Guide to Federal Designation

By Forum Online posted 03-24-2015 15:21


When developing a preservation plan to protect a historic site there are many possible paths to take. If the place has national significance, then federal designation, either through Congress or by executive action is an important option to consider. But what do the different federal designations mean? What’s the difference between a National Heritage Area and a National Historic Landmark? What are the benefits to the different designations?

In this “Takeaway” from the Winter 2015 Forum Journal, Denise Ryan, director of Public Lands Policy at the National Trust, outlines the path to the different designations and explains the benefits and weaknesses of each one. Links for more information are also included. Download this Designation Cheat Sheet on Slideshare or view it below.

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