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Please oppose the application to make 700,000 acres of the Lochsa River corridor a Traditional Cultural Place (TCP) by the Idaho State Preservation Office’s “Historic Sites Review Board” who administer the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

The application may well have hidden and unintended consequences which we cannot predict and would have devastating effects on the value of both public and private property in both Idaho and Clearwater counties. The designation on the National and Historic Register of such a vast area would hamstring all concerned parties, except perhaps the applicant.

The eight-woman Historic Sites Review Board will have their annual meeting in Sandpoint on Sept. 22. The notice was sent out to landowners on August 21, and we received ours on Aug. 27. The schedule they chose gave people less than one month to consider this proposal.

The Idaho State Preservation Office gave us eight days’ notice to the public meeting (though they promised two weeks). It seems they are trying to push this application through.

The application cites documentation by Caroline D. Carley as justification for the TCP designation. Caroline D. Carley is on the Historic Sites Review Board.

The 111-page heavily redacted application states in part, “The sites, buildings, and structures associated with the community (Syringa) are modern intrusions and are all noncontributing features, although archaeological sites and Nez Perce Traditional places found within or underneath these sites, buildings, and structures are (applicant’s emphasis) contributing features to the TCP.”

My family worries that, someday, they will want under our modern intrusion.

If one is against this, they must “opt out” with a notarized statement sent to Tricia Canaday at the Idaho Historic Preservation Office, 210 Main St., Boise, ID 83702 as soon as possible.

Glen Scott Swearingen

Kooskia



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