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Expert Panel Report Submitted to Council

The Preserve America Summit, held in October 2006, marked the 40th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and explored opportunities to build on past achievements to enhance the national historic preservation program for the future. In August 2007, the ACHP issued recommendations based on the issues raised at the Summit. The 13 recommendations focus on actions the federal government should take to enhance the effectiveness of the national historic preservation program as it moves toward 2016, the 50th anniversary of the NHPA.

One of the recommendations was for the ACHP to create an expert panel to examine the structure of the federal historic preservation program and to make suggestions for necessary improvements. The panel has been meeting since February and has just issued an executive summary of its report. The full report is scheduled to be presented to the ACHP for action at their meeting which will be February 20 in Washington DC.

The following are available for download:

Updated February 24, 2009