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Home arrowNews arrow NPS Releases Report on Cultural Resources Climate Change Planning

NPS Releases Report on Cultural Resources Climate Change Planning

The National Park Service (NPS) has released a summary report of its Preserving Coastal Heritage planning session on cultural resources and climate change. ACHP representatives were among the participants at the 1-1/2 day session held in New York City in April 2014. The session was supported by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the George Wright Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The session brought together leaders in the fields of planning, architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, archeology, science, and park and cultural resource management to assist the NPS in its development of a Cultural Resources Climate Change Response Strategy. This decision-making framework will be a planning tool for both the NPS and for other agencies and organizations addressing climate change impacts on historic properties. The report summarizes the recommendations and feedback that emerged over the course of the planning session.

As noted in the report, the ACHP is looking forward to participating in future NPS planning and guidance development efforts. Once the Cultural Resources Climate Change Response Strategy is finalized, the ACHP will work with NPS to explore the possibility of implementing programmatic approaches to compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for climate change-related projects. The ACHP also is positioned to encourage other federal agencies, states, tribes, and local governments to consider using or adapting the NPS decision-making framework once it is established.

Further information on NPS efforts concerning cultural resources and climate change–including several webinars–is available at the NPS Preserving Coastal Heritage web site. Threats to a number of nationally significant historic properties (including some NPS and other federal properties) also are highlighted in a recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, National Landmarks At Risk: How Rising Seas, Floods, and Wildfires Are Threatening the United States' Most Cherished Historic Sites

Posted July 27, 2014

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