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National Mall and Memorial Parks information



Section 106 update: An Email sent to Consulting Parties 11/18/2011

"Dear National Mall Plan Section 106 Consulting Parties

As the new Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, I am pleased to provide you an update on the National Park Service (NPS) commitment to implementing our Section 106 obligations for the National Mall Plan. The first stipulation of the Programmatic Agreement accompanying the National Mall Plan was to update the National Mall National Register Nomination. We were successful in obtaining funds for this effort. We issued a contract for this National Register project in August and data collection work has begun. This three year project will include opportunities for your input. My staff and I are excited about moving forward on this important project.

Robert A. Vogel
Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial Parks"

Section 106

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (P.L. 108-72) requires federal agencies to take into account the effects of their “undertakings” on cultural resources that are on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Procedures for consultation under Section 106 are issued by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), an independent federal agency that oversees the Section 106 process to ensure it is being conducted correctly. The current regulations, 36 C.F.R. Part 800 can be found on the website of the Advisory Council at

Over the next several years the National Park Service (NPS) will be preparing a National Mall Plan/environmental impact statement (EIS) for areas managed by the National Mall & Memorial Parks. These include the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Park cooridor from 3rd Street to 15th Street NW and the National Mall from 1st Street west to the Potomac River, Constitution Avenue on the north to Independence Avenue and East Basin Drive on the south. The National Mall Plan is a long-term vision plan that will guide resource conservation and management, visitor experiences, and operations. Important issues and concerns for the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Park are being amplified through continued public scoping in upcoming meetings and will be analyzed in the environmental impact statement portion of the document. Public comment received during the last year will be included.

Click here or on the maps link (on the left) to view the "National Mall Areas" and the "Identified Cultural Landscapes within the National Mall" maps illustrating historic districts, cultural landscapes, and other historic properties associated with the National Mall.

Revised Historic Register Nomination:
East and West Potomac Parks Historic District, Revised National Register of Historic Places Nomination (pdf)

Other Links:
Area of Potential Effect Map (5.6 mb pdf)

Historic Resources Maps

Link to Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Park Map

Other Documents and Links