THE ACHP HAS MOVED!
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has moved to the National Building Museum, located in the National Historic Landmark Pension Building in Washington, D.C. New contact information is located here: http://www.achp.gov/staff.html
New Staff Added to Office of Native American Affairs
The ACHP is pleased to announce that Rae Gould has joined the staff of the Office of Native American Affairs as a Native American Program Specialist. Dr. Gould is a member of the Nipmuc Nation and comes to the ACHP with 20 years of experience in Federal acknowledgement, NAGPRA compliance and preservation projects. In addition to serving as the THPO and repatriation representative for her tribe in Massachusetts, she most recently worked as the Repatriation Coordinator for the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has worked extensively with tribes from the Northeast, as well as conducted consultations with tribes throughout the country. She also taught archaeology, anthropology and Native Studies courses at Connecticut College and UMass Amherst.
Rae has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and her recent publications include: "Rethinking Colonialism: Indigenous Innovation and Colonial Inevitability" (with Stephen Mrozowksi and Heather Law) in Entangling Colonial Narratives; "Cultural Practice and Authenticity: The Search for Real Indians in New England in the 'Historical' Period" in The Death of Prehistory; and "The Nipmuc Nation, Federal Acknowledgment, and a Case of Mistaken Identity" in Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook. She also contributed the entry on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in the 2013 Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology by Claire Smith.
Rae's most recent preservation initiative has been the restoration of the Cisco Homestead on her tribe's reservation in Grafton, Massachusetts, and listing that property on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. More information and images on this historic resource can be found at http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/feature/indian/2011/Hassanamisco_Reservation.htm, http://nipmucmuseum.org/blog/2010/11/08/cisco-homestead-restoration-is underway/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/preservationmass/sets/72157623153832552/.
Meet the Summer 2014 Interns at the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is pleased to be able to host four interns this summer, a record number for the agency. Each of the interns is working with a different office within the agency on a number of projects that will further the ACHP's goal to build a more inclusive preservation program. Read more.
11 Most Endangered Historic Places List Involves ACHP Issues
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has issued its 27th Annual List of America's Most Endangered Historic Places.
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act often plays a significant role in the eventual outcomes of many cases on the Trust's annual lists. Notable in the 2014 list is the first case listed (cases are cited alphabetically), relating to Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs, South Dakota. A National Historic Landmark (NHL), the Department of Veterans Affairs is considering a reduction in healthcare services at the facility. As the ACHP must be offered an opportunity to participate whenever the fate of an NHL hangs in the balance, Section 106 is likely to be a critical factor in this case.
This year the Trust has placed the Federal Historic Tax Credit on "Watch Status." The list notes that: "the Federal Historic Tax Credit, a proven tool to encourage preservation across the country, is currently threatened by tax reform on Capitol Hill." This is only the second time that such a status has been declared by the Trust on its annual lists.
Among the many notable places on the 11 Most Endangered List is Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, VA, which includes remnants of the jail where Solomon Northup of "12 Years a Slave" was held after being kidnapped and sold into slavery by his abductors.
View the entire list at http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/11-most-endangered/index.html
ACHP, National Trust Host Session on African American Historic Preservation for Congressional Black Caucus
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (National Trust) sponsored a briefing June 19 that included the National Park Service (NPS) and four members of the Congressional Black Caucus about the importance of African American historic preservation involvement and important tools to assist those efforts at a Juneteenth observation in the Cannon House Office Building. Read more here.
ACHP Joins Western States Tourism Policy Group
Click here for press releases and media coverage from the formal signing of the Western States Tourism Policy Council MOU June 9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was on hand along with several western governors, and the ACHP participated. It encourages joint promotion and tourism development.
Idaho BLM and SHPO Sign Agreement
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Idaho has announced that Janet Gallimore, Idaho State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), and Tim Murphy, BLM-Idaho's Acting State Director, signed a new State Protocol Agreement on how the BLM will meet its responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act. This is an outgrowth of the BLM’s National Programmatic Agreement (nPA), revised in 2012 and amended in 2014, that calls for the BLM-SHPO Protocols to be updated to reflect the changes in the nPA. The Protocol spells out how BLM’s offices in Idaho will work with the SHPO, cooperating on preservation planning and public outreach efforts, sharing information, reporting requirements, and consulting on Section 106 undertakings. The agreement also allows BLM, in certain limited instances, to proceed in undertakings without further SHPO consultation. These include routine undertakings such as revegetation by broadcast seeding, maintenance of existing roads where disturbance outside the existing road will not occur, and issuance of special use permits where land disturbance is not anticipated. Read more here.
ACHP Participates in Stellar Convening at Cleveland State University
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) co-sponsored and participated in the interdisciplinary convening on Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities in early June. ACHP Vice Chairman Clement Price and Council Member Brad White served as panelists and speakers during the three-day event which included people from legacy cities, college students, developers, and practitioners discussing strategies, best practices, and case studies to address the future of legacy cities. The ACHP was joined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and contractors to state and local governments to discuss the treatment of abandoned and vacant housing and parcels within historic districts. Dr. Price moderated a lively discussion on African American landmarks on how the National Register applies. Should the emphasis be on the stories or the properties? This question is particularly significant as properties are transformed, vacated, or demolished. Mr. White discussed opportunities for managing change and federal policy and shared the ACHP's recent publication Managing Change: Preservation and Rightsizing in America. Read Dr. Price's speeches here and here. View Mr. White's PowerPoint here.
Cleveland State University is now offering a graduate certificate in historic preservation! And the press has been positive for the conference.
ACHP Supports National Trust in Detroit Comments
Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation recently penned a letter to the editor of the New York Times regarding rightsizing in Detroit, Michigan. Read more here.
ACHP Participates in Western States Meeting for Strengthening Collaboration
The ACHP participated in a Summit that convened western State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers in Vancouver, Washington, June 3 – 5, 2014. Hosted by the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer, the meeting brought together state, tribal, and federal organizations and officials to address opportunities for strengthening collaboration among these partners. Read more here.
ACHP Issues Program Comment for Positive Train Control Wayside Poles and Infrastructure
May 16, 2014 – The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has issued a Program Comment, pursuant to 36 CFR 800.14(e), to tailor the Federal Communications Commission review, under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, of undertakings involving the construction of Positive Train Control wayside poles and infrastructure. Read more.
ACHP Participates in Georgia Section 106 Training
Kudos to the City of Valdosta and Georgia SHPO for putting together a super Section 106 for CLGs/Commissions workshop recently. Sixty-five people attended, with the mayor giving the morning welcome, and the program got local news coverage! Read more.
White House Announces New Initiative to Modernize Infrastructure Permitting
On May 14, 2014, the White House announced the “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure: Modernizing Infrastructure Permitting” initiative. This includes the release of a comprehensive plan to accelerate and expand permitting reform government-wide. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) contributed to the development of this plan as a member of the Steering Committee established to improve environmental reviews under Executive Order 13604, “Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects.” Read more.
Sacred Sites Progress Report Released
The ACHP and the Departments of Interior, Defense, Agriculture, and Energy have released the first progress report documenting work carried out to date under the Sacred Sites MOU. Read the report here. Read more about the Sacred Sites MOU here.
$500,000 Historic Preservation Fund Competitive Grant Program Due June 30
The National Park Service has developed a Request for Proposals to guide the distribution of grants to states for projects addressing the heritage of underrepresented communities. It is likely that 20 to 50 competitive grants, ranging from $25,000 to $75,000, will be awarded. Read more from the National Trust and National Park Service.
ACHP in the News
The ACHP is involved in a variety of cases across the United States. See several stories in recent media demonstrating our involvement in historic preservation issues:
ACHP scrutinizing Charleston cruise ship situationhttp://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140504/PC1002/140509761/1021/scrutiny-due-for-cruise-terminal
ACHP releases EO compliance reporthttp://www.novoco.com/journal/2014/05/briefs_htc_201405.php
ACHP signatory on Canandaigua VA Medical Centerhttp://www.brightonpittsfordpost.com/article/20140506/NEWS/140509777
Somerville’s Post Office may benefit from ACHP reporthttp://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/48538
BLM, Wyoming governor, sign HP agreement
ACHP Sends Report on Historic Post Office Disposals to Congress
Responding to a specific requirement placed upon the ACHP by the 2014 congressional appropriations bill, the ACHP today issued PRESERVING HISTORIC POST OFFICES: A Report to Congress. The report finds that significant improvements to United States Postal Service planning and compliance for its historic preservation and disposal programs are needed.
Read the report here.
Read the press release here.
Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014
FEMA has released a fact sheet about the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. This law repeals and modifies certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act and makes additional program changes to other aspects of the National Flood Insurance Program. Please go here for additional information on FEMA and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014.
FEMA Prototype Programmatic Agreement FAQs
The ACHP, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has prepared the FEMA Prototype Programmatic Agreement (PPA) FAQ's to assist consulting parties with using this Section 106 program alternative. In December 2013, the ACHP designated the FEMA PPA, which establishes a national model agreement document for FEMA to negotiate Section 106 state-specific Programmatic Agreements with State Historic Preservation Officers, State Emergency Management Agencies, and/or tribe(s) and Native Hawaiian organizations. The FAQs address how other agencies can become signatories to FEMA's state-specific programmatic agreement for disaster recovery activities when appropriate. The FAQs also clarify how the FEMA PPA may be used as a template by other agencies to develop their own PPA. Read more.
Section 106 Regulations Update
The ACHP has updated its plan to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Section 106 regulations consistent with the requirements of Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review."
Read the update here.
Read the ACHP’s 2011 plan here.
ACHP Produces Rightsizing Report to Aid Localities in Managing Change
The ACHP's Rightsizing Task Force has published its report on the effects of rightsizing in legacy cities across America, offering policy ideas and recommendations for all levels of government. Read more. Read the press release.
ACHP Launches New Web Section
Involving All People in Preservation will showcase different professions and people who make up the cadre of historic preservationists across the country. Tune in for new Q&A stories frequently. 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.
IRS Issues Guidance on Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit
On December 30, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued much-needed guidance on partnerships and the historic rehabilitation tax credit. The ACHP had urged the IRS to take this action in order to address recent uncertainty within the development community regarding the role of partnerships in the financing of historic tax credit projects. Read more.
ACHP and FEMA Streamline Section 106 for Disaster Recovery
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with input from the ACHP, the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, and the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, has developed a Prototype Programmatic Agreement (PPA) to assist FEMA in fulfilling its Section 106 responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) for disaster recovery programs. The PPA creates a national model for FEMA to use in developing statewide programmatic agreements. The PPA was made available on December 17, 2013 to State Historic Preservation Officers and State emergency management agencies for use. Please click here for additional information.
ACHP Comments to U.S. House Oversight Committee on D.C. Height Act
In 2012, Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, requested that the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and the District of Columbia (Office of Planning, DCOP) jointly conduct a study “to examine the extent to which the Height of Buildings Act of 1910 continues to serve federal and local interests, and how changes to the law could affect the future of the city.”
Given the ACHP’s statutory role of advising the President and the Congress on historic preservation matters, staff participated in the discussions conducted jointly by the NCPC and the DCOP regarding possible modifications to the Height of Buildings Act (Height Act) (DC ST § 6-601). Earlier this week, the ACHP provided comments to the Committee, which were developed with input from its members. Read more.
Gateway West Transmission Line Programmatic Agreement Sets New Standard for the BLM
The ACHP and the Bureau of Land Management have worked on a successful Programmatic Agreement for a 1,000-mile-long project for energy transmission in the West. Read more.
ACHP Publishes Measuring Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation
A report by Washington, D.C.-based PlaceEconomics is now available here. Read more about the study and the importance that historic preservation makes in your community.
Unified Federal Review Site Launch
The ACHP in coordination with the Council on Environmental Quality, Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announce the launch of the Unified Federal Review Web site.
The Unified Federal Review was established on January 29, 2013, when President Obama signed into law the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 which amended the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Recovery Act by adding Section 429. This section directs the President to “establish an expedited and unified interagency review process to ensure compliance with environmental and historic requirements under federal law relating to disaster recovery projects, in order to expedite the recovery process, consistent with applicable law.” The goal of the Unified Federal Review is to improve decision making to allow for more predictable outcomes from disaster recovery projects based on past experiences and knowledge as related to environmental and historic preservation reviews.
New Preserve America Communities Named
First Lady Michelle Obama recently named three new Preserve America Communities, bringing the nationwide total to 890. Read more.
Preserve America Stewards Named
First Lady Michelle Obama named two new Preserve America Stewards, bringing the nationwide total to 40. Read more.
ACHP Works to Build a More Inclusive Preservation Program
The agency is offering this Web site to become a portal for groups, projects, and initiatives that support building a more inclusive preservation program for all people across the United States.
Program Comment Issued for the Department of Energy
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) issued a Program Comment to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to extend the duration of agreements based on the DOE prototype Programmatic Agreement (PA) for its Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), State Energy Program (SEP), and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG). The ACHP membership voted in favor of issuing the Program Comment via an unassembled vote that concluded on March 11, 2013. Read more here.
ACHP and CEQ Release Handbook on Coordination of Important Federal Processes
Today, the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the ACHP released a handbook designed to help coordinate required review processes under the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The handbook stands to significantly improve the coordination of environmental reviews across the government. This handbook provides practical advice to practitioners and stakeholders to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal agencies’ environmental review.
Read the press release.
Read the handbook.
Read more from CEQ and the ACHP about this important guidance.
ACHP Participates in Broadband Infrastructure Working Group
The ACHP is participating as a member of the interagency Working Group, co-chaired by the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration, to implement the requirements of Executive Order 13616, “Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment.” The E.O., issued in June 14, 2012, is intended to facilitate wired and wireless broadband infrastructure deployment on Federal lands, buildings, and right of way, federally assisted highways, and Tribal lands, particularly in underserved communities. Based upon the E.O., the acceleration of broadband is essential to the Nation’s global competitiveness in the 21st century, driving job creation, promoting innovation, and expanding markets for American businesses, and affords public safety agencies the opportunity for greater levels of effectiveness and interoperability. Because of the breadth and scope of broadband on diverse resources controlled and managed by the Federal government, the ACHP would like to share this initiative with our constituents.
In accordance with the E.O., an Interim Report was released by the Working Group on March 15, 2013, outlining the actions and recommendations that agencies should implement to meet the goals of the E.O. One of the recommendations included in this Interim Report under “Environmental Compliance” is “to improve Section 106 compliance by developing and implementing alternate procedures under Section 800.14 of the ACHP’s, regulations, “Protection of Historic Properties” (36 CFR Part 800).” In order to implement this recommendation, the ACHP will collaborate with federal agencies, State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, Indian tribes, and other preservation organizations in coming weeks to explore which program alternatives should be pursued to accelerate the deployment of broadband.
ACHP Endorses Plan to Support U.N. Declaration
At its Winter Business Meeting, ACHP members voted to endorse a plan supporting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, becoming the first federal agency to do this. Read more.
Important New Tribal Consultation Tool Launched by HUD
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently launched its Tribal Directory Assessment Tool, an online resource for identifying which Indian tribes have an interest in each state or county in the United States. The tool, originally developed for HUD’s grant recipients, is available for all Section 106 practitioners to use at http://egis.hud.gov/tdat/Tribal.aspx. Read more.
ACHP Guidance on Reasonable and Good Faith Efforts
Read the policy issued by ACHP.
Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation Study Released
A 2011 study commissioned by the ACHP, with funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, identifies and analyzes methods for measuring the economic impacts of historic preservation. The report focuses on such economic indicators as jobs and household income, property values, heritage tourism, sustainable development, and downtown revitalization, and recommends ways to improve our understanding of how preservation activity supports economic vitality.
Read the full report here.
Read a brief compilation of related facts and figures here.
Section 3 Report to the President Now Available
The 2012 Report to the President on the federal government's stewardship of its historic properties is now available.Download the report.
Preserve America E-Newsletter Available
Read the latest e-newsletter with stories of new designations and activities Preserve America Communities can host for heritage tourism, and much more.
Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 New Edition Now Available
The ACHP is proud to announce it has updated and reissued Protecting Historic Properties: A Citizen’s Guide to Section 106. The Citizen’s Guide is a useful tool for learning how to protect historic places in your community.
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
Economic Issues in Historic Preservation