Look beyond current standards for identification of cultural resources for the purposes of compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and determination of historic properties. Examine how the methodology may be enhanced to produce a better analysis, both in the field and on paper. Understand ways to expand documentation efforts to include a greater variety of input, perspectives, and interpretation. Address who the experts and decisionmakers are and how to resolve cultural biases relative to identification.


Requirements of identification for Section 106

  • What are cultural resources? What are historic properties?
  • Determination of eligibility
  • National Park Service bulletins and white papers
  • Yes, no, and needs more information
  • Non-eligible resources


Standard current methodology by property type   

  • Seeking information: How do we do it?
  • Producing a better analysis in the field and on paper
  • Documentation—greater variety of input, perspectives, interpretation

Who are the experts and decision makers?

  • Specific professional training: archaeology, architecture, ethnography, history, etc.
  • Cultural heritage: tribes, communities, neighborhoods
  • Traditional cultural practitioners
  • Community residents

Addressing cultural biases

  • Professional opinions
  • State and federal experts
  • Community residents, leaders
  • Traditionalists

Practicalities of proposed projects and methodology

  • Boundaries for historic properties
  • Limitations of project designs and redesign for avoidance, protection, preservation
  • Recommendations for coordination and integration of diverse sources of information

Training Curriculum

75-minute, on-demand eLearning

  • 1

    Welcome Letter

    • NPI Welcome Letter

  • 2


    • Section 106: Resource Identification Chapter One, Identification Composition

    • Section 106: Resource Identification Chapter Two, Identifying Historic Properties

    • Section 106: Resource Identification Chapter Three, Cultural Heritage

    • Section 106: Resource Identification Chapter Four, Effective Resolutions

  • 3

    Download Course Slides

    • Section 106: Resource Identification (slide deck)

  • 4

    Download Video Transcript

    • Section 106: Resource Identification (transcript)

  • 5

    Course Evaluation

    • NPI Evaluation



Claudia Nissley

Claudia Nissley, president, C. Nissley Environmental Consultants; a nationally recognized expert in cultural heritage laws and practices; author, educator, and consultant; former executive manager with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and governor-appointed Wyoming State Historic Preservation Officer
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This course is suitable for

  • Officials and community leaders, archaeologists, architectural historians, cultural and natural resource managers

  • Landscape and preservation architects, planners, and project managers with SHPOs, THPOs,

  • Tribes, government agencies, and contractors involved in compliance requirements

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