ACHP and National Trust Speak Out for Preserving Historic Properties in Cities
In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson and National Trust President Stephanie Meeks wrote about the importance of reusing historic buildings rather than razing. Read the article here.
ACHP Fall Business Meeting Highlights
The ACHP met Nov. 14. Read more for highlights.
Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation Presented to Forest Service, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
The Asian Pacific American Heritage program, a joint effort by the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle and the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, received the Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation at the fall business meeting of the ACHP today. Read more.
2014 Section 106 Training Schedule Just Announced!
Save $45 when you register for our popular Section 106 Essentials course by December 16. Click here for the course flyer. Registration has also opened for the Advanced Section 106 Seminar. Click here for more information and to register.
Don’t want to wait to learn until 2014? Try a one-hour webinar on a Section 106 topic: www.achp.gov/sec106webinar.html.
Joint National Trust-ACHP Award Presented to Presidio Public Health Service District
ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson participated in the award ceremony Nov. 1 bestowing the Joint National Trust-ACHP Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation to the Presidio Public Health Service District in San Francisco. Read more about the important project
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.
National History Teacher of the Year Named
Jill Szymanski, an elementary school teacher from Wilmington, Delaware, was awarded the National History Teacher of the Year honor. Read more.
Read the Press Release from the event here.
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.
Historic Preservation Provides Great Benefits for Nation’s Communities
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading national experts discussed how historic preservation tools can assist economic, educational and cultural renewal in the nation’s communities at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation annual conference on Sept. 19, 2013. The panel included ACHP Vice Chairman Clement A. Price and was titled “Preserving African American Historic Places: Breathing New Life into Our Communities.” Please read more about the informative session.
ACHP Announces Release of 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 Member Brad White Featured in Article on Reclaiming Vacant Properties
ACHP Member Brad White, who serves as Chairman of the Rightsizing Task Force, spoke to an audience of professionals at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sept. 10. Mr. White addressed issues of demolition versus rehabilitation, which will also be highlighted in the Rightsizing Task Force’s report due to the ACHP this fall. Next City’s publication of “A Lot of Tiny Pieces Lost” quoted Mr. White and is available here.
ACHP in the News, Gives Public a View of Active Section 106 Work
ACHP Chairman and Vice Chairman Re-appointed
President Barack Obama has announced the appointment to a second term on the ACHP for Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA and Vice Chairman Clement Price, PhD. Read more.
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.
Brownsville, Texas, uses Preserve America Money to Spark Downtown Development
At one of Texas’s most famous border towns, Brownsville has turned its once vacant and abandoned Downtown into a visitor’s mecca. Using its expansive supply of historic resources that just needed a little boost, the city now has four times the visitorship compared to a decade ago. Preserve America Grant funding of $132,870 helped spark the work to make downtown Brownsville a successful cultural tourist destination. Read more
ACHP Applauds Publication of Latino Theme Study
The National Park Service knows that Latino history is American history. American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study is a publication of the National Park System Advisory Board for the National Park Service. This theme study is for students and teachers, researchers, preservation professionals, local, state and federal government officials, and for the general public. In other words, it's for you. Read more.
Full Length History of St. Elizabeths Hospital Now Available
This new e-book from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) draws from primary documents held at the National Archives and an extensive oral history project. It includes numerous historic photographs and anecdotes about the important National Historic Landmark in Southeast Washington, D.C. GSA’s development of a full history of St. Elizabeths was required in the Programmatic Agreement (PA, Stipulation III.D.2.d.(c)(1), (Lines 773-775).) (December 8, 2008). As part of public outreach, interpretation and education, the PA stated, “GSA will produce a comprehensive catalog/monograph, complete with illustrations and text […].” Also in accordance with the PA, construction of the new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters is complete; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and GSA will host a ribbon-cutting event on July 29, 2013. Click here to learn more about GSA’s ongoing compliance efforts.
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.
Section 106 Implications for Many Properties on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered List for 2013
Every year the National Trust for Historic Preservation (Trust) highlights the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, historic properties that the organization wants to bring to public attention out of concern that their existence or historic integrity are threatened. At least five of the places on the 2013 list released on June 19 involve Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
The fact that nearly half of the endangered places noted this year have direct Section 106 implications is an indication of how pervasive and important Section 106 is to preservation of the nation’s important historic places. 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.
Presidential Memorandum Modernizes Infrastructure Review; ACHP Assisted with Policy
On May 17, 2013, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum entitled “Modernizing Federal Infrastructure Review and Permitting Regulations, Policies, and Procedures” which encourages the development of innovative mitigation tools to improve environmental outcomes, development of more targeted and relevant environmental reviews, provision of more opportunities for public input, and improvement in collaboration with state, local, and tribal governments. This permitting modernization effort is an important component of the President’s larger effort to grow the economy, accelerate job creation, and improve U.S. competitiveness by building a 21st Century infrastructure. This effort will be guided by a Steering Committee established under Executive Order 13604, “Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects,” which established goals for improving federal environmental permitting and review decisions. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is a member of this Steering Committee and has developed an agency plan as required by that Executive Order which can be viewed here. For more information on the Presidential Memorandum read more here.
35th Anniversary Report on Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings
Our friends at the National Park Service have released a report on the 35th anniversary of the first certified rehabilitation project,certified in 1977, under the historic tax credit program. The report features statistics, case studies, and other information on the program over the last 35 years.
The report discusses the successes of the program, both in terms of the historic buildings that have been rehabilitated throughout the nation, in communities both large and small, as well as how the program has contributed to community revitalization, job creation and other economic benefits, the reuse of such vacant or underutilized building types as manufacturing buildings and schools, energy conservation and sustainability, innovative reuse projects, disaster relief, and revitalizing Main Street. Read more.
ACHP Moving to National Building Museum
After 30 years, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will move from the Old Post Office Building (OPOB) to its new offices in the historic edifice occupied by the National Building Museum. The move is scheduled to take place in late 2013 or early 2014. Read more.
President’s Budget Supports Historic Preservation
In this era of austerity, the President’s budget for 2014 delivered to Capitol Hill brings welcome news to the field of historic preservation. It includes $56 million from the Historic Preservation Fund for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, a continuation of prior funding levels, and adds $3 million for a new competitive grant program for the survey and nomination of properties to the National Register and as National Historic Landmarks associated with underrepresented communities.
The President’s FY 2014 budget also includes a significant increase for the ACHP. The overall request is $6,531,000. This represents a $432,772 or 7 percent increase over the FY 2012 level, restoring the 10 percent cut for the ACHP in FY 2013 and returning authorized staffing to the FY 2012 level. The funds are being sought to bolster the ACHP’s critical role in the Section 106 process.
While the President’s budget is only the beginning of the appropriations process, the Administration’s continued support for historic preservation is a positive first step.
ACHP Praises NPS’ Latino Heritage Theme Study, Suggests Use for Teachers and Preservationists
The National Park Service has presented an important publication based on much research into Latino Heritage and the making of the United States. The ACHP supports the NPS’ goals of a more inclusive history of diverse cultures and adding more Latino-focused sites to the National Register. Read more about this groundbreaking study and how to use it for research and community preservation.
Read the press release
Nominate a Latino-focused Section 106 Success Story to the ACHP
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 agenciesí 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.
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