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  • 12/11/2019 1:39 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    When project applicants and federal agencies are informed about the existence of historic properties of religious and cultural significance to Indian tribes early in project planning, opportunities to consider non-destructive alternatives are increased. Proactive planning for early coordination can also increase predictability for both applicants and Indian tribes, leading not only to better preservation outcomes but also to possible project cost savings and more efficient Section 106 reviews.

    The ACHP has issued a new resource to help applicants navigate the process:  Early Coordination with Indian Tribes During Pre-application Processes: A HandbookThe handbook and a coordinating online course provide recommendations for federal agencies, applicants, and Indian tribes regarding how to begin, facilitate, and participate in early coordination in a manner that should result in a more efficient and effective Section 106 process.

    From the ACHP:

    The ACHP developed the handbook with assistance from a tribal working group, federal and state agencies, and energy producers and trade organizations. It provides background information on the Section 106 process for applicant-driven projects and offers suggestions for federal agencies, industry, and Indian tribes to work collaboratively and effectively in pre-application planning, before formal government-to-government consultation would begin. The document includes best practices from an Indian tribe, an energy company, and a state transportation agency.

    Concurrent with the development of the handbook, the ACHP launched a 90 minute online, on-demand eLearning course Early Coordination with Indian Tribes for Infrastructure Projects. The course will prepare applicants and their consultants to work with Indian tribes in carrying out investigations and developing pre-application information.

    Download the handbook here, and register for the Early Coordination with Indian Tribes for Infrastructure Projects course on the ACHP e-learning portal.

  • 12/09/2019 3:55 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    In light of the recent conversations about gender equity and safe workspaces in cultural resource management and fieldwork-oriented professions, ACRA has developed a survey that asks companies to provide a snapshot of the participation of individuals of all genders in CRM by job function, the availability of harassment training, and policies for reporting and problem resolution more generally. The overall goal is to tie existing information about reported harassment to longer term goals for equity and to emerging policies that help develop inclusive corporate cultures.

    Policies are a key framework for implementing change. ACRA will use the data in this survey to inform its future programs and resources for members. The results will also be summarized in a Society for American Archaeology presentation on equity and harassment in workplaces.

    This survey has already been sent to members that manage their companies' ACRA accounts, but we would like non-members to have the opportunity to complete it as well. Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey (or send it to someone in your company who can). The survey is meant to be completed by one individual per organization. Any identifying data provided, such as company names or organizational charts, will be kept confidential and will be removed from any survey reports or programs developed by ACRA.

    Thank you for taking the time to help improve ACRA programs by providing your feedback!

  • 12/06/2019 4:31 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    If you missed yesterday's session on Meeting the Reasonable and Good Faith Identification Standard in Section 106 Review, now you can watch it on your own schedule!

    The President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) joined us yesterday for an advanced session that included detailed scenarios concerning the reasonable and good faith standard in Section 106. Attendees also had a chance to participate in a Q&A session with presenters Kelly Fanizzo and Katry Harris, both of whom have been with the ACHP since 2006.

    You can rent the session on our Webinars on Demand page. For ACRA members, be sure to access the presentation through the members-only page which provides you with the discount code.

    Rent This Session Now

  • 12/04/2019 9:00 AM | ACRA Lobbying Team

    ACRA is mobilizing with our partners at the Coalition for American Heritage to ask you to contact your representatives about the reorganization of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)! 

    The Trump Administration is moving the headquarters of BLM. As part of the process, the Office of Cultural, Paleontological Resources and Tribal Consultation is being severely reduced. Key leadership positions in the office have been eliminated, and with only 30 days-notice, many of the experienced civil servants are being told to choose whether to accept a cross-country move or leave their jobs. It is anticipated that the BLM will lose the majority of their CRM staff at the start of the year, which could endanger cultural resources across the country.

    The Coalition webpage makes it easy to take action in just minutes - it has links to your Member of Congress and a sample email message. Ask Congress NOW to carefully conduct strong oversight of the BLM reorganization and halt any actions that would diminish the Office of Cultural, Paleontological Resources and Tribal Consultation.

    Take Action NOW

  • 11/25/2019 3:28 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    We heard from a number of you that you needed a bit more time to send in your proposals for 2020 webinars, and we have good news: the deadline has been extended to Thursday, December 5.

    From the technical aspects of cultural resource management to expanding general business skills and knowledge, we hope to offer a range of sessions for CRM practitioners.

    Presenters receive a traditional honorarium and are eligible to share in the webinar revenue after the attendance threshold is reached. You can view the detailed requirements in the Request for Proposal here.

    You can help shape ACRA's continuing education program AND make some extra money - send us your proposals by December 5!

  • 11/22/2019 12:42 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    Have you checked out the ACRA Savings Marketplace yet? You can save money on your holiday shopping and travel just by being an ACRA member.

    There are currently over 527 different brands offering deals on the Marketplace, including some of the brands you use often. Brands include:

    • Amazon
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    The deals change on a weekly basis, so keep coming back to the marketplace for more ways to save!

  • 11/21/2019 3:32 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    The deadline to submit your ideas for 2020 webinar topics is tomorrow, November 22. Send us your submissions NOW to ensure that your expertise can reach a wider audience!

    As a reminder, we hope to offer a range of topics for sessions, from the technical aspects of cultural resource management to expanding general business skills and knowledge. ACRA's 2020 online learning program continues the revenue sharing program that was introduced last year. You can view the detailed requirements in the Request for Proposal here

    You can help shape ACRA's continuing education program AND make some extra money - send us your proposals now!

  • 11/15/2019 3:41 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    ACRA Conference Awards Reception at Barrister Winery

    The 2019 ACRA Industry Awards were handed out at the the Annual Conference in Spokane last month during the reception at Barrister Winery. A full list of the winners is below, and we will be doing a blog series on each of the projects starting next week. Congratulations to all who received an award!

    ACRA President Nathan Boyless handing out 2019 Industry Awards

    2019 Industry Award - Private Sector

    The Dermot Company for the development of the 21 West End Tower at Riverside Center in New York City.

    Emory Beacon of Light, Inc. for the Beacon Center Project in Washington, DC.

    2019 Industry Award - Public Sector

    Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for the Louisiana Historic Bridge Inventory.

    Tennessee Valley Authority for management of the Hiwassee Island archaeological site.

    Chelan County Public Utility District No. 1 for ongoing commitment to address cultural resources in ways that go above and beyond simple compliance with the law.

  • 11/14/2019 3:43 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    The ACHP is back for the final webinar in our 2019 series, Meeting the Reasonable and Good Faith Identification Standard in Section 106 Review, is coming up on Thursday, December 5 at 2:00 pm EST.

    Experienced Section 106 practitioners will benefit from this opportunity to explore the steps necessary to make a reasonable effort to identify historic properties for a specific undertaking and to carry out such identification efforts in good faith. Attendees will be able to ask questions about the process in real time.

    Anyone in your firm who is involved in CRM work, from new employees to owners, will find this advanced session useful. Register today!

    Register Now

    ACRA members receive $40 off the regular webinar price, and student members can attend for just $19.

    ACRA's expert provider for this webinar is Katry Harris, who has 25 years experience in historic preservation. Since joining the ACHP in 2006, she has worked with FCC, HUD and local governments, VA, the various transportation agencies, the US Forest Service, and NPS regarding their programs and historic preservation policies. She is the ACHP’s Training Specialist and remains involved in ACHP initiatives regarding Section 106 and NEPA coordination, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Energy Development and Transmission, Federal Lands Stewardship, and Distance Learning.

  • 11/08/2019 12:41 PM | ACRAsphere Blog Team

    If you attended the 2019 Annual Conference in Spokane, we want to hear from you!

    Each year we use attendee feedback to continue to improve your experience at future conferences and events. Our Conference Committee actively uses the data collected to inform the selection of our conference sessions and add-on events.

    Let us know your conference experience by filling out the form below!

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