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  1. Resource Management in Contested Places June 29, 2011

  2. Goals for the talk Provide an orientation to the regulatory processes addressing heritage preservation issues at Coldwater Spring. Provide contact information for further information from speakers at today’s segment of the overall workshop.

  3. “First we have to realize where we are.”

  4. What’s all the fuss about? Coldwater as part of BOM DEIS/Section 106 process MNRRA staff as holding regulatory authority National Register of Historic Places as standard of significance

  5. National Register • Created by National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 • Establishes criteria by which historical significance can be established • Criterion A—associated with great events • Criterion B—associated with significant persons • Criterion C—a recognized work exemplary of a particular style or creator • Criterion D—is or is likely to contain information significant to our understanding of the past • Listing on, or being found eligible for, the National Register conveys specific advantages and protections

  6. “Significance is (not entirely) in the eye of the beholder.” • Application of the regulations vary by state • And by agency • And by agency staff discretion • What kind of resource is it? • Who says? How are they given voice? Are all voices the same? • What standards of evidence are required? Acceptable? • Within certain boundaries , defined most often by regulations, these are issues for consultation.

  7. The gist of the matter… • MNRRA staff does not consider the Coldwater Spring site to be a significant historic resource in its own right, although it does retain some status as part of national and state-designated historic districts associated with Fort Snelling. • This is a decision that is not entirely closed, though: • Possible declaration as “sacred” • Possible interest on the part of NPS Washington and regional office staff

  8. So now what? • We’ll visit the site this afternoon, listen to what it tells you, ask/answer questions • Reflect on “story based” and “rule based” approaches to managing this site for the long term future; “the forever business” • What does each approach offer as a “way forward” toward a sustainable future for Coldwater? What does each approach ask? Of whom? • Where should the Park Service go from here and how should it commence?

  9. To learn more: (Mona Smith can be contacted through this site or through her company, Allies:mediaarts Pat Nunnally is at River Life (Pat’s program)