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ADC50 - Committee on Historic and Archaeological Preservation in Transportation



ADC50 Summer Meeting
JULY 13-15, 2014
San Antonio, Texas



The Transportation Research Board (TRB) ADC50 Committee on Historic and Archeological Preservation is partnering with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for a joint conference July 13-15 in downtown San Antonio, Texas.

The Committee seeks session, paper and poster abstracts of interest to professionals engaged in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) planning for transportation issues. Chosen proposals would be presented at our upcoming Mid-Year Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

The Committee invites submissions from interested presenters on specific themes. Consider submitting an abstract for a paper or a prospectus for an entire session. The Committee particularly encourages presentations that include insights drawn from interdisciplinary planning efforts or from other agency perspectives.

 Technology and Mitigation – innovative applications for CRM solutions
 Public Involvement and Consulting Parties – effective integration of Section 106 and the NEPA planning process
 Architecture of the 70s and 80s – emerging methodologies of evaluation
 Ethical Issues in CRM – case studies to emulate or avoid
 Emergency Response and Planning – CRM sensitivity and disaster relief
 Section 4(f) Analysis and Resolution – programmatic innovations
 Cultural Landscapes – fresh approaches to evaluation and mitigation
 Historic Bridges, Roads and Other Facilities – innovative design approaches
 Effective Tribal Consultation - curation concerns and programmatic coordination

POSTERS: Technology and CRM Issues
The Committee also seeks Abstracts for Posters to be presented at a special reception on Monday, July 14th. Awards will be presented to Posters that best represent the theme of the interaction between Technology and CRM issues.

-Proposals outside listed topics may be considered at the discretion of the Committee-

Mario L. Sánchez, Ph.D., R.A.
Historical Studies Branch
Environmental Affairs Division
Texas Department of Transportation


If you missed us in Sacramento in July 2013, or won't make it to DC in January 2014, plan on being in San Antonio in July 2014!


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About the Committee

Members of the Committee on Historic and Archaeological Preservation in Transportation (ADC50) are concerned with all cultural resources associated with transportation projects including highways, waterways, transit, and aviation. Cultural resources include: historic properties, structures, districts, landscapes, prehistoric and historic archaeological properties, Traditional Cultural Properties, Native American Interests, 20th-century properties, and issues associated with historic ethnic communities.

Federal laws require that impacts to cultural resources be considered in all federal actions (funded, permitted, loan guarantees, etc.). In addition, significant resources are to be avoided when possible and the impacts to the resource "mitigated" if avoidance is not possible. The Committee is dedicated to finding ways to effectively implement the cultural resources rules and regulations on transportation projects to protect resources and integrate the Historic Preservation laws with the National Environmental Policy Act to facilitate the implementation of needed transportation improvements for the public.

The Committee is charged with identifying cultural resource issues associated with the broad spectrum of transportation projects and programs. This is done through meetings, discussions, surveys, associations with other committees, and conferences. Members of the Committee take a lead in finding and sharing examples of best practices. Research is a primary function of the Committee and includes but is not limited to: 1) identifying critical research needs through interaction with federal Agencies, State Highway Agencies, State Historic Preservation Offices, consultants, universities and colleges, and other interested parties; and 2) developing research problem statements and promoting them for funding.

The Committee provides technical support to the Transportation Research Board who provides similar support to the National Research Council which is under the aegis of the National Academy of Sciences.


Emily Pettis, Chairperson

Christine Gerencher, TRB Staff Representative