Basic Guidance for Consulting with the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office
This guidance is intended for use by either the public or agency personnel who lack expertise in historic preservation but are required to consult with, and prepare Section 106 documentation for, the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Questions about the review process can be directed to Ethan Morton, at 208-334-3847.
Federal Project Review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) declared that the preservation of our irreplaceable heritage was in the Nation’s interest and called upon Federal agencies to partner with States, Indian Tribes, local governments, and the public in a spirit of stewardship. Section 106 of the NHPA specifically requires Federal agencies to consider the effects of their undertakings on historic properties. To do so, Federal agencies must complete the Section 106 Review process during project planning. The review process is described in the Federal regulations 36CFR800.
The Congress finds and declares that...the spirit and direction of the
Nation are founded upon and reflected in its historic heritage; historic properties
significant to the Nation’s heritage are being lost or substantially altered,
often inadvertently, with increasing frequency; the preservation
of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest...
For a more comprehensive understanding of the Section 106 Review process, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation offers training several times a year at various locations around the country. They also post the 106 Review process regulations (36CFR800), a user’s guide, questions and answers, and case studies on their website.