The Academy was asked to conduct an independent review of the National Historic Preservation program for the National Park Service. The National Historic Preservation program is not a traditional “program,” but a continually evolving partnership among state and local governments, tribes, property owners and the private sector, working in concert with the National Park Service, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and other federal agencies.
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The Academy Panel overseeing this effort finds that the ambitious vision the National Historic Preservation Act set forth more than four decades ago is largely being realized. Far beyond “saving old buildings,” historic preservation has become a primary driver of economic development in hundreds of communities. Each year, historic preservation leverages billions of dollars in private investment, which revitalizes downtowns, generates jobs, creates affordable housing, spawns small businesses and expands property tax rolls. The Panel recognizes that increased workloads are straining the resources of state and tribal historic preservation offices and the National Park Service. To increase the benefits of the National Historic Preservation program, the Panel suggests improvements to build capacity, enhance performance and strengthen national leadership.
Department of the Interior (DOI)
National Park Service
The Panel recommends that NPS, in consultation with DOI and ACHP, as appropriate:
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
The Panel recommends that ACHP:
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)