Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, federal agencies must work with the SHPO to address historic preservation issues when planning projects or issuing funds or permits that may affect historic properties and archaeological resources listed in or determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
For projects within the Leech Lake, Mille Lacs and White Earth reservations, the Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO) also carry out Section 106.
Guided by regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, federal agencies are required to consult with the SHPO and THPO to identify properties in project areas, determine the effects of proposed work on those properties and find ways to avoid, reduce or mitigate harm to them.
The Minnesota SHPO reviews nearly 4,000 federal and state projects each year.
For More Information
Leslie Coburn, Review and Compliance Assistant, 651-259-3457