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For Release: Immediate
Contact: Jonathan Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-491-6839
FORT SNELLING, Minnesota – The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is hosting an open house at Historic Fort Snelling on Monday, June 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to share information with the public about how the Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization Project and the amendment of the site’s Program of Preservation and Utilization will comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966.
Historic Fort Snelling was transferred from the federal government to the State of Minnesota through the Historic Monuments Program in 1961 and 1969. At that time, a Program of Preservation and Utilization (PPU) was attached to the deed to guide how the site would be used and preserved into the future. The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS), which administers the site, is seeking to amend this PPU to provide for the proposed project. Because amending the PPU requires National Park Service (NPS) approval, it constitutes an undertaking as defined by Section 106 of the NHPA. Both the amendment to the PPU and the proposed revitalization project are part of the undertaking. Because the project is complex and the effects of the undertaking on historic properties cannot be fully determined prior to approval, the NPS entered into a Programmatic Agreement (PA) with the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office, MNHS, several American Indian tribes, and additional consulting parties in February 2018. In all, the NPS contacted over forty American Indian tribes. The draft Program of Preservation and Utilization (PPU) will be available for the public to review and provide feedback at the meeting.
The meeting will follow an open house format. The public is invited to come anytime between 4:00 and 6:00 pm to learn about and provide input on the draft PPU. MNHS will also be hosting an open house concurrently in the same space with more information about the revitalization project and preliminary plans. Historic Fort Snelling is located at 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55111 near the intersection of Highways 5, 55 and 62. Once in the area, follow signs for Historic Fort Snelling. More information on the MNHS’s revitalization project is available at http://www.mnhs.org/hfs2020.
One of the more than 400 National Park Service sites, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area runs with the Mississippi River for 72 miles from the communities of Dayton and Ramsey through the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area to just south of Hastings.