Message #388: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: Matthias Giessler Subject: New Mexico BLM/SHPO Protocol Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 18:53:19 -0700 From: Lynne Sebastian December 12, 1997 Memorandum To: Groups and individuals interested in Bureau of Land Management compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. From: Lynne Sebastian, State Historic Preservation Officer Re: New Mexico SHPO/BLM consultation protocol In March of this year, the Bureau of Land Management and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation concluded a nationwide programmatic agreement governing how BLM will meet its responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. One of the requirements of the agreement is that each BLM state must negotiate a protocol with the State Historic Preservation Officer describing the process by which BLM will seek the SHPO's views and carry out consultations. BLM New Mexico and the State Historic Preservation Division have completed the first round of negotiation and have a draft document. Before continuing the negotiations, I would like to request input from tribes, individuals and companies doing business on BLM land, archaeological consultants, and others with an interest in this process. It is important that potential commenters understand that this protocol document does not address the manner in which BLM takes into account the effects of its undertakings on historic properties or the way in which BLM will consult with tribes, applicants, and other interested parties. Those matters are addressed in the nationwide programmatic agreement and in the BLM's manuals. The protocol only covers the process of BLM consultations with SHPO, and under the terms of the programmatic agreement, there will be no case-by-case SHPO consultations except in the case of undertakings that BLM finds will affect eligible historic properties, less than 4% of BLM undertakings in New Mexico during a given year. If you wish to review a copy of the draft protocol, please contact me by e-mail
or call the Division at (505) 827-6320. We hoping to distribute this document through e-mail as much as possible to save postage; if you request an e-mail copy let us know which attachment format is easier for you to handle: Wordperfect, Microsoft Word, or text only. The comment period will close January 15, 1998.