Preserve America News |August
First Lady Designates 29 Communities
Lady Michelle Obama sent a letter to 29 communities announcing their
status as Preserve America Communities. The new communities, from
Arkansas to Wyoming, bring the total number of designated communities
to 843. Read more.
New Preserve America Community San Francisco, Calif.
Nine Stewards Recognized
On Aug. 2, First Lady Michelle Obama designated nine new Preserve
America Stewards. Each of the recognized Stewards has demonstrated the
successful use of volunteers in helping to care for our historic
heritage. Historic properties that have benefitted from the work of
these nine organizations range from historic buildings and structures –
including an offshore historic lighthouse – to archaeological sites and
resources – including historic tree carvings from the early 20th
century. Read more.
Apply for designation as a Preserve America Steward; the next deadlines for applications are September 1 and December 1.
volunteer with the Valles Caldera Aspen Dendroglyph Survey. New
Mexico's Valles Caldera National Reserve is a new Preserve America
FY 2011 Approprations
On July 22, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the
Environment met to mark up the FY 2011 Interior Appropriations bill.
Chairman James Moran (D-VA) indicated in his statement that “we have
restored many grant programs that have for years been Congressional
Priorities, including Save America’s Treasures, Heritage Area
Partnerships, [and] Preserve America… .” There was a recommended
increase from the President’s budget request in the National Park
Service overall allocation (including the above programs) of about $36
million to cover these and related costs, although the total
recommended amount for the overall bill was the same as FY 2010 and
about $133 million below the President’s request. Both the National
Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities,
as well as the Smithsonian Institution, were recommended for increases.
final markup figures have not yet been released, pending full House
Appropriations Committee action on the recommendations. For FY 2010,
Preserve America received $4.6 million, and Save America’s Treasures
was funded at $25 million. When Congress returns after the August
recess, the committee will complete its work, and the action will shift
to the full House as well as the Senate.
America's Great Outdoors
Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum April 16, establishing
the America's Great Outdoors Initiative to promote and support
innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and to
reconnect Americans to the outdoors.
initiative will support a 21st century conservation agenda that builds
on successes in communities across the country, and aims to start a
national dialogue about conservation that supports the efforts of
private citizens and local communities. A number of listening
sessions hosted by America's Great Outdoors have taken place across the
country. Two of which were hosted by the ACHP and included discussions
on science education and hands on learning as well as inclusion of
underserved constituencies and diversity in the happenings of
the country's outdoor spaces.
Read more on the initiative and how to submit comments to the Department of the Interior.
Amnicon Falls State Park, Douglas County, Wisconsin
New Publication on Smart Growth and Rural Communities
The International City/County Management Association has issued a new publication, Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities
. Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the report
is designed to provide rural decision-makers with a resource for
balancing competing goals while creating more vibrant, sustainable
communities. Historic preservation, tourism and the Main Street
approach to community revitalization are highlighted strategies. Download a copy of the report.
ACHP suggests that Preserve America Communities, Certified Local
Governments and the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions be
provided information on the publication. The EPA notes there is
increasing interest in addressing sustainability in rural communities,
and EPA is also working on guidance for Smart Growth fixes for rural
American Samoa Designation Event
July 26 the American Samoa government and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries'
Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary celebrated the territory of
American Samoa’s designation as a Preserve America Community at
Su'iga'ula le Atuvasa Beach Park, Utulei, American Samoa. The event
featured island market day, blessing of the sanctuary's vessel Manuma
and island performances. The Honorable Togiola T.A Tulafono, governor
of American Samoa, and Daniel J. Basta, director, NOAA Office of
National Marine Sanctuaries, participated in the event.
addition of American Samoa is the first U.S. territory designated in
its entirety. American Samoa originally applied for designation prior
to the tsunami that hit the island in 2009. The designation was on hold
to allow the people of American Samoa to recover. A letter from the
governor to the First Lady emphasized the importance of Samoan culture
and heritage tourism in the post-disaster recovery effort. As a result
of this letter, on Feb. 2, 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama signed and
designated the territory of American Samoa a Preserve America Community.
Network at the Preserve America Forum
Representatives of Preserve America Communities and Neighborhoods,
Preserve America Stewards, Preserve America Grant recipients and
Presidential Award winners are invited to participate in the upcoming
Preserve America Forum in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 27 from 1:30 p.m. – 4
p.m. Come share your successes and best practices and discuss future
directions of the program with Preserve America participants from
across the region and country. ACHP staff will be on hand to answer
questions and update participants on the latest developments.
Participants will come away with practical ideas on local economic
development through heritage tourism.
you are willing to share your community’s successful strategies by
making a short presentation to the group, please send an e-mail
preferably by Sept. 24 to Ron Anzalone. This affinity session is offered in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Conference
. Although you are encouraged to register for the entire conference,
general registration is NOT required to attend this free affinity group
or not you want to make a presentation, if you plan to attend the
Preserve America Forum, please RSVP no later than close of business on
Sept. 24 to Judy Rodenstein.
Please provide your name; title; Preserve America Community, Steward or
Awardee affiliation; e-mail address; and phone number. We look forward
to seeing you in Austin!
Austin carriage ride
Citizen's Guide to Section 106
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is pleased to announce its newest publication: Protecting Historic Places: A Citizen's Guide to Section 106.
Filled with practical advice for people engaging in historic
preservation at the local level, this booklet is useful to keep handy
in case federal historic preservation laws come into effect during a
project. Download the publication
Tribal-agency consultation on a Section 106 project