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Defending the National Environmental Policy Act

Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a coalition of partners filed a lawsuit challenging new National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations issued earlier this month. Signed into law on January 1, 1970, Congress established NEPA to ensure that federal agencies consider...

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Tracking Changes in Easement Property Ownership

Building constructive relationships with property owners or representatives is a key element to successful easement administration. A property owner that knows and trusts the easement-holding organization, and more specifically, that organization’s representative, is more likely to reach out...

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Funding Easement Stewardship

Preservation organizations that accept and hold preservation easements assume the long-term responsibility to manage the easement, often in perpetuity. Easement administration typically includes routine monitoring, staff time to respond to owner requests, and legal costs for questions about...

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2019 National Preservation Law Conference: Attacks on the Antiquities Act

The 2019 National Preservation Law Conference was held on Tuesday, June 25 in Washington, D.C. The conference is put on by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with Georgetown University Law Center. This intense one-day summit provided a highly focused look into historic...

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Preserving Public Interests and Property Rights

The property-rights controversy at Antietam was launched with gusto on June 12, 1989, when the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation paid a visit to the Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County, Maryland. Antietam National Battlefield was established in 1890 by an act of Congress...


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Historic Preservation and the Constitution

One of the biggest problems facing historic preservation at the local level today is the blustering lawyer who claims that recent United States Supreme Court-and state court-decisions have fundamentally changed the rules of the "preservation game." The typical landmark commission, when...


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Widening Influence of Growth Management Strategies on Historic Preservation

At a conference last March, 43 persons - lawyers, planners, preservationists, city officials - offered their learned views on the correlation of growth management and preservation. Topics included zoning tools, integrating preservation values into local growth management efforts, and economic...


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State: California's Stewardship of Historic Resources

Every preservationist knows that "heritage resources provide not only continuity with our past, but foster community pride, stimulate economic activity, improve housing, enhance the quality of life, and draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year." These were among the words California...