Federal Agency Projects

PAL derives a large percentage of its work from assisting federal agencies in complying with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended. The provisions of the NHPA where cultural resource management professionals like PAL provide key services are Sections 106 and 110. Section 106 requires that Federal agencies take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties, and afford the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) a reasonable opportunity to comment. Promulgated by the ACHP, the implementing regulations for Section 106 (36 CFR Part 800) establish a consultation process that involves the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), Native American Indian Tribes, local preservation organizations, and other consulting and interested parties in the process. Section 110 defines the historic preservation responsibilities of Federal agencies and is intended to ensure that historic preservation is fully integrated into the ongoing programs of all Federal agencies. The broad scope of the NHPA makes it applicable to all agency actions that have the potential to impact historic properties whether on federally owned or managed lands or through projects that the agencies fund, permit or otherwise authorize,

PAL provides a wide variety of services, including archaeological and aboveground historic property identification and evaluation, project impact assessments, consultation management, preservation planning, and mitigation investigations and materials, that are essential to Section 106 and Section 110 projects. The large number of Federal agencies we work with rely on the solid advice and management strategies we employ to bring the Section 106 consultation process to a successful conclusion. These consultation services are particularly important when the project is complex and requires the full talents of our large interdisciplinary staff. The excellent professional relationships we maintain with the SHPOs and Native American Tribes in the northeast are invaluable to making the process run smoothly. Those relationships are built on the trust that PAL will conduct a thorough and accurate evaluation of historic properties and project effects and present its findings in high-quality products that meet the highest standards of our industry.

Examples of the breadth and extent of our experience in working with Federal agencies includes our work for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the National Park Service (NPS). As the world's largest public engineering, design, and construction management agency, the USACE develops and manages a wide range of civil works projects in the areas of flood control, navigation, and hydroelectric power generation. Since 1985, PAL has provided cultural resource management services to the USACE for more than 50 Civil Works Program projects in the New England and the mid-Atlantic regions.

Our NPS work has taken us to some of the nation’s most significant historical properties and has included work driven by both Section 106 and Section 110 of the NHPA. Even though all of its national historical parks are listed in the National Register, many are under documented and require new evaluation to current standards. PAL has accordingly been hired to prepare revised and new National Register documentation for nationally significant battlefields, presidential estates, commemorative structures, lighthouses, recreational properties, and a variety of other property types. Archaeological investigations have been undertaken in advance of ground disturbing improvement activities places like Ellis Island, Valley Forge, Sagamore Hill, and Gettysburg.

Selected list of our federal project clients:  
Environmental Protection Agency National Park Service
Federal Emergency Management Agency National Passenger Railroad Corporation
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission US Army Corps of Engineers
Federal Highway Administration US Postal Service
Federal Railroad Administration US Department of Agriculture
General Services Administration US Fish & Wildlife Service