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Disasters - Planning, Response, and Recovery

In light of the recent Napa earthquake we wanted to put up this reminder that the OHP is prepared to provide assistance and updated information to assist disaster responders, local officials, owners, and the public on historic property damage issues as a result of a disaster. Please visit our Disasters and Historic Resources webpage to learn about planning for and responding to all types of disasters.

NEW! State Historical Resources Commission Votes on New Nominations

At their August 1, 2014 meeting in Sacramento, the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC) voted to send ten National Register nominations to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places for formal determination of eligibility. The SHRC also approved two new California Historical Landmarks, and one updated landmark. To see a listing of all items voted upon and approved, please visit our Actions Taken page.

NEW! SOI Historic Preservation Awards

The Secretary of the Interior is accepting nominations for the 2014 Secretary of the Interior's Historic Preservation Awards. This award recognizes the accomplishments of individual employees in the offices of THPOs, Certified Local Governments, SHPOs, and Federal Preservation Officers. The deadline for submitting nominations is September 1, 2014. For additional information please contact Constance W. Ramirez at 202-354-6967 or

NEW! Maritime Heritage Grants Now Available

On June 23, 2014, the National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration, announced the availability of approximately $1.7 million in grant funding through the National Maritime Heritage Grants Program for projects that teach about and/or preserve sites and objects related to our nation's maritime heritage. Grants are available to state, local, and tribal governments, and private non-profit organizations. The Office of Historic Preservation will work with eligible applicants, reviewing and advising on the application process. The application deadline is September 23, 2014. For details of the grant program, visit the NPS website: Application forms and procedures are available at For questions regarding the application process, please contact John Thomas of the OHP: or 916-445-7024.

Preserve Latino History Initiative

The Office of Historic Preservation is currently developing a historic context for properties in Caifornia associated with the history of Latinos during the twentieth century and preparing a Multiple Property Documentation Form to facilitate National Register of Historic Places nominations. We need your assistance in identifying places that are important in your community that fall within this context. To find out more, visit our Preserve Latino History page.

OHP is revising the DPR523 forms

OHP initiated an assessment of the current DPR523 form series and developing digital data standards. Currently, we are seeking feedback and comments from the public regarding the forms.  We hope you will take the time to answer the DPR523 form survey to guide our efforts to revise the forms and develop the digital data standards.

Materials from the 2013 THPO/SHPO Summit Now Available

Handouts and presentations from the October 30-31, 2013, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer / State Historic Preservation Officer Summit are now available. Visit the Summit Materials webpage to download, view, and print these items.

Office of Historic Preservation Reorganization

The units of the Office of Historic Preservation have been reorganized in relation to staff who perform reviews of environmental compliance activities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and California Public Resources Code Section 5024. Specific staff assignments have not changed--so the staff contact for a particular agency will remain the same as previous to the reorganization. The only changes have been to assign some staff to different supervisors in the office. Please see the revised organizational chart for the OHP for more information. To find out the specific reviewer for an agency, refer to our agency assignments list.

Section 106 Submittal Checklist Now Available

The Office of Historic Preservation now has a checklist to use in determining what information to send to us for consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in order to help make review of your undertaking proceed as efficiently as possible. For those of you who are more familiar with the process, there is a two-page checklist with little explanatory information about the items we suggest you submit to us. There is also a longer, annotated version of the checklist with explanations for each of the checklist items.

Action Plan for the CHRIS Modernization and Sustainability Plan

The Maintenance and Operations Action Plan for the CHRIS Modernization and Sustainability Plan has been finalized. The Action Plan will cover the period from November 1, 2013, through April 30, 2015. The focus of the CHRIS’ efforts during this time period will be on accelerating CHRIS Inventory data conversion as part of maintenance and operations activities, thereby achieving a digitized statewide inventory by completing Phases 1 and 2 as identified in the CHRIS Modernization and Sustainability Plan.

For California State Agencies: Consultation Under PRC 5024 and 5024.5

The Office of Historic Preservation has created a new informational document with recommendations to assist state agencies in complying with the requirements of Public Resources Code § 5024 and 5024.5 and understanding the expectations of the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) regarding consultation on state projects that may affect historical resources. Ideally, this guidance will help minimize time and effort spent preparing submittals to the SHPO. Consultation documents that do not meet the guidance detailed in this document may generate inquiries for further information, delaying conclusion of the consultation.

eLearning Course: Interpreting and Applying the Secretary of the Interiors Standards

OHP is pleased to offer a free eLearning Course on Interpreting and Applying the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with an emphasis on the Standards for Rehabilitation.
This course consists of three self-paced modules. It has been designed to answer the kinds of questions OHP staff most commonly get about how and when to use the Standards, particularly when planning or reviewing rehabilitation projects. Click on the link above to begin.

California Department of Parks and Recreation
Office of Historic Preservation
1725 23rd Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
TEL: 916-445-7000  |  FAX: 916-445-7053  |

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