By: Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Nine Mile Canyon Rock Art | Jerry D. Spangler, Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance
Citizens and public officials have successfully worked together to help protect America’s heritage, in no small measure because of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the Section 106 consultation process it created under that part of the law. Yet, Americans who are not familiar with the phrase “historic preservation” remain unaware that the places and communities they love and enjoy would be vastly different if the NHPA had not been in force for almost 47 years.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and our preservation partners, such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, and state and tribal preservation officials, believe the 50th anniversary of the NHPA in October 2016 is an occasion to remind citizens that the cultural heritage sites and historic built environments enjoyed and appreciated by millions didn’t happen by chance.
Using a nominating process open to the public, the ACHP is collecting examples of successful Section 106 actions that have taken place since the NHPA came into being in 1966. The agency is building a portfolio of success stories that illustrate the range and impact of this important public preservation tool which has resulted in tens of thousands of historic places being preserved for the benefit of the nation and its communities, while still allowing worthy public works and other projects to proceed.... Read More →