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National Historic Preservation Action Section 106 Consultation for Nenana River Trails

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of their projects on historic properties. The area of potential effect (APE) for the proposed has been surveyed and there are six cultural sites within the APE which are being treated as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places for the purpose of this determination of effect. Every effort will be made to avoid disturbing these cultural sites during the proposed undertaking. Proposed trail alignments that would impact any of the above sites, or other sites that may be discovered during trail construction would be rerouted to avoid disturbing the sites. The proposed project would increase human use of the area which in turn increases the potential for cultural resources sites to be disturbed, this disturbance will likely be minimal as trails will be placed out of site of cultural resources (such as cabins).

DENA is also proposing to name the Parks Highway Mile Post 231 Wayside that construction began on in 2022 after the Athna place name for the mouth of the Yanert River, Tl'ahwdicaaxi Caek'e (literal translation is "mouth of valuable headwaters"). It is possible that other parts of this proposed projects, such as trails or other infrastructure, may also be named, or co-named after this and other Native place names in and around the project area.

As designed, the project will not affect any historic properties. Consultation is underway with the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), Tribes, and ANCSA corporations and the "No Historic Properties Adversely Affected" determination is available for public review and comment for 30 days (per 36 CFR 800.5(c)). Details on the project and the determination can be found in the document attached below. For additional questions regarding NHPA and cultural resources, please contact:

Phoebe Gilbert
Cultural Resources Program Manager
Denali National Park and Preserve
Comment Period: Closed        Jan 19, 2023 - Feb 18, 2023
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