CARSON CITY — Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey this week signed a revision to the BLM’s agreement that clarifies how the agency consults with tribes and other consulting parties on activities that might affect historic properties.
The PA has three signatories: the BLM, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO). Abbey, ACHP Executive Director John Fowler, and NCSHPO President Ruth Pierpont all signed the revised agreement. The original agreement was signed in 1997.
The PA allows efficient consultation between the BLM and state historic preservation officers (SHPOs). That law requires BLM to consider, plan for, protect and enhance historic properties that could be affected by its actions.
While the revision enhances the consultation role of tribes, it does not apply to tribal lands.
The BLM announced the revision in December 2011. The current revision was developed with the two other signatories following an extensive process of outreach and consultation with tribes and other stakeholders, which began in August 2008.