National Forests of Michigan Seek Comments on Heritage Programmatic Agreement

Contact(s): Lisa Klaus

The Hiawatha, Ottawa, and Huron-Manistee National Forests are pursuing a Section 106 Programmatic Agreement with Michigan's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and interested federally recognized Tribes. The purpose of this agreement would be to improve the process of consultation on federal undertakings by agreeing that we do not need to consult on a case by case basis for routine undertakings and undertakings where there are no effects on historic properties. Ideally the agreement would help us focus on projects with potential effects and lessen the caseload of routine undertakings known to have no effects.

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is legislation intended to preserve the historic and archaeological sites of the United States of America. Among other things, the act requires federal agencies to evaluate the impact of all federally funded or permitted projects on historic properties (buildings, archaeological sites, etc.) through a process known as Section 106 Review.

The public is invited to comment on this draft programmatic agreement. Send comments by May 12, 2021, to Cari VerPlanck, Archaeologist,