Letter from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Today, the Willits News and Ukiah Daily Journal both ran an article with a headline that seems to suggest that the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), a federal agency, is in agreement with two tribes which have filed a lawsuit against Caltrans. The article includes select quotes from a letter ACHP sent to Caltrans last week, and Caltrans is providing the complete text of the letter below as well as a scanned PDF so that anyone can read the entire letter for themselves.


achp_logoMilford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA

Teresa Leger de Fernandez
Vice Chairman

John M. Fowler
Executive Director


March 24, 2016

Mr. Kelly J. Hobbs
Chief, Section 106 Coordination Branch
Caltrans Division of Environmental Analysis
1120 N Street, MS# 27
Sacramento, CA 95814

Ref: Willits Bypass Project
Willits, Mendocino County, California

Dear Mr. Hobbs:

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has been actively involved with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the California State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), and affected Indian tribes in drafting the Programmatic Agreement for the management of unanticipated discoveries related to the Willits Bypass Project, Willits, California (unanticipated discoveries PA). While efforts to finalize that PA have not resulted in agreement, it is proper for Caltrans to proceed with the project without such a PA by continuing to follow the unanticipated discovery provisions of Stipulation 15 of the Caltrans Statewide Programmatic Agreement (Caltrans Statewide PA). Continue reading