Army Historic Preservation and Cultural Resources Management

Department of the Army National Historic Preservation Act Policy

Strategic Agenda for National Historic Preservation Act Improvement.  The Strategic Agenda is the Army’s strategy to improve its compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).  The strategy designates Army NHPA leadership roles and responsibilities, and assigns necessary authorities for implementation; enhances leadership oversight and engagement in critical NHPA and historic preservation related issues; mandates the pursuit of programmatic Army-wide NHPA compliance solutions with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for Army historic properties; and ensures effective Army-wide NHPA compliance through increased awareness and knowledge among Army Commanders.  The Army Federal Preservation Officer is designated as the Army lead for strategy implementation.

Strategic Agenda for National Historic Preservation Act Improvement pdf [1.58 MB]

Designation of the Department of the Army Federal Preservation Officer. This policy memorandum designates the Department of the Army Federal Preservation Officer (FPO) and authorizes the Army FPO to act as agency official, consult on behalf of the Department of the Army, and sign Department of the Army NHPA correspondence and NHPA Program Alternatives for purposes of compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA and 36 CFR 800.  The Army FPO is authorized to establish Army historic preservation policy and take other necessary actions regarding the Department of the Army’s historic preservation program and compliance with the NHPA.  The Army FPO is also the Department of the Army signature authority for National Register of Historic Places listing nominations, requests for determinations of National Register eligibility from the Keeper of the National Register, and for comments on National Historic Landmark proposals.

Designation of the Department of the Army Federal Preservation Officer pdf [913 KB]

Army Directive 2020-10 Use of Imitative Substitute Building Materials in Historic Housing. Army Directive (AD) 2020-10 establishes Army policy requiring the consideration of imitative substitute building materials in the maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, and renovation of Army-owned and privatized historic housing.  AD 2020-10 requires NHPA Section 106 Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs) and Programmatic Agreements (PAs) pertaining to historic housing provide for the use of imitative substitute building materials in Army-owned and privatized historic housing to the maximum extent possible.

Army Directive 2020-10 Use of Imitative Substitute Building Materials in Historic Housing pdf [1.64 MB]
Implementing Guidance for Army Directive 2020-10 Use of Imitative Substitute Building Materials. pdf [295 KB]

Adverse Effect and Termination of Consultation Under the National Historic Preservation Act. This policy memorandum defines the requirement in Section 106 of the NHPA and its implementing regulation, 36 CFR 800, for adverse effect determinations and termination of consultation, and it establishes Army procedures and responsibilities for adverse effect determinations and termination of consultation.

Adverse Effect and Termination of Consultation Under the National Historic Preservation Act pdf [342 KB]

Priority and Procedures for Listing Army Historic Properties in the National Register of Historic Places. This policy memorandum defines the requirements and establishes Army priority and procedures for listing properties in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).  The enclosure to this memorandum reviews the 2016 NHPA statutory amendments regarding listing properties in the NRHP, and provides an analysis and rationale for the Army’s NRHP listing prioritization.

Priority and Procedures for Listing Army Historic Properties in the National Register of Historic Places pdf [113 KB]

Management of Army National Historic Landmarks.  This policy memorandum defines responsibilities for the designation, treatment, and standard of care for Army National Historic Landmarks.  It clarifies the responsibilities of the National Park Service regarding NHL identification and designation, provides information on the use of imitative substitute building materials in NHL housing; establishes Army procedures for NHLs actions, and provides a list of the Army’s designated NHLs. 

Management of Army National Historic Landmarks pdf [299 KB]

Army Alternate Procedures for Historic Preservation. The AAP is for those advanced Cultural Resource Managers (CRM) at Army installations with mature historic preservation programs.  The AAP provides those advanced practitioners with a more powerful and highly streamlined NHPA compliance procedure than is available through standard NHPA Section 106 PAs or MOAs.  The AAP is the next level for Army CRMs, allowing them the opportunity to significantly improve and enhance their support to the Army’s national defense mission.  

The Army Alternate Procedures for Historic Preservation (AAP) is an optional regulatory procedure that Army installations may choose to adopt to satisfy compliance with NHPA Section 106, in lieu of the ACHP’s regulations at 36 CFR Part 800.  The regulatory provision at 36 CFR 800.14(a) provides Federal agencies the authority to develop their own internal procedures to implement Section 106 and substitute them for 36 CFR 800, as long as they are consistent with the ACHP’s Section 106 regulations.  The Army developed the AAP and the ACHP adopted those procedures in 2001.  The AAP was subsequently amended by the ACHP and republished in 2004.

Army Alternate Procedures for Historic Preservation pdf [101 KB]