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Home arrowNews arrowJune 7 , 2012

National Trust Most Endangered List Highlights Importance of Section 106

Bridges of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California
The National Park Service, in developing a management plan for Yosemite National Park, is considering the removal of as many as three historic stone bridges over the Merced River in the park. NPS will need to balance preservation of manmade historic structures and restoration of segments of former natural stream flow as it proceeds with Section 106 consultation.

Ellis Island Hospital Complex, New York Harbor, New York and New Jersey
There is a longstanding issue involving what was once the largest Public Health Service facility in the United States through which millions of people can trace the origins of their American citizenship. The ACHP has long participated in Section 106 cases involving Ellis Island. The National Park Service has stabilized the deterioration of unused closed sections of the facility and faces the major challenge posed by lack of sufficient funding to restore and open to the public an iconic place of American heritage.

Historic Post Offices, nationwide
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is considering the closure and disposal of numerous post offices nationwide due to consolidation of service (more than 3,600 locations are being studied for possible closure). Many of these places are of iconic importance to local communities across the nation. Since December 2010 ACHP and USPS officials have been strategizing on Section 106 consultation and alternative solutions, such as the development of a nationwide context study of post-World War II post offices, Section 106 training for USPS staff, and potential program alternatives to expedite reviews.

Elkhorn Ranch, Billings County, North Dakota
Proposals to build roads and a bridge across a section of river near part of the Theodore Roosevelt National Monument likely would pose threats to the historic integrity of the former President Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch. Should the construction of these facilities require federal permits, approvals, or licenses, Section 106 consultation will be necessary to consider the potential effects of these activities on historic properties, including the Monument.

Village of Zoar, Ohio
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency and is devising alternatives to alleviate the risk to the village's historic integrity and structures. Zoar, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, is endangered due to the possibility of future failure of a levee protecting the village from floodwaters. The Section 106 consultation process which will consider the various alternative fixes is not expected to conclude before late 2013.

National Trust Most Endangered List Highlights Importance of Section 106

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