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NPS Endorses ACHP Policy Statement on Balancing Cultural and Natural Values
NPS has endorsed the ACHP policy statement, "Balancing Cultural and Natural Values on Federal Lands," which encourages Federal land managers to recognize that cultural and natural values should be considered in an integrated manner to ensure that cultural values are afforded equal consideration.
ACHP's policy statement represents two years of collaboration with NPS, which initiated its own review of its existing policy and guidance based on the principles in ACHP's policy statement. ACHP will use the policy statement as a basis for developing a similar policy to guide other Federal property agencies.
Section 106 participants are encouraged to refer to ACHP's Policy Statement on Balancing Cultural and Natural Values on Federal Lands and NPS's Summary of Policies to factor into Section 106 consultation where cultural and natural values may conflict.
Nationwide NPS Programmatic Agreement
Pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended (16 U.S.C. 470f), the National Park Service (NPS) on November 14, 2008, executed a nationwide Programmatic Agreement (PA) with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) to further integrate the stewardship of historic properties into NPS policy, streamline the Section 106 process, and strengthen NPS’ partnership with state and tribal preservation programs across the country.
In 2005, the NPS began its efforts to develop this nationwide PA to replace an outdated agreement. Utilizing an interagency work group, including representatives from the NPS, the ACHP, and NCSHPO, as well as individual tribal advisors, NPS conducted extensive consultation with key stakeholders. As part of this effort, the NPS held regional “listening” sessions to solicit tribal concerns and opinions. Guided by this consultation, NPS continued to refine and improve drafts of the agreement as it responded to the comments received.
The NPS’ efforts represent a model for other federal agencies wishing to develop similar nationwide Programmatic Agreements. The NPS met its goal of creating a new agreement to meet its operational requirements while considering and incorporating the views of State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and other interested stakeholders. Read the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement here.
National Park Service home page: www.nps.gov
National Park Service Cultural Resources home page: www.cr.nps.gov
National Parks (select by name, State, region, or theme): www.nps.gov/parks.html
List of Classified Structures (LCS): http://www.hscl.cr.nps.gov/insidenps/summary.asp