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Section 106: A Guide to Federal Protections for Historic Properties

This workshop will explore the range of protections afforded historic properties under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The workshop will be divided into two parts. The morning will be devoted to explaining the operations of Section 106, relying upon presentations and detailed handouts. The afternoon will involve the participants in applying the morning lessons to a series of case studies designed to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of the Section 106 process, as well as real-life case studies brought to the workshop by participants and the instructors.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the conditions under which Section 106 does and does not apply to protecting historic properties.
  2. Identify and explain the four major steps in Section 106 compliance:
    1. Determining whether Section 106 applies
    2. Determining whether the project area includes a historic property
    3. Determining whether there will be an adverse effect
    4. Steps to be taken to resolve an adverse effect.
  3. Apply the steps in Section 106 to hypothetical cases.
  4. Apply the steps in the Section 106 process to real live examples

Documents & Downloads


  • Kelly Ewing Toledo, Senior Planner, Caltrans
  • Andrea Galvin, Principal, Galvin Preservation Associates Inc
  • Stephen Mikesell, Mikesell Historical Consulting
  • Jan Ostashay, Principal, Ostashay & Associates Consulting