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National Historic Preservation Act


OWEB applies annually for Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Funds (PCSRF) from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and awards these funds through various grant programs. These funds are mainly used in restoration and acquisition projects that benefit salmon and steelhead.

In 2022, OWEB and the NMFS began working to develop a Programmatic Agreement for PCSRF projects to delegate responsibilities of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA) to OWEB. Section 106 requires federal agencies to consider the effects on cultural resources and historic properties of projects they carry out, assist, fund, permit, license, or approve.

Note: The Programmatic Agreement is still in development and is proposed to be complete by July 2024. The information below is intended to help OWEB grantees begin to prepare for additional grant requirements that will begin in July 2024.

The Programmatic Agreement applies to all land in Oregon that:
  • Does not already have another established federal Programmatic Agreement.
  • Is not under Tribal Historic Preservation Office jurisdiction. Tribal Historic Preservation Office jurisdiction has authority in lieu of Oregon’s State Historic Preservation Office.

How Does this Impact OWEB Grantees?

Beginning in July 2024, OWEB will be required to screen all PCSRF-funded projects AND all Lottery-funded projects used as match funds to PCSRF for compliance with Section 106. To determine if your project may be impacted by these new requirements review the Recovery Domains Map. Projects that may require Section 106 compliance fall within the Recovery Domains areas and the Upper Klamath area may be funded with PCSRF funds or funded with Lottery funds as match funding for a PCSRF grant.

The Programmatic Agreement places projects in 3 categories:

  1. Activities requiring Full Section 106 Review.
  2. Activities to be Screened for Exemptions from Section 106 Review.
  3. Activities Exempted from Section 106 Review.

OWEB understands that building in cultural resources and historic property considerations into projects requires technical expertise and can add time and costs to projects. In addition, OWEB is encouraging applicants to review the list of project types and consider submitting Technical Assistance applications to develop project designs, secure permits, and consider the cultural resource and historic property issues associated with the project. Applicants can include the costs of cultural resources work in both technical assistance and restoration applications.

More Information

  • A handout is available for general guidance.
  • OWEB hosted a webinar to answer questions.


For questions, please contact Shane James, Cultural Resources Specialist, 971-332-7756,, or
Courtney Shaff, Monitoring and Reporting Program Manager, 971-342-7012,