Communication projects on federal lands receive new historic preservation review

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The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation issued a streamlined alternative Section 106 review process. Called a Program Comment, it is for communication projects on federal lands.

The Program Comment includes similar measures as two existing Nationwide Programmatic Agreements on new tower construction and collocation of communication equipment. The new review process will facilitate speedier approvals for telecommunication projects on federal land, assisting the following agencies:

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • National Park Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Veterans Affairs

This Program Comment is not applicable to certain federally owned lands because of the national significance of these historic properties. The ACHP determined the normal Section 106 review process in consultation with diverse consulting parties was deemed most appropriate. These lands include:

  • National Historic Landmarks
  • National Monuments
  • National Memorials
  • National Historical Parks
  • National Historic Trails
  • National Historic Sites
  • National Military Parks
  • National Battlefields

Having worked on numerous cell tower projects on private lands, I am happy that federal land and property managers will have this new tool to ease Section 106 review.

The ACHP states that it will be conducing webinars to explain how the Program Comment should be implemented.


Chad Moffett

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Chad Moffett enjoys different types of historic preservation projects and helping our clients. “Every place has a unique and interesting history. Discovering and understanding these stories and how history affected the built environment is an exciting challenge,” he says. Chad specializes in developing balanced solutions that meet client needs while respecting historic resources for future generations.

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