Heritage, which includes the State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon
Heritage Commission and Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, in order to
protect people vulnerable to COVID-19 and avoid overwhelming critical resources,
is adjusting its business practices for the time being.
social distancing the majority of staff has been set-up to work remotely,
meetings will be teleconference, and travel is extremely limited. Support for
heritage organizations and government agencies managing COVID-19 issues is our
highest priority. We are also working to make several of our programs more
flexible, when possible, in response to COVID-19 challenges.
Park Service, our federal partner for programs like the National Register of
Historic Places and the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit, are open for
business but with some limitations. The National Register program has asked for
a pause in new submittals for now. The Federal Tax Credit program is accepting
new applications but has warned that there may be a lag time for hard-copy
responses. Both programs are open for phone calls and emails.
deadlines remain in place for now, but the Advisory Council on Historic
Preservation has allowed for a pause for SHPO/THPO response times should our
staff become unavailable due to illness, and are encouraging federal agencies
to be flexible and communicative around Section 106 deadlines.
staff teleworking, access to physical mail (USPS, UPS, etc.) is limited. Please
use electronic delivery as much as possible. If there is urgent physical mail,
please email the recipient notification that it is on its way.
is stressful time for everyone. Our staff is encouraged to take care of
themselves as they manage their personal lives and continue to work in new
continue to serve you as best we can. The above limitations will likely slow
our response and shift our attention. The situation is also ever-changing. We
ask your patience as we maneuver through this situation, and we will offer the
same to you. We also encourage our heritage partners to follow guidance in
maintaining social distancing and hygiene recommendations.
COVID-19 Resource Page