National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Programmatic Agreement for Yosemite National Park
The park is developing a parkwide programmatic agreement (PA) to guide consultation under Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act. This agreement will replace the existing parkwide PA that expires in May 2017 as amended.
Park operations, management, and administration require a large number of routine, low/no-impact, and repetitive activities that have the potential to affect historic properties listed in - or determined eligible for listing in - the National Register of Historic Places. These undertakings require consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The park will follow the terms of the new parkwide PA rather than those of the 2008 NPS Nationwide PA to streamline Section 106 compliance for these routine activities specific to Yosemite.
The new parkwide PA will specify Yosemite's consultation requirements and procedures with the California State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation (ACHP), Yosemite's traditionally associated American Indian tribes and groups, the public, and other interested parties.
To develop the new parkwide PA, the park has engaged in regularly scheduled consultation meetings over the last two years with the SHPO and ACHP, who will be signatories to the agreement. The park has also consulted with the traditionally associated American Indian tribes and groups who are invited to be concurring parties to this agreement.
The views of the public are essential to informed Federal decision-making in the Section 106 process. Per 36 CFR 800.2(c)(5), "individuals and organizations with a demonstrated interest may participate as consulting parties" in the park's development of a new parkwide PA. Their interest may be due to "the nature of their legal or economic relation to the undertaking or affected properties, or their concern with the undertaking's effects on historic properties." The Park will "seek and consider the views of the public in a manner that reflects the nature and complexity of the undertaking and its effects on historic properties" as required by 36 CFR 800.2(5)(d)(1).
A draft PA is now available for public review by clicking on the "Open for Comment" link on the lefthand side of this screen.
Kimball Koch, NHPA Section 106 Coordinator, Yosemite National Park, firstname.lastname@example.org