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Greg Griffith
Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
(360) 890-2617

Letter from Allyson Brooks, SHPO

Statewide Preservation Plan 2021-2026

The Draft Washington State Historic Preservation Plan 2021-2026 is now available for your review and comment.

Comments are requested to be received by the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation by 5:00 pm on Tuesday September 8, 2020. Comments can be made within the document and attached to an email; or transmitted as text in an email; mailed to the DAHP office in hard copy; or called in to: Greg Griffith at the following:

Telephone: 360-890-2617


PO Box 48343
Olympia WA 98504-8343

The draft is 59 pages in length plus appendices and an introductory letter by State Historic Preservation Officer Allyson Brooks.  If your time is limited, key elements of the Plan to focus on include: Native American Tribes: A Proud and Rich Heritage beginning on page 2; Our Vision for the Future, found on page 10; and the compilation of the five goal statements, strategies, and tasks starting on page 17 through 28.

Other elements of the Plan include a description of the public participation process, a discussion on the status of the Washington State Inventory of Cultural Resource; and narrative about various broad topics that will affect historic preservation work for the coming 5 years.

The Plan’s title is: The Washington State Historic Preservation Plan 2021-2026: Inhabiting Our History. This title is selected to convey the idea that our state’s cultural resources should not be relegated to interpretive plaques or set aside in static displays. Rather, cultural resources are vital, dynamic, living places which contribute to a healthy environment, prosperous economy, and are a benefit to all.

DAHP looks forward to your review of the draft Plan and receiving your comments by September 8. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Greg Griffith at the contacts listed above.


Getting the Future Right - Preservation Plan 2014-19

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) has released its Washington State Historic Preservation Plan 2014-19: Getting the Future Right for public review and comment. The 59 page document represents the culmination of eight months of meetings, presentations, and stakeholder input on goals for the state’s historic preservation community to achieve during the five-year planning cycle.

Getting the Future Right has three goals each with a series of supportive strategies and tasks. The plan also identifies key players for implementation plus associated products and timeframes.  Also in the plan for review is a description of the planning public participation process, an assessment of the status of the Washington State Inventory of Cultural Resources, and statewide trends affect preservation work.  DAHP is required to produce and help implement a state historic preservation plan on a five year cycle as a result of provisions in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

At this time, it is important to recognize and thank the many participants who have worked to bring the plan. The Preservation Plan Steering Committee has truly led the planning process and its content. All members have fully participated in committee meetings; reviewed and commented on drafts; and have generously shared their expertise and insights on historic preservation work in Washington.  Natasha Fedo of BERK Associates together with Teresa Brum of Brum and Associates have been instrumental throughout the planning process, managing all aspects from drafting text to public participation. Also crucial to shaping the plan has been State Historic Preservation Officer Allyson Brooks and DAHP staff who  reviewed, commented, and provided valuable insights. Please see  a complete list of Steering Committee members and DAHP staff in the plan.  Finally, everyone who has provided comment at meetings, workshops, or the on-line survey are thanked for participating and sharing your valuable time.

Questions on the plan can be directed  to Greg Griffith at or calling 360-890-2617 or mailed to DAHP at POB 48343, Olympia WA 98504-8343.

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