February 15, 2021
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), with assistance from a variety of federal agencies with real property management responsibilities, is pleased to present the sixth triennial report prepared pursuant to Executive Order 13287, “Preserve America,” on stewardship achievements of federal agencies in managing historic properties.
The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) committed the federal government to demonstrating leadership in preserving places important to our nation’s heritage. It also created important partnerships with states, Indian tribes, and local governments to carry out the federal historic preservation program. Each agency has unique assets and responsibilities. Federal agencies submitting progress reports in 2020 on the status of their efforts to identify, protect, and use their historic properties have affirmed the crucial role partnerships provide to achieve preservation results, with benefits flowing to both agencies that own and maintain historic properties, as well as to the communities they serve. In this report, the ACHP profiles partnerships that leverage federal historic preservation efforts for needed training opportunities in skilled preservation trades, local economic development and heritage tourism, and research and survey work contributing to a deeper understanding of our historic places and landscapes. The feasibility of successful preservation achievements is enhanced when partnerships involve the private sector. The ACHP formed a Leveraging Federal Historic Buildings Working Group in 2019 to explore how public-private leasing partnerships for federal historic buildings can be encouraged to save taxpayer dollars while spurring preservation and reinvestment relative to new construction on or leasing privately owned property. The Working Group’s forthcoming
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