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Windows on the Past AwardOn October 12, 2016, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell presented the agency’s Windows on the Past award to two programs – the agency’s Passport in Time (PIT) and the non-profit HistoriCorps. The SRI Foundation, which hosts the PIT Clearinghouse, accepted the award for Passport in Time. This award event was part of the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

The SRI Foundation is honored to receive this award, and wishes to acknowledge the great partnership we have with the Forest Service. This partnership has been critical to the success of this incredible volunteer program. In particular, we want to acknowledge Will Reed, National Passport in Time Program Manager, for his dedication to the PIT program. We could not have done it without you, Will! And thanks to Jill Osborn, who served as the National Passport in Time Program Manager before Will. Jill was instrumental in laying the foundation for the PIT program.

We also want to acknowledge two SRI Foundation staff – Matthew Dawson, PIT Clearinghouse Program Manager, and Stacey Chambliss, Volunteer Coordinator. Matt and Stacy currently run the PIT Clearinghouse. They have done an excellent job managing the Clearinghouse over the past several years, and worked hard to improve the PIT website, e-newsletter, and added the full range of social media to the PIT program. Thank you Matt and Stacey! We also want to acknowledge Carol Ellick, who expertly managed the Clearinghouse for many years when the Clearinghouse was run through Statistical Research, Inc., and then the SRI Foundation. Matt and Stacey took over the management of the Clearinghouse after Carol and her husband, Joe Watkins, moved to Washington, D.C. for their next adventure.

And, much gratitude to all of the PIT Project Leaders! Without you, this Program would not be possible. And finally, thanks to all of the PIT volunteers! You have contributed so much to the conservation and preservation of our nation’s cultural and historical heritage! And speaking of PIT volunteers, we would like to close with a quote from a recent comment we received from a volunteer who participated in our longest running PIT project, in the Lolo National Forest in Montana:

PIT is absolutely the best volunteer program in the United States. Volunteers learn archaeology and preservation techniques; get invested in “ownership” of these national gems; and then become the stewards of historic sites for the rest of their lives. Perfect balance from beginning to end!

Thanks to everyone! This award is for all of you!

Terry H. Klein, RPA
Executive Director
SRI Foundation

Photo Caption: Tom Tidwell, Chief of the Forest Service, presenting award to Terry Klein, SRI Foundation - Photo by Dominic Cumberland.

New Resources and Publications

Planning and Environmental Linkages for Historic Preservation

By Cambridge Systematics, Inc. and SRI Foundation. June 2012

The Federal Highway Administration Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, in cooperation with the SRI Foundation and Cambridge Systematics, has developed a report and series of best practices to support the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiatives under Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) and Programmatic Approaches focusing on historic resources. The report, "Planning and Environmental Linkages for Historic Preservation" highlights best practices and introduces seventeen case studies from around the country.

The FHWA and state and local transportation agencies are working hard to deliver projects more quickly and efficiently, and for less cost. One way to achieve these efficiencies is to streamline compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The streamlining practices identified in the report and detailed in the case studies have the added benefit of improving stewardship through early consideration of historic preservation factors in planning and project development. Both the report and a series of case studies that highlight effective practices are now available at:

The above link gives more detail regarding the types of programs implemented. These include Section 106 programmatic agreements, historic property databases, statewide management plans for historic bridges, and staff liaison programs with State Historic Preservation Offices. Each case study highlights program elements, benefits, challenges, and critical factors for success.

Should you have questions regarding the report or the case studies, please contact MaryAnn Naber at or Mary Frye at

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