OAC Comments on Draft State Historic Preservation Plan—October 17, 2003

1. Is the draft plan user friendly?

No. It contains numerous spelling and grammatical errors, it's incomplete, and it doesn't meets the needs of Ohio archaeology. This can be rectified by meaningfully consulting with Ohio's archaeological community and related stakeholders in the plan's development. This can be accomplished through the development of a State Archaeological Preservation Plan as recommended by the House Select Committee Studying the Effectiveness of Ohio's Historical Programs and Partnerships.

2. Is the information presented in Chapter 3, Ohio's Historic Properties, clear?

No. The section on archaeological properties is esoteric. It is unclear whether this section is needed. It adds little to the primary purpose of the plan, to set common ground for action.

3. Is the information presented in Chapter 4, Ohio Trends, clear?

No. How these trends and others that were omitted relate to archaeological properties is weak and outdated. This can be rectified by meaningfully consulting with Ohio's archaeological community and related stakeholders in the plan's development. This can be accomplished through the development of a State Archaeological Preservation Plan as recommended by the House Select Committee Studying the Effectiveness of Ohio's Historical Programs and Partnerships.

4. Does Chapter 6, A Call of Action, provide adequate guidance for state and local agencies?

No. The action items are outdated. They do not meet the current needs of Ohio's archaeological community. Identifying current action items can be accomplished by meaningfully consulting with Ohio's archaeological community and related stakeholders in the plan's development. This can be accomplished through the development of a State Archaeological Preservation Plan as recommended by the House Select Committee Studying the Effectiveness of Ohio's Historical Programs and Partnerships.

5. Is there anything else that you would like to see included in the plan?

Yes. A summary of the results of the State Archaeological Preservation Plan referred to above, and a written statement of adoption of, and commitment to implement the actions contained in, the plan by the Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board, the Ohio General Assembly, and the Governor.

6. Are you a non-profit organization?

Yes, the Ohio Archaeological Council, Inc.

7. How do you anticipate your organization using the plan?

Working with OHPO in coordinating Ohio Archaeology Week/Month and developing meaningful consultation with OHPO in developing and implementing a State Archaeological Preservation Plan as recommended by the House Select Committee Studying the Effectiveness of Ohio's Historical Programs and Partnerships.

8. How could the OHPO help you?

By developing meaningful consultation in developing and implementing a State Archaeological Preservation Plan as recommended by the House Select Committee Studying the Effectiveness of Ohio's Historical Programs and Partnerships.

9. What can OHPO do to encourage others to use the plan?

Develop a meaningful consultation process in developing the goals and the actions to reach the goals stated in the plan.

 

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