Balancing Historic Preservation Needs with the Operation of Highly Technical or Scientific Facilities

In response to a joint request from the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands, and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation undertook an analysis of preservation issues concerning Federal support for highly scientific and technical facilities. The analysis considered the appropriate role of historic preservation in decisionmaking about the operation and management of these facilities.

An update is forthcoming.

What About a Wind Farm Project Triggers Section 106?

The ACHP has received a number of inquiries regarding the Section 106 responsibilities of federal agencies with regard to the development of on and off-shore wind farms. We are specifically asked what kinds of federal actions related to the development and operation of wind farms make such projects “undertakings” subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations, “Protection of Historic Properties” (36 CFR 800).

VA Section 106 Success Stories

In the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), Congress established a comprehensive program to preserve the historical and cultural foundations of the nation as a living part of community life. It was passed in response to widespread citizen concern that federally planned or assisted projects—like the construction of the interstate highway system and urban renewal—were destroying irreplaceable pieces of our shared heritage.

BLM National PA for Compliance with Section 106

Programmatic Agreement Among the Bureau of Land Management, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers Regarding the Manner in Which the BLM Will Meet Its Responsibilities Under the National Historic Preservation Act

Program Comment Questions and Answers

Answers to questions about the program comment process are based on the requirements found in the ACHP’s regulations, past experience in approving program comments and recommendations developed based on this past experience.

BLM’s National Programmatic Agreement

BLM and ACHP representatives signing the nPA
BLM and ACHP representatives signing the nPA

 The Bureau of Land Management historic preservation program took an important step forward on Feb. 9, 2012, when a major revision to the national Programmatic Agreement (nPA) was signed at the business meeting of the ACHP.

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