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Federal Preservation Officer
Cultural Resource Management: Policy and Regulations
Section 106 Notes
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Federal Preservation Officer

Bernie Denno
Chief, Environmental Compliance and Safety Division
Office of Finance and Administration
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3281
Telephone: (301) 713-2870, ext.101
E-mail: Bernie.Denno@noaa.gov

Staff Points of Contact:
Stephanie Thornton
Chief, Sanctuaries and Reserves
Office of Coastal Resource Management
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: (301) 713-3155

Bruce G. Terrell
Historian/Archeologist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management—SSMC4
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Telephone: (301) 713-3125
Fax: (301) 713-0404
E-mail: bterrell@ocean.nos.noaa.gov


Cultural Resource Management: Policy and Regulations

Authorizing legislation:
Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq. as amended).

Implementing regulations:
15 CFR Parts 922 (Sanctuaries) and 923 (CZM program).


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contributed to the development of a Programmatic Agreement that establishes a national policy for the protection of cultural resources during emergency response under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contigency Plan. Click here for more information on the PA and the Contingency Plan.


Section 106 Notes

NOAA's primary programs that have the potential to affect historic properties are its Marine Sanctuaries Program and the Coastal Zone Management Program. Many marine sanctuaries and coastal areas contain historic shipwrecks and other kinds of archeological site, and the wreck of the Civil War ironclad Monitor in the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of North Carolina is a National Historic Landmark. NOAA has or is in the process of developing Management Plans for its 12 current National Marine Sanctuaries, and these plans include sections on dealing with historic and cultural resources. NOAA also manages a number of National Estuarine Research Reserves in conjunction with various State governments.


Agency and Related Links

NOAA Web site: www.noaa.gov

NOAA's Preserve America Web site (www.preserveamerica.noaa.gov) is designed to raise awareness within the agency of President Bush's Preserve America Executive Order 13287, which calls on Federal agencies to step up efforts to preserve, protect, and promote the heritage resources in their care.

From historic maps and charts, to shipwrecks, rare books, and scientific instruments, NOAA is the steward of rare treasures that unveil not only the beginnings of the agency, but the history of the Nation.

NOAA's Preserve America Web site highlights several of the agency's heritage resource preservation success stories, and informs visitors, primarily NOAA employees, of how they can get involved in Preserve America.


Updated September 9, 2004

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