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National Task Force Releases Report Recommending Improvements to the Federal Historic Preservation Program
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Contributed By: Preservation Action
Email The Author: ehein@preservationaction.org
Website: http://www.preservationaction.org

WASHINGTON, DC – A national task force of historic preservation organizations, leaders and advocates, convened by Preservation Action and the Preservation Action Foundation, today released Aligned for Success: Recommendations to Increase the Effectiveness of the Federal Historic Preservation Program.
 
The report results from a consensus among national preservation organizations that the administrative structure in place to ensure that America’s “vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic, and energy benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations,” is not permitting the programs administered by the National Park Service to live up to their full potential. Further, a disproportionate focus on environmental and parks-based resources has led to stagnation in fulfilling the Federal mandate to also provide “maximum encouragement” for the preservation of significant historic resources that are privately owned. The result is unhelpful competition for resources, lack of program visibility, and a lack of innovation that is not serving either well.
 
The product of a year-long effort involving over 1,000 people, historic research, several national listening sessions, more than 50 subject matter expert interviews, and an open survey that yielded more than 800 responses, the report provides a set of very reasonable and fiscally responsible recommendations to lay the foundation for more effective public-private partnerships, innovation, collaboration and accountability. In addition, if the recommendations are implemented, the full job creation and economic impact of historic preservation can be better achieved.
 
The four recommendations focus on simple changes to the cultural resources program area in the National Park Service, added visibility within the Department of Interior, representation on the President’s Council on Environmental Equality and the appointment of a full-time Chair on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
 
“The broad-based effort and collaborative work of the Task Force has led to this thoughtful set of recommendations that help us better leverage our scarce federal resources to meet the full intentions of the National Historic Preservation Act,” said Erik Hein, Preservation Action President. “We look forward to working with the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior and our national preservation partners on implementation.”
 
The organizational members of the Task Force are Preservation Action, the Preservation Action Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, the Alliance of National Heritage Areas, the American Cultural Resources Association, the Historic Tax Credit Coalition, the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, and the Society for Historical Archaeology.
 
The full report, research findings and more information about the Task Force can be downloaded at www.preservationaction.org.


The Preservation Action Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. Its mission is to facilitate and promote understanding about the federal policies and programs that affect our nation's historic and cultural resources; encourage informed and scholarly discourse about preservation policy that lays the groundwork for effective action; and to develop educational programs and resources that will inspire and inform a new generation of preservation advocates.

Preservation Action is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization created in 1974 to serve as the national grassroots lobby for historic preservation. Preservation Action seeks to make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of the federal government for sound preservation policy and programs through a grassroots constituency empowered with information and training and through direct contact with elected representatives.



Keywords: Preservation Action, Preservation Action Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Trust Community Investment Corporation, National Heritage Areas, American Cultural Resources

Posted: August 11, 2011
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