State Historic Preservation Office . Tami Koontz www.wvculture.org. Mission:.
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The GIS mission of the State Historic Preservation Office is to map all of the prehistoric and historic cultural resources within the state and, with the exception of archaeological sites, make this information available to the public to encourage preservation of our heritage, and promote tourism of historic sites.
We cover all prehistoric and historic archaeological sites and historic architectural sites throughout the state.
Our maps will primarily benefit any agencies required to complete the Section 106 process (highways, waterlines, cell towers, etc). Section 106 requires a clearance letter from the SHPO before proceeding with any project using federal dollars to insure that historic cultural resources are not being impacted. With the cultural resources mapped and available, an agency can avoid areas that may potentially disturb historic resources in the planning stages saving substantial time and money. The historic architectural sites, especially the National Register of Historic Places, can be used to promote heritage tourism and education.