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Preservation50 is Focus for 2016
With the upcoming anniversary of 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the National Historic Preservation Act, the ACHP has begun celebrating. Partnering with various organizations such as Cultural Heritage Partners, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, and many others, the ACHP is looking back at history and looking forward to the future of the national historic preservation program. Keep up to date on Preservation50 activities and events by reading more here.ACHP Member and Staff Contribute to New Volume Honoring 50th Anniversary of NHPA
ACHP Expert Member Lynne Sebastian and Office of Federal Agency Programs Director Reid Nelson have contributed chapters to the recently published volume The National Historic Preservation Act: Past, Present, and Future. As Sebastian writes in her chapter, "How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?," "it is healthy for participants in any discipline or movement to pause periodically and take stock of where they've been, where they are, and where they ought to go from here." The essay collection indeed provides a retrospective look at the Great Society legislation and offers a look at a way forward for the act. 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 email@example.com.Federal and State Preservation Officers Honored with Interior Secretary Awards
June 17-Washington, D.C.-Four preservation officers today received Historic Preservation Awards from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for their outstanding efforts to protect America's diverse cultural and historical heritage. Created by the National Historic Preservation Act, the awards are the only congressionally mandated, cabinet-level recognition program acknowledging the dedication and expertise of historic preservation professionals within federal, tribal, state, and local government agencies.
This year's winners are the following:
Federal Preservation Office Category - Brian Jordan, Ph.D., Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior
State Historic Preservation Officer Category - Melvena Heisch, Oklahoma Historical Society
Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Category - Loretta Jackson-Kelly, Hualapai Tribal Nation
Certified Local Government Coordinator Category - Nancy Hiestand, City of Bloomington, Indiana
Hip, Happening, Historic Preservation Gets Spotlight at 50 Years
Two New Preserve America Stewards Named
ACHP and Seminole Tribe of Florida Sign Historic Agreement
HUD Announces National Disaster Resilience Competition Winners
ACHP Receives Section 213 Report on Tinian National Historic Landmark
PA for Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Now In Effect
Department of the Interior to Initiate Process for Canceling Lease in the Badger-Two Medicine Area
Earlier this fall, as part of a review under Section 106 of the NHPA, the ACHP sent its formal comments to the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture regarding the proposed release from suspension of a Permit to Drill by Solenex LLC in the lease area. See those ACHP comments here. The court filing acknowledged those comments from the ACHP and their recommendations that the Permit to Drill be revoked, that the lease be cancelled, and that the agencies ensure that future mineral development in the area does not occur.
New Spanish Version Available for Citizen’s Guide
El ACHP se complace en ofrecer una de nuestras publicaciones más populares – la Guía del Ciudadano Sobre la Revisión de Proyectos Conforme a la Sección 106 – ahora en español. Esperamos que sea útil para las personas que les resulta más cómodo leer en español. Si tiene preguntas, no dude en contactar al ACHP, en español, a través de esta dirección de correo electrónico: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACHP’s Recommendations on Tribal-Federal Relationships
These recommendations were developed in response to issues raised by both Indian tribes and federal agency officials in Section 106 reviews and in two regional summits co-hosted by the ACHP. The purpose is to encourage Section 106 participants to work together outside of individual project reviews to develop meaningful partnerships. The recommendations should be helpful for federal agencies, Indian tribes, State Historic Preservation Officers, and applicants.
USDA Secretary Vilsack Recommends Cancelling Drilling Leases in Western Montana
The ACHP's Guidance on Preservation Conditions is Now Available!
Federal agencies transfer real property out of federal ownership in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons. When transferring historic properties out of federal control, they often use preservation conditions to accompany these transfers. Sometimes referred to as covenants or easements, preservation conditions are restrictions and conditions on transfers of federal real property, put in place prior to transfer and written in such a way that they are adequate and legally enforceable to ensure the long-term preservation of a historic property's significance. The guidance seeks to help property managing agencies develop sound conditions to support a no adverse effect finding for Section 106 property transfer undertakings. It should also educate historic preservation stakeholders and the public who are often engaged in the development of such conditions and amendments to them. The concepts in the guidance should be useful for permitting and assistance agencies as well. (Read more.)
ACHP Comments to Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior regarding the release from suspension of a Permit to Drill in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, Montana
In addition to the comments specific to the permit, recommendations were included for program improvements in federal minerals leasing practices, and in the coordination and transparency of federal roles in such Section 106 reviews. The full comments, and the letters conveying them to Secretary Thomas Vilsack and Secretary Sally Jewell, are available here.
The ACHP was obligated to provide the comments by September 21, 2015, after consultation was terminated because agreement could not be reached among the consulting parties. Termination of consultation is a rare outcome for a Section 106 case. While approximately 100,000 Section 106 consultations are initiated every year, on average only one every year or two result in termination and the development of comments by the ACHP. The heads of agencies receiving such comments from the ACHP are required to consider them in making the final decision regarding the undertaking at issue, but are not required to follow the ACHP's recommendations.
New Applicant Guidance for Unified Federal Review for Disaster Recovery
ACHP Electronic Section 106 System Now Available to All Federal Agencies
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.
National Historic Preservation Act Has Moved!
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Develops Prototype PA Giving States Flexibility in Completing Historic Preservation Reviews
The ACHP's Guidance on Agreement Documents is Now Available!
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 Showcases Agreement Documents
ACHP Announces Release of Section 106 Applicant Toolkit
ACHP and CEQ Release Handbook on Coordination of Important Federal Processes
ACHP Guidance on Reasonable and Good Faith Efforts
Web-based Archaeology Guidance Now Available
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