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Mitigation Examples

old barn and fence in Utah landscape

Old barn and fence in Utah

When a historic property will suffer an adverse effect from a federally-related undertaking, the federal agency, working with the Utah State Historic Preservation Office and other potential consulting parties, seeks ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the adverse effect.

Mitigation should represent the broader public interest by providing knowledge, enhancing the preservation of other historic properties, or creating other outcomes.

One common mitigation measure is data recovery – recording information about a property before it is destroyed by the undertaking.But many different creative mitigation approaches are possible.


Barns in northern Utah

A planned highway project in northern Utah would destroy several historic barns. For mitigation, the Utah Department of Transportation funded the restoration of several remaining barns. The work was accomplished by AmeriCorps workers.


Pine Valley guard station

The Dixie National Forest planned to sell its historic administrative site property in Enterprise, which it no longer used. As mitigation, it decided to restore and reuse the Pine Valley Guard Station as public lodging, available for overnight rentals.


Dugway’s German Village website

Due to lack of funding for maintenance, officials at Dugway Proving Grounds decided to let the “German Village”–the remains of German houses the army built during World War II in order to test the effects of bombing–deteriorate. To mitigate the Village’s lost, the army created a website that presents history, photos, and interviews. See it at https://www.dugway.army.mil/germanvillage/HOME.htm

SHPO Compliance

Laws are in place to make sure that federal and state projects don’t carelessly destroy cultural resources.

Agencies’ Responsibilities

State and federal agencies that undertake projects must “take into account” how their project activities will affect historic and archaeological resources.

List of Agency Contacts in Utah, as of 4/21/2017

Common projects include construction, rehabilitation, demolition, licensing, permitting, or transfer of public lands.

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Do you need to find a curation facility?

Archaeological Compliance Guidance – a document summarizing Utah standards


SHPO’s Role

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) provides guidance to agencies and governments who are affected by these laws.

Each month we review about 200 development projects and their potential effects on archaeological and historical sites. We comment on projects within 30 days and provide accurate data and professional consultation.

I just need a letter from the SHPO

Federal law summary(Section 106) A review of the laws that apply to any land development project involving federal funds.

State law summary (Utah Code Annotated 9-8-404) A review of laws that apply to projects using state funds.

Historic structures—specifics  What you need to know if your project may affect historic structures.

Archaeological resources—specifics What you need to know if your project may affect archaeological resources.

Public comment How you can provide input on projects. 


Contacts

For projects that are disturbing the ground or may affect archaeological resources:
Chris Merritt
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Phone: 801-245-7263
Fax: 801-533-3503

Or

Elizabeth Hora-Cook
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Phone: 801-245-7241
Fax: 801-533-3503

For projects affecting historic structures:
Chris Hansen
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, Utah  84101
Phone: 801-245-7239
Fax: 801-533-3503

For UDOT-related projects affecting historic structures:
Cory Jensen
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, Utah  84101
Phone: 801-245-7242
Fax: 801-533-3503

Not sure whom to contact?
Contact any of the above individuals and we will work to get you going in the right direction.