By Katry Harris, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
As we approach the 50-year mark of the enactment of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Preservation Leadership Forum has enlisted the help of preservation practitioners to take a close look at how the NHPA is used to protect historic places. Earlier this year we took a look at Section 106, and are now covering Section 110, a provision that requires federal agencies to establish a historic preservation program for the identification and protection of historic properties under their direct control or ownership. In this final post in the series, Katry Harris from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation looks at Section 110 and stewardship.
It shall be the policy of the federal government, in cooperation with other nations and in partnership with the States, local governments, Indian tribes, and private organizations and individuals to …(3) administer federally owned, administered, or controlled prehistoric and historic resources in a spirit of stewardship for the inspiration and benefit of present and future generations… (54 U.S.C. § 300101(3))
Since the addition, in 1980, of the Section 110 requirements to the National Historic Preservation Act, federal agencies have made significant progress in creating a culture of stewardship, reflecting the policy established in the Act, for historic properties under their control and those in non-federal ownership but affected by their undertakings. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) maintains a current list of Federal Preservation Officers providing contact information for 14 departments and some 65 agencies. These dedicated historic preservationists work tirelessly to improve their agency’s knowledge of historic properties, train key staff, and implement procedures for considering the effects of their undertakings in all their program areas on historic properties. Their efforts, when supported at the highest level of agency leadership by Senior Policy Officials, have been successful in improving preservation outcomes.... Read More →