The Section 106 Essentials



Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 5 p.m. EDT

Washington, DC, United States

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The Section 106 Essentials is a two-day course designed for those who are new to federal historic preservation compliance or those who want a refresher on the Section 106 regulations and review process. This course explains the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which applies any time a federal, federally assisted, or federally approved activity might affect a property listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

What will you learn in The Section 106 Essentials?

  • Understand the relationship of federal historic preservation review requirements to the National Historic Preservation Act;
  • Determine whether a Section 106 review is required and who should participate in a review;
  • Carry out or participate in the four-step procedure through which federal agencies fulfill their project planning review requirements under Section 106;
  • Participate in consultation to consider alternatives and resolve conflicts between federal or federally-assisted development and historic preservation.


This course features a real-life case study illustrating each step in the ACHP's regulations, “Protection of Historic Properties” (36 CFR Part 800). ACHP staff instructors provide practical advice on how to make Section 106 work smarter and more efficiently to resolve conflicts between development plans and historic preservation values. Participants receive a handbook of reference materials and a CD containing model documents, guidance materials, and reference links.

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Kirsten Kulis

(Kirsten Kulis) Kirsten joined the ACHP in 2009 from Forest City, a large private real estate development company with offices in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for reviewing projects and programs administered by the General Services Administration. Kirsten has more than ten years of experience with historic preservation compliance ... Read More

Blythe Semmer

Blythe Semmer has assisted federal transportation, telecommunications, housing, and banking agencies with their historic preservation review requirements under the National Historic Preservation Act during nine years with the ACHP. She now coordinates the agency’s efforts to train federal, state, and local officials, consultants, preservation advocates, and others in using ... Read More

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