Preservation Action, Legislative Update
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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