The Ocean Management Plan does not incorporate data that quantifies the visual impacts of wind energy facilities, but the plan recognizes the importance of such information. The final plan provides additional information that will assist project-specific review of potential visual impacts associated with a wind energy facility. Further refinement of the assessment of visual issues would appropriately take place during consideration of a particular development proposal, as turbine density, layout, other project-specific factors, and the particular characteristics of affected sites within a project's viewshed all must be taken into consideration. Potential visual impacts to important public spaces and open space, cultural and historical resources, and other identified sites would all depend on an understanding of a proposed project layout. This dataset illustrates sites on the National Register of Historic Places at which specific visual assessments might be required. Identification of the exact inventory of such sites that would have to be assessed would be related to a specific project, but the information portrayed in this dataset would be included in such a review.
National Register (NR) sites shapefiles were developed to document individual locations throughout Massachusetts nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service administers the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the official federal list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. National Register properties have significance to the history of their community, state, or the nation. Nominations for listing historic properties come from State Historic Preservation Officers, from Federal Preservation Officers for properties owned or controlled by the United States Government, and from Tribal Historic Preservation Officers for properties on tribal lands. Private individuals and organizations, local governments, and American Indian tribes often initiate this process and prepare the necessary documentation. A professional review board in each state considers each property proposed for listing and makes a recommendation on its eligibility. National Historic Landmarks are a separate designation, but upon designation, NHLs are listed in the National Register of Historic Places if not already listed.
*NOTE: Only properties LISTED prior to the date of this dataset ("beginning of 2007") are contained in this layer. Properties determined eligible, pending nomination, or pending owner objection do not appear in this dataset.