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Cultural Resources Consultants

The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to consult with the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) during the planning of any federal action that may endanger cultural resources. The role of the SHPO in federal project review is to reflect the interests of the State and its citizens in the preservation of Idaho's rich cultural heritage. This process provides an important planning function by assisting federal agencies in the recognition and protection of sites, buildings, and structures that are important to Idaho's past.

Known as Section 106, this consultation process administered by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is the federal law that protects historic properties. For more information download this informative brochure (pdf file).

To facilitate the professional completion of this process, Preservation Idaho provides lists of certified consultants in both the historical and archaeological fields. These lists are provided as a courtesy by Preservation Idaho to those interested in hiring cultural resource consultants. Inclusion on these lists should not be viewed as an endorsement or recommendation by Preservation Idaho.

What else can a consultant do for you:

  • National Register nominations
  • Tax Act certification applications
  • Building rehab advice and guidance
  • Certified Local Government activities
  • Preservation planning
  • Local ordinances, design guidelines, etc.
  • Historical research

To learn more about these activities and the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, visit their website: http://history.idaho.gov/state-historic-preservation-office

For more specific information about the review process as mandated in Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, visit http://history.idaho.gov/section-106