Cell Tower Research Procedures


As of March 7, 2005, the new Federal Communication Commission Programmatic Agreement has taken effect. This requires new procedures for the use of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) structures survey files. The new Programmatic Agreement requires that cellular phone tower projects include file searches for resources with regards to determining a project's visual effect. The files available for review include the AHPP survey files, National Register nominations, and Arkansas Register nominations. A list of pending National Register nominations will be posted in the research area. When assessing direct effects researchers will have to perform sufficient field and archival research to make determinations of National Register significance as per section VI D.2 (page 19) of the Programmatic Agreement. An inventory of Historic Properties determined eligible for the National Register (NR) as a result of Section 106 projects is not available. Researchers will not be required to search all previous 106 reports for NR eligibility statements on Historic Properties when assessing the visual effect of their project as per VI D.I (page 17-18) of the FCC PA.

Due to the limited amount of space in our research area, we have adopted the following guidelines for companies doing research for cellular phone tower projects:

When using the AHPP files, an appointment must be made with the AHPP registrar at least 24 hours in advance. When making the appointment, please provide the names of all USGS quad maps that you anticipate researching and any known National Register listed properties located within the project area. The research process will be expedited significantly if you can provide the AHPP resource numbers for other properties located within the project area. Research space in our office is limited, and therefore the number of consultants will be limited to four at a time, with no more than two from the same organization. All researchers must comply with the AHPP rules for archival research. Files are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. All needed records must be requested prior to 30 minutes before the closing of research times. Please note the AHPP office will be closed for official state holidays. Please contact Lane Shields, Staff Archeologist, at (501) 324-9784 to arrange appointments for cell tower research.

Please note that the state archeological site files are not located at the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program archives. The archeological site files are maintained by the Arkansas Archeological Survey located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. To access these records please contact Lela Donat, Registrar of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, at (479) 575-6552.