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Section 106 Cultural Resources

Project Tracking

Section 106 Tracking Sheet (pdf 117kb) provides the up-to-date status on all active local agency Section 106 projects.

Projects with federal funding, federal permits, licenses, or approvals, or on federal land must comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended.

Section 106 calls for meaningful coordination with interested parties to develop projects in a manner that avoids or minimizes impacts to cultural resources.

A cultural resource can be a building, structure, artifact, site, or location of prehistoric or historical interest. Typically, cultural resources are at least 50 years old.

Section 106 Process for Local Agencies

Part 4 of Local Programs ECS Guidebook outlines the Section 106 process for local agencies to follow for their FHWA-funded projects. The manual also identifies the list of exemptions that may be used for projects presumed to have minimal potential to cause effects to historic properties. These exemptions are part of FHWA's Section 106 programmatic agreement - view pdf  (169 kb)

FHWA has a similar Section 106 programmatic agreement with the U.S. Forest Service for projects that are located within the boundaries of National Forests. view pdf (538kb)

Initiate a Section 106 review: local agencies contact their Regional Local Programs Engineer, who in turn works closely with the Local Programs Archaeologist.

Local Programs Archaeologist

The Local Programs Archaeologist assists local agencies in their Section 106 reviews by conducting government-to-government consultation with affected Indian tribes on behalf of the FHWA. The Local Programs Archaeologist also consults directly with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO).

Unanticipated Discovery

Local Programs has prepared an Unanticipated Discovery Plan (UDP) template (pdf 101kb) for local agencies to use. The UDP outlines who to contact and how to secure a site should a discovery of cultural resources be made during construction.

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