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As such, the central management objectives of this study are: to determine whether site XXXXX should be considered a non-site or, if not, provide NRHP eligibility recommendation; and to identify and assess project impacts to site XXXXX.

I'm 99% sure the colon is used incorrectly, but what about the commas and semicolon?

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  • Can you tell us why you think the colon seems incorrect, and what your doubts are about the commas and semicolon?
    – Joachim
    Sep 30, 2020 at 20:39
  • The colon is incorrect (I think) because they used "are" before it. It should read, "There are two central management objectives: to determine..." The commas and semicolon may be technically correct, but the first comma seems unnecessary. I think it should read, "There are two central management objectives of this study: to determine whether site XXXXX should be considered a non-site or if not, provide NRHP eligibility recommendation; and to identify and assess project impacts to site XXXXX." I'm still not sure about the semicolon in that case though. Sep 30, 2020 at 21:08

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It may help to look at BBC Bitesize:

Semicolons can help to simplify lists by showing which items are grouped together.

Here, a colon introduces the list and semicolons indicate which parts of the list are grouped together:

You will need to bring the following: sleeping bag, pillow, and pyjamas for the overnight stay; water bottle, waterproof jacket, sweatshirt, and walking boots for the afternoon trek; and a swimming kit for the river activities.

BBC Bitesize - How to use semicolons in a list

From this point of view your sentence is correct. The colon introduces a list of two items separated by a semicolon. The second item is simple (to identify and assess ...). The first item (to determine or provide ...) is more complex, containing commas that are subservient to the semicolon and full stop that define the limits of the item.

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