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March 3, 2017 All News, Legislative Updates No Comments Tags: Advocacy Week, Alabama, Budget, Department of the Interior, Historic Preservation Fund, Historic Tax Credit, Historic Tax Credits, Maine, New York,

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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 07, March 03, 2017 →

Ryan Zinke Confirmed as the New Secretary of the Interior

Ryan_Zinke_official_congressional_photo_(crop)This week, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was confirmed as the new Secretary of the Interior. The Senate easily confirmed Secretary Zinke, in a 68-31 vote, 17 Democrats joined with Republicans. Secretary Zinke won over some democrats with his support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and opposition to the sale or transfer of public lands.

Secretary Zinke will take over for previous DOI Secretary, Sally Jewell and be responsible for overseeing the management and conservation of most of our federal lands. Secretary Zinke will also oversee some of our most important historic preservation programs. Programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Historic Preservation Fund, and the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee, Secretary Zinke said he wants to address the maintenance backlog at the National Park Service; saying he is:

“(I’m) committed to a jobs and infrastructure bill, and I am committed and need your help in making sure that bill includes our national treasures.”

Trump Administration Seeks Cuts at Interior, Secretary Zinke Says He Will Fight Back

President Trump signed off on top line numbers in his annual budget and sent a budget outline to departments and agencies. These numbers include a large increase in defense spending and deep cuts in discretionary spending. Sources familiar with the budget indicate that the Trump Administration is looking to cut 10% from the Department of Interior budget. Based on the previous budget, that would be roughly a cut of $1.3 billion. President Trump is expected to submit his full budget proposal to Congress in May.

Speaking today to Department of Interior employees, newly confirmed Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, said he would fight back against proposals to cut funding for the department by 10%. Adding:

“I looked at the budget,” Zinke said. “I’m not happy. But we’re going to fight about it, and I think I’m going to win at the end of the day.”

Secretary Zinke also laid out his top priorities during his address to Interior employees, which included reducing the National Park Service backlog. Saying that our National Parks are behind in infrastructure and he wants to fix it. He also repeated his vow to oppose the sale or transfer public lands.

Preservation Action will continue to follow the budget process and advocate for robust funding for historic preservation programs, including the Historic Preservation Fund.

Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act Gaining Cosponsors. Encourage Your Members to Sign-on

In February, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) in the Senate (S.425) and Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) in the House (H.R 1158), introduced the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act. The legislation, similar to bills introduced in previous congresses, would improve and enhance the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit program.The bill would increase the tax credit from 20% to 30% on projects with less than $2.5 million in qualified rehabilitation expenses.

While this legislation is a positive step, it does not eliminate the ongoing threat to the historic tax credit program posed by tax reform efforts. Congressional leaders and President Trump have targeted tax deductions, like the Historic Tax Credit for elimination as part of tax reform efforts. Introduction of the HTCIA does, however, allow for members of Congress to positively demonstrate their support of the HTC. So far, H.R 1158 is off to a great start and currently has 25 cosponsors, including the entire Mississippi congressional delegation. Reach out to your Representative and Senators and ask them to sign on to the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act. Our partners at the National Trust for Historic Preservation have created an easy to use tool to send a customizable letter to your members of congress requesting their support.

Urge your Members of Congress to Cosponsor the HTC Improvement Act →

Also be sure to check out out our Action Alert for more information on this important issue and find out other ways you can help!

Advocacy Week is Right Around the Corner. Register Today!

national-historic-preservation-advocacy-week-sealNational Historic Preservation Advocacy Week 2017 is less than 2 weeks away! Be sure to register by Friday March 10th!

Register now!

Join us for Advocacy Week 2017 at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill from March 14-16. Registration includes in-depth training and policy briefings 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. Advocacy Week is our annual opportunity to have a mass impact on policy makers in support of preservation-positive legislation. With the Historic Tax Credit severely threatened by tax reform efforts, we need your voice! Register today!

Advocacy Week Agenda and One-pagers Now Available

Get all the documents you need for Advocacy Week. The preliminary agenda is now ready for download. The issue one-pagers are also ready and available for download in both pdf and .docx formats. Download today!

Preservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Offices (NCSHPO) organize our industry’s Advocacy Week each year, bringing over 250 preservationists to Washington, DC to promote sound federal preservation policy and programs.

Stories From Around the States

Alabama: A.G Gaston Motel to be Restored as National Park Service Moves into Birmingham

Maine: “Sen. Collins Pushes Bill to Enhance Federal Historic Tax Credits

Alabama: “New Historic Renovation Tax Credit Introduced in Alabama Legislature

Preservation Action in the News

New York: “Lace Mill Apartment Complex Recognized as One of ‘Preservation’s Best of 2016‘”

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June 9, 2017 All News, Legislative Updates No Comments Tags: Alabama, Appropriations, Budget, Delaware, Department of the Interior, Historic Tax Credit, Missouri, National Heritage Areas, Secretary of the Inter

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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 19, June 09, 2017 →

Secretary Zinke Testifies on the FY 2018 Interior Budget Request

This week Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, testified before the before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies on President Trump’s proposed FY18 budget request. The budget request would cut the Department of Interior’s budget by $1.4 billion from FY17 enacted levels and cut the National Park Service budget by $300 million over FY17 enacted levels. The proposal also calls for significant cuts to preservation programs, including a $29.8 million cut to the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and eliminates funding for National Heritage Areas.

During the hearing both Democrats and Republicans questioned proposed cuts and program eliminations laid out in the administration’s budget request. During Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert’s (R-CA) remarks, he emphasized the tall order ahead of the committee to produce a good bill in a difficult budget year and under a shortened time frame. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) specifically highlighted the the elimination of funding for National Heritage Areas (NHAs) and questioned how many NHAs could continue to operate without federal funding. Secretary Zinke responded by saying he understood the value of National Heritage Areas, but in an effort to balance the budget, tough choices had to be made. Others, including Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) discussed the National Park Service (NPS) maintenance backlog, highlighting his bill, the NPS Legacy Act (H.R 2584) with Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) aimed at addressing the NPS maintenance backlog.

Preservation Action will continue to follow as the budget process continues through Congress, but we need your help. Reach out to your members of Congress and tell them to support funding for the Historic Preservation Fund and critical history and preservation programs. Let them know how these cuts impact you and your community. It is especially important if your members of Congress serve on the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee or Senate Appropriations Interior Subcommittee.

Contact your members of Congress today! 

Join us June 14th for Historic Tax Credit Lobby Day

Join us June 14th in Washington, DC for a lobby day in support of the Historic Tax Credit. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Tax Credit Coalition are organizing a Historic Tax Credit Lobby Day in Washington, DC to precede the Institute for Professional and Executive Development Annual Historic Tax Credit Summit on June 15 and June 16. Preservation Action is working to join grassroots constituents with developers to best show members of Congress the impact of the Historic Tax Credit.

With tax reform on the horizon we need your voice! If you’re interested in attending please email rnaylor@preservationaction.org and check out the link below for more information.

On the Hill: New Opportunity to Protect the Federal Historic Tax Credit 

Sen. Warner Visits Fredricksburg Military Park, Touts National Park Service Legacy Act

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) at the Fredricksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) at the Fredricksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) recently visited the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Fredrickburg, Virginia. He used the occasion to tout the National Park Service Legacy Act (S.751) which he introduced alongside Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) in March. This important legislation is aimed at addressing the maintenance  backlog at the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS has suffered from chronic underfunding for years and now faces a $12 billion maintenance backlog. During his visit to Fredrickburg Sen. Warner said:

 

 

“If we don’t take care of the $12-billion backlog in maintenance, future generations aren’t going to see this park and this cemetery in the way that we get to see it today,” Warner said. “If we don’t put our money where our mouth is, as a Congress, to represent, preserve and maintain this history, then we’re not doing our job.”

The National Park Service Legacy Act would establish a National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund to reduce the maintenance backlog by allocating $500 million annually from existing revenues the government receives for oil and natural gas royalties, every year, until 2047. 80% of the funds in the NPS Restoration Fund would be dedicated to the repair and rehabilitation of key assets, including historic structures.

So far the NPS Legacy Act is up to 11 cosponsors in the Senate. Companion legislation (H.R 2584) was recently introduced in the House by Representatives by Will Hurd (R-TX), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), and Dave Reichert (R-WA). Both bills have been referred to the appropriate committees.

National News

Department of Interior: “6 Interior Infrastructure Projects that Benefit the Public

NTHP: “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings, Mapped

Stories From Around the States

Missouri: “Governor’s Tax Committee Hears Case for Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Delaware: “Online Survey Seeks Public Input Regarding the Preservation of Historic Places in Delaware

Alabama: “Which Alabama Building Received the Largest Tax Credit for Historic Preservation?

 

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June 9, 2017 All News, Legislative Updates No Comments Tags: Alabama, Appropriations, Budget, Delaware, Department of the Interior, Historic Tax Credit, Missouri, National Heritage Areas, Secretary of the Inter

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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 19, June 09, 2017 →

Secretary Zinke Testifies on the FY 2018 Interior Budget Request

This week Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, testified before the before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies on President Trump’s proposed FY18 budget request. The budget request would cut the Department of Interior’s budget by $1.4 billion from FY17 enacted levels and cut the National Park Service budget by $300 million over FY17 enacted levels. The proposal also calls for significant cuts to preservation programs, including a $29.8 million cut to the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and eliminates funding for National Heritage Areas.

During the hearing both Democrats and Republicans questioned proposed cuts and program eliminations laid out in the administration’s budget request. During Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert’s (R-CA) remarks, he emphasized the tall order ahead of the committee to produce a good bill in a difficult budget year and under a shortened time frame. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) specifically highlighted the the elimination of funding for National Heritage Areas (NHAs) and questioned how many NHAs could continue to operate without federal funding. Secretary Zinke responded by saying he understood the value of National Heritage Areas, but in an effort to balance the budget, tough choices had to be made. Others, including Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) discussed the National Park Service (NPS) maintenance backlog, highlighting his bill, the NPS Legacy Act (H.R 2584) with Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) aimed at addressing the NPS maintenance backlog.

Preservation Action will continue to follow as the budget process continues through Congress, but we need your help. Reach out to your members of Congress and tell them to support funding for the Historic Preservation Fund and critical history and preservation programs. Let them know how these cuts impact you and your community. It is especially important if your members of Congress serve on the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee or Senate Appropriations Interior Subcommittee.

Contact your members of Congress today! 

Join us June 14th for Historic Tax Credit Lobby Day

Join us June 14th in Washington, DC for a lobby day in support of the Historic Tax Credit. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Tax Credit Coalition are organizing a Historic Tax Credit Lobby Day in Washington, DC to precede the Institute for Professional and Executive Development Annual Historic Tax Credit Summit on June 15 and June 16. Preservation Action is working to join grassroots constituents with developers to best show members of Congress the impact of the Historic Tax Credit.

With tax reform on the horizon we need your voice! If you’re interested in attending please email rnaylor@preservationaction.org and check out the link below for more information.

On the Hill: New Opportunity to Protect the Federal Historic Tax Credit 

Sen. Warner Visits Fredricksburg Military Park, Touts National Park Service Legacy Act

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) at the Fredricksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) at the Fredricksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) recently visited the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Fredrickburg, Virginia. He used the occasion to tout the National Park Service Legacy Act (S.751) which he introduced alongside Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) in March. This important legislation is aimed at addressing the maintenance  backlog at the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS has suffered from chronic underfunding for years and now faces a $12 billion maintenance backlog. During his visit to Fredrickburg Sen. Warner said:

 

 

“If we don’t take care of the $12-billion backlog in maintenance, future generations aren’t going to see this park and this cemetery in the way that we get to see it today,” Warner said. “If we don’t put our money where our mouth is, as a Congress, to represent, preserve and maintain this history, then we’re not doing our job.”

The National Park Service Legacy Act would establish a National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund to reduce the maintenance backlog by allocating $500 million annually from existing revenues the government receives for oil and natural gas royalties, every year, until 2047. 80% of the funds in the NPS Restoration Fund would be dedicated to the repair and rehabilitation of key assets, including historic structures.

So far the NPS Legacy Act is up to 11 cosponsors in the Senate. Companion legislation (H.R 2584) was recently introduced in the House by Representatives by Will Hurd (R-TX), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), and Dave Reichert (R-WA). Both bills have been referred to the appropriate committees.

National News

Department of Interior: “6 Interior Infrastructure Projects that Benefit the Public

NTHP: “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings, Mapped

Stories From Around the States

Missouri: “Governor’s Tax Committee Hears Case for Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Delaware: “Online Survey Seeks Public Input Regarding the Preservation of Historic Places in Delaware

Alabama: “Which Alabama Building Received the Largest Tax Credit for Historic Preservation?

 

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May 12, 2017 All News, Legislative Updates No Comments Tags: Alabama, Antiquities Act, Department of the Interior, Historic Preservation Caucus, Historic Tax Credit, Historic Tax Credits, Illinois, Massachusett

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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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June 24, 2016 All News, Legislative Updates No Comments Tags: Antiquities Act, Centennial Initiative, Department of the Interior, LGBT Heritage Initiative, National Historic Preservation Act, National Monuments

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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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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 14, May 05, 2017 →

Congress Reaches Deal on Spending Bill Includes Positive News for Preservation

This week Congress reached a deal on a FY17 Omnibus spending bill, funding the government into September. The deal was approved by the House and Senate and signed by President Trump, averting the May 5th deadline from the last stopgap spending bill. The bill includes positive news for preservationists, including vital increases for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The bill includes appropriations for the Save America’s Treasures program, which supports the preservation of nationally significant sites, structures and artifacts. The bill also included increases for the civil rights competitive grants program, which supports sites associated with the Civil Rights Movement, and funds for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities preservation program. The Omnibus spending bill funds the HPF at $80.9 million, an increase of $15.49 over FY16 enacted levels.

FY17 HPF Appropriations

  • State Historic Preservation Offices: $47.925M, $1M over FY16 enacted levels
  • Tribal Historic Preservation Offices: $10.485M, $500,000 over FY16 enacted levels
  • Civil Rights Movement Grants : $13M, $5M over FY16 enacted levels
  • Underrepresented Communities Grants: $500,000, equal to FY16 enacted levels
  • Save America’s Treasures: $5M, not included in FY16 levels
  • HBCU Preservation Program: $4M, not included in FY16 levels
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The FY17 Omnibus Spending bill also includes level funding at $19.821 million for the Heritage Partnership Program (HPP). This provides stable funding for all National Heritage Areas, and is $10.3 million over FY17 requested levels. President Trump’s proposed budget outline, also called for the elimination of the National Heritage Areas program.

These final numbers for the HPF are similar to the FY17 HPF request we presented to members of congress during our annual National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week. Thank you to all of the advocates that highlighted the importance of the Historic Preservation Fund. We’d also like to thank the members of Congress who were instrumental in securing these increases for the HPF, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). Attention now moves to the FY18 Appropriations process which will likely kick off over the next several weeks.

Take Action to Protect the Antiquities Act

In response to the recent threats to the Antiquities Act, we encourage you to reach out to your members of Congress and ask them to protect the Antiquities Act. Last week, President Trump signed an executive order calling for the Department of Interior to review the size and scope all National Monument designations, of over 100,000 acres or “made without adequate public outreach.”, from the last 21 years. Legislation is also being considered in Congress that would severely limit a President’s ability to designate new National Monuments. S.33 and H.R 2284 would require state and congressional approval before designating a new National Monument. Both Republican and Democratic presidents going back to Theodore Roosevelt have used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to protect natural, cultural and historically significant sites across the country.

Now is the time to express your support for the Antiquities Act and the cultural heritage that past presidents have worked to protect for more than a century. Check out the Call to Action from the Coalition for American Heritage. They’ve created an easy to use tool for you to contact your members of Congress today!

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month This May

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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. This week, Historic Preservation Caucus co-chairs submitted a letter to their colleagues encouraging them participate in a Preservation Month site visit or event. The House will be on an in-district period May 7-13 and the House and Senate will on an in-district period May 28-June 3. 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 and Historic Preservation Fund.

Our partners at Heritage Ohio, just toured several historic sites in Southwest Ohio with staff from Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), and Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) offices. Tours like these highlight the benefits of the Historic Tax Credit program. Share stories and photos from your site visits with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Legislation in Texas House Would Restrict Local Historic Preservation Efforts

A bill introduced in the Texas House of Representatives would severely limit a cities ability to designate a historic landmark, and make it easier to demolish historic buildings. H.B 3418, introduced by Rep. Gary Elkins, include several provisions that would severely weaken local municipalities ability to protect historically significant buildings. H.B 3418 would require that any property being considered for preservation protection must be the site of a “widely recognized” historic event or associated with a “historic figure who lived at the property location”. This arbitrary rule would override municipal laws and regulations and leave out numerous important historic sites that don’t fit that limited criteria.

The law would also require a 3/4 majority in planning commissions, zoning boards, and city councils to approve historical designations; an unnecessarily high threshold that could block historic district designations across the state. Lastly, the law would shorten the period of time in which local governments have to approve or reject proposed demolitions, constructions, or alterations in a designated historic area. After 30 days, any proposed demolitions, constructions, or alterations would be automatically approved.

The Texas House Urban Affairs Committee held a hearing on the proposed legislation, in which our partners at Preservation Texas, San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation, and Preservation Austin spoke in strong opposition to the bill. After the hearing, the bill was left pending and the chief sponsor off the bill, Rep. Gary Elkins, promised to revise the bill language to clarify protection of property owners. Check out the post from Preservation Texas to learn more and find out how you can help.

National News

Coalition for American Heritage: “Webinar: Yes You Can! Advocating and Lobbying as a Nonprofit

Stories From Around the States

Oregon: “Saving Places in Rural Oregon

Oklahoma: “House Bill Imperils Historic Tax Credits for Rehabilitation, Preservationist Says

Wisconsin: “Historic Tax Credit Supporters Estimate $832M Economic Impact

Michigan: “Governor Snyder Honors Historic Preservation Efforts

Massachusetts: “Explore Boston This Historic Preservation Month

 

 

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Congress is currently determining funding levels for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017 and starting the process for FY18 for historic preservation. They need to hear from you right now. It is critical that all advocates of historic preservation reach out to their members of Congress to notify and urge them to sign onto the House/Senate “HPF Dear Colleague” letters which shows support for the Historic Preservation Fund.

The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) provides vital funds for historic preservation and protection programs. This year’s House Dear Colleague letter request $83.4 million, including $47.925 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $11.985 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and $500,000 in grants to underserved communities. In addition, the request includes $13 million for competitive grants for the Civil Rights initiative, and $5 million in competitive grants for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This request is equal to level of funds included in the House passed FY17 Interior Appropriations bill. What’s at Stake if the HPF is Under-Funded? Under-funding the Historic Preservation Fund seriously jeopardizes not only our national historic preservation program, but also State and local preservation efforts. As dollars and staff sizes shrink in State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, public education and training, survey and documentation programs, and rehabilitation funding suffer in order to address the activities about which SHPOs and THPOs have no discretion – such as responding to rehabilitation tax credit applications, and commenting on Section 106 cases. The Senate Dear Colleague letter is still being worked on. We will share as soon as it becomes available.

Help Spread the Word!

This webpage contains information on contacting your Members of Congress, how to ask that they sign-on the HPF Dear Colleague letters, and concise information to help you make your preservation pitch. Share this web site with your members, networks, and social media friends on Facebook and Twitter.

1

Contact your Representatives to sign-on to the “FY18 HPF Dear Colleague Letters”

2

Take a looks at last year’s Dear Colleague Letter. Did your Representative or Senator sign-on last year?

3

Share your advocacy and this Call to Action in your newsletters, advocacy alerts and social media pages

Ask your Member(s) of Congress to sign-on to the House FY18 HPF Letter

Representatives Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) are circulating a “FY18 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague” letter in the House of Representatives.

How to Contact your Member of Congress

If you have a personal contact in your member’s Washington D.C. or District/State office please 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 member’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.

House of Representatives

Deadline: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Contact your Congressman and request that he/she signs onto the FY18 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Appropriations letter being circulated by Reps. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). To maximize the impact of this letter we need as many Members as possible to sign. Last year 102 Representatives signed-on. House FY18 HPF Dear Colleague Appropriations (PDF) → Search for your Representative by Zip Code → 

To sign-on the letter, Member’s offices should contact either:

Jeffrey Wilson in Rep. Turner’s (R-OH) office at 202-225-6465 or jeffrey.wilson@mail.house.gov or Paul Balmer in Rep. Blumenauer’s (D-OR) office at 202-225-4811 or paul.balmer@mail.house.gov. Sign on deadline is Thursday, March 30th at 5pm (EST).

Sample Message to your Representative

I request that you sign-on to the FY18 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 matches the amount in the House passed fiscal year 2017 Interior budget, which includes vital funds for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and provides competitive grants to preserve and protect significant sites of the Civil Rights Movement. The Historic Preservation Fund is the single most important source of federal support for saving and protecting America’s historic resources.

Include a Local Example

In addition to the sample message above be sure to include a local example. There is no better illustration of the impact and effectiveness of the HPF than local, shining examples of the HPF at work. Every district has them – make sure your legislator is supplied with images, facts and figures about them. Your State Historic Preservation Office can help provide you the information. HPF-funded programs have established a successful set of incentives, regulations, and assistance that foster local decision making and direct private investment to maximize the viability of existing resources. Many activities are made possible by the HPF, but their effectiveness is increasingly compromised by staff layoffs, lack of funds for survey and documentation work, and frustratingly slow turn around times for reviews and certifications. Specific examples of how these programs work in your community, and illustrations of the tremendous need for such programs will help you reinforce the importance of funding for the States, Tribes and territories through the Historic Preservation Fund.

Historic Preservation Fund FAQ

When was the Historic Preservation Fund Established?

In 1976 Congress amended the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to establish the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF was created to provide a continual and constant source of funds to implement our nation’s  historic preservation program. HPF resources, which primarily flow through State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, encourage investment in historic preservation efforts and accelerate historic preservation activities at the local, state and national levels – leveraging private investment, revitalizing communities, promoting heritage tourism, and building public private partnerships.

What is the Source of Funding to the HPF?

The HPF receives its annual deposit from off shore oil lease reserves. Off-shore drilling funds our national preservation program? Here is the legislative justification: Federal lands include those on the outer continental shelf and oil companies pay for the right to drill for oil on those lands off the coast of the United States. The exploitation of one valuable resource supports investment in another. This is the thrust of the HPF – and also the Land and Water Conservation Fund after which the HPF was modeled. A share of proceeds from the consumption of one non-renewable natural resource (oil) is reinvested in our man-made historic and cultural resources.

How much is authorized annually for the Historic Preservation Fund?

From FY 1980 onward, the fund has received annual deposits of $150 million. The authorized funds deposited into the HPF are, however, subject to the appropriation process. Unexpended funds are to remain in the HPF until appropriated. The President’s Budget shows a balance of $3.28 billion.

What is the Current Level of Funding?

For fiscal year 2014, Congress provided a total of $56.41 million for the Historic Preservation Fund consisting of $46.25 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $8.985 for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and $500,000 for a grant program for survey and nomination.

What is at Stake?

Under-funding the Historic Preservation Fund seriously jeopardizes the federal preservation program and by extension State and local preservation efforts. As the dollars and staff sizes shrink in the SHPOs and THPOs, difficult choices must be made. Many times there is no alternative but to realign priorities and eliminate discretionary programs – public education, support for private sector non-profits, site visits to communities and rehabilitation tax credit projects – in order to have sufficient resources to address the activities about which SHPOs have no discretion such as responding to rehabilitation tax credit applications, and commenting on Section 106 cases. These examples illustrate the debilitating consequences of under-funding and serve to suggest the incredible advances that additional funding could secure. At a time when Americans, like never before, are searching to understand and celebrate the hallmarks of our democracy and our unique American experience, we have to hold the federal government to its responsibilities put into law decades ago.

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Congress is currently determining funding levels for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017 and to starting the process for FY18 for historic preservation. They need to hear from you right now. It is critical that all advocates of historic preservation reach out to their members of Congress to notify and urge them to sign onto the House/Senate “HPF Dear Colleague” letters which shows support for the Historic Preservation Fund.

The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) provides vital funds for historic preservation and protection programs. This year’s House Dear Colleague letter request $83.4 million, including $47.925 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $11.985 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and $500,000 in grants to underserved communities. In addition, the request includes $13 million for competitive grants for the Civil Rights initiative, and $5 million in competitive grants for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This request is equal to level of funds included in the House passed FY17 Interior Appropriations bill. What’s at Stake if the HPF is Under-Funded? Under-funding the Historic Preservation Fund seriously jeopardizes not only our national historic preservation program, but also State and local preservation efforts. As dollars and staff sizes shrink in State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, public education and training, survey and documentation programs, and rehabilitation funding suffer in order to address the activities about which SHPOs and THPOs have no discretion – such as responding to rehabilitation tax credit applications, and commenting on Section 106 cases.

The Senate Dear Colleague letter is still being worked on. We will share as soon as it becomes available.

Help Spread the Word!

This webpage contains information on contacting your Members of Congress, how to ask that they sign-on the HPF Dear Colleague letters, and concise information to help you make your preservation pitch. Share this web site with your members, networks, and social media friends on Facebook and Twitter.

1

Contact your Representatives to sign-on to the “FY18 HPF Dear Colleague Letters”

2

Take a looks at last year’s Dear Colleague Letter. Did your Representative or Senator sign-on last year?

3

Share your advocacy and this Call to Action in your newsletters, advocacy alerts and social media pages

Ask your Member(s) of Congress to sign-on to the House FY18 HPF Letter

Representatives Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) are circulating a “FY17 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague” letter in the House of Representatives.

How to Contact your Member of Congress

If you have a personal contact in your member’s Washington D.C. or District/State office please 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 member’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.

House of Representatives

Deadline: Thursday, March 30, 2017

Contact your Congressman and request that he/she signs onto the FY18 Historic Preservation Fund Dear Colleague Appropriations letter being circulated by Reps. Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). To maximize the impact of this letter we need as many Members as possible to sign. Last year 102 Representatives signed-on.

House FY18 HPF Dear Colleague Appropriations (PDF) → Search for your Representative by Zip Code → 

To sign-on the letter, Member’s offices should contact either:

Jeffrey Wilson in Rep. Turner’s (R-OH) office at 202-225-6465 or jeffrey.wilson@mail.house.gov or Paul Balmer in Rep. Blumenauer’s (D-OR) office at 202-225-4811 or paul.balmer@mail.house.gov. Sign on deadline is Thursday, March 30th at 5pm (EST).

Sample Message to your Representative

I request that you sign-on to the FY18 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 matches the amount in the House passed fiscal year 2017 Interior budget, which includes vital funds for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and provides competitive grants to preserve and protect significant sites of the Civil Rights Movement. The Historic Preservation Fund is the single most important source of federal support for saving and protecting America’s historic resources.

 

Include a Local Example

In addition to the sample message above be sure to include a local example. There is no better illustration of the impact and effectiveness of the HPF than local, shining examples of the HPF at work. Every district has them – make sure your legislator is supplied with images, facts and figures about them. Your State Historic Preservation Office can help provide you the information. HPF-funded programs have established a successful set of incentives, regulations, and assistance that foster local decision making and direct private investment to maximize the viability of existing resources. Many activities are made possible by the HPF, but their effectiveness is increasingly compromised by staff layoffs, lack of funds for survey and documentation work, and frustratingly slow turn around times for reviews and certifications. Specific examples of how these programs work in your community, and illustrations of the tremendous need for such programs will help you reinforce the importance of funding for the States, Tribes and territories through the Historic Preservation Fund.

Historic Preservation Fund FAQ

When was the Historic Preservation Fund Established?

In 1976 Congress amended the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 to establish the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF was created to provide a continual and constant source of funds to implement our nation’s  historic preservation program. HPF resources, which primarily flow through State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, encourage investment in historic preservation efforts and accelerate historic preservation activities at the local, state and national levels – leveraging private investment, revitalizing communities, promoting heritage tourism, and building public private partnerships.

What is the Source of Funding to the HPF?

The HPF receives its annual deposit from off shore oil lease reserves. Off-shore drilling funds our national preservation program? Here is the legislative justification: Federal lands include those on the outer continental shelf and oil companies pay for the right to drill for oil on those lands off the coast of the United States. The exploitation of one valuable resource supports investment in another. This is the thrust of the HPF – and also the Land and Water Conservation Fund after which the HPF was modeled. A share of proceeds from the consumption of one non-renewable natural resource (oil) is reinvested in our man-made historic and cultural resources.

How much is authorized annually for the Historic Preservation Fund?

From FY 1980 onward, the fund has received annual deposits of $150 million. The authorized funds deposited into the HPF are, however, subject to the appropriation process. Unexpended funds are to remain in the HPF until appropriated. The President’s Budget shows a balance of $3.28 billion.

What is the Current Level of Funding?

For fiscal year 2014, Congress provided a total of $56.41 million for the Historic Preservation Fund consisting of $46.25 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $8.985 for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and $500,000 for a grant program for survey and nomination.

What is at Stake?

Under-funding the Historic Preservation Fund seriously jeopardizes the federal preservation program and by extension State and local preservation efforts. As the dollars and staff sizes shrink in the SHPOs and THPOs, difficult choices must be made. Many times there is no alternative but to realign priorities and eliminate discretionary programs – public education, support for private sector non-profits, site visits to communities and rehabilitation tax credit projects – in order to have sufficient resources to address the activities about which SHPOs have no discretion such as responding to rehabilitation tax credit applications, and commenting on Section 106 cases. These examples illustrate the debilitating consequences of under-funding and serve to suggest the incredible advances that additional funding could secure. At a time when Americans, like never before, are searching to understand and celebrate the hallmarks of our democracy and our unique American experience, we have to hold the federal government to its responsibilities put into law decades ago.

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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 20, Number 12, April 21, 2017 →

As Congress Returns, Potential Shutdown Looms

Congress will return from the Easter recess next week. Lawmakers will have limited time to pass another continuing resolution or an omnibus spending package for the remainder of FY17 to avert a government shutdown, which would start at midnight on April 28th. Democrats and Republicans in Congress still have several issues to resolve in order to pass a spending bill; including an issue over insurance subsidies for the Affordable Care Act, and President Trump’s proposed border wall. The Trump administration has begun preparing for the possibility of a government shutdown, though they remain confident that one is unlikely to occur.

As President Trump outlined in his FY18 budget blueprint earlier this year, he is looking to make substantial increases in defense spending and dramatic cuts to domestic spending. The Historic Preservation Fund is currently funded at FY16 levels. During our annual National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, Preservation Action called on lawmakers to approve the same level of funding as passed in the FY17 Interior Appropriations bill last summer, which included several important increases.

House HPF Appropriations

  • SHPOs: $47.925 million, $1 million above FY16 enacted levels
  • THPOs: $11.985 million, $2 million above FY16 enacted levels
  • Civil Rights Grants: $13 million, $5 million above FY16 enacted levels
  • Save America’s Treasures: $5 million, not included in FY16
  • HBCU Preservation Program: $5 million, not included in FY16
  • Underserved Communities: $500,000, same as FY16 enacted levels

Secretary Zinke Announced National Park Visitation Added $34.9 Billion to U.S Economy in 2016

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Yosemite National Park

This week, Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, announced that $34.9 billion was added to the US economy from National Park visitation in 2016. The units of the National Park Service (NPS) saw a record number, 331 million visitors in 2016, which contributed to the increased economic output. The $34.9 billion added to the economy in 2016 is a substantial increase from the $32 billion added to the economy in 2015. The annual 2016 National Park Visitor Spending Effects report, also found that visitor spending at National Parks supported 318,000 jobs, including 271,544 local jobs. This is an increase over the 295,399 total jobs supported in 2015.

This report once again highlights economic benefit of supporting out national parks. A 2016 report estimated that for every $1 invested in the NPS, effectively returns $10 to the U.S economy because of visitor spending. Secretary Zinke also used the announcement to highlight the need to address the maintenance backlog.

The announcement came during National Park Week, which runs though April 23rd, and includes free admission to National Park units across the country. This week, the NPS also announced Parks 101, a new initiative aimed at uncovering National Park stories you’ve never heard before. The new initiative is an extension of the Find Your Park program.

State Advocacy Alert: Tennessee Moving Closer to Establishing State Historic Tax Credit

Historic preservation advocates are working to establish a state historic tax credit (HTC) program in Tennessee. If successful, Tennessee would become the 35th state to establish a state HTC in addition to the federal program. The “Tennessee Historic Rehabilitation Investment Incentive Act.”, or SB 1040 and HB 1061, are currently making their way though the legislative process. The legislation would establish a 25% tax credit for qualified rehabilitation expenditures on eligible historic properties. All of Tennessee’s surrounding states already have state HTC programs.

Despite the legislation receiving favorable interest in support, advocates need your help to get these important bills across the finish line before the session ends. Our partners at the Tennessee Preservation Trust are asking you to contact your Senators and Representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly, to thank them for their support for historic preservation and community revitalization and ask for their support for SB 1040 and HB 1061. Check out the Tennessee Preservation Trust advocacy page to learn more!

Private Office Space Available in Historic Heurich House

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Heurich House Museum

Are you, or an organization you know, looking for a great office space, in an incredible historic building, alongside like-minded organizations in Washington D.C.? Then look no further. Preservation Action is completing their move out from the Heurich House Museum (also known as the Brewmaster’s Castle) this month. The private office is part of a suite on the 3rd floor of the historic Heurich House, accessible by elevator. The Heurich House is located at 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Washington DC, just 1 block from the Dupont Circle Metro. The 3rd floor space is shared with our friends at Scenic America and the United States National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS).

If interested, contact Bruce MacDougal at bruce@brucemacdougal.com for more information.

Stories From Around the States

Texas: “Texas Bill Would Limit Cities’ Historic Preservation Powers

Ohio: “Ohio Ranks No. 1 for Completed Federal Historic Projects

West Virginia: “Editorial: Historic Building Tax Credit Worth Revisiting

Pennsylvania: “Philadelphia Establishes Historic Preservation Task Force

Missouri: “Missouri’s Historic Preservation Conference at the Star Theater in Hannibal

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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 19, Number 44, December 16, 2016 →

Senate Clears NPS Centennial Act, Includes HPF Reauthorization- Now Moves to President’s Desk

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Historic Preservation Caucus Co-chair Michael Turner (R-OH) announcing the introduction of H.R 2817 in June of 2015, which called for a 10 year reauthorization of the HPF

Early Saturday morning, at around 2am, the U.S Senate passed the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Act, H.R 4680, which in addition to better preparing the NPS for the next 100 years of stewardship, also included reauthorization of the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) until 2023. The bill passed the House last week, so now moves to President Obama’s desk where he is expected to sign the legislation into law. This victory follows more than a year of advocacy to reauthorize the HPF, after the last authorization expired in September of 2015.

In addition to including HPF reauthorization, the NPS Centennial Act aims to attract private donations to match government spending on National Park projects. Supporters say this bill will help to tackle issues facing our National Parks, like the maintenance backlog and funding for infrastructure projects. The legislation also creates a full-time chairperson, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP).

A special thanks to everyone who helped get this important legislation across the finish line, especially to all of our members and supporters who reached out to members of congress expressing support for the HPF. Also thanks to our champions in congress, specifically House and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Historic Preservation Caucus co-chairs Michael Turner (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) for their efforts. In a letter sent to supporters and advocates in the preservation community, Rep. Blumenauer thanked us for all of our efforts.

“When I became Co-Chair of the Historic Preservation Caucus at the beginning of the 114th Congress, my top priority was reauthorizing the Historic Preservation Fund, and I’m pleased that we could get this done in a deeply divided Congress that has been more notable for what it has not accomplished. It is a testament to the hard work of all of you in the preservation community to build support for reauthorization, from Main Street to Capitol Hill, and I thank you for your efforts.”

Action Alert: Historic Tax Credit Threatened by Tax Reform

The Historic Tax Credit (HTC) could be repealed as part of tax reform legislation. President-elect Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have both targeted tax reform as a top priority of the new congress and administration, which could gain traction in the first 100 days. Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee met earlier this week to discuss tax reform with a goal to have draft legislation ready by January.  We expect tax reform legislation to be in line with the “A Better Way” tax reform blueprint proposed by House Republicans in June. The document proposed the elimination of tax credits and deductions, which would include the Historic Tax Credit. The Historic Tax Credit is in grave danger of elimination in tax reform. As lawmakers are drafting tax reform legislation over the holidays, members of congress (especially those on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee) need to hear from constituents in support of the Historic Tax Credit!

The Historic Tax Credit (HTC) is the most significant federal financial commitment to historic preservation. Over the last 36 years, the credit has created 2.3 million jobs, leveraged $117 billion in investment, and rehabilitated more than 41,250 buildings-all while generating enough in federal revenue to pay for itself.

Take Action!

1. Contact House members of congress ASAP– Call (during office hours) or email the offices of your members of congress and ask to speak to tax staff or staff contacts you have in offices. If they are on the House Ways and Means Committee tell them to state their support for the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) when reviewing draft tax reform legislation. If they are not on the Ways and Means Committee- ask them to covey their support of the HTC to Chairman Kevin Brady other committee members. House Member lookup. Senators lookup.

Resources:

Check out the HTC Fact Sheet from the Historic Tax Credit Coalition and the HTC 1-pager from Advocacy Week 2016 for materials and talking points. Also check out the new interactive mapping tool from Novogradac and Company to see HTC projects in your state or district.

2. In-district Meetings in December and January. Request a meeting with your members of congress in-district over the holiday recess and express your support of the HTC. If possible combine your meeting with a tour of a HTC project!

3. Attend Advocacy Week March 14-16th. One of the best ways to make your voice heard is in person, in Washington. Attend National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, March 14-16th. Our annual advocacy week, brings over 250 preservationists to Washington D.C for 3 days to lobby congress for historic preservation policy, including the Historic Tax Credit. Check back for details on registration in January. Email rnaylor@preservationaction.org if you are interested in serving as a state coordinator.

4. Make a donation to Preservation Action’s Year End Appeal. Preservation Action has been on the forefront lobbying for the Historic Tax Credit, since the program was established in 1976. Preservation Action was instrumental in establishing the HTC and time and time again we’ve fought back proposals to eliminate or heavily restrict the tax credit. Help us take on the current threats to the tax credit; donate today!

President-elect Trump Names Rep. Ryan Zinke As His Nominee for Interior Secretary

ryan_zinke_official_congressional_photo_cropPresident-elect Donald Trump announced his nominee for Secretary of the Department of the Interior would be Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT). President-elect Trump made the announcement Thursday, after many news outlets reported last week that his nominee for Interior Secretary would be Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). Rep. Zinke will replace the current Secretary of Interior, Sally Jewell, pending Senate confirmation. The Department of Interior is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources. The department oversees multiple agencies including the National Park Service, which is the steward of many of America’s most important natural and historic resources. The Historic Preservation Fund is funded through Department of Interior appropriations.

Rep. Ryan Zinke was elected to Congress in 2014 representing Montana’s at-large congressional district. In congress he served on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee. He is a former Navy Seal and previously served in the Montana Senate. Noteably Rep. Zinke broke rank with many House Republicans in opposing the the transfer of many federally owned lands to the states.

Public Comments Now Open on U.S World Heritage Tentative List

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Director Jarvis at US/ICOMOS Annual Gala

Public comment is now being accepted on the planned additions to the U.S World Heritage Tentative List and future nominations to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Currently the United States’ has 23 sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, most recently the San Antonio Missions in San Antonio Texas were added in 2015. The public is invited to submit comments on the current tentative list and make suggestions for new additions to the tentative list through December 27, 2016. National Park Service (NPS) Director Jonathan Jarvis announced the proposed additions to the U.S Tentative List at the U.S/ICOMOS Annual Gala and World Heritage Celebration held last Thursday. The annual gala honored Director Jarvis and his work.

 

 

The current U.S Tentative List includes the following sites:

Civil Rights Movement Sites, Alabama
Dayton Aviation Sites, Ohio
Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, Ohio
Jefferson (Thomas) Buildings, Virginia
Mount Vernon, Virginia
Serpent Mound, Ohio
Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (Nominated in 2015 additional information requested)
National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
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The proposed additions to the tentative list are:
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Ellis Island, New Jersey and New York
Chicago Early Skyscrapers, Illinois
Central Park, New York
Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Moravian Bethlehem District, Pennsylvania
Marianas Trench National Monument, Guam
Central California Current, California
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Pacific Remote Islands National Monument, U.S. Territorial Waters
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Learn More and Submit Your Comments Today! 

National News

New York Times: “Op Ed: Why We Need a National Monument to Reconstruction

Stories From Around the States

North Carolina: Using Preservation to Stop Gentrification Before It Starts

New Jersey: “Princeton Developer Accepts $4M Deal to Preserve Revolutionary War Battleground

New Hampshire: “Conservation and Historic Preservation Grants Given to 35 Projects, Statewide

 

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Volume 19, Number 40, October 28, 2016 →

Check Out the Results From Our 2016 Federal Candidate Historic Preservation Survey

With the Nov. 8th election right around the corner we are pleased to share the results from our “2016 Federal Candidate Historic Preservation Survey” with you and encourage you to share those results even further. We want everyone to see where U.S House and Senate candidates in their state and district stand on historic preservation.

The survey was sent in August to candidates running in every U.S House district and every U.S Senate race. Overall we received approximately 125 responses from 38 different states. We asked the candidates their position on a series of historic preservation policies they’ll be faced with in Congress, including:

1. Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) reauthorization

2. Regular increases for the HPF

3. Support of the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) during potential tax reform efforts.

4. Continued support of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)

We also asked candidates why historic preservation is important to them and their district/state. Check out the complete survey survey results to see those responses.

Take a look, find out where the candidates from your state or district stand on historic preservation and be sure to vote on Nov. 8th! Don’t see responses from your district/state? Reach out to your candidates and encourage them to complete the survey.

Complete Historic Preservation Survey Results 

PA 2016 Federal Candidate Historic Preservation Survey (PDF)

Important Sites of the Civil Rights Movement Move One Step Closer to National Park Designation

Historic sites in Birmingham and Anniston Alabama are moving one step closer to becoming units of the National Park Service (NPS). This week Secretary of Interior,Sally Jewell, and National Park Service Director, Jonathan Jarvis, joined Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and the mayors of Anniston and Birmingham for a tour of the proposed historic sites and a community meeting about the proposed designation. The sites being considered for inclusion as part of a National Historical Park are the A.G Gaston Motel, 16th St. Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham. Iconic sites of the Freedom Rides are also being considered for protection in nearby Anniston, including the former Anniston Greyhound Station and the site of the firebombed Freedom Ride bus in 1961.

Birmingham Mayor, William Bell, entered into an agreement this week with the NPS for the preservation of the A.G Gaston Motel and the transfer of a small portion of the motel to the NPS. This is an important step in allowing for the permanent protection of the motel. The A.G Gaston Motel was an important site in the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the movement stayed here in the spring of 1963 in room 30, which was dubbed the “war room”. In recent years the motel fell into disrepair, even earning a place on the Nation Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual list of the 11 most endangered places in 2015.

Encourage President Obama to use his powers under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate these iconic historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement as a National Monument. Sign the petition today!

Join Preservation Action During the National Preservation Conference as We Celebrate Houston

flyer-houston-webJoin Preservation Action for an exciting event in Houston, TX coinciding with the National Preservation Conference on November 17th from 7pm-9pm at the Treebeards Restaurant. Join us in a Celebration of Houston and the recent dramatic surge of downtown historic building rehabilitation. Take in the spectacular views of downtown from the balcony and enjoy a classic Southern Style Cajun buffet at Treebeards Restaurant, located in a historic, circa 1861 building on Market Square. Learn from Anna Mod, a historic presentation specialist at SWCA Environmental Consultants in Houston, about the full range of historic tax credit rehabilitation projects she is currently involved with, including The Texas Company (Texaco) and the Houston Fire Museum. Following her presentation, Minnette Boesel, whose real estate firm led in specialization in downtown residential properties, will provide the context for the redevelopment of the Market Square area and the role of Treebeards in that story.

The buffet dinner is free for Preservation Action members. Not a member? Admission will be $40, which includes an individual Preservation Action annual membership. The buffet is a fabulous Cajun style dinner including red beans and rice, jambalaya and dessert. Cash Bar.

Reservations are required. You can make reservations or purchase tickets online at https://pa-celebrates-houston.eventbrite.com. Admission will also be available at the door, space permitting. Email Rob Naylor at rnaylor@preservationaction.org with any questions.

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National News

UNCF: “Effort Underway to Preserve Historic Buildings on Historically Black Campuses

Stories From Around the States

Texas: Friday Letters: Restoring Old Buildings

West Virginia: “Congressman Promotes Historic Preservation Tax Credit

California: “50 Years in LA: Historical Preservation in LA

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Volume 20, Number 13, April 28, 2017 →

President Trump Signs Executive Order Requiring Review of National Monument Designations Since 1996

This week, President Trump signed an executive order calling for the Department of Interior to review the size and scope all National Monument designations, of over 100,000 acres or “made without adequate public outreach.”, from the last 21 years. This order impacts dozens of natural, cultural and historically significant sites across the country. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush, and Barack Obama all used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to permanently protect iconic places as National Monuments over the last 21 years. President Trump called the recent use of the Antiquities Act an “egregious use of government power.”

Both Republican and Democratic presidents going back to Theodore Roosevelt, have used the Antiquities Act to protect critically important natural and historic resources for future generations. The Antiquities Act has been used to protect sites like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty, to more recently protecting sites like the Stonewall Inn in New York and Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

The review ordered by President Trump could lead to big changes to the size of several national monuments or the rescinding of national monuments. Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke, said he would have recommendations on the Bear’s Ears National Monument in 45 days and a complete report in 120 days. Preservation Action is extremely concerned by this latest executive order. The Antiquities Act has been used to establish more than 150 National Monuments, protecting iconic landscapes and historic sites across the country, while benefiting local communities through increased economic returns. Preservation Action will continue to advocate for the importance of National Monuments and the protection of the Antiquities Act.

Secretary Zinke Announced $32.6 Million in Grants from the Historic Preservation Fund

This week, Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, announced $32.6 million in historic preservation grants for tribes and states. The grants were made available from annual appropriations for the Historic Preservation Fund. The grants were awarded based on the HPF appropriations included in the current continuing resolution, which kept funding equal to FY16 levels. Of the $32.6 million, $26.9 million was awarded to U.S states and territories, and $5.7 million to over 160 tribes, benefiting preservation projects across the country.

The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) is supported by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenue, not taxpayer dollars. This critical fund has helped to recognize, save, revitalize, and protect historic places across the country. Since 1976 the HPF has facilitated nearly 90,000 listings on the National Register, and $117 billion in private investment through the Historic Tax Credit.

“The Department of the Interior and the National Park Service are committed to preserving U.S. and tribal history and heritage. Through valuable partnerships we are able to assist communities and tribes in ensuring the diverse historic places, culture and traditions that make our country unique are protected for future generations.” Secretary Zinke said on the HPF grants.

Check out the complete list of state and tribal grants.

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month This May

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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. The House will be on an in-district period May 7-13 and the House and Senate will on an in-district period May 28-June 3. 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 and Historic Preservation Fund.

Our partners at Heritage Ohio, just toured several historic sites in Southwest Ohio with staff from Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), and Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) offices. Tours like these highlight the benefits of the Historic Tax Credit program. Share stories and photos from your site visits with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Private Office Space Available in Historic Heurich House

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Heurich House Museum

Are you, or an organization you know, looking for a great office space, in an incredible historic building, alongside like-minded organizations in Washington D.C.? Then look no further. Preservation Action is completing their move out from the Heurich House Museum (also known as the Brewmaster’s Castle) this month. The private office is part of a suite on the 3rd floor of the historic Heurich House, accessible by elevator. The Heurich House is located at 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Washington DC, just 1 block from the Dupont Circle Metro. The 3rd floor space is shared with our friends at Scenic America and the United States National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS).

If interested, contact Bruce MacDougal at bruce@brucemacdougal.com for more information.

National News

National Trust for Historic Preservation: “Antiquities Act: Five Things You Should Know

Stories From Around the States

Minnesota: “Gov. Dayton Wants to Strip Minnesota Historical Society of it’s Preservation Role

Indiana: “Landmarks Leader Worried About Loss of Tax Credits for Restoring Buildings

Oklahoma: “Preservation Efforts Ensure Cherokee Heritage Remains Intact

South Dakota: “May is Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month

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Lawmakers Continue Work on Omnibus Spending Bill as Shutdown Looms

Lawmakers continue to work on an Omnibus spending bill which will set appropriations for FY 2016. The government is currently operating under a continuing resolution which maintained FY 2015 spending levels until Dec. 11th. There is potential of a government shutdown if a deal can not be reached by midnight on Dec. 11th, both Republican and Democrat lawmakers believe a government shutdown will be avoided.

Currently the Historic Preservation Fund is funded at $56.4 million, of that $46.9 million is for State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), $8.9 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO), and $500,000 in grants for underrepresented communities. The FY16 House Interior Appropriations bill called for a $9 million increase to the HPF. The House bill included level funding for SHPOs and THPOs, included $6.5 million to preserve sites and stories associated with the Civil Rights Movement, and $2.5 million to civil rights sites at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Despite potential increases for the HPF, the program remains unauthorized. On September 30th authorization for the HPF was allowed to expire. The expiration of the HPF creates uncertainty for the future of one of our nation’s most important  historic preservation programs. Tell congress to reauthorize the HPF today! Preservation Action will continue to lobby for immediate reauthorization of the HPF and will bring you the latest on the appropriations process as it develops in the coming weeks.

Conference Committee Draft of Transportation Reauthorization Includes Harmful 4(f) Provisions

The conference committee tasked with working out the differences in the Senate and House passed versions of Transportation Reauthorization, released their conference report, titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, this week. The report once again contains provisions under Section 1301 that severely undermines one our strongest historic preservation laws, section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act. Section 1301 of the FAST Act would eliminate the requirement under section 4(f) that transportation projects “use all possible planning to minimize harm” to historic resources when alternatives are deemed not feasible or prudent. Similar provisions were included in the previous House and Senate versions of the bill.

With lawmakers facing a deadline of midnight, tonight before funding runs out, the FAST Act quickly passed the House and Senate without amendment (which would have further delayed the process). The bill now moves to the President’s desk where he is expected to sign the legislation into law.

Section 4(f) has stood the test of time, protecting our historic resources from ill-advised and poorly planned transportation projects for the past 45 years. Protecting places like the French Quarter in New Orleans and Fort McHenry in Baltimore that could have been lost if it wasn’t for Section 4(f). Preservation Action is disappointed in the inclusion of section 1301 in the final bill and will continue to advocate for the protection of our country’s most important historic preservation laws.

Preservationists……..to the Hill!

national-historic-preservation-advocacy-week-sealPreservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) are excited to announce the 2016 National Preservation Advocacy Week will be Tuesday, March 8th through Thursday, March 10th at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill. Our annual advocacy week brings 250 preservationists to Washington D.C to promote sound preservation policy and programs.

Make your hotel reservation today! It’s never too early to start making travel plans. Call 1-877-499-5277 and use event code “NHPAW” to lock in the special $229/night rate.

Check out the Preliminary program below along with the official Save the Date. Full event registration will be available in early January, be sure to check out www.preservationaction.org/advocacy-week for the most up to date information.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Preservation Action Annual Meeting
SHPO and FPO Forum Invitation
Advocacy Lunch with Keynote Speaker (TBD) Ticketed
Policy & Issues Updates and Trainings
NCSHPO Reception & Banquet Ticketed

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Hill Visits
Hill Reception Ticketed

Thursday, March 10, 2016
NCSHPO Annual Meeting
Sendai Disaster Risk Framework Session Invitation (for State & Local Historic Preservation Officers)

Support Preservation Action Foundation While Completing Your Holiday Shopping

We hope everyone out there had a great Thanksgiving and we wish you all a great holiday season. As many of you will be finishing (or just beginning) your holiday shopping we wanted to remind you that you can support the Preservation Action Foundation with the purchases you already make on Amazon. Simply add Preservation Action Foundation as your charitable organization on Amazon Smile today and .5% of any purchase you make will be donated to the Preservation Action Foundation. It is a quick and easy way to support all of the hard work we do.

Support Preservation Action Foundation by Shopping at Amazon Smile Today!

ACHP Announces 2016 Training Schedule

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation announced their 2016 training schedule. Training sessions in Section 106 review essentials and advanced seminars will be available nationwide. Visit ACHP’s website for complete registration details and pricing.

National News

Al Jezeera America: “Climate Change Threatens to Wash Away Cultural History

Strong Towns: “Why Historic Preservationists Make Saving Historic Urban Landscapes Difficult

Stories From Around the States

Kentucky: “Project Seeks LGBT Histories and Historic Places

Mississippi: “Hopeful Signs for Restoring State’s Historic Tax Credits

New York: “Historic Ocean Liner Won’t be Turned to Scrap Just Yet

 

 

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President Obama’s Use of the Antiquities Act Prompts Praise and Criticism

Last Friday President Obama announced the designation of 3 new National Monuments, the Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada, the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in California, and the Waco Mammoth National Monument in Texas. After Friday’s designation President Obama has created or expanded 19 national monuments, and protected more land and water through the Antiquities Act than any other President.

Friday’s designation prompted praise from Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who has been pushing for the Basin and Range designation for years and even former First Lady Laura Bush who praised President Obama’s designation of the Waco Mammoth National Monument. President Obama’s actions also sparked criticism from Republicans who called the actions an overreach of executive power. House Natural Resource Committee Chair, Rob Bishop (R-UT), vowed his committee would “try and rectify” what he calls the broad powers given to the President under the Antiquities Act. When asked about President Obama’s most recent designations, Chairman Bishop said:

“There is nothing that Obama did today that had anything to do with an antiquity,” Bishop said. “There are criteria for using the act. There is nothing Obama announced that had anything to do with the criteria.”

When asked about the Native American artifacts at the Basin and Range National Monument site in Nevada, including cave paintings, he said, “Ah, bull crap. That’s not an antiquity.”

Earlier in the year Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced H.R 900 titled the “National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015”. This legislation  would severely restrict the president’s power to designate National Monuments provided under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced companion legislation, S.228, in the Senate. Both the Senate and House versions have been referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the House Natural Resources Committee respectably.

Continue to follow our Legislative Updates and if you haven’t already follow Preservation Action on Facebook and Twitter as this issue continues to develop. Preservation Action will continue to fight against any attempts to weaken the Antiquities Act.

Philadelphia Could Become First U.S City Recognized as a World Heritage City

Philadelphia could become the first city in the United States recognized as a World Heritage City. The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) is composed of 250 member cities, all of which contain sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The cities are represented by their respective Mayors in the General Assembly. The XIII World Congress of the OWHC will meet Nov. 6th in Arequipa Peru, where it could decide on Philadelphia’s application.

Independence Hall in Philadelphia, was inscribed to the World Heritage List in 1979, making the city of Philadelphia eligible for recognition as a World Heritage City. Philadelphia has already been given “observer” status by the OWHC; the only U.S city with such status. Supporters say Philadelphia’s designation as World Heritage City would be a boon for the economy, increasing travel and business in the city.

Registration Now Open for the National Preservation Conference

Registration is now open the annual the National Preservation Conference. The conference will be held Nov. 3-6 in Washington, D.C and will feature events across the city and region. The conference is put on by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and brings preservationists from across the country together. Last year more than 1,600 people, from all 50 states, attended the conference in Savannah, GA.

This year’s conference will begin a year long celebration of the National Historic Preservation Act’s 50th anniversary with programming that will highlight and celebrate the landmark legislation, while looking to ensure the NHPA’s success for another 50 years and beyond.

Early-bird registration ends on July 31. Register today!

Wisconsin Biennial Budget Does Not Cap State Historic Tax Credit Program

The Wisconsin state Senate and state Assembly approved a $73 billion biennial  state budget that does not cap the state’s historic tax credit (HTC) program. The budget was signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker this week, just before announcing his candidacy for president. Gov. Walker had previously proposed a $10 million credit cap on the state’s HTC program. Wisconsin’s HTC has been incredibly popular, just in the last 18 months $42 million in tax credits were issued, sparking Gov. Walkers $10 million cap proposal. The popularity of the program even led to a temporary moratorium on the program last year.

A coalition of developers and historic preservation organizations successfully lobbied lawmakers that the economic activity caused by the tax credit, far outweighs the cost of program. The proposed cap on the state’s HTC program would have had a devastating impact on historic preservation in Wisconsin.  Historic preservationists praise Wisconsin lawmakers decision to eliminate the cap from the state budget.

Preservation Action Will be Right Back After a Short Break

Preservation Action offices will be closed for the remainder of July. We will return the week of August 3rd. We’ll be sure to catch you up on the latest preservation news when we return!

In the mean time, Congress will be on recess beginning late July, be sure to get your request in now for an in-district meeting or site visit. Let your members of Congress know the importance of reauthorizing the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). Take them on site visit to a Historic Tax Credit (HTC) project in their district, so they can see the positive impact of the HTC first-hand. Be sure to tie in the important role SHPOs and THPOs (funded by the HPF) play in administering the HTC.

Check out our In-district Lobbying Guide for more information and helpful tips. As always, let us know how your meetings went. We will take that information back with us when we go to the Hill! Email us at mail@preservationaction.org!

Stories From Around the States

Kentucky: “Whisky Row Fire Reinforces National Trust Commitment

Florida: “Boynton Beach Launches Mobile App for Historic Sites

Maryland: “Annapolis. Weather it Together: Planning for the Protection of Our Historic Seaport

New York: “New York City’s Last Fire Watchtower Will be Restored

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President Obama to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of the NPS With Visits to 2 National Parks Next Week

The White House announced this week that President Obama and the first family will visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Yosemite National Park next week in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The White House released a video announcing the President’s intentions to travel to 2 National Parks. The video also celebrated President Obama’s legacy of protecting America’s natural, cultural, and historically significant sites. President Obama has repeatedly called on Congress for greater action to protect and fund our public lands. Including calling for the full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund earlier this year.

This week also marks the 110th anniversary of the signing of the Antiquities Act of 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. The Antiquities Act gives the President power to unilaterally protect public lands and has been used by Democrat and Republican presidents alike to permanently protect natural, cultural, and historically significant land. President Obama has protected more land and water through the Antiquities Act than any other president. Overall President Obama has named 23 National Monuments, most recently the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington, DC. Several other sites are also currently being considered for permanent protection, including lands around the Grand Canyon, the North Woods area of Maine, and the Stonewall Inn in New York City.

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Celebrate LGBTQ Heritage in June

June is LGBT Pride Month. June also marks the 47th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The Stonewall Riots were a series of protests and riots that occurred following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City in 1969. The riots are largely considered to be the start of the modern gay rights movement. Since then, June has been recognized as gay pride month, with parades and celebrations taking place across the country. June is also an important time to recognize LGBTQ heritage, much of which is largely underrepresented. In 2014, Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, announced a new theme study to identify places and events associated with LGBTQ Americans for inclusion as units of the National Park Service (NPS).

The LGBTQ Heritage Initiative is off to a strong start. The house of prominent gay rights activist, Henry Gerber, was permanently recognized as a National Historic Landmark and the Stonewall Inn in New York is well on its way to becoming a National Historic Monument. According to sources in the Obama Administration, President Obama is poised to name the Stonewall Inn a National Monument during Pride Month in June. Despite the strong start, LGBTQ heritage sites are still vastly underrepresented, but you can help. Learn more about how you can get involved in the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative!

Upcoming Event

Join LGBTQ activists and preservationists on June 23rd from 6-8pm in Washington D.C for the Heurich House Museum’s 3rd annual Pride in Preservation: Cocktails in the Castle event. This Pride Month event will take place in the Heurich House Museum, the same building as Preservation Action’s office, and celebrate the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative. The event will include a panel discussion from the National Park Service on recent developments from the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative and a tour of the historic Dupont Circle home. Learn more and get your tickets today!

Vote For Your Favorite National Park Service Historic Site

There is still time to vote for your favorite National Park Service (NPS) historic site! The National Park Service (NPS) announced a campaign through the Partners in Preservation program with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Express, and National Geographic. Through the program, 20 historic sites located in NPS units across the country are competing for $2 million in grants from American Express. Sites will be selected based on popular vote. You can vote for up to 5 sites daily until voting ends on July 5th.

The historic sites competing for grants are:

The Superintendent’s Office at Denali National Park
Key’s Ranch at Joshua Tree National Park
Pullman Administration Building at Pullman National Monument
Desert View Tower at Grand Canyon National Park
San Felipe Del Morro Garitas at San Juan National Historic Site
Columbus Fountain at National Mall and Memorial Parks
Longmire Historic House at Mt. Rainer National Park
Parsons Memorial Lodge at Yosemite National Park
Zion- Mt. Carmel Tunnel and Highway at Zion National Park
Borglum View Terrave at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
President’s Office at San Antonio National Missions Historical Park
Battleship Row Mooring Quay at WW2 Valor Pacific National Monument
Clingman’s Observation Tower at Great Smokey Mountain National Park
Fort Jay Thorpee D’Arms at Governors Island National Monument
Historic Ebeneezer Church at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
Brink of Upper Falls Overlook at Yellowstone National Park
Alcatraz Guardhouse at Golden Gate National Recreational Area
Flamingo Visitor Center at Everglades National Park
North and South Overlooks at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Parker’s Revenge Battlefield at Minute Men National Historical Park

 

Vote for your favorite historic sites today and daily until July 5th! Your vote can help provide critically needed funds for some of our most important National Parks and National Historic Sites. Vote and learn more at www.voteyourpark.org!

National News

National Park Service: “Memorials for the Future Four Finalists Announced

NAPC: “The Alliance Review: Hip. Happening. Historic. Preservation at 50

Stories From Around the States

Mississippi: “Historic Tax Credits Could Boost Gulfport Projects

Minnesota: “Prince, Paisley Park and Historic Preservationby Greg Werkheiser

 

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Presumptive Presidential Nominees Campaign’s Speak on Protecting America’s Public Lands

Earlier this week representatives from Donald Trump’s campaign and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, spoke at a conference hosted by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. The conference focused on issues important to sportsmen, including supporting America’s public lands. Both campaign’s surrogates portrayed their party’s presumptive presidential nominee as a friend to sportsmen and supporter of public lands.

Donald Trump Jr. spoke on behalf of his father’s campaign and Congressman Mike Thompson spoke on behalf of Secretary Clinton’s campaign. Both surrogates highlighted support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF supports more than the preservation of natural areas and wildlife habitat; the fund also supports the preservation of culturally and historically significant sites and battlefield preservation. Donald Trump Jr. said LWCF is important and funding should be maintained, and potentially increased. Congressman Thompson said Secretary Clinton plans to double the funding for the LWCF and create an American Parks Trust Fund which would expand the scope of LWCF. This would allow the funds to be used not just for land acquisition, parks, and recreation, but also for infrastructure maintenance, wildlife habitat protection, and more.

Both campaigns also believed public lands should remain in federal hands and not be transferred to state control, which is perhaps where Donald Trump differs with many House Republicans. However Donald Trump Jr. did say that states should have more say over the management of public lands. Congressman Thompson also said local input should be incorporated with public land management. Thompson also noted that our public lands are critical for clean air, clean water and the economy.

In this important election year, Preservation Action will continue to follow where the presidential campaigns stand on issues important to historic preservation. To learn more about the candidates stance on issues important to historic preservation, check out the article from Greg Werkheiser with Cultural Heritage Partners.

Vote For Your Favorite National Park Service Historic Site Today!

There is still time to vote for your favorite National Park Service (NPS) historic site! The National Park Service (NPS) announced a campaign through the Partners in Preservation program with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Express, and National Geographic. Through the program, 20 historic sites located in NPS units across the country are competing for $2 million in grants from American Express. Sites will be selected based on popular vote. You can vote for up to 5 sites daily. Voting ends on July 5th.

The historic sites competing for grants are:

  • -The Superintendent’s Office at Denali National Park
  • -Key’s Ranch at Joshua Tree National Park
  • -Pullman Administration Building at Pullman National Monument
  • -Desert View Tower at Grand Canyon National Park
  • -San Felipe Del Morro Garitas at San Juan National Historic Site
  • -Columbus Fountain at National Mall and Memorial Parks
  • -Longmire Historic House at Mt. Rainer National Park
  • -Parsons Memorial Lodge at Yosemite National Park
  • -Zion- Mt. Carmel Tunnel and Highway at Zion National Park
  • -Borglum View Terrave at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
  • -President’s Office at San Antonio National Missions Historical Park
  • -Battleship Row Mooring Quay at WW2 Valor Pacific National Monument
  • -Clingman’s Observation Tower at Great Smokey Mountain National Park
  • -Fort Jay Thorpee D’Arms at Governors Island National Monument
  • -Historic Ebeneezer Church at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
  • -Brink of Upper Falls Overlook at Yellowstone National Park
  • -Alcatraz Guardhouse at Golden Gate National Recreational Area
  • -Flamingo Visitor Center at Everglades National Park
  • -North and South Overlooks at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
  • -Parker’s Revenge Battlefield at Minute Men National Historical Park

 

Vote for your favorite historic sites today and daily until July 5th! Your vote can help provide critically needed funds for some of our most important National Parks and National Historic Sites. Vote and learn more at www.voteyourpark.org!

New Jersey Legislature and Gov. Reach Agreement on Preservation Funding

New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie is expected to sign legislation that appropriates funding for open-space preservation, that resulted from a ballot measure approved by New Jersey voters in 2014. This comes after a long and contentious battle between the state legislature and Gov. Christie on how the open space funds should be spent.

The ballot measure, approved by voters in 2014, directed that a portion of the revenue received by the Corporate Business Tax be used for preservation. The $80 million bill, approved by the legislature this week, determines how that revenue should be spent annually and provides significant funding for historic preservation, as well as preservation of farmland and open space.

The state legislature and Gov. Christie reached a compromise after the Governor issued a conditional veto of the original open-space funding bill and the legislature threatened to override that veto with a 2/3 majority vote in favor the bill. Failure to reach a compromise could have resulted in important funding allocated for historic preservation, being diverted elsewhere. We encourage quick action by Gov. Christie to sign this important legislation.

Check out Preservation New Jersey to lean more about this issue and fund out how you can help.

National News

American Planning Association: “Historic Preservation District Authority Under Threat in State Legislatures

National Park Service: “National Park Foundation Announces Study Determining Value Of America’s National Parks To Be $92 Billion

Time: “Stonewall Is the First National LGBT Rights Monument. It Won’t Be the Last

Stories From the States

American Somoa: “Sea Level Rise, Subsidence, and Storms in American Samoa

Ohio: “Awards to Assist 26 Historic Rehabilitation Projects (PDF)

Arkansas: “Southwest Arkansas Counties Cities get Historic Preservation Grants

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Volume 18, Number 26, July 3, 2015 →

Action Alert: Organize a Meeting or Site Visit With a Member of Congress During the August Congressional Recess

Now is a great time to start planning a meeting or a site visit with your members of congress during the upcoming August recess. This is a critical time to reach out to your members of congress- the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) needs to be reauthorized by September and legislators are finalizing FY2016 Appropriations bills which include important increases for the HPF. In addition, Senate Tax Reform Working Groups are getting ready to make their recommendations on various tax credit programs including the Historic Tax Credit- these recommendations will become the basis for future tax reform legislation.

The upcoming congressional recesses are scheduled from late July to September 7th. Beyond meeting with your members of congress and/or their staff, site visits are a great way to show these programs in action. Take them to see a Historic Tax Credit (HTC) project in their district; show them all of the economic, community and preservation benefits that result from these projects. Be sure to tie in the important role SHPOs and THPOs (funded by the HPF) play in administering the HTC.

Members of Congress and their staff are already developing their August schedules, be sure to submit your meeting/site visit request as soon as possible. Check out our In-district Lobbying Guide for more information and helpful tips. You can also email us at mail@preservationaction.org if you have any questions, need assistance or need any materials. As always, let us know how your meetings went so we can take that information back with us when we go to the Hill!

In-District Lobbying Guide 

The 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee is Underway

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Mission Concepción, ca. 1731, one of five Franciscan Missions of the National Historical Park and World Heritage List nomination. Photo by Meagan Baco.

The 39th session of the World Heritage Committee is now underway in Bonn Germany. The World Heritage Committee meets once a year, and is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and defines the use of the World Heritage Fund. The World Heritage Committee also has the final say on whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List. So far 1,007 sites have been listed on the World Heritage List, including 22 in the United States. This year, 37 sites from around the world, including the San Antonio Missions, are up for consideration. The San Antonio Missions encompasses five mission complexes in San Antonio, Texas, including the Alamo. A decision on inscription of the missions could be made as early as Sunday.

Preservation Action board chair, Shanon Miller and board member, Andrew Potts are currently in Bonn, Germany for the World Heritage Committee session.

Watch World Heritage Committee Session Live! 

Registration Now Open for Section 106 Webinar Series

Registration is now open for the first half of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s (ACHP) fall Section 106 Webinar Series. The webinar series will include a new webinar titled “Cultural Landscapes: Identification and Effects Assessment.”The courses are an hour long and limited to 25 students. If you are looking for a detailed introduction into Section 106 process, “Section 106 Essentials” in-classroom courses will be offered in Washington, D.C and Seattle, WA. Check out the link below for more information on the courses offered and how to register.

Section 106 Fall Webinar Series 

New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission Moves Away from De-calendaring Buildings

The New York City Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) has decided against de-calendaring several historic buildings across New York City. The LPC calendars historically significant buildings until a public hearing can be held to determine if the building is worthy of protection. Until the public hearing each calendared building is awarded a certain level of protection. In November, the LPC, to address a backlog of calendared buildings, announced they would de-calendering 95 buildings without any public hearing. Preservationists, led by organizations like the New York Landmarks Conservancy, successfully fought back encouraging the LPC to reconsider their plan to de-calendar 95 historically significant buildings.

The LPC will begin holding public hearings this fall to determine the future of several calendared buildings across New York City and address the growing backlog. Preservation Action praises the announcement by the LPC. The New York Landmarks Conservancy worked with partners to develop a plan to streamline the public hearing process, while still insuring the each calendared building still received a public hearing. Check out some of the formerly at risk buildings the NY Landmarks Conservancy feels is worthy of Landmark status.

Sample Buildings Threatened by De-calendaring 

National Headlines

Novogradac: “Nominations are Now Being Accepted for Novogradac’s 2016 Historic Rehabilitation Awards

CNN: “The Greatest Buildings You’ll Never See: 20 Priceless Monuments Lost in Conflict

Curbed: “The U.S. LGBTQ Sites That We Should Preserve

Stories From Around the States

Ohio: “Tax Credits Awarded to 19 Historic Preservation Projects

New York: “21 Broadway Buildings Denied Protection, Prompting Debate on Growth and Preservation

 

 

 

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January 27, 2017 Advocacy Week, All News, Legislative Updates No Comments Tags: Alabama, Antiquities Act, Cultural Resources, Florida, Historic Tax Credits, Military Land Act, National Historic Preservation Act

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Rep. Issa Reintroduces Military LAND Act in 115th Congress

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) once again introduced the Military LAND Act , as H.R 473, at the beginning of the 115th congress. The bill has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Issa introduced this legislation in the 113th and 114th Congress and was successful in including the legislation in the National Defense and Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the House last May. However, thanks to advocacy of our members, partner organizations, and partners in the House and Senate, the final version of the NDAA, passed by Congress and signed by the president in December, did not include the Military LAND Act.

The Military LAND Act, reintroduced by Rep. Issa, would amend the National Historic Preservation Act to allow the head of an agency managing Federal property to object to the inclusion of a certain property on the National Register or its designation as a National Historic Landmark for reasons of national security. The Federal property would then neither be included nor designated until the objection is withdrawn.

Preservation Action believes this bill is harmful, unnecessary and undermines historic preservation and the National Historic Preservation Act. During previous consideration by the House Natural Resources Committee of the Military LAND Act, the Department of Defense and National Park Service testified against the bill. The Obama Administration also issued a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) which specifically objected to the inclusion of language from the Military LAND Act in the NDAA last year.

The renewed efforts of Rep. Issa to pass the Military LAND Act are concerning; the new Trump Administration’s position on the issue is still unknown. Preservation will continue to follow this issue and bring you the latest. Be sure to follow our Advocacy Alerts page, and Preservation Action on Facebook and Twitter to find out you can help as this issue develops.

Senators Introduce Legislation to Restrict National Monument Designations

A group of 27 Senators, led by Senate Energy and National Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced S. 33, the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, which would restrict the ability of the president to designate National Monuments. The legislation would require congressional approval and approval by state legislatures on any national monument designations. Currently the president has the power, under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to permanently protect sites of intrinsic natural, cultural, and historic value. The legislation has 26 cosponsors and has been referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

The Improved National Monument Designation Process Act would undermine the Antiquities Act of 1906, which has been used by both Republican and Democratic administrations since Theodore Roosevelt to protect naturally, culturally, and historically significant public lands. President Obama used the Antiquities Act to establish or expand 35 national monuments. Most recently President Obama established the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and Freedom Rider’s National Monument, permanently protecting historically significant sites in Alabama that help to tell the story of the civil rights movement.

Preservation Action will continue to oppose any efforts to restrict the Antiquities Act. 

Efforts to Renew the Alabama’s Historic Tax Credit Get Underway

Advocates of Alabama’s Historic Tax Credit (HTC) program are gearing up for the start of the new legislative session on Feb. 7th and renewed efforts to reinstate the state’s HTC program. The HTC program expired at the end of last legislative session, despite broad support, the legislature failed to renew the program. State Sen. Jabo Waggoner said he plans to sponsor legislation to renew the historic tax credit at the beginning of the session and is confident the legislation will pass. Waggoner sponsored a bill to renew the tax credit program in last session, but it failed to gain traction.

According to a study released last year, Alabama’s HTC program helped to rehabilitate 52 projects across the state and was responsible for $384 million in private investment, since the inception of the program in 2013. Preservation Action will continue to follow the historic tax credit efforts in Alabama and across the country, as many states are working to expand or prevent cuts to their historic tax credit programs.

Follow Advance Alabama for the latest HTC advocacy efforts in Alabama.

Preservation Advocacy Week Registration Now Open!

national-historic-preservation-advocacy-week-sealRegistration for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week 2017 is officially open! Be sure to register before February 13th to secure the best rates

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Join us for Advocacy Week 2017 at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill from March 14-16. Registration includes in-depth training and policy briefings 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. Advocacy Week is our annual opportunity to have a mass impact on policy makers in support of preservation-positive legislation. With the Historic Tax Credit severely threatened by tax reform efforts, we need your voice! Register today!

Also be sure to reserve your room at the Liaison Hotel today and lock in a special group rate of $279/night by calling 1-888-513-7445 or reserving online and using group ID “NC0313”.

Preservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Offices (NCSHPO) organize our industry’s Advocacy Week each year, bringing over 250 preservationists to Washington, DC to promote sound federal preservation policy and programs.

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Volume 19, Number 23, June 17, 2016 →

Senate Interior Appropriations Bill Released, Bill Passes Senate Appropriations Committee

This week the Senate Appropriations Committee released their FY17 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (S. 3068). The bill passed the full Appropriations committee 16-14 largely along party-lines. The interior appropriations bill includes funding for the National Park Service and historic preservation programs. The committee recommended the following funding levels for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF):

  • SHPOs: $47.925 million, $1 million above FY16 enacted levels
  • THPOs: $9.985 million, same as FY16 enacted levels
  • Civil Rights Grants: $10 million, $2 million above FY16 enacted levels
  • Underrepresented Communities: $500,000, same as FY16 enacted levels

 

The Senate Interior Appropriations were significantly below House Interior Appropriations. The Senate bill did not include funding for the Save America’s Treasures program and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities(HBCU) preservation program, both of which were included in the House appropriations bill. The Senate bill also did not include the $2 million increase for THPOs included in the House bill. However, the Senate bill included an important $1 million increase for SHPOs which was not in the House. Preservation Action is pleased by the $1 million increase for SHPOs, while significantly less than what’s needed, is still a very welcome and necessary increase. We are displeased by the failure to include funding for important programs like the Save America’s Treasures program and HBCU preservation program.

Senate Democrats objected to interior appropriations bill, vowing to block the bill from reaching the Senate floor. Senate Democrats objected to the inclusion of policy riders to the bill and further cuts to the EPA. Preservation Action will continue to follow the Senate appropriations process and work with lawmakers to ensure important and necessary increases for the HPF are included in final legislation.

House Appropriations Committee Approves Interior Spending Bill- Moves to House Floor

This week the House Appropriations Committee marked up the FY17 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The bill was approved by the House Appropriations Committee by a vote of 31-18, with Democrats largely opposing the bill over policy riders attached the bill and further cuts to the EPA. The bill now moves to be considered on the House floor. The bill recommends the following funding levels for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF):

  • SHPOs:$46.925 million, same as FY16 enacted levels
  • THPOs: $11.985 million, $2 million above FY16 enacted levels
  • Civil Rights Grants: $11 million, $3 million above FY16 enacted levels
  • Save America’s Treasures: $5 million, not included in FY16
  • HBCU Preservation Program: $3 million, not included in FY16
  • Underrepresented Communities Grants: $500,000, same as FY16 levels.

 

During the House Interior markup, the Committee approved an amendment that restricts the President from declaring a National Monument in specific counties in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, California, Oregon, and Maine. The amendment was approved by the Committee by a 27-22 vote.The amendment was introduced by Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) and aimed at blocking national monument designations, specifically blocking a potential National Monument at Bears Ears in Utah. This is another attempt by congressional Republicans to eliminate or restrict President Obama’s power to name National Monuments, provided under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) spoke out against this amendment, calling it a poison-pill rider. Rep. McCollum also pointed out that the Antiquities Act has been used by both Republican and Democrat presidents to protect some of America’s most important naturally, culturally and historically significant places.

Preservation Action strongly opposes and will work to defeat the amendment introduced by Rep. Stewart and any attempt that undermines the Antiquities Act of 1906. We will also continue to work with lawmakers to ensure the important increases recommended by the Committee for the HPF are included in the final bill.

New Jersey Governor Vetos Preserve NJ Act- Effort to Override Veto

New Jersey Governor, Chris Christe, recently issued a conditional veto of the bipartisan Preserve NJ Act. The bill appropriated funding provided through Open Space ballot measure approved by New Jersey voters in 2014. The bill provides significant funding for historic preservation as well as preservation of farmland and open space. The ballot measure directed that a portion of the revenue received by the Corporate Business Tax be used for preservation. The Preserve NJ Act appropriated that funding provided for preservation. With Gov. Christee’s veto important funding allocated for historic preservation could be diverted elsewhere.

The New Jersey State Legislature can override the Governor’s veto with a two-thirds majority. Our partners at Preservation New Jersey are helping to lead that effort. Preservation New Jeresy is urging New Jersey residents to contact their state legislators today and urge them support historic preservation efforts and override Governor Christe’s veto.

Upcoming Event

Join LGBTQ activists and preservationists on June 23rd from 6-8pm in Washington D.C for the Heurich House Museum’s 3rd annual Pride in Preservation: Cocktails in the Castle event. This Pride Month event will take place in the Heurich House Museum, the same building as Preservation Action’s office, and celebrate the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative. The event will include a panel discussion from the National Park Service on recent developments from the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative and a tour of the historic Dupont Circle home. Learn more and get your tickets today!

National News

Scientific American: “3-D Digital Modeling Can Preserve Endangered Historic Sites Forever

DOI: “Interior Department Supported $106 Billion in Recreation, Conservation, Water and Renewable Energy Investments, Supporting More than 860,000 Jobs in FY 2015

Stories From Around the States

Oregon: “Portland’s Modernist Veterans Memorial Coliseum Named City’s First National Treasure

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National Trust Releases Updated Historic Tax Credit Data Prepared by State

Our partners at the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) recently released updated federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) economic data, maps, and project lists, prepared by state. The updated data shows federal HTC projects that received Part 3 certifications from the National Park Service between the years of 2002-2015. The data clearly shows that in vast majority of states, the tax revenue generated by the HTC, was far greater than the tax credits allocated.

The economic data, maps, and project lists make for a great resource as you continue to schedule meetings and site visits with your members of Congress during the summer recess. This is especially important after the Tax Reform Blueprint released by House Republicans earlier this summer, calls for the elimination of numerous tax credits and deductions. Congress will be on summer recess until September 5th, if you haven’t already schedule a meeting or site visit with your members of Congress today!

Check out the economic data, maps and project lists from your state. Also, be sure to check out Preservation Action’s latest Action Alert for more tools and helpful tips as you schedule your in-district meetings.

Philadelphia Implementing Disaster Plan for Historic Buildings

Philadelphia is the first major U.S city working to implement a disaster plan to protect their historic buildings. The plan is part of larger effort to preemptively prepare for the effects of climate change. Utilizing a $1.5 million grant for stabilization and repair of historic structures, provided through the National Park Service after Super-storm Sandy, the Pennsylvania SHPO and Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management worked to develop the Disaster Planning for Historic Properties Initiative. The goal of the initiative was to identify the threats to historic structures in natural disasters and find solutions to those threats.

According to an initial assessment from PlanPhilly, the study identified 505 historic properties, mostly in the city center of Philadelphia, located in flood zones that could be at risk from a category 1 hurricane. Interestingly, some of the more iconic colonial buildings, like Independence Hall, are not in immediate danger from floods, because when the city was laid out the more important buildings were located on higher ground. Of course some of those buildings still face threats from other natural disasters.

After an additional $200,000 in funding from the state, Philadelphia has begun a series of studies aimed at mitigating the risk posed to historic structures by a variety of natural disasters. This initiative in Philadelphia is huge step forward, hopefully inspiring other cities to include historic structures when creating disaster plans.

National News

ACHP: “President Announces Intent to Appoint New ACHP Expert Member

NPS: “The National Park Service Illuminates 100 Years From Brooklyn Bridge Park

Stories From Around the States

Ohio: “In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the NHPA, Nearly 100 Building Hosts Will Open Their Doors for Tours, Talks, and History

Kentucky: “Report Indicates Kentucky’s Historic Tax Credits Will More Than Pay for Themselves

 

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November 20, 2015 All News, Legislative Updates No Comments Tags: Advocacy Scholars, Advocacy Scholars Program, African American Civil Rights Network Act, Historic Preservation Fund, Land and Water Conservation

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Volume 18, Number 41, November 20, 2015 →

HPF Authorization Advances in the Senate

Earlier this week the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 or S. 566. The legislation, in addition to expanding and enhancing activities for sportsmen on federal lands, also permanently reauthorizes the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Sportsmen Act included the same language as the bipartisan Senate Energy Policy Modernization Act which permanently reauthorizes the the HPF and LWCF. Reauthorization of the LWCF calls for reforms to the program including designating at least 40% of funds to state-based programs and new guidelines for federal land acquisition.

The Sportsmen Act was originally introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowsi (R-AK) earlier this year, since introduction she has worked with Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) to strengthen the bill. The final version includes HPF and LWCF reauthorization.The HPF, along with the LWCF, expired on September 30th and since has been unauthorized. The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) was established in 1976 to preserve our Nation’s most important historic resources and enjoys broad, bi-partisan support. Despite chronic under-funding the HPF has been hugely successful. Preservation Action supports the Sportsmen Act of 2015 and encourages quick passage by the Senate. We applaud Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Heinrich for their work on the bill. Tell Congress to protect our historic resources, by supporting the Sportsmen’s Act of 2015, S.566, and passing permanent reauthorization of the HPF!

Bipartisan Legislation Would Create Network of African American Civil Rights Sites

Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) introduced the African American Civil Rights Network Act (H.R 3836). This bill would authorize the National Park Service to create a trail program to recognize, preserve and protect the sites and stories of the African American civil rights movement between 1939-1968. The legislation was coauthored by Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) and thus far has 68 cosponsors.

While many sites associated with the civil rights movement are units of the National Park Service (NPS), a number of sites have not been adequately protected and recognized. Some of these sites are in danger of being lost or destroyed. This legislation instructs the NPS to work with existing park units, state and local governments, and the private sector to create a network of African American Civil Rights sites. H.R 3836 is similar to the National Underground Railroad to Freedom Act which passed in 1998 and created a similar network of sites related to the Undergorund Railroad . The bill has been referred to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands. Preservation Action applauds Rep. Clay for his work introducing this important legislation.

Historic Nuclear Reactor Building Threatened in Washington

For several years, the Nuclear Reactor Building on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, WA, has faced increased threats of demolition. The Nuclear Reactor Building, built in 1961 is a completely unique structure that represents a significant period in american history. The building was constructed as a research facility following World War II at a time when nuclear energy was gaining in popularity and seen as a safe, cheap and efficient new technology. Since 2008 the University of Washington has attempted to demolish the building to redevelop the site. In 2009 the Nuclear Reactor Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Threatened once again, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation listed the site on their 2015 Most Endangered Historic Properties List.

Currently the University of Washington is reviewing the possibility of destroying the historic structure to construct a new Computer Science and Engineering Building. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has teamed up with Historic Seattle and Docomomo WEWA to create the Save the Reactor Campaign. This campaign is a great example of state level advocacy. Check out the Save the Reactor page to see latest and find out how you can get involved!

PAF Advocacy Scholars Program- Call for Papers

The deadline for applications is December 21, 2015.

paf-advocacy-scholars-logoPreservation Action Foundation is excited to once again announce our annual call for papers for the 2016 Advocacy Scholars Program. Are you or someone you know interested in historic preservation, planning, history, public policy, law, architecture or a related field and currently enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate program? If so, encourage them to apply to our Advocacy Scholars program, which offers a limited number of competitive scholarships to students interested in attending National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week (March 8-10, 2016) in Washington, D.C. The first two years of the Advocacy Scholars program were huge successes in training the next generation of preservation advocates; so we are very excited to announce the third year of the program.

Applications are now being accepted through December 21, 2015.

PAF Advocacy Scholars Program →

Download and share the Advocacy Scholars application 

National Stories

Novogradac: “From Small Towns to Major Legislators, Keys to Getting a State Credit

Stories From Around the States

Tennessee: “Preservationist: Buildings are Connections of Life

Michigan: “Tax Credit Programs Help Provide Incentive for Preserving Historic Downtown Buildings

 

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Appropriations Update: House Delays Vote of Interior Appropriations Bill

After hours of floor debate, House leadership pulled the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill from an expected vote, amid controversy over the display of the Confederate flag. With democrats largely opposing the bill, the controversy left the likelihood of final passage in jeopardy. Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH) said a vote on the Interior Appropriations bill will be delayed until the Confederate flag issue can be resolved.

The bill includes $65.41 million for the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), an increase $9 million over FY 2015 enacted levels. The HPF includes the following levels of funding:

  • $55.91 million for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, same as FY15 enacted levels. The President’s request included an $1 million increase for Tribal Historic Preservation Officers.
  • $6.5 million to preserve the sites and stories associated with the Civil Rights Movement. Not included in the FY15 appropriations and $23.5 million below the President’s request.
  • $2.5 million to preserve civil rights sites at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Not included in FY 2015 enacted levels, and equal to the President’s FY 2016 request.
  • $500,000 in grants for underrepresented communities, equal to FY15 enacted levels and the President’s request.

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During the House floor debate, the House approved an amendment, introduced by Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), that increases the HPF by $4.5 million. Of that, $2 million would go to increasing the Civil Rights grant program and $2.5 million would go toward the preservation of Civil Rights sites at HBCUs. The amendment also included an additional $2.5 million for the National Park Service Civil Rights Initiative. The amendment was offset by reducing the Office of the Secretary Departmental Operations by $7 million.

The Senate Interior Appropriations bill passed the Senate Appropriations Committee, but still awaits a vote on the Senate floor. Many democrats and the Obama Administration oppose the bill due to dramatic cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and numerous policy riders. With the Administration opposing many of the House and Senate’s appropriations bills and the possibility of a government shutdown looming in September, another Continuing Resolution (C.R) or Omnibus package seems likely.

President Obama Designates Three New National Monuments

President Obama designated three new National Monuments this week; the Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada, the Berryessa Snow National Monument in California, and the Waco Mammoth National Monument in Texas. These designations help tell the story of America and protects unique cultural and natural resources for future generations. With these three new designations, President Obama has established or expanded a total of 19 National Monuments.

  • The Basin and Range National Monument protects 704,000 acres in the Basin and Range region of Nevada. The designation spans the Mojave dessert and includes caves, petroglyphs and the “City“, a large art installation that has been in the works for more than 40 years.
  • The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument is comprised of existing federal land in northern California and becomes second largest National Monument in California. Located in close proximity to major population areas like Sacramento and San Francisco, the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument provides an important recreation area to millions of Americans.
  • The Waco Mammoth National Monument, located in Waco Texas, permanently protects the site where extremely well-preserved fossils of Columbian Mammoths and other Ice Age animals have been found.

House Amendment Attempts to Block National Monument designation and Threatens to Undermine the Antiquities Act

During House debate of the Interior Appropriations bill, Rep. Crescent Hardy (R-NV) introduced an amendment that attempts to the block the designation of the Basin and Range National Monument. The amendment goes further and threatens to prevent future National Monument designations in western states by undermining the Antiquities Act. The Antiquities Act of 1906 gives the President power to create National Monuments to protect natural and culturally significant public lands. The amendment was agreed to by a vote of 222-206 and added to the Interior Appropriations bill.

The future of the amendment is uncertain; the Interior Appropriations bill still needs to pass the House and Senate, and the differences between the two bills need to worked out in conference. President Obama has threatened to veto the appropriations bill, due to dramatic cuts to the EPA and added policy riders. Preservation Action will continue to fight against any attempts to weaken the Antiquities Act.

San Antonio Missions Designated as World Heritage Site

The San Antonio Missions were designated a World Heritage Site at the 39th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The San Antonio Missions designation encompasses five Spanish colonial mission complexes in San Antonio, Texas, including the Alamo. The San Antonio Missions were one of 24 new sites inscribed to the World Heritage List this year, bringing the total number of sites inscribed worldwide to 1,031. The San Antonio Missions become the 23rd site in the United States to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell applauded the decision by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

“The San Antonio Missions is an extraordinary national and international treasure,” said Jewell. “The Missions interweave Spanish and indigenous cultures that are a vital part of America’s heritage, and their inscription as a World Heritage Site will draw visitors from around the world to San Antonio, providing an economic boost to the local community.”

39th Session of the World Heritage Committee, during consideration of the San Antonio Missions designation. Photo by Andrew Potts

39th Session of the World Heritage Committee, during consideration of the San Antonio Missions designation. Photo by Andrew Potts

Mission Concepción, ca. 1731, one of five Franciscan Missions of the National Historical Park and World Heritage List. Photo by Meagan Baco

Mission Concepción, ca. 1731, one of five Franciscan Missions of the National Historical Park and World Heritage List. Photo by Meagan Baco

National Headlines

New York Times: “Our National Parks: Make Upkeep a Priority

Stories From Around the States

North Carolina: “The Exasperating State of Historic Tax Credits in NC

Georgia: “Feedback Needed for GA Historic Preservation Grant

Wisconsin: “Gov. Walker’s Historic Tax Credit Cap Proposal Removed From Budget

Florida: “Preserve the Architectural History of Bay Harbor Islands

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Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing for Preisdent Trump’s Pick to Lead the Interior Department, Rep. Zinke

This week the Senate held several confirmation hearings of President Trump’s cabinet appointments, including his pick to lead the Department of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT). Rep. Zinke testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, taking questions from Democrats and Republicans serving on the committee. The hearing went smoothly with only a few contentious moments. Rep. Zinke is expected to be confirmed easily as the next Secretary of Interior, replacing Sally Jewell. Rep. ZInke is not one of the appointments Senate democrats plan to attempt to block or discredit.

One notable moment during Rep. Zinke’s confirmation hearing, came when he was questioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on whether he would support the sale of public land. A frequent target by some Republicans, but something President Trump said he would oppose. Rep. Zinke responded “I am absolutely against the transfer or sale of public land”. Last year Rep. Zinke left his post on the GOP platform writing committee, after the group included language in support of transferring federal lands to the states.

During questioning about the maintenance backlog at the National Park Service, Rep. Zinke said he is committed to addressing the growing backlog and would work to include NPS infrastructure projects as part of a larger infrastructure bill often discussed by President Trump.

Rep. Zinke said he “is committed to a jobs and infrastructure bill, and I am committed and need your help in making sure that bill includes our national treasures.”

On the issue of national monuments and President Obama’s use of the Antiquities Act, his position was a little murkier. When asked about repealing some of President Obama’s national monument designations, he committed to being an adviser for President Trump and working with state and local officials, but also stated that he believed the unilateral repeal of national monuments would be illegal and probably lead to a court challenge. Preservation Action will continue to follow the confirmation process of Rep. Zinke and his eventual picks to lead key agencies, like the National Park Service.

National Trust Leads Webinar on Addressing Threat to the Historic Tax Credit and Preservation Policy in the 115th Congress

The National Trust for Historic Preservation led a webinar this week on the efforts to address the current threat to the historic tax credit and addressing other challenges and opportunities for preservation in the 115th Congress. President of the National Trust, Stephanie Meeks, joined the webinar to discuss the current threat to the historic tax credit and their advocacy efforts. The National Trust for Historic Preservation along with the National Trust for Community Investment Corporation, and the Historic Tax Credit Coalition discussed their expanded lobbying efforts, including hiring a new lobbying firm.

As you know, both President Trump and congressional leaders have targeted tax reform as a top priority. We expect tax reform legislation, which could be released as soon as next month, to be in line with previous Republican proposals like the GOP Tax Reform Blueprint released in June, which targets tax programs, like the historic tax credit, for repeal. This may be the biggest threat to the historic tax credit in the 38 year history of the program. Leading lobbyists and tax credit experts at the National Trust highlighted the importance for grassroots advocacy as the best way to combat this threat. Join us for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, March 14-16th, in Washington, D.C. Advocacy Week will be our best opportunity to have a mass impact on decision makers in Washington, and our best opportunity to make the case for the Historic Tax Credit. Register today!

Did you miss the webinar? No problem, the webinar can be watched in its entirety online.

Preservation Maryland Launches Advocacy Effort for the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program

Preservation Maryland has launched a campaign encouraging elected officials at the local, county, state and federal level to sign on to a letter in support of the federal Historic Tax Credit program. The letter will then be sent to Congress and released to the media. This is great way for communities to demonstrate their support for the Historic Tax Credit, and what repeal of the program would mean at the local level.

Across the country, the Historic Tax Credit has generated over 2.3 million jobs, leveraged $120.8 billion in private investment, and rehabilitated 41,270 historic buildings, all while generating more federal tax revenue than the cost of the program. Repealing or weakening this program, though tax reform, could endanger the economic feasibility of nearly all historic rehabilitation projects.

Preservation Maryland has made it easy for Marylanders to contact their elected officials and request they sign-on to this letter. Check out their website for easy to use tools to look up your local officials and sample emails to request their support.

This is a great example of statewide advocacy! Let Preservation Action know about advocacy efforts in your state to protect the Historic Tax Credit! Email rnaylor@preservationaction.org.

Preservation Advocacy Week Registration Now Open!

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Join us for Advocacy Week 2017 at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill from March 14-16. Registration includes in-depth training and policy briefings 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. Advocacy Week is our annual opportunity to have a mass impact on policy makers in support of preservation-positive legislation. With the Historic Tax Credit severely threatened by tax reform efforts, we need your voice! Register today!

Also be sure to reserve your room at the Liaison Hotel today and lock in a special group rate of $279/night by calling 1-888-513-7445 or reserving online and using group ID “NC0313”.

Preservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Offices (NCSHPO) organize our industry’s Advocacy Week each year, bringing over 250 preservationists to Washington, DC to promote sound federal preservation policy and programs.

Help us spread the word!

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Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing for Preisdent Trump’s Pick to Lead the Interior Department, Rep. Zinke

This week the Senate held several confirmation hearings of President Trump’s cabinet appointments, including his pick to lead the Department of the Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT). Rep. Zinke testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, taking questions from Democrats and Republicans serving on the committee. The hearing went smoothly with only a few contentious moments. Rep. Zinke is expected to be confirmed easily as the next Secretary of Interior, replacing Sally Jewell. Rep. ZInke is not one of the appointments Senate democrats plan to attempt to block or discredit.

One notable moment during Rep. Zinke’s confirmation hearing, came when he was questioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on whether he would support the sale of public land. A frequent target by some Republicans, but something President Trump said he would oppose. Rep. Zinke responded “I am absolutely against the transfer or sale of public land”. Last year Rep. Zinke left his post on the GOP platform writing committee, after the group included language in support of transferring federal lands to the states.

During questioning about the maintenance backlog at the National Park Service, Rep. Zinke said he is committed to addressing the growing backlog and would work to include NPS infrastructure projects as part of a larger infrastructure bill often discussed by President Trump.

Rep. Zinke said he “is committed to a jobs and infrastructure bill, and I am committed and need your help in making sure that bill includes our national treasures.”

On the issue of national monuments and President Obama’s use of the Antiquities Act, his position was a little murkier. When asked about repealing some of President Obama’s national monument designations, he committed to being an adviser for President Trump and working with state and local officials, but also stated that he believed the unilateral repeal of national monuments would be illegal and probably lead to a court challenge. Preservation Action will continue to follow the confirmation process of Rep. Zinke and his eventual picks to lead key agencies, like the National Park Service.

National Trust Leads Webinar on Addressing Threat to the Historic Tax Credit and Preservation Policy in the 115th Congress

The National Trust for Historic Preservation led a webinar this week on the efforts to address the current threat to the historic tax credit and addressing other challenges and opportunities for preservation in the 115th Congress. President of the National Trust, Stephanie Meeks, joined the webinar to discuss the current threat to the historic tax credit and their advocacy efforts. The National Trust for Historic Preservation along with the National Trust for Community Investment Corporation, and the Historic Tax Credit Coalition discussed their expanded lobbying efforts, including hiring a new lobbying firm.

As you know, both President Trump and congressional leaders have targeted tax reform as a top priority. We expect tax reform legislation, which could be released as soon as next month, to be in line with previous Republican proposals like the GOP Tax Reform Blueprint released in June, which targets tax programs, like the historic tax credit, for repeal. This may be the biggest threat to the historic tax credit in the 38 year history of the program. Leading lobbyists and tax credit experts at the National Trust highlighted the importance for grassroots advocacy as the best way to combat this threat. Join us for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, March 14-16th, in Washington, D.C. Advocacy Week will be our best opportunity to have a mass impact on decision makers in Washington, and our best opportunity to make the case for the Historic Tax Credit. Register today!

Did you miss the webinar? No problem, the webinar can be watched in its entirety online.

Preservation Maryland Launches Advocacy Effort for the Federal Historic Tax Credit Program

Preservation Maryland has launched a campaign encouraging elected officials at the local, county, state and federal level to sign on to a letter in support of the federal Historic Tax Credit program. The letter will then be sent to Congress and released to the media. This is great way for communities to demonstrate their support for the Historic Tax Credit, and what repeal of the program would mean at the local level.

Across the country, the Historic Tax Credit has generated over 2.3 million jobs, leveraged $120.8 billion in private investment, and rehabilitated 41,270 historic buildings, all while generating more federal tax revenue than the cost of the program. Repealing or weakening this program, though tax reform, could endanger the economic feasibility of nearly all historic rehabilitation projects.

Preservation Maryland has made it easy for Marylanders to contact their elected officials and request they sign-on to this letter. Check out their website for easy to use tools to look up your local officials and sample emails to request their support.

This is a great example of statewide advocacy! Let Preservation Action know about advocacy efforts in your state to protect the Historic Tax Credit! Email rnaylor@preservationaction.org.

Preservation Advocacy Week Registration Now Open!

national-historic-preservation-advocacy-week-sealRegistration for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week 2017 is officially open! Be sure to register before February 13th to secure the best rates

Register now! →

Join us for Advocacy Week 2017 at the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill from March 14-16. Registration includes in-depth training and policy briefings 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. Advocacy Week is our annual opportunity to have a mass impact on policy makers in support of preservation-positive legislation. With the Historic Tax Credit severely threatened by tax reform efforts, we need your voice! Register today!

Also be sure to reserve your room at the Liaison Hotel today and lock in a special group rate of $279/night by calling 1-888-513-7445 or reserving online and using group ID “NC0313”.

Preservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Offices (NCSHPO) organize our industry’s Advocacy Week each year, bringing over 250 preservationists to Washington, DC to promote sound federal preservation policy and programs.

Help us spread the word!

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Hearing Scheduled with Secretary Zinke on Proposed Budget for the Department of Interior

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies will hold a budget hearing with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke next Thursday, June 8th, on President Trump’s proposed budget request. Last week, President Trump released the administrations fiscal year 2018 budget proposal to Congress. The Department of Interior budget proposal calls significant cuts to preservation programs, including a $29.8 million cut to the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and the elimination of funding for National Heritage Areas. The complete HPF request is below.

President Trump’s FY18 HPF Budget Request

  • -SHPOs: $42.1 million ($5.8 million below FY17 levels)
  • -THPOs: $8.9 million ($1.5 million below FY17 levels)
  • -Civil Rights Grants: funding not requested ($13 million below FY17 levels)
  • -HBCU Preservation Program: funding not requested ($4 million below FY17 levels)
  • -Save America’s Treasures: funding not requested ($5 million below FY17 levels)
  • -Underrepresented Community Grants: funding not requested ($500,000 below FY17 levels)
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Preservation Action will continue to follow as the budget process continues through Congress, but we need your help. Reach out to your members of Congress and tell them to support funding for the Historic Preservation Fund and critical history and preservation programs. Let them know how these cuts impact you and your community. It is especially important if your members of Congress serve on the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee or Senate Appropriations Interior Subcommittee.

Contact your members of Congress today! 

Join us June 14th for Historic Tax Credit Lobby Day

Join us June 14th in Washington, DC for a lobby day in support of the Historic Tax Credit. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Tax Credit Coalition are organizing a Historic Tax Credit Lobby Day in Washington, DC to precede the Institute for Professional and Executive Development Annual Historic Tax Credit Summit on June 15 and June 16. Preservation Action is working to join grassroots constituents with developers to best show members of Congress the impact of the Historic Tax Credit.

With tax reform on the horizon we need your voice! If you’re interested in attending please email rnaylor@preservationaction.org and check out the link below for more information.

On the Hill: New Opportunity to Protect the Federal Historic Tax Credit 

Members of Congress Celebrate National Preservation Month

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) tours the Coffelt-Lamareoux housing project in Phoenix.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) tours the Coffelt-Lamareoux housing project in Phoenix.

National Historic Preservation Month just concluded. During May Preservation Action worked with the Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus and statewide preservation organizations to submit a letter and encourage members of Congress to tour historic tax credit projects and visit historic sites while in-district. Thank you to everyone who reached out and helped make this a memorable Preservation Month.

Just this week, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) joined Arizona’s Historic Preservation Office and others to tour the Coffelt-Lamareoux public housing project in Phoenix. Coffelt-Lamareoux is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is being rehabilitated with the help of the federal historic tax credit program. Rep. Gallego said of the historic tax credit:

“As a member of the Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus, I’m proud to work to ensure the continued success of this tax credit, which contributes to job creation, an expanded tax base, and spurred redevelopment, reinvestment and revitalization within my district”

We thank Rep. Gallego for his continued support of preservation and especially the historic tax credit.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) tours the Coffelt-Lamareoux housing project in Phoenix.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) tours the Coffelt-Lamareoux housing project in Phoenix.

Did your members of Congress visit historic preservation projects this May? Share stories and photos from your visits, email rnaylor@preservationaction.org. Of course inviting members of Congress to tour historic sites isn’t just limited to Preservation Month. The House and Senate will be on an in-district period July 1-8 and again for the August recess. One thing we heard time and time again from congressional staff during National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, was site visits help to show members of Congress the tangible impact of programs like the Historic Tax Credit. Contact your members of Congress and schedule a site visit today!

Stories From Around the States

Illinois: ” River Edge Historic Tax Credit Extension Heads to Governor’s Desk

Montana: “Meeting Will Update Work on National Heritage Area

Alabama: “Alabama History Fading Away at These Five Vital Sites

Maryland: “Webinar: Maryland Historic Tax Credit Webinar

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