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The U.S. Forest Service (FS) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) seek two Faculty Advisors currently working for Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) to assist in implementing the 2023 Cultural Heritage in the Forest (CHIF) summer program.

CHIF is a paid, four-week educational internship for 8-12 HBCU students interested in historic preservation or history-related fields. The goal of the program is to prepare HBCU students for future careers in cultural resources management, historic preservation, archaeology, history, and related careers, bringing diversity into these traditionally nondiverse fields. Much of the program takes place on Forest Service lands, and educational activities are primarily facilitated by the FS and the ACHP.


The ACHP is now recruiting for the position of Assistant Historic Preservation Specialist (AHPS) within the ACHP’s Office of Federal Agency Programs (OFAP), located in Washington, DC. OFAP plays a key role in meeting the ACHP’s mission to advise the President and Congress on historic preservation matters, and oversees the Section 106 review process. 

The AHPS will be located within OFAP’s Federal Permitting, Licensing and Assistance Section and will have the primary responsibility of reviewing adverse effect notifications from federal agencies. Other responsibilities include providing technical advice and assistance to consulting parties and participating in consultation meetings. The closing date for applications is March 7, 2023.

As the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation commemorates Black History Month 2023, Expert Member Luke Nichter, host of Preservation Perspectives, the ACHP podcast, spoke with  Lawson Nwakudo, a park ranger at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Church Creek, MD. They discussed that Harriet Tubman, one of the most successful Underground Railroad "conductors" who helped many enslaved people escape to freedom before and during the Civil War, was an American hero. People visiting the park can learn more her life and about the land surrounding the park where she grew up. The park has many programs, both online and in-person, to ensure all who want to can participate.

The ACHP is considering a request from the Department of the Army to issue a Program Comment for management actions related to its inventory of Vietnam War Era historic housing, constructed between 1963 and 1975. The public review period is now open for the proposed Program Comment for the Army.

Those interested in commenting on the proposed Program Comment may do so by filing their comments with the ACHP on or before Wednesday, February 22, 2023 to