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Seeking Your Input on the Future of Historic Preservation

The Office of Historic Preservation is beginning the process of public outreach to gather input for the next Statewide Historic Preservation Plan for California (State Plan), covering the years 2018 through 2022. Preparation of a State Plan is required by the National Park Service every five years as part of the condition for states to receive funding from the federal Historic Preservation Fund. As part of the information gathering process for California's new plan, we are conducting a survey to be followed by interviews with specific individuals, and public listening sessions held throughout the state and online. Your input will be critical to shaping a plan that reflects the issues and directions in historic preservation that are most important to Californians. Participate in the State Plan Survey now through December 16, 2016. To learn more about this exciting endeavor and about State Historic Plans generally, visit our Statewide Historic Preservation Plan webpage


Learning Opportunity from the NPS

The National Park Service Technical Preservation Services division is offering a free webinar on December 21, 2016, that covers the basics of the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program. "So What's the Skinny on the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program?" provides the opportunity to gain a clear understanding of how the tax program works and its benefits to community revitalization efforts. 


Nominations Approved at the October SHRC Meeting

At their October 28, 2016, meeting in Redlands, California, the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) voted to recommend the SHPO forward twenty-three nominations to the Keeper of the National Register. The Commission also approved one nomination for listing on the California Register of Historical Resources. To learn more about each of the nominations, please visit our Actions Taken webpage. The next meeting of the Commission will occur on Friday, February 3, 2017.   


2016 Governor's Historic Preservation Award Recipients Announced

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Governor's Historic Preservation Awards. This year saw the largest submission of nominations in recent years, making for an interesting and challenging selection process. Eleven projects and one individual will be receving their awards at a ceremony in November in Sacramento. Please visit our Governor's Historic Preservation Awards webpage see the list of the 2016 awardees and learn more about this state-sponsored awards program. 


Disasters - Planning, Response, and Recovery

The unpredictability of weather due to climate change and other factors, yearly challenges of fire, and ever-present threats from earthquakes and other natural disasters, make it imperative to have plans and preparations in place before disaster strikes. We invite you to visit our Disasters and Historic Resources webpage for a variety of resources to help with the planning, responding, and recovery processes. Staff of the OHP are available to provide assistance and updated information to those responsible for historic properties in times of disaster. 


New Federal Rules Regarding Tribal Plant Gathering

On July 12, 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) announced new federal rules for tribal plant gathering. The rule authorizes agreements between the National Park Service and federally recognized tribes that will facilitate the continuation of tribal cultural practices on lands within areas of the National Park System where those practices traditionally occurred, without causing significant adverse impact to park resources or values.
Click here to view and download the text of the new rules.


California Projects Receive National Maritime Heritage Grants

We are pleased to announce that the following four projects in California recently were awarded grants from the National Park Service's National Maritime Heritage Program: the Island of the Blue Dolphins and its Maritime History Context; the Steam Ferryboat Eureka Structural Survey; a Distance Learning History Project: Linking Cabrillo's Ship San Salvador; and the Spirit of Dana Tall Ship Overnight Education Program. For details about these projects and other grant awardees, visit the Maritime Grants webpage. The Maritime Heritage Program is part of the National Park Service's Park History Program. Maritime grants are administered through the SHPO offices.


Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Signs Important Agreement with the Department of the Interior

On April 21, 2016, the Department of the Interior announced that an agreement had been signed with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in California, along with the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, to reduce fractionation in Indian Country through implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Read the full announcement here.


Guide to Section 106 Review Now in Spanish

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Spanish language version of the ACHP’s “Citizen’s Guide to Section 106 Review.” This new version contains the same text as the English edition, with updated images.  Download a copy from the link below:

Citizen's Guide to Section 106 Review - Spanish


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.