Congress Passes Budget Agreement; Briefing: Protecting Latino American Historic Places; Register for Advocacy Week: March 12-14; Submit Ideas for Past Forward 2018; Stories From Around the States

Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 21, Number 04, February 09, 2018 →

Lawmakers Pass Short Term CR and Budget Agreement After Brief Shutdown

Lawmakers passed a short term spending deal early Friday morning after a brief government shutdown, funding the government through March 23rd. As part of an agreement between Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans, the short term spending deal also includes defense and non-defense budget increases for FY18 and FY19. The agreement passed by Congress includes an additional $300 billion over the next two years for both defense and non-defense programs. The first increase since the Budget Control Act of 2011. Lawmakers also agreed to suspend the debt ceiling for 1 year. Having top line budget numbers, opens the door for the possibility of Congress passing an FY18 Omnibus spending bill before the March 23rd deadline.

The budget agreement also includes an additional $90 billion for disaster relief, which includes critical funds for historic resources damaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The bill provides $50 million in emergency funding for the Historic Preservation Fund through September of 2019. The additional disaster relief funding is great news for the states and territories working to restore vital historic resources damaged by last year’s storms .

For the fifth time since September, the short term spending bill signed into law today continues FY17 enacted levels, which funds the Historic Preservation Fund at $80.91 million.

Preservation Action along with advocates from across the country will present our funding requests for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) to Congress during National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, March 12-14. We need your voice, Register Today!

Congressional Briefing Held on Protecting Latino American Cultural and Historic Places

This week, Preservation Action attended a congressional briefing hosted by the Hispanic Access Foundation and Historic Preservation Caucus on protecting Latino American cultural and historic places. The briefing highlighted the Hispanic Access Foundation’s report entitled “Place, Story & Culture: A Top 10 List of Sites Important to Latinos in Need of Protection” and the existing tools in place to preserve cultural and historic sites.

During the briefing 10 cultural and historically significant sites associated with Latino heritage that are worthy of protection were presented. The program’s speakers also identified the types of protections that could be available to these sites including, National Parks, Heritage Areas,and Monuments, National Register of Historic Places, National Historic Landmarks and Traditional Cultural Properties.

Sites associated with the Latino community are significantly underrepresented in the federal preservation program. Thank you to the Hispanic Access Foundation and Historic Preservation Caucus for your work in putting together this important and informative event.

Register Today for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week! Early Bird Rates Expire Monday

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Preservation Action along with the National Conference of Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) is excited to host the 2018 National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week from March 12th-14th at the historic Hamilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

Advocacy Week registration includes in-depth training, policy briefings, meetings with elected officials and white papers from an array of preservation and policy professionals. Ticketed events offer additional meetings with elected officials, their staff, and a national network of preservation advocates.

We Need Your Voice

Advocacy Week is our annual opportunity to have a mass impact on opinion leaders and policy makers. Together with a cohesive message in support of preservation-positive legislation we can ensure a strong future for the federal historic preservation program.

Make Your Hotel Reservations Today

Take advantage of a special $279/night rate. To make your reservations call 866-407-1764 and use event code “NCSHPO Advocacy”. Special room rate expires Feb. 16th 2018.

Check out our Advocacy Week page for more information!

Submit Ideas for the 2018 Past Forward Conference

PF2018_PPT_Graphic.jpgSubmit your ideas for the 2018 Past Forward Conference in San Francisco, Nov. 13-16. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is currently looking for ideas to help shape the conference, including topics to cover, educational programming, speakers, and exhibitors to feature in the Preservation Studio.

All suggestions will be considered, but they are particularly interested in programming related to themes of the 2018 conference:

Climate change
Intangible heritage
Cultural landscapes and culture-nature connections

Programming for the 2018 conference will also focus on issues that are significant to the host city, San Francisco. Submissions are due by Monday, February 12th. Check out the link below to submit your ideas and learn more about Past Forward 2018!

Past Forward 2018: Call for Ideas

National News

ACHP: “The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s first 50 Years: Shaping National Preservation Policy

Stories From Around the States

Michigan: “Why Save Michigan’s Historic Buildings? A Rhetorical Question

New York: “Editorial: Renew the State Historic Tax Credit

Missouri: “Proposal to Cut Historic Tax Credits Moves Forward in Missouri Senate

Submit Nomination for ACHP/HUD Award; Supporters Aim to Strengthen NY HTC; Missouri’s HTC Program Threatened; Register for Advocacy Week: March 12-14th; and Stories From Around the States

Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 21, Number 03, February 02, 2018 →

Nominations are Being Accepted for ACHP/HUD ‘s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation(ACHP) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) are currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The joint award between ACHP and HUD was first announced last year to honor historic preservation efforts with affordable housing and community revitalization successes. The award recognizes developers, organizations, and agencies for their success in advancing the goals of historic preservation while providing affordable housing and/or expanded economic opportunities for low and moderate-income families and individuals.

In 2017, the award recognized the efforts of the Oliver neighborhood in Baltimore, MD, where more than 320 homes have been renovated or rebuilt, transforming the neighborhood. HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson , said of the neighborhood,

“This is a great example of the power that comes from a public-private collaboration, not just to rehab a few homes, but an entire neighborhood.”

Nominations for the 2018 cycle are bring accepted through March 1, 2018. For more information on nomination requirements and how to apply, check out the link below.

ACHP/HUD Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Preservationists Gather in Buffalo to Urge Lawmakers to Strengthen New York’s State Historic Tax Credit Program

This week, preservationists, developers, and politicians all gatheredin Buffalo, NY to urge state lawmakers to strengthen New York’s historic tax credit program. The state’s historic tax credit faces several challenges which could severely threaten the program. A recent budget proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo would delay payment of historic tax credits until 2021. State Sen. Chris Jacobs joined preservationists to urge Gov. Cuomo to reconsider, saying New York’s historic tax credit has spurred nearly $1 billion in private investment over the last decade. Supporters also called for a five year extension of the program, which would help with investor confidence in the tax credit.

The gathered group of preservationists also urged lawmakers to take action to separate the state historic tax credit program from the federal program. The new tax bill signed into law at the end of the year, while maintaining the 20% historic tax credit, called for the program to be phased in over 5 years. In New York and many other states, the state historic tax credit is coupled with the federal program, meaning the state credit would also be phased in over 5 years, which weakens the overall effectiveness of the program. Many of the changes being called for by supporters of New York’s program are intended to compensate for the changes to the federal historic tax credit.Learn more

Legislation That Would Dramatically Reduce Missouri’s Historic Tax Credit Advances in State Senate

The Missouri state Senate advanced SB590, which would dramatically reduce the state’s Historic Tax Credit. Missouri’s historic tax credit program provides a 25% tax credit on qualified rehabilitation expenses with a fiscal year cap of $140 million. The proposed legislation, introduced by Sen. Dan Hegeman, would lower the annual cap to $70 million. Historic Revitalization for Missouri estimates this would result in $300 to $400 million in project cuts. Slashing Missouri’s historic tax credit program was attempted in previous years, but supporters of the program successfully fought back those efforts.

Supporters from across the state are once again resisting the efforts to reduce the historic tax credit program. This week, the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservationled a lobby day at the state Capitol to take their message directly to lawmakers. Supporters met with lawmakers and distributed packets highlighting historic tax credit projects in their district. They also highlighted a recent study that showed a dramatic increase in property values for properties that received state historic tax credits, which leads to increased tax revenue for the state.

If you live in Missouri, reach out to your state Senator and voice your opposition to SB590!

Registration Now Open for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week

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Register now!

Preservation Action along with the National Conference of Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) is excited to host the 2018 National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week from March 12th-14th at the historic Hamilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

Advocacy Week registration includes in-depth training, policy briefings, meetings with elected officials and white papers from an array of preservation and policy professionals. Ticketed events offer additional meetings with elected officials, their staff, and a national network of preservation advocates.

We Need Your Voice

Advocacy Week is our annual opportunity to have a mass impact on opinion leaders and policy makers. Together with a cohesive message in support of preservation-positive legislation we can ensure a strong future for the federal historic preservation program.

Make Your Hotel Reservations Today

Take advantage of a special $279/night rate. To make your reservations call 1-877-424-2449 and use event code “NCS”. Special room rate expires Feb. 16th 2018.

Check out our Advocacy Week page for more information!

Stories From Around the States

Maryland: “Senator Cardin Hosts Preservation Round Table Discussion in Annapolis

District of Columbia: “Past is Present: D.C. Must Guard its Own Historic Sites Against Neglect

Florida: “‘Soul Of The City,’ 96-Year-Old Former School Gets New Life As Cultural Center In Fort Lauderdale

Spending Deal Needed to Avert Government Shutdown; Majority of NPS Advisory Board Resigns; Michigan Moves Closer to Restoring State HTC; Register Today for Advocacy Week 2018; and Stories From Around the States

Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 21, Number 02, January 19, 2018 →

Congress Must Reach Spending Deal by Midnight to Avert Government Shutdown

Lawmakers must reach a deal on a short-term spending bill by midnight tonight to avert a government shutdown. The House passeda continuing resolution (CR) late Thursday, which would continue current funding levels through February 16th. Most democrats opposed the bill primarily because it did not address the issue of young immigrants known as “Dreamers” who face deportation without action. The spending bill faces a difficult road in the Senate where it will need several votes from democrats to pass.

The government has been operating under a series of continuing resolutions since the end of the fiscal year in September. Several contentious issues still need to be resolved before passing a longer term omnibus spending bill, including deciding top-line budget numbers. The CR being considered would once again continue FY17 enacted levels, which funded the Historic Preservation Fund at $80.91 million.

If the government shuts down around 850,000 government employees would be furloughed across all departments and agencies. National Parks and historic sites across the country would likely close, including the National Mall in Washington, DC. However, as reported in the Washington Post, the Trump Administration is considering keeping National Parks open during a potential government shutdown but without staff. During the last shutdown in 2013, the closing of National Parks sparked significant public outcry.

Majority of National Park Service Advisory Board Resigns Amid Differences with Administration

Nine members of the 12 person National Park Service Advisory Boardresigned this week, citing frustration with the Administration’s unwillingness to meet with the advisory board. The board has been an institution since 1935 and describes itself as “citizen advisers chartered by Congress to help the National Park Service.” The Advisory Board advises the administration on issues related to the Historic Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act and the designation of national historic and natural landmarks. The resignations leaves the federal government without a functioning body to designate new national historic or natural landmarks.

According to the resignation the Board said it worked closely with National Park Service employees and the Interior Department throughout 2016, but has since been unable to engage with the Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, saying he has been unwilling to meet with them. A spokesperson for the Department of Interior refuted these claims and said she welcomes their resignations and vowed to “fast-track filling these new vacancies with people who are actually dedicated to working with the Department to better our national parks.”

The Trump Administration has yet to nominate a director for the National Park Service. Currently the Deputy Director of Operations, Michael T. Reneyolds is serving as interim-director.

Michigan Senate Passes Bill to Reinstate Michigan’s Historic Tax Credit Program. Moves to House

Advocates in Michigan are one step closer to re-instating the state’s Historic Tax Credit program. The Michigan Senate passed SB 469, which would establish a 25% state historic tax credit, by a vote of 32-2. Companion legislation, HB 5178 is currently pending in the Michigan House and has been assigned to the Tax Policy Committee. Michigan has been without a state historic tax credit program since 2011 and is currently one of 15 states with no state historic tax credit program.

The bills call for a 25% tax credit toward qualified rehabilitation expenses for contributing commercial and residential properties located within a local historic district. It also offers a supplemental five percent credit to the 20 percent federal historic preservation credit for income producing properties, and is the only credit available for owner-occupied historic homes. Preservationists also argue that establishing a state program is critical considering the recent changes to the federal historic tax credit

The previous iteration of this program was in place from 1999 to 2011 and over that time leveraged $71 million in credits to generate more than $1.46 billion in investment in Michigan rehabilitation projects.

Our partners at Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Preservation Detroit are leading the effort to revive Michigan’s historic tax credit. MHPN will be hosting their annual Advocacy Day on Feb. 21st at the state capitol to advocate for re-instating Michigan’s historic tax credit among other issues. Check out the Advocacy Alert page from MHPN to learn more their efforts and find out how you can help! You can also make your voice heard in person by joining MHPN’s Advocacy Day! The deadline to register is Jan. 26th.

Registration Now Open for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week

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Register now!

Preservation Action along with the National Conference of Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) is excited to host the 2018 National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week from March 12th-14th at the historic Hamilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

Advocacy Week registration includes in-depth training, policy briefings, meetings with elected officials and white papers from an array of preservation and policy professionals. Ticketed events offer additional meetings with elected officials, their staff, and a national network of preservation advocates.

We Need Your Voice

Advocacy Week is our annual opportunity to have a mass impact on opinion leaders and policy makers. Together with a cohesive message in support of preservation-positive legislation we can ensure a strong future for the federal historic preservation program.

Make Your Hotel Reservations Today

Take advantage of a special $279/night rate. To make your reservations call 1-877-424-2449 and use event code “NCS”. Special room rate expires Feb. 9th 2018.

Check out our Advocacy Week page for more information!

National News

Wall Street Journal: “Tax Law Erodes Historic Building Credit, Threatening Some Projects

Preservation Leadership Form: “Building the Young Preservationist Movement

Stories From Around the States

Maryland: “Join Maryland History Advocacy Day: Feb. 1st in Annapolis

Missouri: “Action Needed: Hearing Scheduled Tuesday for Bill that Threatens Missouri’s Historic Tax Credit

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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 15, May 12, 2017 →

House Committee Announces Hearing on Tax Reform

Preservation Action continues to closely follow the current effort to reform our tax code and the impact tax reform will have on the Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC). At the end of last month President Trump released a 1 page document outlining the goals of tax reform. The document didn’t provide many details on specific programs, but did call to “eliminate tax breaks for special interests”, which could include the HTC. Last week House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act, potentially clearing the way for tax reform. This week the House Ways and Means Committee announced a hearing on tax reform, scheduled for May 18th. At the hearing titled “How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and Create Jobs“, the committee will hear from invited witnesses, and are accepting written statements from interested parties.

House Republicans are currently working on crafting tax reform legislation, which they hope to pass and have enacted by the end of the year. A blueprint for tax reform, titled A Better Way, was released by House Republicans last summer and proposes the elimination of several tax preferences and credits, and while not specifically targeted, would include the HTC.

It is critical for advocates to continue to demonstrate the importance and value of the HTC to lawmakers. One way is from a strong showing of bipartisan support for the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act. If they haven’t already, encourage your Representative to cosponsor  H.R 1158 and your Senators to cosponsor S. 425. Another great way to leverage the HTC is by scheduling site visits with your members of congress to historic tax credit projects. At Preservation Action, we are leveraging National Historic Preservation Month as an opportunity to get your members of congress and their staff out to visit tax credit projects. Reach out to your members today and invite them to tour a historic tax credit project today! Learn more.

DOI Announces List of National Monuments Under Review and Opens Public Comment Period

The Department of Interior officially announced the list of 27 National Monuments that will be reviewed under President Trump’s Executive Order. From that review the DOI could recommend to rescind, resize or modify those 27 existing National Monuments. President Trump signed the Executive Order 2 weeks ago, ordering the review of National Monuments from the last 21 years that are over 100,000 acres or “made without adequate public outreach.” Following the announcement, Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke, spent much of the week in Utah touring the Bear’s Ears National Monument. The 27 National Monuments in question contain naturally, culturally and historically significant sites that were protected under Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton’s use of the Antiquities Act.

Marianas Trench Pacific Ocean 2009
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts     Atlantic Ocean 2016
Pacific Remote Islands Pacific Ocean 2009
Papahanaumokuakea Hawaii 2006/2016
Rose Atoll American Samoa 2009
Katahadin Woods and Waters Maine 2016
Basin and Range Nevada 2015
Bears Ears Utah 2016
Berryessa Snow Mountain California 2015
Canyons of the Ancients Colorado 2000
Carrizo Plain California 2001
Cascade Siskiyou Oregon 2000/2017
Craters of the Moon Idaho 1924/2000
Giant Sequoia California 2000
Gold Butte Nevada 2016
Grand Canyon-Parashant Arizona 2000
Grand Staircase-Escalante Utah 1996
Hanford Reach Washington 2000
Ironwood Forest Arizona 2000
Mojave Trails California 2016
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks New Mexico 2014
Rio Grande del Norte New Mexico 2013
Sand to Snow California 2016
San Gabriel Mountains California 2014
Sonoran Desert Arizona 2001
Upper Missouri River Breaks Montana 2001
Vermilion Cliffs Arizona 2000

 

The DOI also announced they would accept public comments on the National Monuments review beginning May 11th. The public comment period on Bear’s Ears National Monument is open until May 26th, while the comment period of the other 26 national monuments is open until June 10th. We encourage everyone to submit your comments on the importance of Bear’s Ears National Monument and other 26 National Monuments, particularly the monuments you have a direct connection to. Comments can be submitted online at by following the link below.

Submit Comments on National Monument Review 

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month This May

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) speaking at HTC project, the Phillips Packing Plant in Cambridge, MD on March 10th. Photo: Preservation Maryland

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) speaking at HTC project, the Phillips Packing Plant in Cambridge, MD on March 10th. Photo: Preservation Maryland

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month this May! Tours, special programs and events celebrating all things preservation, will be happening across the country throughout May. Let us know what your city or state is doing to celebrate Preservation Month!

Preservation Month Site Visits

National Historic Preservation Month is a great time to reach out to your members of Congress and their staff, and invite them tour a historic tax credit project or join a Preservation Month event. Preservation Action is working to leverage Preservation Month as a great opportunity for members of Congress to visit historic tax credit sites. The co-chairs of the Historic Preservation Caucus, Representatives Mike Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), along with Preservation Action, sent a letter to House members recognizing Preservation Month and encouraging site visits while in district.

Preservation Month Dear Colleague Letter 

The House and Senate will on an in-district period May 27-June 3 and again July 1-8. One thing we heard time and time again from congressional staff during Advocacy Week, was site visits help to show members of Congress the tangible impact of programs like the Historic Tax Credit. If the member/s of congress are unavailable for a site visit, ask if members of their staff would available; this is still great way to highlight the impact of the HTC. Contact Rob Naylor with Preservation Action at rnaylor@preservationaction.org if you need any assistance facilitating a site visit. Share stories and photos from your site visits with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Alabama Senate Passes Historic Tax Credit Bill

Alabama is one step closer to the return of their historic tax credit program. The state Senate voted unanimously, 31-0, to advance legislation establishing a historic tax credit program. Alabama’s previous historic tax credit program was allowed to expire at the end of the last legislative session. The legislation, HB 345, now moves to the Alabama House before moving to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk to be signed into law.

Last year, legislation renewing the program came up just short in the Alabama Senate after being held from a vote over budgetary concerns. This year’s legislation includes several changes to Alabama’s previous historic tax credit program including, requiring historic structures to be at least 60 years of age to qualify for the credit, and requiring 40 percent of credits to be initially reserved for rural counties of the state. Congratulations to our partners at Alabama Preservation Action on their efforts. We’ll continue to track this important legislation.

National News

National Trust for Historic Preservation: “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places: A Retrospective Guide

Stories From Around the States

Illinois: “Aurora Mayor Lobbies for Extension of Historic Tax Credit Program

Massachusetts: “Rep. Silvia Makes the Case for Changes to Historic Tax Credit Program

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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 19, Number 24, June 24, 2016 →

President Obama Designates Stonewall Inn as First National Monument Dedicated to LGBT History

Today, President Obama announced the designation of the Stonewall Inn and surrounding area in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City as a National Monument. This designation makes the Stonewall Inn the 411th unit of the National Park Service and the first National Monument specifically dedicated to the history of the LGBT community. The Stonewall Inn designation has long been anticipated and comes just days before New York City’s gay pride parade and during LGBT pride month.

The Stonewall Inn was the site of a police raid and subsequent riots and protest in June of 1969. The Stonewall Riots became a defining moment in the gay rights movement, eventually leading to gay pride parades across the country which still take place in June in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots. President Obama highlighted the significance of the Stonewall Inn in his second inaugural address, as an example of the ongoing struggle for civil rights.

With the Stonewall National Monument designation, President Obama continues to take steps to diversify our national parks and tell the story of people who are largely underrepresented. After the Stonewall Inn designation, President Obama has now used his power under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to establish or expand 24 National Monuments. Overall he has protected over 265 million acres of land and water, more than any other President.

President Obama announced the Stonewall Inn National Monument in a video released earlier today:

Historic Preservation Leaders Honored by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell

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Interior Secretary Jewell (L) presents Historic Preservation Award to Loretta Jackson-Kelly of the Hualapai Tribal Nation. Photo courtesy of Bruce MacDougal

On June 17th, historic preservationists, officials from the National Park Service (NPS) and Department of Interior (DOI) gathered for the Historic Preservation Awards. Four current preservation officers received the prestigious Historic Preservation Award from InteriorSecretary Sally Jewell for their outstanding efforts to protect America’s diverse cultural and historical heritage. Preservation Action along several of our preservation partners attended the awards and would like to extend our congratulations for all of this year’s winners.

The awards were established by the National Historic Preservation Act to acknowledge the dedication and expertise of historic preservation professionals. Secretary Jewell commended the awardees on their creativity and expertise

“As we approach the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act this October, we are reminded that none of the impactful programs enabled by the Act would be possible without the hard work, passion and professionalism of individuals who have devoted their careers to the preservation of our nation’s history and culture,” said Secretary Jewell. “It is through their efforts that future generations will know the places that tell our nation’s stories.”

The winners of the 2015 Secretary of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Awards are:

  • -Federal Preservation Office Category -Brian Jordan, Ph.D., Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior
  • -State Historic Preservation Officer Category – Melvena Heisch, Oklahoma Historical Society
  • -Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Category – Loretta Jackson-Kelly, Hualapai Tribal Nation
  • -Certified Local Government Coordinator Category – Nancy Hiestand, City of Bloomington, Indiana

President Obama Visits Carlsbad Caverns and Yosemite to Mark the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

This past week President Obama and the first family visited Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Yosemite National Park to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS). During the visits, President Obama talked about the importance and success of the NPS over the last 100 years, citing the extraordinary benefits our national parks have on the economy. President Obama also used the opportunity to caution the effect climate change is having on America’s parks and public lands.

President Obama also used the visits as an opportunity to tout his own public lands record. To date, President Obama has used his power under the Antiquities Act to create or expand 24 National Monuments, protecting more land and water than any other president. He’s also made an effort to recognize the stories of underrepresented groups through National Monument and National Historic Landmark designations. In 2012 President Obama established the Ceaser Chavez National Monument, recognizing the Latino labor leader and history of the United Farm Workers. Earlier this year he established the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, which protects the longtime headquarters of the National Woman’s Party in Washington, D.C.

National News

National Park Service: “National Park Service Awards over $1 Million to Preserve American Battlefields

World Urban Campaign: “ICOMOS: New Web Platform Focuses on Role of Cultural Heritage in Habitat 3 and The New Urban Agenda

Stories From Around the States

New Mexico: “Telling the Story of the Manhattan Project

New Jersey: “British Groups Join Voices Calling for Preservation at Princeton

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