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Useful Links

The following documents and websites provide further information law and policy on topics related to the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement (PA) signed in 2008.

Federal Advice and Guidance

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation (as amended and annotated, 1983) provide technical advice about archeological and historic preservation activities and methods. The Secretary's Standards and Guidelines are advisory except when some action is taken to make them mandatory.

The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

NPS History and Culture: Laws, Executive Orders, and Regulations includes links to cultural resource laws, executive orders, and regulations organized by subject. Among the listings are links to explanations of the laws and their pertinence to cultural resource management.

A plain English discussion of Section 110 published in the Federal Register is reproduced here, titled the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Federal Agency Historic Preservation Programs Pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act (63 FR 20496-20508), 1998.

See the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (36 CFR 68) (1995) for information on standards of preserving historic buildings.

The NPS Heritage Preservation Services website includes information on grants, programs, training, and guidance.


NPS Legislative and Congressional Affairs compiles laws specific to the NPS from 1916 to the present.

The NPS Office of Policy has links to Executive Orders, Management Policies, Laws, Directors Orders, and more.

Read about the NPS Cultural Resource Management in Chapter 5 of the NPS Management Policies (2006)(pdf).

Directors Orders, particularly DO-28 and the NPS-28 Cultural Resource Management Guideline, direct NPS cultural resource management activities. See the full list here.

Learn more about how the National Register works and the nomination process on the Publications page.

The NPS Archeology Program offers a guide to Federal laws that have an impact on NPS archeological sites and collections.


The ACHP Policy Statement on Balancing Cultural and Natural Values on Federal Lands, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (2002) promotes an approach to resource management and conflict resolution on federally owned public lands.

The ACHP Policy Statement on the ACHP's Interaction with Native Hawaiian Organizations (2008)(pdf) expresses the ACHP's commitment to providing Native Hawaiian organizations with opportunities to participate in the national historic preservation program.