Crowninshield Award Friday at the PastForward conference in Chicago. Stanton was honored for his lifelong service to the country as a champion of preservation and conservation. Watch the video of his keynote address here. Read the press release here.
Public Review Now Open on Draft Program Comment to Exempt Effects of Transportation-Related Undertakings within Rail Rights-of-Way
The ACHP, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation, proposes a draft program comment to exempt effects of transportation-related undertakings within railroad and rail transit rights-of-way. The draft is now available for public review and comment in the Federal Register with comments due by Dec. 8, 2017.
The draft program comment would exempt from Section 106 review certain activities that have the potential to affect historic properties within railroad and rail transit rights-of-way where those effects are likely to be minimal or not adverse. It also includes an optional approach that could streamline the Section 106 review for additional types of transportation-related undertakings involving railroad and rail transit properties, including those that may cause adverse effects. If issued by the ACHP, this program comment would fulfill the requirements of Section 11504 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, passed by Congress in 2015.
Comments should be provided to both the ACHP and the DOT via email to FRA.106Exemption@dot.gov and RailROW@achp.gov.
Chairman’s Award Honors Floyd Bennett Field Project
Nov. 8 - ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson presented the Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation at a reception Nov. 8 to collaborators who worked on a clean energy project in Brooklyn, New York. The Williams Companies were honored for their work in restoring two airplane hangars at historic Floyd Bennett Field, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The National Park Service, New York State Historic Preservation Officer, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission received partnership commendations for their work in this project. Read the press release here.
ACHP Chairman Drafts Letter to Members on ‘Difficult History’
Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson sent a letter to ACHP members today to share his thoughts and ideas regarding current events related to controversial history subjects. Read the letter here.
ACHP Addresses Hurricane Response for Historic Preservation
In the wake of the unprecedented destruction resulting from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the ACHP has been working to help address the impacts to historic properties. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands were hard hit by the storms. (The impact on the island of St. John was particularly catastrophic.) The ACHP has reached out to the affected State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help coordinate how disaster recovery efforts are addressing historic properties and how review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act will be expedited. The ACHP also has been in discussions with preservation partners regarding potential congressional action on supplemental funding and tax credits to support rehabilitation of storm-ravaged historic properties. Read more here.
ACHP and NASA Partner for Mission Control Restoration Project
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is using its donation authority to help the Johnson Space Center restore Apollo-era facilities in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Read more here.
President Issues New Infrastructure Executive Order
On Aug. 15, the President issued the Presidential Executive Order on Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure, with the goal of increasing the coordination, predictability, and transparency of federal environmental review and the permitting process for infrastructure projects. The EO directs federal agencies to complete their environmental reviews of “major infrastructure projects” within an average of two years, guided by a lead agency that coordinates all required federal environmental reviews to result in “one federal decision.” The ACHP anticipates the EO will sharpen the focus on agency planning and decision-making efforts. Read more here.
Section 106 E-Newsletters
The ACHP is sending out news related to Section 106 best practices, trends, ACHP staff, courses, and other items of interest. Read the latest edition of Section 106 News here.
Sign up to receive the e-newsletter in your own inbox by emailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Infrastructure Website Offers Resources
The ACHP is working to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of reviews carried out under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for infrastructure development. Our goal is to help federal agencies, applicants for federal permits and assistance, SHPOs/THPOs, Indian tribes, and other Section 106 participants find ways infrastructure development and preservation of our nation's important historic places can be accomplished together. The ACHP has compiled news, background information, examples, and other resources on a new web page. Please refer to it as you navigate infrastructure projects.
ACHP Releases Report on Tribal Consultation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation today issued a report designed to promote more effective consultation with Indian tribes on decisions by federal agencies on infrastructure projects. Read the report here. It is a companion to a separate report issued in January by the Departments of the Interior and Justice and the Army Corps of Engineers regarding tribal input in infrastructure decisions. That report was prepared in response to a series of consultations held on the issue last fall. Many participants in those sessions–as well as those submitting written comments to the agencies–raised concerns about how Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act has been used in recent years to govern consideration of tribal input. Read the press release here. Read more.
New Section 101(d)(5) Guidance for Indian Tribes
Section 101(d)(5) of the National Historic Preservation Act allows the ACHP to enter into agreements with Indian tribes to substitute tribal historic preservation regulations for the ACHP's regulations on tribal lands. This guidance will assist tribal governments that may be considering such an agreement with the ACHP. For a copy of the guidance, click here.
ACHP Chairman Highlights Benefits of Historic Tax Credit in Letter to Congress
As Congress weighs various proposals for tax reform, ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson has asked the House Ways and Means Committee to consider the past success and future potential of the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit. Read his letter here.
Since 1976, more than 41,000 projects throughout the U.S. have benefited from the tax credit, generating $78.3 billion in investment and creating nearly 2.4 million jobs. The credit also pays for itself, with the $23.1 billion cost of the program offset by the $28.1 billion in tax receipts generated by projects receiving the credit.
One tax reform plan under consideration in Congress calls for elimination of most special-interest deductions and credits. In his letter to the chairman and ranking member of the committee, Donaldson noted that the 20 percent historic tax credit does not support a specific industry or locality, but it encourages the renovation of underutilized commercial properties for a wide range of uses in communities throughout the country.
ACHP Announces Community Revitalization Policy Statement
After years of research and study into the needs of communities across the U.S. who are struggling to revive their economies and historic assets, the ACHP has issued a policy statement aimed at helping to provide ideas and principles for successful community revitalization. Read more about how to help your community.
Agreement Reached for Four-State, 728-Mile Transmission Line
The proposed TransWest Express Transmission Line would move energy from Wyoming through Colorado and Utah, ending in southern Nevada, and provide power for up to 1.8 million homes in the Southwest each year. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been consulting with more than 80 parties since 2012 in order to take effects on historic properties from this lengthy transmission line into account. On October 18, 2016, the ACHP signed the Programmatic Agreement (PA) that resulted from the consultation, completing the execution of the agreement.
The PA effectively addresses direct, indirect, and cumulative effects on historic properties. Building on the methodologies for assessing indirect effects done on previous transmission projects, this agreement reflects the most up-to-date thinking about addressing visual effects in landscape-scale projects (see Appendix C).
The BLM's outreach to the many interested parties in the four-state area is also of note. The agency invited 53 Indian tribes to participate in consultation, including two tribes whose reservation boundaries were crossed by the preferred alignment. Sidebar discussions between the project proponent, TransWest Express LLC, and the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation led to a joint press release about the proactive hiring of qualified tribal members for construction jobs, a job fair prior to the start of construction, and a career fair for high school students highlighting energy-related jobs. Prior to the ACHP's signature, 34 parties signed the PA, including four Indian tribes, indicating unusually broad consensus about the agreement. View the full Programmatic Agreement here.
ACHP Issues Guidance On Using Section 304 of the NHPA to Protect Sensitive Information About Historic Properties
The ACHP has issued a Frequently Asked Questions? guidance document on protecting sensitive information about historic properties under Section 304 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Federal agency officials, SHPOs, THPOs, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and other stakeholders in the Section 106 process often ask ACHP staff how sensitive information about historic properties can be protected from public disclosure. This new guidance, available online here: builds upon the successful Section 304 Webinar the ACHP offers about how Section 304 works to protect such information and thereby prevent harm to historic properties. In developing this guidance, the ACHP coordinated closely with the NPS Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places program to ensure these FAQs identify the most commonly asked questions and provide helpful guidance to Section 106 practitioners as well as members of the public regarding what information may be withheld from disclosure, under what circumstances, and for what reasons.
ACHP Electronic Section 106 System Now Available to All Federal Agencies
The ACHP is pleased to announce the availability of its voluntary Electronic Section 106 Documentation Submittal System (e106) for use by any federal agency (or officially delegated non-federal entity) when notifying the ACHP of a finding of adverse effect, inviting the ACHP to be a consulting party to resolve adverse effects, or proposing to develop a Programmatic Agreement for complex or multiple undertakings.
The e106 system is designed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency of the Section 106 review process by providing federal agencies with an electronic submittal system that serves to expedite a critical step in Section 106 review and encourage complete and accurate submissions that can be shared with others. Read the announcement regarding the availability of this system; view the format form and instructions.
While federal agencies can continue to send hard copy documentation to the ACHP via regular mail, or electronically as a pdf, all agencies are encouraged to utilize e106 in their submissions to the ACHP.
The ACHP's Guidance on Agreement Documents is Now Available!
The ACHP is pleased to announce the availability of its new "Guidance on Agreement Documents" (GAD) now on our Web site at http://www.achp.gov/agreementdocguidance.html. It is best viewed from Google Chrome or Firefox.
Memoranda of Agreement and Programmatic Agreements play a critical role in documenting a federal agency's commitment to carry out and conclude its responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). GAD will assist all consulting parties—federal agencies, states, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, applicants, local governments, and other stakeholders–to draft clear, concise, and complete Section 106 MOAs and PAs. Use of this guidance can also help minimize disputes regarding agreed upon measures down the line and save time that is better spent seeking creative and innovative ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects to historic properties. Read more.
ACHP Announces Release of Section 106 Applicant Toolkit
Read the ACHP’s press release about the Section 106 Applicant Toolkit. This Toolkit provides helpful tips and advice for applicants navigating the Section 106 process to make better informed decisions to improve outcomes in the review process and avoid unnecessary delays. It includes an overview of the Section 106 requirements and step by step guidance on consulting with states and Indian tribes, engaging stakeholders, and avoiding inadvertent activities that may adversely affect historic properties. Explore the toolkit here.
ACHP Guidance on Reasonable and Good Faith Efforts
Read the policy issued by ACHP.
Web-based Archaeology Guidance Now Available
D.C.—The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has developed
new archaeology guidance to assist federal agencies in meeting their
responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic
Preservation Act. The guidance is available at: www.achp.gov/archguide. Read more.
ACHP News Archive
Section 106 Archaeology Guidance
ACHP Guidance on Program Comments as a Program Alternative
Register for the ACHP's Section 106 Course
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