Patty Sullivan, Public Affairs Director
Office of Public Affairs
350 East Dahlia Avenue
Palmer, Alaska 99645
Phone: (907) 745-9577
Stephenie Wheeler, Corporate Communications Officer
Alaska Railroad Corporation
327 West Ship Creek Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: (907) 265-2671
Information about Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) defines consultation as “the process of seeking, discussing, and considering the views of other participants, and, where feasible, seeking agreement with them regarding matters arising in the Section 106 process” (36 CFR 800.16.f). Under Section 106, consulting parties can provide input to federal agencies when a project involving federal action, approval, or funding may affect properties that qualify for the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of historic properties. The goal of consultation is to identify historic properties potentially affected by the project, assess these effects, and seek ways to avoid, minimize or mitigate adverse effects to these properties.
Consulting parties are identified throughout the Section 106 process. Federal agencies such as STB must consider and respond to all written requests for participation as a consulting party. The following parties generally have consultative roles in the Section 106 review process: the State Historic Preservation Officer, Tribes, representatives of local governments, and project applicants. Additional consulting parties with a demonstrated interest in the project can be included on a case-by-case basis. Consulting parties, once defined as such, are entitled to sharing their views on historic properties and effects to those properties, receive and review pertinent information, and consider possible resolution to effects on historic properties with the federal agency and other consulting parties.
For individuals and organizations interested in becoming a Consulting Party to the Port MacKenzie Rail Extension Project per Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, click here.
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