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Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 17, Number 42, October 17, 2014 →

President Obama Designates San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

sangabrielmonumentPresident Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to establish the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. This designation protects 346,177 acres of national forest land in the San Gabriel Mountain. The national monument is located in southern California and helps to permanently protect the only large scale open space in Los Angeles County. The protected site includes numerous historically and culturally important features, such as archeologically significant sites representing more than 8000 years of Native American history, and the Mt. Wilson Observatory, where substantial astrological discoveries were made.

This is the 12th time President Obama has designated or expanded National Monuments, including the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean last month.

President Obama to Appoint New ACHP Expert Member

robert-g-stanton-achpPresident Obama announced he will appoint former National Park Service director, Robert G. Stanton to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). Stanton will be appointed to a four year term as an expert member of the ACHP. Previously he served as the 15th director of NPS from 1997-2001 under the Clinton administration. As director he took a particular interest in increasing the number of public programs to better serve minority communities, including establishing the African American Experience Fund. Most recently Stanton served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Interior.

Permanent Funding Source for Historic Preservation on Ballot in New Jersey

njjIn November, New Jersey will be able to vote on a constitutional amendment that would redirect $70 million annually for 5 years and then increasing to $117 million annually to preservation of open space, farmland and historic structures. This will replenish and provide a stable source of funding to the state’s historic tax credit program. In August the New Jersey state Assembly voted 58-9 to include the measure on the ballot, bypassing Gov. Chris Christie and a potential veto.

The Keep it Green Coalition, representing more than 180 organizations dedicated to environmental protections, land conservation and historic preservation, started a campaign to urge New Jersey to approve this measure. Visit the campaign’s website to find out how you can help.

Upcoming Events

Join Preservation Action and Preservation Action Foundation in Savannah!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will be hosting their annual National Preservation Conference Nov. 11-14, 2014. The conference will be held in historic Savannah.

Past Finder Annual Auction and Raffle – Nov. 12th


Don’t forget to join Preservation Action Foundation Nov. 12th at the National Preservation Conference for PAF’s annual Benefit Auction and Raffle, where you can bid on great items including one of kind tours and hotel stays, all celebrating preservation.

Policy Transforming Communities Luncheon – Nov. 13th 11:45-1:15

Join Preservation Action, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Offices for the “Policy Transforming Communities Luncheon”. We will be joined by Georgia leaders including Macon Mayor, Robert Riechert, who will speak on how historic tax credits are helping places like Macon create beautiful, fun and safe neighborhoods. The Luncheon will be held Nov. 13th at the historic Potter Hall from 11:45-1:15. Registration is $35.

For more information on the conference, including a complete schedule and how to register, follow the link below.

2014 National Preservation Conference →

Kentucky Tax Credit Workshop

Preservation Louisville is hosting a historic tax credit workshop on Oct. 18th. Learn in depth knowledge on qualifying and applying for Federal and State Rehabilitation Tax Credits that can equal up to 30% of rehabilitation expenses. The workshop will be held at Brennan House in Louisville Ky. Register for the event here.

Stories From Around the States

South Dakota:Preserving the New Deal’s Old Structures in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Texas: State Tax Credit Available for for Historic Rehab Projects

Hawaii:NPS Designates County as Certified Local Government


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