State Historic Preservation Office Partners with Natural Resource Conservation Service and Arizona State Land Department

October 30, 2017

On Monday, October 30, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), an office of Arizona State Parks & Trails, will sign a partnership agreement with the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Arizona State Land Department.

The Prototype Programmatic Agreement (PPA) will streamline cultural resources surveys for NRCS conservation projects on Arizona state land.

“This agreement ties in to our initiative to move government at the speed of business,” said Arizona State Parks & Trails Executive Director Sue Black. “It represents our commitment to the Arizona Conservation Partnership and ensures that we preserve economic and environmental quality of life for all Arizonans.”

Pictured signing the agreement are: (front row) Lisa Atkins, state land commissioner; Kathryn Leonard, State Historic Preservation Officer; Emily Fife, acting NRCS state conservationist for Arizona. 

Through the agreement, these agencies have simplified the process to conduct cultural resources field surveys, while maintaining compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. 

“This agreement not only strengthens the partnership we have with the SHPO and ASLD,” said Emily Fife, acting NRCS state conservationist for Arizona. “But it also shows the ability of these agenices to adapt to the needs of Arizona’s cultural and natural resources.”

"Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our parks and through our partners."

For information about all 35 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit

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