The Office of History and Archaeology provides an historic preservation program to encourage the preservation and protection of the historic, prehistoric and archaeological resources of Alaska.
- Identify, document, evaluate, and protect historic sites and buildings through application of historic preservation guidelines, standards and regulations to ensure state and federal actions take into account impacts to historic properties.
- Maintain statewide inventory of historic, archaeological and prehistoric sites (Alaska Heritage Resource Survey) and provide guidance, training and access to site information.
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|A: Result - Historic properties are protected through historic preservation programs that identify, document, protect, and restore historic sites and buildings.|
|A1: Core Service - Identify, document, evaluate, and protect historic sites and buildings through application of historic preservation guidelines, standards and regulations to ensure state and federal actions take into account impacts to historic properties.|
Target #2: Enter into four new historic preservation agreements per quarter. Maintain and monitor existing agreements.
Historic Preservation Agreement Documents: Programmatic Agreements and Memorandum of Agreements
Analysis of results and challenges: Agreement documents are an important tool in streamlining the historic preservation environmental compliance process and are used to modify the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106 project review process for large and complex projects or ongoing agency operations. Agreement documents also address mitigation of adverse effects a project may have on historic properties and allow for a project to move forward once mitigation is agreed to and documented in a memorandum of agreement or a programmatic agreement. Large project Programmatic Agreements signed in 2020 include AKLNG pipeline project, Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program, Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road and Grant Lake Hydro.
|A2: Core Service - Maintain statewide inventory of historic, archaeological and prehistoric sites (Alaska Heritage Resource Survey) and provide guidance, training and access to site information.|
Target #1: Maintain statewide database of site locations, description information, and digital documents for use by agencies, project planners, and researchers.
Alaska Heritage Resource Survey Data Entered or Updated
Analysis of results and challenges: The statewide inventory of historic, prehistoric, and archaeological sites is maintained under state and federal authorities. Data entered in the Alaska Heritage Resource Survey (AHRS) comes from external sources: agencies, land managers, communities, tribes and others submit survey reports to the Office of History and Archaeology. Site data contained within the cultural resource survey reports and other cultural resource documents are entered in the AHRS database. As the database system continues to be developed, data entry has become more efficient.
To protect sites against unauthorized disturbance and vandalism, access to AHRS and related information is closed to the general public and controlled through user agreements. Access protocols and guidelines are set in the Office of History and Archaeology's Data Access Policies and Guidelines. In FY2021, there were 359 individual and 16 corporate users. As of June 30, 2020, there were 48,647 AHRS site records. Digitization of documents associated with the sites reached 18,500 records in the Document Repository and 18,908 digitized investigation records in the database as of June 30, 2020.
Current as of November 19, 2020