Visual Impact and Utility Corridor Projects

Many energy projects fall under the aegis of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and/or NEPA. Some of these projects have the potential for significant visual impacts and thus call for special expertise in that area. In New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Division Historical Resources has established specific requirements for assessing historic resources associated with the development of wind farms. Preservation Company has worked on various projects where these guidelines were used.

Cell Tower projects, which also have the potential for significant visual impacts, fall under an FCC Nationwide Programmatic Agreement, thus follow a slightly different legal setting than other Section 106 projects. Like wind farms, cell towers have significant visual components and thus have characteristics that call for special expertise in, and familiarity with, scenic viewsheds. For projects in  New Hampshire, in 2007 (updated 2011) the New Hampshire Division Historical Resources established specific requirements for assessing historic resources associated with the development of wind farms. Preservation Company is familiar with, and has worked on various projects where these guidelines were used.