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ACHP - SebastianMarch 1, 2013

President Barack Obama Appoints Dr. Lynne Sebastian, SRI Foundation's Director of Historic Preservation Programs, to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

The SRI Foundation Board of Directors is proud to announce that Dr. Lynne Sebastian was sworn in today to serve as a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation by appointment of President Barack Obama. On behalf of the SRI Foundation Board of Directors and all of us within the archaeological and historic preservation communities, I extend my most enthusiastic congratulations to Lynne and my deep gratitude for her willingness to devote herself to public service at this level, announced Dr. Jeffrey Altschul, founder and president of the Board of Directors of the SRI Foundation.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is an independent federal agency that promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation's historic resources. As a member of the Advisory Council, Dr. Sebastian will advise the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy, recommend administrative and legislative improvements for protecting our nation's heritage, advocate full consideration of historic values in federal decision making, and review federal programs and policies to promote effectiveness, coordination, and consistency with national preservation policies.

Dr. Sebastian is highly regarded for her expertise in the application of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and other historic preservation issues, and for her skills as an educator. Since its establishment in 2001, she has served as the SRI Foundation's Director of Historic Preservation Programs and is responsible for the Foundation's professional education and regulatory compliance and technical assistance programs.

Dr. Sebastian teaches continuing professional and legal education courses in cultural resource management nationwide, provides technical assistance about Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and other historic preservation issues, and researches and develops national best practices in cultural resource management. She developed and teaches the Foundation's one- and two-day Section 106 workshops as well as well as an advanced Section 106 workshop. She is also a certified Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Institute (NHI) instructor, and has delivered NHI's historic preservation course nationwide. Participants in the NHI course and also the SRI Foundation courses have included staff from federal, state and local agencies, including State Historic Preservation Offices; members of federally-recognized tribes; members of Native Hawaiian organizations; and staff from private sector engineering, environmental, and cultural resource management firms.

Dr. Sebastian is the President of the Register of Professional Archaeologists and was the President of the Society for American Archaeology from 2003 to 2005. She served as the State Historic Preservation Officer for the state of New Mexico from 1997 to 1999. In this position, she administered state and federal historic preservation laws; provided technical assistance to federal, state, and local government agencies; maintained and made available information concerning historic and pre-contact properties and surveys; maintained the state's National and State Registers of historic properties; conducted public education and outreach programs; provided technical assistance and preservation incentives for owners of historic and pre-contact sites; reviewed Section 106 compliance projects and programs; and consulted with federal, state, and local agencies and with Native Americans and other traditional communities about preservation planning, archaeological research designs, and mitigation plans.

Dr. Sebastian received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. She is the author of many articles, reports, and books, including co-editing with William Lipe, the highly influential 2010 book on the state of historic preservation, Archaeology & Cultural Resource Management: Visions for the Future.

Photo Caption: Dr. Lynne Sebastian being sworn in as an Expert Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) by Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Lee Salazar. ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson holds the Bible.

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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