Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Section 106 Consultation Meeting Transcript

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE
AVS-NESET 345 kV TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT
Section 106
TRANSCRIPT OF CONSULTATION MEETING

http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/UWP%20AVSNESET%20Consultation%20Meeting%20Transcript.pdf

"There are only 383 of these battlefields that the Park Service has mapped to this extent, and that's out of a universe of over 15,000 engagements of the Civil War. So you might consider it the top maybe 3 percent of the nation."
"... I hope, currently available to everybody, is our most conservative map of what we feel the entire extent of the battlefield is, which is the study area; where the bloodiest conflict was in the core areas, but there's conflict in the entire study area. It's just where the core is is considered the heaviest conflict, and it gives our preservation partners someplace to begin where they're thinking about buying or preserving land with easements or purchases. So it's a priority one of the high priority, if you will."
"Those maps that were drafted nationwide were sent out to partners who asked to be part of the process, but especially out to all the SHPOs in the nation. They all had an opportunity to look over these maps and help us refine them to the best of their abilities. If they had other partners they could recommend to help us get those maps down as accurately as possible, they would recommend it. And we spent some years, actually, working together to try and get the info out as accurately as possible."
Kris McMasters of the ABPP, NPS