Building a new road? A cell phone tower? A pipeline? A new government building? Building anything with federal funds or on federal property requires that one must conduct a review of the impact of the project on tangible cultural resources, which includes archaeological sites and historic buildings, under section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA). But building a new student center, a new dorm, or a new business school on your land-grant university campus? More often than not, no cultural resource review is required.i What responsibility do land-grant universities have to the tangible cultural heritage on their land when section 106 is not mandated? As a land-grant institution and one that takes sustainability seriously, what should UNH’s role be in managing its cultural heritage?
Earth Systems Research Center, Anthropology
UNH Sustainability Institute
2015 Sustaining Cultural Heritage at UNH. Sustainability Briefing, UNH Sustainability Institute. http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/sites/sustainableunh.unh.edu/files/media/sustainingculturalheritag e.pdf