Appendix 1

Olympic National Park
Final General Management Plan/
Environmental Impact Statement
Volume 1, p. 35
Chapter 1: Introduction
Guidance for the Planning Effort
Parkwide Policies for Cultural Resources Page 35
Historic Structures

Desired Conditions Based on Servicewide Mandates and Policies

Historic structures are inventoried and their significance and integrity are evaluated under National Register of Historic Places criteria.

The qualities that contribute to the listing or eligibility for listing of historic structures on the national register are protected in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation, unless it is determined through a formal process that disturbance or natural deterioration is unavoidable.

Laws pertaining to historic preservation remain applicable within wilderness but must be generally administered to preserve the area's wilderness character.


  • National Historic Preservation Act

  • Archeological and Historic Preservation Act

  • Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation; the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

  • 1995 Programmatic Agreement (National Park Service, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers)

  • NPS Management Policies 2006

  • DO 28: "Cultural Resource Management Guideline"

Desired Conditions Specific to Olympic NP

The historic character of historic buildings and structures, including shelters and buildings related to USFS and NPS management of the park, recreational resorts and cabins, and homestead settlements, are managed in accordance with Section of 2006 NPS Management Policies, Historic and Prehistoric Structures. Historic structure inventories and reports are prepared, and existing reports are amended as needed. Actions identified in historic structure reports are implemented and a record of treatment added to the reports.

Identified and evaluated historic structures are monitored, inspected and managed to enable the longterm preservation of a resource's historic features, qualities and materials.


Park staff may use the following strategies to reach the desired conditions outlined above.

  • Employ the comprehensive maintenance, protection and preservation measures in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. For properties lacking specific plans, preservation actions would be based on the Secretary's Standards and NPS policy and guidelines. Treat all historic structures as eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places pending formal determination (by National Park Service and state historic preservation officer).

  • Consider frontcountry historic buildings not actively being used in the park for adaptive reuse by other public and private entities to assist in preservation of the structures.

  • Create design guidelines and/or historic structure/cultural landscape reports for all developed areas in the park to preserve the architectural and landscape-defining features. Include design review oversight to ensure the compatibility of new planning, design, and construction.

  • Pursue basic preservation maintenance activities to avoid costly rebuilding or reconstruction of historic structures or cultural landscapes.

  • Comply with cultural resource protection and preservation policies and directives, and the wilderness minimum requirement concepts in wilderness areas, for the maintenance of historic structures and cultural landscapes

  • Before modifying any historic structure on the National Register of Historic Places, consult with the state historic preservation office and the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, as appropriate. Before modifying any structures associated with "Mission 66," evaluate the structure for listing on the national register in consultation with the state historic preservation office.

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