ACHP Meets in DC
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation met for its summer business meeting July 15 in Washington, DC in the Russell Senate Office Building. Charleston, South Carolina, Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. was sworn in as the newest member of the ACHP, appointed by President Obama to represent the country’s mayors on the council.
Members voted to amend the agency’s operating procedures allowing for expedited action regarding legislative matters in order for the ACHP to comment to Congress or the Administration. They adopted an action plan which spells out ways the ACHP can encourage and support federal agencies in assisting State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in carrying out essential Section 106 historic preservation activities. A key part of that plan is working with federal agencies in the Administration to encourage full funding of the Historic Preservation Fund. The ACHP membership passed a motion in support of the National Historic Preservation Amendments Act currently pending in Congress. The bill would reauthorize the Historic Preservation Fund for the next 10 years.
ACHP members also heard a presentation from Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D., a global preservationist and leader in the preservation field. Members discussed how the ACHP can take a leadership role in developing recommendations for future preservation policy in the context of the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Historic Preservation Program.
Members also discussed outreach to youth, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others in the ongoing mission to involve more people in preservation. ACHP members reviewed and adopted recommendations that support engaging Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in historic preservation. These follow-up actions complement work being done by preservation partners.
Members of the Suquamish Tribe’s Youth Council attended the meeting and offered a traditional song in thanks for the ACHP's support.
ACHP Participates in White House Tribal Youth Gathering
ACHP member Dorothy Lippert served on a federal panel in the Cultural Preservation and Revitalization breakout session at the first ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering on July 9. She was joined by Joe Sarcinella (Department of Defense), Tim Johnson (National Museum of the American Indian), and Lillian Sparks (Administration for Native Americans). Ninety youth participants discussed their concerns about cultural preservation and then shared with the panel their ideas for change. “It was humbling and inspiring to see so many young people interested in preservation and to hear their ideas for making improvements,” said Valerie Hauser, ACHP Director of the Office of Native American Affairs and adult facilitator for the session. The White House reported more than 1,000 Native youth representing 230 tribes from 42 states attended the gathering and heard from the First Lady and several cabinet secretaries.
ACHP Hosts Two Sacred Sites Workshops and Career Booth at UNITY
ACHP members Dorothy Lippert and Leonard Forsman were joined by ACHP staffers Rae Gould and Bill Dancing Feather, Kathryn Isom-Clause (Department of the Interior), and Yolynda Begay and Margeau Valteau (Forest Service) for two workshops on sacred sites protection during the annual conference of the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY). The youth participants were asked to think about and discuss several questions about sacred sites protection including whether they would be comfortable if their sacred sites were open to the public. The discussions were lively and thought-provoking. Valerie Hauser, ACHP Director of the Office of Native American Affairs and Dr. Lippert also hosted a booth at the Career Expo and had the opportunity to talk with many young people about careers in historic preservation and archaeology. More than 1,000 Native youth attended the UNITY conference in Washington, D.C. from July 10- 14.
First Lady Designates New Preserve America Communities and Stewards
First Lady Michelle Obama has notified officials in five municipalities that they are being recognized as Preserve America Communities, bringing the total nationwide to 900 designations. Three additional volunteer programs that help preserve heritage have also been named Preserve America Stewards, increasing the ranks of organizations so designated to 50. Read more.
Diving With A Purpose Receives Chairman’s Award
The innovative program that trains volunteer maritime advocates to assist in the stewardship of heritage assets in national parks and national marine sanctuaries was honored by the ACHP July 14. Diving With A Purpose, National Association of Black Scuba Divers, National Park Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are the program partners. The program also introduces young people to maritime and archaeology careers. Watch this video about the Youth Diving With A Purpose program! Read More.
Come Work at the ACHP!
The ACHP is currently recruiting for the position of Program Analyst/Natural Resources Conservation Service Liaison (GG-13) in its Office of Federal Agency Programs located in Washington, DC. This is a term position not to exceed 13-months. Read more.
Parks and Recreation Month—Let’s Move!
Support the Let’s Move Campaign and head outside to enjoy this Park and Recreation month! Find creative ways to get active on the Let’s Move website and visit the National Recreation and Park Association website to discover what events your local park is hosting. For example the Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site in St. Francisville, LA is organizing a fun event called “History Mythbusters.”
Put Some History in Your Fourth of July Celebrations!
Celebrate Independence Day at the National Mall! The National Mall is famous for its monuments honoring our nation's heritage and its location in the historic L'Enfant plan listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more here and here.
Share with family and friends the United States Census Bureau "Facts for Features: Fourth of July" or challenge each other to take the PBS American History quiz on the Fourth of July!
Section 106 Successes Celebrate Preservation Month—Send Us Your Ideas!
We want to hear from you about your favorite Section 106 success story! The ACHP is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016, and an important part of this celebration will include the collection of “Section 106 Success Stories” that illustrate how Section 106 of the NHPA has been used to engage people in the discussion about protecting historic properties that matter most to them. These stories provide examples of how federal agencies have used the Section 106 process to protect historic properties, improve federal planning, and raise awareness of the benefits of historic preservation. Read them here and read how you can nominate a successful project.
Start Planning for the 50th Anniversary Today!
May 2015 is the perfect time to start planning for 2016 -- the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)! Players in the national historic preservation program, local preservationists, and citizens are already working on exciting events and opportunities to showcase the success of the NHPA. Read more.
President Designates Teresa Isabel Leger de Fernandez of Santa Fe, NM, New Vice Chair of Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
President Barack Obama has designated Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) General Public Member Teresa Isabel Leger de Fernandez of Santa Fe, NM, as the vice chair of the organization.
She has been a member of the ACHP since she was appointed by the President in February 2013 and brings extensive public and private experience to her position.
Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, noted: "Ms. Leger de Fernandez, with her expertise with American Indian tribes, extensive legal knowledge, and commitment to her Latino community is well suited to help guide the government's national historic preservation practices as the ACHP reaches the milestone of a half-century of existence. The ACHP's mission of promoting the preservation and appreciation of the nation's diverse cultural heritage will be greatly aided by her knowledge and experience as she assumes this new responsibility." Read more here.
National Trust Blog on Section 106 Offers Insight
Historic Preservation Partner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has created a six-story story series of blog posts on Section 106. ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson led off the series with this blog: Section 106 Works. The remaining stories are also of interest and can be found here:
Section 106 E-Newsletter Now Available
The ACHP's Office of Federal Agency Programs has designed this newsletter especially for federal agency officials, SHPOs and THPOs and their staff, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and others who work with Section 106 every day. The goal is to help stakeholders participate effectively in the Section 106 process by keeping them informed of recent Section 106 news, advice, and training from the ACHP. Read the e-newsletter here. Email email@example.com if you want to receive the e-newsletter in your inbox.
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ACHP Launches New Facebook Page Preservation Indigenous – Native Youth
The Office of Native American Affairs at the ACHP recently launched a Facebook page for Native youth. The Preservation Indigenous – Native Youth page is focused on connecting AmericanIndian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian youth with information and opportunities related to historic and cultural preservation developments, and career and educational opportunities. To see the new Facebook page, go to https://www. facebook.com/pages/Preservation-Indigenous-Native-Youth/618814861585123 . And be sure to “Like” us!
ACHP sends Report on Federal Historic Property Management to President
The ACHP submitted its fourth triennial report In a Spirit of Stewardship: A Report on Federal Historic Property Management, to the President on February 17, 2015. The report, required by Section 3 of Executive Order 13287, "Preserve America," summarizes the progress reports submitted in fall 2014 by federal departments and agencies responsible for the stewardship of historic properties on federal lands. The report addresses current opportunities and challenges and makes recommendations to improve federal historic preservation outcomes in the context of footprint reduction, energy efficiency and sustainability, climate adaptation, and resiliency initiatives. Read the report here.
All BLM State Protocols Revised
The ACHP is pleased to note that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed revisions of all state Protocols, which define the relationship between a state's BLM staff and an individual State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). BLM's revised National Programmatic Agreement (nPA), which was executed with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers and the ACHP in 2012 and amended in 2014, called for the BLM-SHPO Protocols to be updated by Feb. 9, 2015, to reflect the changes in the nPA. Since October 2014, revisions to Protocols have been completed in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Oregon, with Utah completing a similar document for small-scale undertakings. These Protocols spell out how BLM offices will work with the SHPO: cooperating on preservation planning and public outreach efforts, sharing information, meeting reporting requirements, and consulting on Section 106 undertakings. The Protocols do not alter BLM's responsibilities to consult with Indian tribes or other consulting parties under Section 106. For the list of states that recently executed Protocols, click here.For links to the executed state Protocols and articles about Protocols executed earlier in 2014 (Alaska, California/Nevada, Idaho, and Wyoming) see DOI BLM for more information.
President’s Budget Seeks Increase in Historic Preservation Fund, Among Other Items
The President’s FY 2016 budget seeks $89.9 million for the Historic Preservation Fund, an increase of $33.5 million over FY 2015. The bulk of the increase is for a Civil Rights initiative, including the addition of $2.5 million for grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and $30 million for new competitive grants to preserve the stories and sites associated with the Civil Rights movement. Read More.
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.
National History Teacher of the Year Named
The ACHP is pleased to note that the 2015 National History Teacher of the Year has been selected and was publicly feted in New York City December 9, 2014. This program began as one of the earliest Preserve America partnerships, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HISTORY have done a wonderful job in continuing it throughout the last decade. Read about this year’s honoree, Michele Anderson of Michigan, here. Nominations for the 2015 award are being accepted through February 1, 2015. Details are available here.
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.
2015 Training Schedule Now Available!
The ACHP is pleased to announce its 2015 ACHP Section 106 training schedule. ACHP staff instructors will offer training in cities nationwide next year. Join us for interactive courses that feature practical guidance and opportunities to apply learning in case-based exercises. Read more.
ACHP Approves Policy Statement Regarding Federal Relationships with Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
At the November 2014 business meeting, the members approved the ACHP Policy Statement Regarding Federal Relationships with Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Read more. THPO Policy.
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 http://www.achp.gov/agreementdocguidance.html. It is best viewed from Google Chrome or Firefox.
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.
Unified Federal Review Process Established
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 announces the establishment of the Unified Federal Environmental and Historic Preservation Review Process, an important element of the implementation of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA). SRIA amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and authorizes several significant changes to the way agencies may deliver federal disaster assistance. It also establishes efficiencies that will expedite the disaster recovery process and reduce project costs.
For additional information on the Unified Federal Review, please visit the Unified Federal Review webpage at http://www.fema.gov/environmental-historic-preservation/unified-federal-environmental-and-historic-preservation-review.
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 agenciesí 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
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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.
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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Section 106 Archaeology Guidance
ACHP Guidance on Program Comments as a Program Alternative
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Economic Issues in Historic Preservation