Cultural resources

Tools and guidance to assist in the cultural resources documentation of a proposed project

The mission of WisDOT’s environmental process and documents is to balance the state’s transportation needs with cultural resources stewardship. This area reviews Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and state assisted WisDOT transportation projects for potential impacts to cultural resources pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, Wisconsin state statute 44.40 Historic Preservation and Wisconsin state statute 157.70 burial sites preservation. While the FHWA has delegated Section 106 responsibilities to WisDOT, the federal agency remains ultimately responsible for the process. In addition cultural resources reviews are conducted on rails, harbors, transit, aeronautics, and other federal/state assisted programs.

This staff works with federal, state and local agencies, tribal governments, the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and other stakeholders to ensure that impacts to Wisconsin’s historic and cultural resources are considered early in the transportation planning process. Early consideration of historic and cultural resources helps preserve the state’s rich historic heritage while eliminating and reducing project delays.

FDM references

FDM 5-5-25 coordination with Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
FDM 5-10-5 coordination with Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS)
FDM 20-45-5 Section 4(f)
FDM Chapter 20 Environmental Documents, Reports and Permits
FDM Chapter 26 cultural resource preservation (archaeology and history)

Worksheets/forms

Refer to the Forms and tools page for factor sheets and guidance

History/structure emphasis

Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) survey manual
DT1635 - Section 106 review form
WHS determination of eligibility (DOE) website
WHS historical district determination of eligibility (DOE) template
NPS Form 10-900 National Register of Historic Places registration form
Minor involvement with historic sites FHWA programmatic 4(f) determination
DT1446 - Architecture/history survey form
Short form determination of eligibility (DOE) for bridges
Minor involvement with bridges FHWA programmatic 4(f) determination
Documentation for determination of no adverse effect template
Documentation for consultation (DFC) report
Toolkit for the development of Section 106 MOA for above ground resources
Initial notification by WisDOT to local historical societies and interested citizen groups

Archaeological/burial emphasis

DT1459 archaeological literature and records review
DT1919 archaeology survey information transmittal
DT1978 archaeological survey field report
DT1614 checklist of required documentation for cemeteries
Burial site inventory form completed by archaeologist (SHSW form)
Initial notification to landowner regarding proposed project
Notification by WisDOT to Native Americans 03-15-2018
Notification by WisDOT to Native Americans design refinement/scope changes 03-15-2018
Notification by WisDOT to Native Americans expedited review (screening list) 03-15-2018
WisDOT archaeology guidebook

Reference Lists

Section 106 screening list updated regularly
Native American distribution/address list and areas of tribal interest for project notification 03-15-2018
Native American distribution/address list (mail merge tool) 03-15-2018
Documentation for determination of no adverse effect template (history/structure emphasis) report format
WHS - directory of Wisconsin local historical societies
WHS - qualified archaeologists