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 (MOA) or a Programmatic Agreement (PA).
Target #3: Review and comment on projects within 30 days of receipt of projects ready for review.
Projects Reviewed Within 30 Days
Analysis of results and challenges: The Office of History and Archaeology (OHA) tracks response times for projects submitted for review under federal National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 (54 U.S.C. 306108) authorities and state authorities under AS 41.35 for concurrence with determinations of eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places or Alaska Landmarks Register, findings of effect on historic properties or recommendations for survey and identification. Federal regulation 36CFR800 gives the State Historic Preservation Office 30 days to respond to federal requests for concurrence with determinations of eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places and findings of effect of federal undertakings on historic properties. OHA strives to respond to these and other steps in the review process within 30 days.
In 2018, during the first three quarters (January 1 - September 30), OHA reviewed and commented on 1398 projects, with 1,366 (97.7%) reviewed and responded to within 30 days.
Between 2013 and 2017, OHA reviewed and commented on over 10,450 projects, with 95% to 96% reviewed within 30 days. Projects requiring more than thirty days for review are usually large, complex projects with the potential to adversely affect historic properties. These projects often require additional consultation with tribes, interested parties and communities. Agreement documents, such as programmatic agreements are often developed for a large projects during the NEPA and Section 106 processes. Programmatic agreements and memorandum of agreements involve consultation between agencies, the State Historic Preservation Office, tribes, communities and interested public and may take several months to complete.
|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 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 FY2018, there were 350 individual and 16 corporate users. As of September 30, 2018, there were 47,544 AHRS site records. Digitization of documents associated with the sites reached 17,678 records scanned as of September 30, 2018, including the 722 scanned in FY2018.
Current as of November 15, 2018