MANAGING AND MAINTAINING FEDERAL HISTORIC PROPERTIES
Natural Resource Conservation Workshop for Arizona Youth students participate in hands-on documentation during a camp session overseen by the BLM Arizona Kingman Field Office, AZ. (BLM/Shane Rumsey)
Federal agencies protect and manage their historic properties in a variety of ways, through personnel education and development of in-house expertise, through Section 110 surveys and Section 106 agreement documents, and via partnerships. The list of diverse partnerships described in this report is only a sample of those presented by the responding agencies. The growth in the use of Section 106 program alternatives over the past reporting period is an encouraging sign, allowing agencies to leverage limited funding for preservation activities for greater impact. In most cases, the manner in which agencies are protecting their historic properties has not changed since the last report. What has changed among many of the responding agencies is their willingness to expand upon tools available and use them in creative ways. The American people expect their important federal places to be effectively managed and protected, and the agencies are, more often than not, doing the best they can with the resources available to them. Federal agency management of historic places is a comprehensive effort encompassing the range of activities from identification and tracking to project planning and long-term preservation. Agencies are increasingly considering their stewardship responsibilities through a programmatic lens and establishing consistent policies that reflect maturing agency preservation programs. They are also finding creative ways to use partnerships to further their identification, protection, and use of historic properties.
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