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Home arrowNews arrowJune 17, 2014

ACHP Participates in Western States Meeting for Strengthening Collaboration

The ACHP was pleased to participate in the annual meeting of western State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs) and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) hosted by the Washington SHPO in Vancouver, Washington. Dr. Allyson Brooks, Washington SHPO, has convened western SHPOs annually for a number of years to address common interests and challenges in implementing their preservation programs, including federally mandated Section 106 reviews required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). This year, a third day was added to the meeting to invite THPOs from western states attending the meeting to participate in a one-day summit to explore how SHPOs and THPOs might enhance collaboration on common interests. The summit was attended by more than 55 representatives of seven western states and 31 tribal representatives representing 26 tribes in the West.

ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, who participated in the meeting along with Leonard Forsman (Chairman of the Suquamish Tribe and Native American member of the ACHP), and senior ACHP staff, has long advocated for increased collaboration and communication between these critical partners in the federal historic preservation program. Recognizing the unique opportunity to address these partners directly, ACHP representatives actively participated in each of the three days of meetings, providing their views on the benefits and importance of strengthening ties between these partners, along with updates on the ACHP’s actions and commitments to strengthen support for SHPOs and THPOs and address important policy and legislative issues in the West and beyond. The summit also allowed participants to pose questions to the ACHP on a variety of topics, including the Section 106 process overseen by the ACHP.

Along with other attendees including the National Park Service and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, the ACHP participated in breakout sessions on the use of electronic information and communication systems to facilitate Section 106 review, archaeology, and human remains associated with historic properties. Participants also heard updates from the National Park Services on efforts to update Bulletin 38 and discuss how states and tribes might seek additional funding to the Historic Preservation Fund for their programs.

Updated on June 17, 2014

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