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Important PA Finalized

On September 30, 2015, a programmatic agreement (PA) for the West Mojave Plan Environmental Impact Statement and the West Mojave Route Network Project was finalized at the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) in Sacramento. The PA  will address the off-highway vehicle route network in the West Mojave Desert, ensuring access to public lands while meeting specific Bureau of Land Management (BLM) goals, including protecting historic resources. On hand to execute the signing were State Historic Preservation Officer Julianne Polanco, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, BLM California State Director James G. Kenna, and ACHP, BLM, and OHP staff who worked on making the PA a reality. Click here to read the full story of this important agreement and to view a copy of the PA.

SHRC Votes to Forward Nominations to the National Register

At their October 30, 2015, meeting in Sacramento, the State HIstorical Resources Commission (SHRC) voted to forward seven nominations to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places, for possible listing in the register. A full list and description of each of the nominated properties is available on our 2015 Actions Taken webpage.

Grants Awarded to Recognize Latino History in California

California State Parks recently announced that eight National Park Service (NPS) Underrepresented Communities Grants have been awarded to aid in nominating historic Latino-associated properties to the National Register of Historic Places. The eight grants will be used to nominate properties within the cities of Fresno, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Francisco. These nominations will be submitted to the Keeper of the National Register in association with the Latinos in Twentieth Century California Multiple Property Submission, approved earlier this year by the NPS. Created by the OHP in collaboration with representatives of California’s Latino communities, Latinos in Twentieth Century California is the first statewide Latino context to be approved by the NPS.

Read the full press release about the grants and the upcoming nominations. Then, visit our Preserve Latino History webpage to learn how you can participate in this important effort to recognize Latinos' contributions to the more recent history of California.

American Battlefield Protection Program Grants Now Available

The National Park Service (NPS) is now accepting proposals for the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) 2016 Battlefield Planning Grants. Since 1990, the ABPP has worked with grantees and other partner organizations to help protect, preserve, interpret, and enhance more than 280 battlefields. Non-profit groups, academic institutions, and local, state, tribal, and regional governments are encouraged to apply for the grants. Details are available on the NPS website.

2015 Governor's Historic Preservation Award Recipients Announced

We are pleased to report that the independent jury has selected, and the Governor has approved, the recipients of this year's Governor's Historic Preservation Awards. Eleven projects were awarded, representing exemplary and innovative efforts to preserve California's heritage. Visit our Governor's Historic Preservation Awards webpage for a full list and descriptions of the awardees.

Registration Now Open for ACHP's Section 106 Webinars

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is accepting registrants for their fall series of Section 106 training webinars. Webinars will be offered in October, November, and December on topics such as "Responding to Anticipatory Demolition Concerns," "Meeting the Reasonable and Good Faith Identification Standard," and "Cultural Landscapes: Identification and Effects Assessment." Visit the ACHP website for course dates, details, and registration instructions.

Certified Local Government Grants Awarded for 2015-2016

The Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that five cities will receive a total of $167,000 in federal grants to assist local historic preservation programs. Please visit our Certified Local Government webpage to see a complete list of the 2015-2016 grant recipients.

Preserve Latino History!

After a two-year collaborative process with representatives of California's Latino communities, the Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce the creation of Latinos in Twentieth Century California, a historic context that recognizes the contributions of Latinos to the more recent history of California. The Latinos in Twentieth Century California project seeks to identify properties throughout California associated with Latino history and nominate many of those properties to the National Register of Historic Places. Please visit our Preserve Latino History webpage to find out how you can participate in identifying and nominating significant properties.

San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center Closing Permanently April 13, 2015

The San Bernardino Archaeological Information Center (SBCIC) at the San Bernardino County Museum was closed as of April 13th, 2015. The SBCIC portion of the CHRIS inventory (all of San Bernardino County), in-progress records searches, and other SBCIC materials have been transferred to the South Central Coastal Information Center at CSU Fullerton. There were some scheduling delays in the transfer, and SCCIC staff are currently incorporating the materials into their existing inventory. The SCCIC will begin processing staff-conducted records searches for San Bernardino County on Monday, May 11th. The San Bernardino County portion of the SCCIC inventory will be available for use by In-House (user-conducted) records searches on Monday, May 18th. Those wishing to schedule  In-House records searches at the SCCIC for San Bernardino County may do so immediately. 

You may currently submit records search requests for Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties to the SCCIC, or schedule an In-House search appointment if you are a qualified consultant.  Space is limited to two clients at a time during this transition.  The SCCIC is booking AM, PM or All-Day appointments as needed to accommodate in-house clients.  

Please call 657.278.5395 or email to find out more about access to the SCCIC, to schedule an appointment, submit a records search request, or find out about current records search turnaround times. Additional information about the SCCIC is available at the SCCIC website.

OHP Goals for 2015

Per the direction contained in the State Historic Preservation Plan, the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) has prepared a statement of annual goals for the 2014-2015 federal fiscal year, which includes a list of projects and activities the office will undertake this year in support of the State Plan. For specific questions about the goals, a staff contact is included for each project or activity listed in the statement, while more general questions can be directed to the State Historic Preservation Officer, Carol Roland-Nawi, PhD, or Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Jenan Saunders.

Section 106 Success Stories

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is creating a collection of Section 106 Success Stories as part of their preparations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act in 2016. The Section 106 stories will be used to highlight the benefits and importance of this program in protecting treasured historical resources. Click here to learn how to nominate a project as a success story, or email your suggestions to

Disasters - Planning, Response, and Recovery

In light of the recent Napa earthquake we wanted to put up this reminder that the OHP is prepared to provide assistance and updated information to assist disaster responders, local officials, owners, and the public on historic property damage issues as a result of a disaster. Please visit our Disasters and Historic Resources webpage to learn about planning for and responding to all types of disasters.