Missouri State Historic Preservation Office

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The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) in the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is responsible, in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service and local governments, for carrying out the mandates of the National Historic Preservation Act in Missouri. The SHPO works with citizens and groups throughout the state to identify, evaluate and protect Missouri's diverse range of historic, architectural and archaeological resources. The SHPO funds and coordinates surveys to identify historic, architectural and archaeological resources throughout the state. The most significant properties identified in the surveys are nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, the federal list of properties deemed worthy of recognition and protection. Information gathered in the survey and nomination process is maintained in the Missouri Cultural Resource Inventory, a continually growing database of information. The SHPO is responsible for Section 106 review of federally funded or assisted projects to ensure compliance with federal preservation legislation. SHPO staff assess the significance of properties within project areas, review the impact of the projects on significant resources and consult with agencies to develop ways to avoid or mitigate damage to the resources.

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