Advocacy Resource Center

Advocacy Resource Center

At any given moment, preservationists need to serve as advocates for a variety of issues. These resources—from tools to talking points—can equip preservation leaders to make a strong case both on the Hill and at home. The broad range of available resources addresses a variety of national- and local-level issues.

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Action Alert: Comment on Proposed Rule Changes to National Register of Historic Places Nominations

The National Park Service (NPS) recently proposed making substantial, troubling changes to the rules that govern nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is an important repository of information about the nation’s historic places that also serves significant regulatory purposes. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires consultation for federal undertakings that could affect properties listed or eligible for listing on the National Register. Properties listed on the National Register are also eligible to access federal historic tax credits (HTCs) to support revitalization efforts. 

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Public Policy Webinar: Appropriations

Learn how Congress is appropriating for preservation and the wide-ranging impacts this federal spending has in the field. Speakers: Janelle DiLuccia, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Valerie Grussing, PhD, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers; Daniel MacKay, Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation at State of New York, Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation; Chris Moore, President and CEO, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation; and Marion Werkheiser, Founding Partner, Cultural Heritage Partners.

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Deferred Maintenance at NPS

The National Park System tells the story of remarkable people and events in our nation’s rich history at sites across the United States. Unfortunately, inconsistent public funding has resulted in an infrastructure repair backlog estimated to be about $12 billion dollars, and many of the National Park Service’s most significant historic sites are at risk of falling into disrepair.  Join us in asking your Representative to cosponsor and support the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R. 1225)—bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) that will help address this backlog.

Lobbying for Preservation

Lobbying for Preservation (or Lobbying 101) is designed to acquaint you with the lobbying techniques, and resources available to aid in advocacy. While it focuses on the federal level, its information and recommendations can also be applied to state and local advocacy for historic preservation.

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Budget and Appropriations

Each year, the National Trust advocates with the Administration and Congress for the appropriations that fund key programs that identify, manage and protect our cultural resources. We have a particular focus on programs administered by the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management.

On the Hill: Final FY19 Appropriations Passes, Finally; Preview of Big Wins for Public Lands

State Historic Tax Credits

 Thirty-four states currently offer credits against state taxes to provide incentives for the appropriate rehabilitation of historic buildings. Since many historic rehabilitation projects are viable only with the financial leverage of both the federal credit and a state credit, states that have state-level historic rehabilitation tax credits typically see a greater level of historic rehabilitation activity.

National Environmental Policy Act Regulations Under Review

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) recently published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, requesting public comments through August 20 about plans to update the implementing regulations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

Support the Antiquities Act 

Since 1906, the Antiquities Act has enabled 16 presidents from both parties to swiftly protect historic sites and culturally important lands, ranging from the Statue of Liberty, to the Grand Canyon, to sites associated with Cesar Chavez. Now it is under threat on Capitol Hill. Join us in calling on Congress to support this vitally important preservation tool.

Public Policy Webinar: Appropriations

Learn how Congress is appropriating for preservation and the wide-ranging impacts this federal spending has in the field. Speakers: Janelle DiLuccia, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Valerie Grussing, PhD, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers; Daniel MacKay, Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation at State of New York, Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation; Chris Moore, President and CEO, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation; and Marion Werkheiser, Founding Partner, Cultural Heritage Partners.

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Public Policy Webinar: Appropriations

Learn how Congress is appropriating for preservation and the wide-ranging impacts this federal spending has in the field. Speakers: Janelle DiLuccia, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Valerie Grussing, PhD, National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers; Daniel MacKay, Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation at State of New York, Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation; Chris Moore, President and CEO, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation; and Marion Werkheiser, Founding Partner, Cultural Heritage Partners.

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