Listed below are recent developments pertinent to historic preservation and cultural resources from the past six months. If you would like to suggest a recent development on this topic, please submit a short description to AASHTO (including any pertinent links) on theShare Info with AASHTO form.
ACHP Issues Status Report on Section 106 Implementation Improvement Efforts
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has released a status report on its efforts to improve Section 106 implementation. The status report assesses progress on an August 2011 regulatory analysis required by Executive Order 13563, which outlined seven “key areas” for ACHP to address to improve Section 106 implementation. Among other findings, the status report touts ACHP’s progress in expanding Section 106 training and education programs, its efforts to provide guidance in conjunction with other stakeholders, and its initiatives to coordinate with other federal agencies. For more information, link to Executive Order 13563 Status Report. (3-14-14)
Historic Bridge Field Guide Published by Oregon Department of Transportation
The Oregon Department of Transportation has published an historic bridge field guide that provides information on 334 of the state’s historically-valuable bridges. In addition to an online version, ODOT, in conjunction with FHWA, printed 1,000 copies of the guide and provided them to libraries throughout the state. ODOT published the guide to support historic preservation of state transportation structures and systems. For more information, link to New “Bridge Field Guide” catalogs Oregon’s historic bridges. (1-28-14)
FEMA Proposes Prototype PA for Section 106 Compliance Following Disasters
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published a revised draft of a prototype programmatic agreement (PPA) to expedite Section 106 compliance for disaster recovery activities. FEMA originally developed the PPA in 2010 and subsequently sought input from relevant stakeholder agencies and organizations. FEMA’s revised PPA draft integrated the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s comments and is available for further stakeholder review. In addition, the revised PPA includes stipulations that allow other federal agencies to use it to meet Section 106 compliance requirements for recovery and response activities. For information, link to FEMA Prototype Programmatic Agreement. (10-17-13)
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has released a Section 106 Applicant Toolkit to help implement provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act. The toolkit covers several topics, including the four-step Section 106 process, avoiding unplanned actions with the potential to harm historic properties, consulting with states and Indian tribes and stakeholder outreach. ACHP developed the toolkit to help Section 106 applicants enhance outcomes and prevent project delays. For more information, link to Section 106 Applicant Toolkit. (9-5-13)