A Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 Review


Agencies like the Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Defense agencies make decisions daily about the management of Federal buildings, parks, forests, and lands.

Less obvious Federal actions can also have repercussions on historic properties. A Corps of Engineers permit to build a boat dock or a housing development that affects wetlands may also impact fragile archeological sites. Likewise, a Federal Communications Commission license for cellular tower construction might compromise rural landscapes or properties valued by Indian tribes for traditional religious and cultural practices.

These and many other Federal actions can harm historic properties. Section 106 review is your opportunity to alert the Federal Government to the historic properties you value and to influence decisions about the Federal projects that affect them.

What you’ll find

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has developed a brochure, “A Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 Review“, that guides citizens through the Section 106 process, the National Register of Historic Places and other historic preservation laws.

This guide is now available in a Spanish language version as well.

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