NB_190_19_20 - NB 190-19-20 ECS Interagency Agreement Between the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
NB 190-19-20 ECS Interagency Agreement Between the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
National Bulletin: 190-19-20 Date: August 6, 2019
Subject: ECS - Interagency Agreement Between the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)


 
Purpose.  Solicit State Office input on the value and need for a renewed Interagency Agreement with the ACHP.       
 
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2019
 
Background.  Over the past few years, NRCS has experienced an expansion of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA), section 106, Consultation Activities, in support of its U.S. Farm Bill assistance programs, with NRCS becoming increasingly involved in section 106 activities that are complex or difficult in nature, thus requiring regular interaction and guidance from ACHP. Since 1992, amendments to NHPA have provided for Tribal assumption of SHPO duties. The expansion of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) program has resulted in a more robust section 106 process. Tribal interests in protecting historic properties of religious and cultural significance have brought a new dimension of understanding to the existing regulations. To ensure that historic properties of religious and cultural significance to the Tribes are properly identified, evaluated, and considered in the section 106 process, NRCS and FPAC established a partnership through an Interagency Agreement with ACHP to create efficiencies and provide assistance and support to NRCS State Offices. The current Interagency Agreement between NRCS, FPAC, and ACHP will expire on September 30, 2019.           
 
Explanation.  A decision must be made whether to renew this Interagency Agreement. The decision requires your input regarding the value of this Agreement and the support and assistance provided under it to your State Office. Your input via completion of the attached survey form would be very much appreciated. Please e-mail completed surveys to Danielle Flynn (danielle.flynn@usda.gov) no later than September 2, 2019.     
 
Contact.   For questions, please contact Danielle Flynn, Acting Director, Ecological Sciences Division, at danielle.flynn@usda.gov, or (202) 690-0856.
 
 


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 DIANE E. GELBURD                                     KEVIN WICKEY
 Deputy Chief for Science and Technology      Regional Conservationist, Central

     
 TERRELL A. ERICKSON                               JAMES A. TILLMAN, SR.
 Regional Conservationist, Northeast            Regional Conservationist, Southeast

ASTOR BOOZER
Regional Conservationist, West

 
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