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STATE PROTOCOL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE

MONTANA STATE DIRECTOR, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND THE

MONTANA STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE REGARDING THE MANNER IN WHICH THE

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT WILL MEET ITS RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE NATIONAL PROGRAMMATIC AGREEMENT

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. RELATIONSIDP TO OTHER AGREEMENTS .......................................2

II. PROGRAMMATIC SHPO INVOLVEMENT IN BLM MANAGEMENT PROCESSES....................................................3

III. COOPERATIVE INFORMATION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT EFFORTS............................................................5

IV. COOPERATIVE PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL OR RESEARCH OUTREACH.............................................................6

V. NATIVE AMERICAN PARTICIPATION AND TRIBAL CONSULATION............................................................6

VI. PUBLIC AND INTERESTED PARTY INVOLVEMENT ............................8

VII. TERMS OF THE STATE PROTOCOL...................................................8

VIII. THRESHOLDS FOR CASE-BY-CASE SHPO REVIEW OF UNDERTAKINGS .................................................14

IX. THRESHOLDS FOR ACHP NOTIFICATION........................................16

X. OBTAINING SPECIALIZED EXPERTISE............................................16

XI. ANNUAL REPORT (SEE APPENDIX 2) ................................................17

XII. RESOLVING ISSUES ..................................................... .-.................17

XIII. DECERTIFICATION OR SUSPENSION OF FIELD OFFICES ....................................................................................... 17

XIV. AMENDING THE STATE PROTOCOL................................................18

XV. TERMINATING THE STATE PROTOCOL.......................................... 18 .

XVI. OTHER STATE-SPECIFIC PROCEDURES .......................................... 18

XVII. EXPIRATION................................................................................. 18

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STATE PROTOCOL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE

MONTANA STATE DIRECTOR, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND THE

MONTANA STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE REGARDING THE MANNER IN WHICH THE

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT WILL MEET ITS RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE NATIONAL HISTORI(: PRESERVATION ACT AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE NATIONAL PROGRAMMATIC AGREEMENT

PURPOSE. This State Protocol Agreement (Protocol) implements the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) National Programmatic Agreement (NPA) by describing how the Montana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the BLM will interact and cooperate under the NPA (Appendix 1). The goal of this Protocol and the NPA is a meaningful and productive partnership between the BLM (also referred to as the BLM Montana State Office and the BLM Field Offices and the SHPO that will enhance the management of the process under which cultural resources are administered by the BLM. Unless otherwise indicated, all definitions in this Protocol comport with 36 CFR Part 800.16.

I. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER AGREEMENTS

Other Programmatic Agreements (PA) and Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) may be developed as needed or required to meet BLM's requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) . Circumstances which may require the development of other PAs and MOAs include but are not limited to:

A. Multiple Federal Agencies.

a. If BLM accepts lead responsibility for Section 106 compliance, when more than one federal agency is involved, the BLM and the SHPO may agree to either follow the procedures of the NPA or the BLM may develop a separate MOA or PAin accordance with 36 CFR Part 800.

b. If a Federal agency other than BLM takes lead responsibility for Section 106 compliance, a separate PA or MOA may be developed specific to that undertaking and, ifBLM is a Signatory, BLM will follow the provisions of that agreement or 36 CFR Part 800.

c. Where other federal and state agencies projects impact BLM managed lands and there is no PA or MOA, BLM and the Montana SHPO agree to the following provision. In the case of negative reports or where no cultural resources are located on BLM managed surface, BLM would provide the SHPO a copy of their letter to the lead agency. For positive reports, the procedures under Section VII of

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this agreement would be followed. The SHPO shall provide BLM a copy of any letters and correspondence concerning project effect and eligibility when it involves sites on BLM managed lands.

B. Where a PA or MOA is requested by BLM or SHPO regarding specific land use decisions in a Resource Management Plan (RMP) (e.g., Travel Management Allocations implemented by a Record of Decision (ROD) for the RMP).

C. Gamet Ghost Town PA. The Gamet Ghost Town PA (BLM-MOU-MT070-103), regarding building stabilization and visitor use facilities in the Gamet Historic District will remain in full force and effect.

D. BLM!United States Forest Service (USPS) Historic Placer and Lode Mining PA. When this Protocol is signed the procedures cited here in the Protocol will be used in place of provisions contained in the BLMIUSFS Historic Placer and Lode Mining PA.

E. Program Alternatives. For the development and approval of Program Alternatives, including project-specific PAs, BLM will follow the process under 36 CFR Part 800.14.

II. PROGRAMMATIC SHPO INVOLVEMENT IN BLM MANAGEMENT PROCESSES

A. Land Use Planning.

a. Scoping. Each BLM field office responsible for preparing a land use plan at the regional or local level will invite, in writing, the SHPO to participate in scoping for the purpose of identifying issues to address in the plan. In writing, the BLM will invite the SHPO to comment on any proposed cultural resource use allocations, whether these are made in regional, local, or project plans. BLM Field Offices will.send all draft and final land use plans and cultural resource project plans to the SHPO for review and comment.

b. Planning Effort. Each field office responsible for preparing a land use plan or significant amendments or revisions at the regional or local level will invite SHPO, in writing, to participate in the planning effort (BLM Manual 8130), and seek SHPO comment on proposed resource use allocations.

The SHPO may elect to participate in the specific land use planning efforts noted above . If the SHPO does not respond within sixty (60) days, it will have, by default, elected not to participate. The BLM will consider the views of the SHPO on specific land use planning efforts when those views are expressed in writing. A PA or MOA specific to the land use planning effort may be requested by either party. Completion of the consultation process for planning will be indicated by the BLM Field Office's written response to the SHPO' s comments on the draft land use or cultural resource project plans. No decision documents for

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land use or cultural resource project planning will be issued by the BLM prior to completion of the consultation.

B. Field Tours. The SHPO may participate in public field tours or other field examinations as requested by the SHPO or as invited by the BLM relating to land use planning efforts or specific undertakings whenever management of the cultural resources is involved. When the request for a field tour is initiated by the SHPO, the SHPO will be responsible for its expenses associated with the tour.

C. Annual Work Plans. BLM field offices will transmit copies of annual work plans to the SHPO as they are developed through the budget process. The SHPO, at its discretion, may request to meet with a BLM field office regarding work identified in annual work plans. The BLM will address concerns raised by the SHPO and will welcome suggestions to facilitate heritage preservation goals.

D. Meetings. The SHPO is encouraged to meet with the BLM Montana State Office, a Field Manager, or Field Office personnel at any time to discuss annual work plans, specific undertakings, outreach efforts, or other issues related to cultural resources including those under Sections 106 and 11 0 of the HPA.

E. Informal Consultation. The SHPO, the BLM Deputy Preservation Officer, and Field Office personnel may consult informally at their discretion on specific undertakings or any aspect of the ELM's cultural resource management program including, but not limited to, site identification, evaluation, and treatment strategies. Such consultation is encouraged to take full advantage of the SHPO's experience with a broad range of Federal agencies and historic preservation efforts statewide.

F. Internal BLM Field Office Program Review. The Montana State Office will invite SHPO participation in internal Field Office program reviews and will provide reports of reviews, exclusive of findings and recommendations specific to personnel matters. Consistent with provisions ofthe NPA, the BLM Deputy Preservation Officer will regularly review and determine whether BLM Field Offices are maintaining an appropriate level of technical capability and performance to meet the requirements of the NPA and Protocol. Review will also consider whether there are necessary procedures and commitments in place to manage cultural resources in accordance with BLM manuals and handbooks.

The BLM Deputy Preservation Officer will document the findings of BLM Field Office Program Reviews and the BLM State Director will submit these reports for SHPO review and written recommendations. When SHPO' s recommendations are accepted by the BLM State Director, implementation of such recommendations will become the responsibility of each BLM Field Manager, who will be required to initiate corrective

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actions within sixty (60) days from the date the recommendations are accepted by the BLM State Director. Failure to initiate corrective actions within the specified time or failure to correct the deficiencies will require the BLM State Director to consider, in consultation with the BLM Deputy Preservation Officer and SHPO, actions under Stipulation XIII of this Protocol.

The SHPO may, at their initiative, and after providing notice in writing to BLM, conduct structured on-site compliance reviews of BLM Field Offices. The scope and content of the review will be developed by the SHPO in consultation with BLM. The review will afford both parties the opportunity to examine the aspects of cultural resource management in each Field Office. BLM will make available the BLM Deputy Preservation Officer, the Field Manager, and the Cultural Resource Specialist during these reviews. BLM will also provide pre-visit information to the SHPO as requested in written format. The format and content of such pre-visit information requests will be determined through consultation between BLM and the SHPO.

G. Review of Undertakings. SHPO will participate in reviews of undertakings per Stipulations VII and VIII.

H. Training. The BLM will provide an internal training program to instruct BLM line managers and cultural resource specialists on the policies underlying and embodied in the NPA and this Protocol. This training program will be provided to both existing and new managers and cultural resource specialists as needed to ensure compliance with the NPA and this Protocol. The BLM will request participation and assistance of the SHPO in training sessions.

III. COOPERATIVE INFORMATION DEVELOPMENT & MANAGEMENT EFFORTS

A. Shared Data. Each BLM Field Office will send the SHPO copies of all cultural resource inventory reports, site forms, treatment plans, and excavation/treatment reports and any documentation resulting from original research. The SHPO Cultural Resource Annotated Bibliography System (CRABS) data entry forms will be included with each submittal. Both hard copies and digital copies of reports and site forms along with Geographic Information System (GIS) shape files for inventory areas and site boundaries will be included by the BLM Field Office. BLM Field Offices will provide these documents, transmitted under the field manager's signature or designee to the SHPO as they are completed to assist in the compliance process and/or to keep the State repository files current.

The BLM and the SHPO will continue to work together under an Assistance Agreement or comparable instrument to manage and develop a secure online cooperative data sharing geo-database project. This project has resulted in and will continue to provide site and inventory data access for each BLM Field Office with enhanced GIS capability

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for both BLM and the SHPO. Each BLM Field Office will sign a SHPO Digital Data and Information Use Agreement outlining the conditions for using and protecting digital cultural resource information.

B. Preservation Planning. The BLM and SHPO will work together to develop historic contexts, as needed, for historic properties located on public lands. BLM will update Class I overviews as part of the planning process. Overviews will synthesize available data from all sources including published and unpublished resources. These overviews will be made available to the SHPO, Indian tribes, and the interested public.

IV. COOPERATIVE PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL OR RESEARCH OUTREACH

Where appropriate and in concordance with BLM and SHPO preservation goals and mandates the BLM and SHPO will participate in avocational initiatives and encourage interest in history and archaeology on public land:

A. Project Archaeology. The BLM and SHPO will support the continued integration of archaeological based concepts and preservation ethics in Montana schools.

B. Archaeology Week/Month. The BLM and SHPO will participate on an annual basis in Archaeology Week/Month activities including poster production and distribution, public presentations, field tours, and exhibits.

C. Avocational Initiatives: The BLM and SHPO will participate in avocational initiatives and encourage interest in history and archaeology on public lands.

D. Section 110 and Archeological Resource Protection Act CARPA). Permitted activities (including field schools) will require advance notice by the BLM to the SHPO of the proposal. The BLM will submit a project report to the SHPO within a year of project activities and copies of all additional reports thereafter. For multi-year projects a progress report will be submitted each year in lieu of a project report. Where reporting requirements are not met, BLM will consider terminating any future work by the proponent.

V. NATIVE AMERICAN PARTICIPATION AND TRIBAL CONSULATION

The special legal status of Indian tribal governments requires that the BLM' s official interactions with them, including consultation, will be carried out in accordance with Government-toGovernment procedures to ensure that tribal participation occurs pursuant to the statutory and regulatory directives in Sections 101(d) (6) and 110(a) (2) (E) of the NHPA and 36 CFR Part 800.2(c) (2). Consistent with those directives and Department of the Interior' s tribal consultation policy, the BLM will consult with the tribal government' s official designee in accordance with the following polices for cultural resources. All Federally-recognized Indian tribes with

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