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Section 106: An Introduction

Detailed Seminar Agenda

Seminar Overview

Learn the basics of project review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. This seminar emphasizes practicalities-how to avoid pitfalls and victimization by myths. Discuss recent changes in regulations and procedures, with an emphasis on coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws.


Allyson Brooks, Ph.D., Washington State Historic Preservation Officer; formerly worked for Minnesota DOT, the South Dakota Preservation Office, and the U.S. Forest Service; specializing in transportation, tribal consultation, large cultural landscapes/TCPs, Section 106, historical archaeology, and GIS


Ethel R. Eaton, Ph.D., senior policy analyst, Office of Review and Compliance, Virginia Department of Historic Resources; previously with the Maryland Historical Trust, with past excavation, teaching, and research positions at universities and museums


Claudia Nissley, president, Nissley Environmental Consultants; former director, Western Office, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and Wyoming State Historic Preservation Officer; specialist in preservation issues relating to NHPA, NEPA, CERCLA, ARPA, and NAGPRA

Evaluation Comments

"[The instructor] did a great job making the information understandable! This week I completed my first Section 106 documentation project using the knowledge gained from the seminar."

"[The seminar] . gave me detailed information and tools to use in my work."

"Wonderful introductory overview for me, and it will be great to have the handbook to refer to [later]."

"[The seminar] answered many questions I had about current regulations."

"[The seminar] clarified the Section 106 process from start to finish and the application of criteria of effect."

"I really enjoyed this class; it was very interactive and interesting."

"[The seminar offered] very clear coverage of all elements of new Section 106 regulations; clarified roles of NEPA and Section 106 and how they interrelate."


Cultural resource and environmental consultants; federal, state, local, and tribal officials and planners; curators and collections managers.

Continuing Education Credits

This seminar meets the criteria for programs in the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) and participants will receive 6 PDH HSW each day.
Self-reporting often is an option for members of other professional organizations that require continuing education credits.

Locations and Dates

  • Phoenix, AZ
    February 23-25, 2016
    offered in conjunction with
    Renewable Energy Development: Impacts on Cultural Resources
    in cooperation with
    the State Historic Preservation Office,
    Arizona State Parks
  • San Francisco, CA
    May 3-5, 2016
    in cooperation with the
    National Park Service, Pacific West Region,
    and The Presidio Trust
  • Santa Fe, NM
    October 17-19, 2016
    offered in conjunction with
    Traditional Cultural Places
    in cooperation with
    the National Park Service, Intermountain Region, and
    the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Division
  • Montpelier, VT
    October 25-27, 2016
    in cooperation with the
    Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
  • Salem, OR
    November 1-3, 2016
    in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Transportation
    and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
  • Madison, WI
    December 5-7, 2016
    offered in conjunction with
    NAGPRA and ARPA: Applications and Requirements
    in cooperation with
    The Wisconsin Historical Society

Seminar Location, Hours, and Hotels

Confirmation of registration is sent out to registered participants one month prior to the seminar date. The confirmation includes the seminar location, hours, and a list of conveniently located hotels. Seminars generally are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is recommended at least 6 weeks prior to the seminar to secure a place and to avoid cancellations due to low enrollment.

Cost (see Register for more information)

$650 (6-week advance registration); $700 (regular registration)

Rate for 4 days including
Renewable Energy
$800 (6-week advance registration); $850 (regular registration)

Rate for 5 days including
$800 (6-week advance registration); $850 (regular registration)

Rate for 5 days including
Traditional Cultural Places
$950 (6-week advance registration); $1,000 (regular registration)

National NAGPRA Program scholarships may be available through NPI for this seminar for participants from federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Read more.

Customized/On-Site Training

NPI also offers this seminar as customized on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars can be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or for further information.

Detailed Seminar Agenda

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