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Obama’s FY 2010 Budget Boosts Historic Preservation Funding
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - President Obama, Historic Preservation Fund, Save America’s Treasures, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, budget, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nthp.org

President Obama released his entire FY2010 budget on Thursday and provided overall funding of $12 billion for the Department of the Interior, including $77.675 million for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and $20 million for the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) program. The proposed increase for the HPF is $8.691 million over FY’09 enacted levels and also includes an increased of +$4.315 million to $46.5 million for the States as well as an increase of +$1.052 million to the Tribes to $8.0 million. Preserve America received $3.175 million after being zeroed out of the FY’09 omnibus spending bill earlier this year.

Below is a summary of the funding increases proposed for the HPF in comparison to FY’09 funding levels.

Historic Preservation Fund (HPF)
Comparison of FY’10 Proposed and FY’09
Enacted Funding Levels ($ in millions)

Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Program  FY’09 Omnibus Levels  FY’10 Proposed Budget
States (SHPOs) $42.185 $46.5
Tribes (THPOs) $6.948 $8.0
Save America’s Treasures (SAT) $19.851 $20.0
Preserve America (PA) $0 $3.175
TOTAL $68.984 $77.675

Other Budget Highlights:

National Parks System (NPS)

  • Operation of National Park System: $2.26 Billion, including a -$11.513 million overall reduction due to offsets of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds already allocated ($146 million); however, there is +$12.698 million increase for core operations of parks and $401K to accelerate the preparation of recreation and resource regulations that are needed to ensure continued recreational enjoyment in balance with the protection of parks’ natural and cultural resources.
  • Heritage Area Partnerships: $15.7 million (level funding)
  • Cultural Programs (NPS): $23.206 million (+371K increase)
  • Park Partnership Grants (i.e. Centennial Parks Initiative): $25 million to encourage public-private partnerships for signature projects in the national parks, including historic sites.
  • Resource Stewardship: $2 million for Historic and Archeological Inventories, including $1 million for historic structures and landscapes and $1 million for archeological sites.
  • Civil War Battlefield Grants: $4 million (level funding).
  • NAGPRA grants: $2.331 million (level funding).
  • Japanese American Confine Sites Grants: $1 million (new funding).

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • $94.855 million for BLM budget which includes a cut of -$135K in the agency’s cultural resources budget.
  • National Landscape Conservation System: $28.801 million for National Monuments and National Conservation areas, which is an increase of +$605K. $1.754 million provided for maintenance of the Conservation System (level funding).
  • BLM Land acquisition from Land and Water Conservation Fund includes $500K for California Wilderness and $2 million for King Range National Conservation Area (CA); $2 million for La Cienega Area/El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail (NM); and $2.1 million for Sandy River/Oregon National Historic Trail (OR).

Department of Agriculture

  • Farm and Ranchland Protection Program: $120 million - Provides matching funds to help purchase development rights to keep productive farm and ranchland in agricultural uses. Working through existing programs, USDA partners with State, tribal or local governments and non-governmental organizations to acquire conservation easements or other interests in land from landowners. USDA provides up to 50 percent of the fair market easement value of the conservation easement. 2008 Farm bill included historic and archeological resources located on rural land as eligible for easement protection. President’s budget proposes cancelling any mandatory funding for this program in excess of $120 million.
  • U.S. Forest Service Capital Maintenance: $50 million for infrastructure improvements, including those that are restored with 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments. The budget reflects Forest Service continued use of authorities that permit the agency to apply proceeds from the sale of excess facilities to replace other deficient facilities or perform needed rehabilitation work on existing facilities.

Independent Agencies

  • Smithsonian Institution: $125 million, including a $15 million Legacy Fund for major restoration, renovation and rehabilitation of existing Smithsonian facilities.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust

 


Keywords: President Obama, Historic Preservation Fund, Save America’s Treasures, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, budget, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution

Posted: May 11, 2009
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