• Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, March 4-7, 2024

    February 1, 2024

    The annual Historic Preservation Advocacy Week, hosted by the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers and Preservation Action, will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 4-7, 2024.

    Members of the National Trust’s Government Relations team are looking forward to speaking during advocacy week and connecting with historic preservation colleagues from around the country. Take this opportunity to meet with Congressional leaders on to meet Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill to make the case for preservation priorities like the Historic Preservation Fund, the federal Historic Tax Credit, and more.

    Visit the Preservation Action website for more information and registration.

  • Webinar: Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation–Opportunities for the New Year

    January 31, 2024

    Join the National Trust’s Government Relations team on February 15th for an in-depth look at the nexus of historic preservation and federal housing policy and determine how they contribute to solving the nation's affordable housing crisis. This webinar will include expert panelists from the private sector, NGOs, and government, including Sara Bronin, Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, to examine the opportunities and strategies for changing federal policy and expanding the marketplace for utilizing historic and older buildings to increase the supply of housing nationwide.

  • 3 Ways to Engage with Your Legislators this Winter Holiday

    December 22, 2023

    The U.S. House of Representatives began their holiday recess on December 14, while the U.S. Senate has delayed their adjournment until later this month. Your advocacy for historic preservation priorities can be very effective over the holidays, and here are three ways to engage with your federal decisionmakers over the next few weeks:

    1. Most members of Congress send out a regular newsletter to their constituents. Sign up for newsletters from your U.S. Representative and your U.S. Senators to learn more about what their priorities are, what legislation they’ve sponsored, and if they will be hosting any upcoming town hall discussions. Don’t know who represents you?
      1. Enter your zip code on https://www.house.gov to find your U.S. Representative.
      2. Select your state on https://www.senate.gov/states/statesmap.htm to find your U.S. Senators.
    2. Take action from home by visiting our Action Center. You can send personalized messages to your Congressional delegation about current preservation priorities including the Historic Preservation Fund, the Historic Tax Credit, National Historic Trail Designation for Route 66, and more!
    3. Invite your elected officials to visit a local historic site that’s important to you and your community.
  • ACHP Call for Comments on the Secretary's Standards

    September 27, 2023

    Over the summer, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) issued a request for comments on the application and interpretation of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The ACHP intends to share the themes and issues it received with the Department of the Interior, which is the agency responsible for promulgating regulations and guidance related to the Secretary’s Standards.

    The National Trust commented that the Secretary’s Standards are sufficiently flexible to balance historic preservation goals with market realities and social imperatives, and that a regular cadence of guidance documents that allows for public input will optimize the way the Secretary’s Standards are implemented and interpreted.

    Read the National Trust’s comment letter.

  • Broadband Expansion Bill Threatens Environmental and Cultural Heritage Reviews

    July 27, 2023

    The National Trust led a coalition of seven environmental groups in a letter of June 23 opposing H.R. 4141, a bill to eliminate all required reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) for “broad categories of broadband infrastructure development.”

    The letter was addressed to the chairman (Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-WI) and ranking member (Rep. Joe Neguse, D-CO) of the House Natural Resources Committee. It was signed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, Green Latinos, the League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

    Citing a previous court decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. Circuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the letter noted that the FCC’s actions in the case of United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians v. FCC, 933 F. 3d 728, 745 (D.C. Cir. 2019) “did not meet the standard of reasoned decision-making” in its call for eliminating environmental and cultural reviews.

    In addition, while acknowledging the $65 billion in federal investment in broadband in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act [P.L. 117-58] is necessary to bridge the digital divide, the letter stated that it should not come at the expense of environmental, health and cultural impacts from broadband development.

    Instead, the signatories called on Congress to “focus on providing the necessary resources, staff, funding, and training to ensure that the review process for the siting of this important infrastructure is efficient and equitable” and not allow the FCC broad and sweeping powers to exercise categorical exclusions in siting broadband projects.

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