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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.

African American Civil Rights Grants

The National Park Service has announced a new grant program aimed at preserving sites of importance to the African American struggle for civil rights in the 20th century. The grants are being funded by the Historic Preservation Fund, and $7.75 million is available. Potential projects include survey and documentation, interpretation and education, oral histories, brick and mortar preservation, and more. Historically Black Colleges and Universities can apply for the grants in partnership with states, territories, federally-recognized tribes, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiian organizations, or local governments. Applications are due October 14, 2016. Learn more about the African American Civil Rights Grants here.

Wireless Antennae Agreement Amended
August 3-The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) executed the amendment to the 2001 Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for the Collocation of Wireless Antennas (Amendment) among the Federal Communications Commission, the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) and the ACHP. The purpose of this Amendment is to streamline 5G infrastructure deployment, and to continue to reduce the need for new tower construction that could potentially affect historic properties. Read more.

President Announces Intent to Appoint ACHP Member
August 4
- President Barack Obama announced his intention to appoint Luis G. Hoyos as an expert member of the ACHP. Read the ACHP's press release here. Read the White House's announcement here.

ACHP Chairman's Award Presented to Cold War Adaptive Reuse Project
Washington, DC-ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson presented the Chairman's Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation July 13 at a ceremony at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The award went to the U.S. Department of Energy and its Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management, East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, and Dover Development for their work in the restoration and reuse of the Alexander Inn-Guest House, a site where famous players in the development of the atomic bomb at Oak Ridge's DOE facility, stayed. The former inn is now an assisted living facility. Read about the award here.View a Power Point presentation about the award here.

ACHP Meets in DC
The ACHP met for its summer business July 13-14 in Washington, D.C. Highlights of the meeting included the council members adopting resolutions to advise Congress and the President on four pieces of current legislation regarding historic property designation; emphasizing the members' focus on youth and encouraging agencies and others to support programs to engage young people in historic preservation experiences and careers; and setting forth internal regulations for guiding the ACHP's work in supporting building a more inclusive historic preservation program and tribal historic preservation regulations. Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson swore in three newly appointed members at the business meeting: Terry Guen, Dorothy Lippert, and Jordan Tannenbaum.

Montford Point Marine Memorial Honors Original Troops
The first phase of a memorial honoring the nation's first African American Marines was dedicated at a July 29 ceremony in Jacksonville, NC. (Read the Washington Post story here.)

The National Montford Point Marine Memorial is named after the camp where some 20,000 African Americans underwent Marine Corps training in the 1940s. The service branch was opened to them following President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 signing of Executive Order 8802, which prohibited racial discrimination in the armed forces.

Montford Point Camp, later renamed Camp Johnson, was also the site of a Section 106 Success Story. The Marine Corps had proposed demolition of three of the buildings associated with Montford Point Camp as part of a plan to construct a new academic instruction facility at Camp Johnson. But, using the Section 106 process, the Montford Point Marine Association and the State Historic Preservation Officer later signed a Memorandum of Agreement that preserved two of those buildings and expanded the interpretative media and materials at the site.

President Announces Intent to Appoint Three ACHP Members
President Barack Obama announced his intention to appoint Jordan E. Tannenbaum as a general public member of the ACHP, and re-appoint Terry Guen and Dorothy T. Lippert as expert members. Read the ACHP's press release here. Read the White House's announcement here.

ACHP Announces Summer Business Meeting
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will meet for its summer business in Washington, D.C. July 13-14. Please see the attached agendas for more information. 

First Lady Designates Four New Communities

The Preserve America program now can boast 904 designated communities with today's announcement of First Lady Michelle Obama's latest letters to the honorees. Read more about Redwood City, CA; Shelby Township, MI; Warwick, RI; and Tyler, TX.

Making Archaeology Public Project offers free videos to students, educators, and more
As part of an effort to increase public awareness of knowledge gained through archaeology carried out as a requirement of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Making Archaeology Public Project is releasing a series of videos throughout 2016. The videos are free to students, educators, or anyone interested in archaeology to use for non-commercial purposes. The passage of the NHPA in 1966 fundamentally changed American archaeology. The NHPA requires that federal agencies be good stewards of historic places-including archaeological sites-that are under an agency's control. The Act also requires agencies to consider the possible effects of all projects they carry out, fund, or approve on archaeological sites and other historic places. Thus, over the past 50 years, hundreds of thousands of archaeological sites have been found, recorded, and, in many cases, preserved in place. Where sites could not be left in place because of the need for highways, energy, housing, or other modern development, many sites were scientifically excavated and analyzed. The results of these analyses preserve the information and knowledge we have gained for future generations. Archaeology carried out to meet the requirements of the NHPA has created a vast collection of information about life in the past and yields amazing stories about our American experience. The videos on the Making Archaeology Public website were created by volunteer groups of archaeologists across the country in order to share some of these stories. Enjoy!

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
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
ComputersThe 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.

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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
Brian Jordan helped identify some of the most challenging historic properties, submerged paleocultural landscapes, which in turn have shone a spotlight on tribal culture on the Outer Continental Shelf.

State Historic Preservation Officer Category - Melvena Heisch, Oklahoma Historical Society
Melvena Heisch has been with the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office for 40 years - none more memorable than 1995, when, though severely wounded in the Oklahoma City bombing, she helped retain and restore many of the 324 buildings damaged or destroyed in the 16-block blast radius.

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Category - Loretta Jackson-Kelly, Hualapai Tribal Nation
Loretta Jackson-Kelly has helped develop training programs for tribal members to learn about Hualapai culture and language, in turn aiding them in integrating traditional and modern lifeways of the Hualapai.

Certified Local Government Coordinator Category - Nancy Hiestand, City of Bloomington, Indiana
As the preservation officer for Bloomington for 22 years, Nancy Hiestand has helped protect historic structures, while properly accommodating and encouraging new uses and development.

Hip, Happening, Historic Preservation Gets Spotlight at 50 Years
The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) published its spring members magazine focused on the National Historic Preservation Act at 50 years old. A member observer on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the NAPC is an expert voice for local preservation issues and serves a critical role in encouraging people to get involved in their communities to preserve their heritage. Make sure to read the article ACHP Director of the Office of Preservation Initiatives Ron Anzalone wrote in the Alliance Review detailing the NHPA’s founding and what has transpired in the federal historic preservation program over the last 50 years. He also discusses what the next 50 years may look like and how the public can get involved. Be sure to plan to attend the NAPC’s annual forum, July 27-31 in historic Mobile, Alabama.

Two New Preserve America Stewards Named
First Lady Michelle Obama signed letters naming the Friends of Burial Hill and the Friends of Lakewold Preserve America Stewards. This brings the nationwide total of Stewards to 56. Read more here.

ACHP and Seminole Tribe of Florida Sign Historic Agreement
The ACHP and the Seminole Tribe of Florida have entered into an agreement for federal projects on tribal lands to be reviewed under the tribe’s Cultural Resource Ordinance rather than the ACHP’s regulations. The signing ceremony took place during the ACHP’s business meeting March 24, 2015, in Tampa, Florida, the Seminole Tribe’s ancestral homelands. Section 101(d)(5) of the National Historic Preservation Act authorizes the ACHP to enter into agreements with Indian tribes for undertakings on tribal lands to be reviewed under tribal regulations rather than the ACHP’s regulations. This historic agreement affords the Seminole Tribe the ability to exercise sovereignty and self-determination regarding its cultural heritage on its lands. The Seminole Tribal Historic Preservation Office runs a state-of-the-art preservation program and is well positioned to assume these responsibilities. This is the second such agreement the ACHP has entered into. The first was with the Narragansett Indian Tribe in Rhode Island.

HUD Announces National Disaster Resilience Competition Winners
See the profiles of state winners and learn how to prepare for potential disaster scenarios. Read this from HUD.

ACHP Receives Section 213 Report on Tinian National Historic Landmark
The ACHP received its requested Section 213 Report from the National Park Service regarding the Tinian Landing Beaches, Ushi Point & North Fields, Tinian Island National Historic Landmark in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the proposed United States Marine Corp Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Joint Military Training (CJMT) Project. Click here to learn more about the project and to read the report.

PA for Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Now In Effect
ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, along with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) State Director Jerome E. Perez, and California State Historic Preservation Officer Julianne Polanco signed a Programmatic Agreement for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan in early February. This agreement marks a significant step forward in the BLM's efforts to incorporate historic preservation values in its planning efforts. Read more.

Department of the Interior to Initiate Process for Canceling Lease in the Badger-Two Medicine Area
In a court filing dated November 23, 2015, the Department of the Interior (DOI) indicated its decision to initiate the process for the cancellation of the lease that includes the Badger-Two Medicine Area. The DOI noted that it has reached the tentative conclusions that the lease was issued without proper compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and that, therefore, the lease can be voided.

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
The ACHP is pleased to offer one of our most popular publications—the Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 Review—now in Spanish.  We hope it will be useful for people who are more comfortable reading in Spanish.  Feel free to contact the ACHP via our Spanish email address if you have inquiries:

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:



The ACHP’s Recommendations on Tribal-Federal Relationships
The ACHP announces its new Recommendations for Improving 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
On Nov. 2, Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack recommended to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell cancellation of leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in western Montana. That recommendation was consistent with comments sent by the ACHP to both secretaries earlier this fall on the impacts of energy development on historic properties in the area. The Department of the Interior must now decide the matter. The ACHPprovided its comments after Section 106 consultation for these leases was terminated. The ACHP hosted a public meeting in Choteau, Montana, and received hundreds of public comments. Read the letter from Secretary Vilsack here. Read the ACHP comments here

The ACHP's Guidance on Preservation Conditions is Now Available!
The ACHP announces its new "Guidance on the Use of Real Property Restrictions or Conditions in the Section 106 Process to Avoid Adverse Effects," now on our Web site. It is best viewed from Google Chrome or Firefox.

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
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) on September 21, 2015, provided its comments on the historic preservation issues regarding the proposed release from suspension of the Permit to Drill to Solenex LLC in the Lewis and Clark National Forest in western 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
The ACHP, in coordination with the inter-agency Steering Group comprised of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Council on Environmental Quality, is pleased to announce the release of the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Guide for Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance Applicants (Applicant Guide). The issuance of this Applicant Guide is an important step in the implementation of the Unified Federal Review (UFR) Process, established in July 2014 through an interagency Memorandum of Understanding. Read more.

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 systemview 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!
As you may have heard, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) has a new home in the United States Code (U.S. Code), the official compilation of federal statutes. While the NHPA was previously codified at title 16 of the U.S. Code, effective December 19, 2014, it was moved to title 54. Please find the law codifying the NHPA in title 54 here. The provisions of the newly codified NHPA may be found starting at section 300101. Read more.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Develops Prototype PA Giving States Flexibility in Completing Historic Preservation Reviews
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is pleased to announce it has designated a Prototype Programmatic Agreement (PA) for the use of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. This useful prototype allows the federal agency flexibility in their Section 106 work with farmers and landowners across the U.S. Read more.

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 It is best viewed from Google Chrome or Firefox.

Guidance on Agreement DocumentsMemoranda 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
In hundreds of cases throughout the country, the ACHP participates in consultation on the development of Section 106 agreement documents that evidence federal agency commitments to resolving adverse effects on historic properties that might result from their actions. Read more about these documents and agency transparency.

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 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 Guidance on Reasonable and Good Faith Efforts
Read the policy issued by ACHP.

Web-based Archaeology Guidance Now Available
Washington, 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: Read more.

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