SECTION 106 - FRIEND OR FOE
For purposes of discussion, Mr. Brown called Section 106 and the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the best friend that historic preservation ever had. Section 106 and Executive Order 11593 provide the force-of-law mandates needed to rationalize National Park Service management of cultural resources. No longer does the criterion of administrative convenience govern our historic preservation measures. Nor can the enadvertancies of demolition by neglect be sanctioned. (See following paper by Larry Norby, Southwest Region, Division of Archeology.)
Section 106 and the Executive Order, as applied to National Register or potential National Register properties within the National Park System, give us opportunity to quantify numbers of properties and needed dollars for preservation of cultural resources.
Section 106 compliance procedures provide a legally sanctioned mode of resolution by which to balance management factors against preservation obligations. These procedures force our scrutiny of plans that may be anachronous or theoretically wrong for the cultural resource involved; thus we have a means to overcome the inertial momentum of the planning process. If our planning has properly taken account of the criteria of effect on cultural properties, Section 106 compliance becomes simply a confirmation of good planning, rather than a mode of gratuitous controversy.
To reduce the burden on area managers for Section 106 compliance the following procedures are used in Southwest Regional Office:
Last Updated: 14-Jul-2009