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Home arrowNews arrowMay 11, 2012
ACHP Business Meeting Offers Awards and Recognition

Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, Department of Transportation, shakes the hand of ACHP Vice Chairman Clement Price, as Reno Franklin (NATHPO general chairman), Wayne Donaldson (ACHP chairman), and John Berrey (Native American member) look on. Osborne presented the ACHP with the Exemplary Human Environment Initiative award in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration New Mexico Division for process improvements increasing tribal participation and streamlining the Section 106 tribal consultation process in New Mexico.

The Marine Corps presented the second in its poster series on “Defending Our Cultural Heritage” and its heritage awareness initiative to the ACHP and the National Park Service. From left, Captain Tony Edmonds, Director of Facilities, Marine Corps Installations Command; Stephanie Toothman, National Park Service Associate Director for Cultural Resource Programs and Science; Donald Schregardus, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy; David Clifton, Deputy Commander, Marine Corps Installations Command; Sue Goodfellow, head of the Planning and Conservation Section of the Marine Corps; and Wayne Donaldson, ACHP chairman. The ACHP and the NPS were partners on this project. This poster commemorates the Marine Corps’ famous training ground Parris Island, South Carolina, and the Charlesfort-Santa Elena Site.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) met May 10 for its quarterly business meeting. Hosted by Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers, the ACHP met in the Russell Senate Caucus Room (now known as the Kennedy Caucus Room) for its spring business. This included discussion of the following subjects: Building a More Inclusive National Preservation Program; Rightsizing Task Force Report; Sustainability Task Force Report; Report on the Native American Traditional Cultural Landscapes Action Plan; and Announcement of five new Preserve America Community designations by the First Lady: Colusa, California; Albion, New York; Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Fort Pierre, South Dakota; and Douglas, Wyoming.

The Rightsizing Task Force continues to meet and discuss appropriate policy ideas regarding advice to cities that are losing population and making plans to re-use their historic central core. Principal of PlaceEconomics Donovan Rypkema made a presentation of the study he recently concluded of 20 cities known to be experiencing a population loss. The study was presented to the ACHP members. The task force is set to meet in June in Cleveland, Ohio, for an on-site visit to meet with members of the community. ACHP members also heard about the dissemination of information regarding the Native American Traditional Cultural Landscapes Action Plan and how the ACHP is working with the White House to produce a blog and other outreach to engage Native Americans and federal agencies in consultation and other matters. ACHP members are making plans to host a forum on building a more inclusive historic preservation program, and this includes making sure young people are in the mix and are being included in historic preservation activities. 

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Posted May 11, 2012

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