State Historic Preservation Plan

State of New Mexico, Historic Preservation Plan

The State of New Mexico Historic Preservation Officer is required to develop a statewide preservation plan in accordance with Section 101(b)(3)(C) of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, and the plan must meet the program requirements found in Chapter 6, Section G, Historic Preservation Fund Grants Manual.

The SHPO develops a written state plan and implements its recommendations.  However, the plan contains objectives that other entities can more appropriately carry out. The state plan addresses the full range of historic and cultural resources in the state.   The statewide plan is a strategic plan, not a department work plan. It engages the public first, then reflects the views of citizens and partners in its content. The SHPO constructed the plan so that a variety of organizations, individuals, agencies, and governments can adopt and implement actions that further its goals and objectives. The state plan was approved by the NPS and has been widely distributed and readily available for public review.

Preserving the Enchantment, 2017-2021 - Current State Plan

The current State Plan was completed in 2017.  Preserving the Enchantment, 2017-2021, may be downloaded here.  

Preserving the Enchantment, 2012-2016

The previous State Plan was completed in 2012.  Preserving the Enchantment, 2012-2016, may be be downloaded here.  

Historic Preservation Plan, 2021-2031

In 2021, the SHPO will be developing a written state plan. Look for more information soon. The State Plan, at a minimum, shall contain the following:

  • A summary of the planning process.
  • A clear statement describing the planning cycle
  • A summary assessment of historic and cultural resources
  • A vision for historic preservation.
  • Goals and objectives.
  • A bibliography of all sources used to develop the plan.

National Park Service, Statewide Preservation Planning Program 

Information from the State, Tribal, and Local Plans Division of the National Park Service's Statewide Preservation Planning Program may be found here.  

Other States' Plans

Links to examples of other states' Statewide Historic Preservation plans may be found below. 

Colorado    Wyoming    Texas    Minnesota    Tennessee    Arizona    Kansas  

State Plan Consultants

The Historic Preservation is seeking a consultant to draft its next State Historic Preservation Plan.  Below is information about the project, the requirements and the application materials.

Application Materials

Announcement & Scope of Work


Application Form

Project Narrative

Project Budget

Project Schedule

The Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards