Proposed Rule Changes Threaten National Register Nominations; Bipartisan Senators Introduce Bill to Fully Fund the LWCF; Bernhardt Confirmed as Interior Secretary; Thanks for a Great Advocacy Week; and Stories From Around the States

Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 22, Number 12, April 19, 2019

1.Proposed Rule Changes Threaten National Register of Historic Places Nominations

 2. Bipartisan Senators Introduce Legislation to Fully Fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

3. Senate Confirms David Bernhardt to be the Next Secretary of the Interior

 4. Thank You For Another Successful National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week

5. Stories From the States

Legislative Update: April 19, 2019 →

Proposed Rule Changes Threaten National Register of Historic Places Nominations

Preservation Action, Action Alert
National Register Under Threat: April 15, 2019

Submit Comments Opposing Harmful Proposed Rule Changes to National Register of Historic Places

Preservation Action is highly concerned with proposed revisions to the National Register of Historic Places. The proposed rule changes would substantially impact how historic resources are nominated to the National Register of Historic Places and determined eligible. While the stated intent is to bring regulations current with recent amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the proposed revisions clearly go far beyond that purpose and are inconsistent with the language in and intent of the NHPA. Learn more and take action!

Action Alert: April 15, 2019 →

House HPF Letter Receives Record Level of Support; Senate Committee Advances Bernhardt and Jorjani Nominations; NPS Deputy Director Testifies Before House Subcommittee; Thanks for a Great Advocacy Week; and Stories From the States

Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 22, Number 11, April 05, 2019

1. The House Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Letter Receives a Record Level of Support!

 2. Senate Committee Advances David Bernhardt Nomination for Interior Secretary and Aimee Jorjani Nomination for ACHP Chair

3. National Park Service Deputy Director, Daniel Smith, Testifies Before House Appropriations Subcommittee

 4. Thank You For Another Successful National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week

5. Stories From the States

Legislative Update: April 05, 2019 →

Senate Considers Bernhardt for Interior Secretary; House Committees Hold Hearings on Administration’s Interior Budget Request; Bill to Expand North Carolina’s HTC Introduced; Thanks for a Great Advocacy Week; and Stories From the States

Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 22, Number 10, March 29, 2019

1. Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing to Consider the Nomination of Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt

2. House Committees Hold First Hearings on President Trump’s Budget Request

3. Legislation Introduced in North Carolina to Expand and Extend their Historic Tax Credit Program

 4. Thank You For Another Successful National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week

5. Stories From the States

Legislative Update: March 29, 2019 →



Urge Your Representative to Sign-on to the FY20 HPF Dear Colleague Letter Today!


Ask Your Representative To Sign-on in Support of Historic Preservation Funding in Congress
 
Congress is starting the appropriations process which will determine Fiscal Year 2020 funding levels for historic preservation.The co-chairs of the Historic Preservation Caucus, Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), are leading the bipartisan FY20 Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Dear Colleague LetterThe letter request $141 million in funding for the HPF, the same level Preservation Action advocated for during Advocacy Week. The request includes significant increases for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and increases to critically important competitive grant programs. The letter will be submitted to the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.This marks a strong commitment to the HPF and we can’t thank Representatives Blumenauer and Turner enough for their continued support and leadership of historic preservation.
 
Congress needs to hear from preservationists.
 
We are off to a strong start, but are still short of the number of signers on last year’s letter. To maximize the impact of the letter, we need as many Representatives to sign-on as possible. Urge your Representative to sign-on to the FY20 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Letter today! Time is of the essence, the deadline for signatures is Thursday, March 28th at 5:00pm. ET. Members can sign-on by contacting Jon Bosworth in Rep. Blumenauer’s office or Jeffrey Wilson in Rep. Turner’s office.
 
How to Contact your Member of Congress
 
If you have a personal contact in your member’s Washington D.C. or District/State office, contact that person directly. If they do not handle Interior Appropriations please ask that they pass the message along to the Interior Appropriations staffer.
 
If you don’t have a personal contact you can call the representative’s DC office and ask to speak with the Interior Appropriations staffer or email your message through the “Contact” section of the member’s website. If you are emailing through the Member’s website please select “Environment” in the Message Subject drop-down menu.
 
Reach out and let them know who you are and why historic preservation is important to you. Ask your Representative to sign-on to the FY20 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Letter, being circulated by Representatives Turner and Blumenauer. Below is a sample message to send to your Representative that you can make your own and include local examples from their district. Members can sign-on by contacting Jon Bosworth in Rep. Blumenauer’s office or Jeffrey Wilson in Rep. Turner’s office. The deadline for signatures is Thursday, March 28th at 5pm ET.
 

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FY20 HPF Dear Colleague Letter

Sample Letter to Your Representative 
 
“I request that you sign-on to the FY20 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Reps. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) in support of funding for the Historic Preservation Fund. The requested amount supports the important work of State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers to administer the federal historic preservation program and continues to support competitive grant programs that help preserve the sites and stories of historically underrepresented communities. The request also includes funding to invest in geographic information systems-based mapping for of historic resources, which would help to expediate project delivery, while avoiding harm to historic resources. The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) uses non-tax payer dollars to partner with States and Tribes to help save important places in your community and brings local voices to federal decision-making. Adequate funding for the HPF is essential for recognizing, preserving and utilizing our Nation’s historic resources for all Americans”