Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center Proposal: Process to Date

Section 106 Process to Date
During the summer and fall of 2007, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area worked to identify the consulting parties and inform the public about the project. On September 11, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and the Society held a public open house to gather comments.

Following that meeting, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area determined that the process had moved too far, too fast and with too little documentation. Consequently, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area requested more documentation and agreed to hold another public meeting once we had it.

The documentation provided on this web sites represents what we know about Fort Snelling, especially the four historic buildings associated with the Upper Post. If you know of any information we are missing, please let us know what it is, where we might find the necessary documentation, and how it is important to this review. If you have any questions or concerns about the documentation on this web site, please contact us by email, fax, or in writing.

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
National Park Service
Suite 105
111 East Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1256

Fax: 651-290-3214

Once we know what is significant, we can evaluate how it might be affected by the proposed action. Specifically, we have to know how Fort Snelling qualifies for inclusion in the National Register or what raises it to the level of being a Historic Landmark might be affected by the Society’s project. Consider what you read in the history of Fort Snelling and how the proposed project might affect the fort as defined in 36 CFR Part 800.5 Assessment of adverse effects.

After the public meeting and after we have received and evaluated the comments of the public and consulting parties, MNRRA will work with the SHPO to make a determination of effect per the provisions of 36 CFR Part 800.5. For any areas in which an adverse effect occurs, we would normally move on to 36 CFR Part 800.6 Resolution of adverse effects. Here, however, the Historic Monuments Program raises other issues and concerns.

 

Historic Monuments Program
Changes to the PPU must comply with the Secretary’s Standards. Part of the determination of effect under Section 106 Part 800.5 will be to consider how the proposed project does or does not meet the Standards.

 

Comprehensive Management Plan
This review will occur concurrently with the Section 106 review. On June 4, 2007, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area sent comments to the Minnesota Historical Society listing our initial concerns about the proposed project under the Comprehensive Management Plan.

 
Nationwide River Inventory
Wild and Scenic Rivers Act This review will occur concurrently with the Section 106 review

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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