OCTOBER 05, 2018

Senate Committee Advances LWCF Reauthorization and Restore Our Parks Act 

This week the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to advance a series of energy and public lands bills, including legislation to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and legislation to address the deferred maintenance backlog at the National Park Service. S. 569 led by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-TN) would permanently reauthorize the LWCF, which lapsed last weekend, and would provide mandatory funding for the program, unlike the version advanced by the House last month.The bill cleared the committee on a 16-7 vote.

The senate committee also voted 19-4 to advance the Restore Our Parks Act (S. 3172). Introduced by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), this bill would establish a dedicated fund to address the nearly $12 billion backlog at the National Park Service. An estimated 47% of the backlog is attributed to historic resources. This fund would use lease revenue from on and off-shore energy production that is not already obligated for other purpose. 

Both bills now move to be considered by the full Senate where they could be packaged together. Similar legislation to reauthorize the LWCF and address the deferred maintenance backlog at the National Park Service was approved by the House Natural Resources Committee last month.  Currently the Restore Our Parks Act is up to  187 cosponsors  in the House and 32 cosponsors  in the Senate. If they haven't already,  urge your Representative and Senators to cosponsor this important legislation today!
National Park Service Announces $4.8 Million in Save America's Treasures Grants. Applications for Next Round Due Dec. 3rd

The National Park Service announced $4.8 million in Save America's Treasures (SAT) Grants this week. SAT grants, funded through the Historic Preservation Fund, help to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections across the country. The grants awarded support 16 projects in 12 states, including the James A Garfield Memorial in Ohio, the rehabilitation of the LA Dunton fishing schooner, a National Historic Landmark in Connecticut, and the historic Hillside Theatre at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Estate in Wisconsin.

"Whether conserving archival records or restoring a historic opera house, each grant will enable a community to save an important piece of history and have a positive impact on the surrounding area." said National Park Service Deputy Director, P. Daniel Smith.

The Save America's Treasures grant program has provided $315 million in grants, benefiting over 1,300 projects and leveraging $377 million in private investment. Preservation Action continues to advocate for this important program, including during National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week. We were pleased to see the program funded at $13 million for FY18, a $8 million increase over FY17 levels. 

Applications for the next round of Save America's Treasures grants are currently being accepted through Dec. 3rd. Learn more and apply today! 
ACHP and HUD Honor  Rehabilitation  of Historic Chicago Apartment Complex with Historic Preservation Award

(L-R) Janet Golrick, Ann Bergman, Jim Bergman, Iceberg Development Group; M. Wayne Donaldson, ACHP Chairman; Bill MacRostie, MacRostie Historic Advisors LLC; Emily Ramsey, MacRostie Historic Advisors; Mirko Jokanovic, Rosenwald Courts Apartments Investor. Photo credit: ACHP
Advisory Council for Historic Preservation along with the Department of Housing and Urban Development recognized the rehabilitation of the Rosenwald Courts Apartments in Chicago as the recipient of the 2018 ACHP /HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. 
The annual award recognizes developers, organizations and agencies for projects that successfully advance the goals of historic preservation while also providing affordable housing or expanded economic opportunity. 

The Rosenwald Courts Apartments, built in 1929 to provide much needed, quality housing to the African American community, was once home to notable residents such as record producer, Quincy Jones, Olympian Jesse Owens, and musician Nat King Cole. Over the last few decades the historic apartment complex fell into significant  disrepair and multiple times was slated for demolition. Through a combination of city support and utilizing federal programs, such as the Historic Tax Credit, the apartment complex has been restored.

"Against all odds, repeatedly avoiding the wrecking ball, the historic Rosenwald Courts Apartments has been rehabilitated and put back into use as a vital community anchor," said ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson FAIA. "The project utilized HUD and City funding along with Historic Tax Credits to ensure the entirety of the apartment complex was renovated, preserving the historic aspects of the buildings and grounds, and providing an affordable place for people to live."
Gold Rush: Party Time! PAF Auction Returns on Nov. 14th in San Francisco. Get Your Tickets Today!
Get your tickets today for Preservation Action Foundation's Legendary  Party and Live Auction in San Francisco. The annual after party and auction will take place on November 14, 2018 immediately following the Opening Reception of the National Preservation Conference. Enjoy the atmosphere and exhibits  at the   California Historical Society , located in the former San Francisco Builders Exchange building in the vibrant Yerba Buena neighborhood, just a mile from the conference headquarters.

The annual auction has long been a highlight for Preservation Action Foundation and of the National Preservation Conference. Last year's auction in Chicago was a huge success and were excited to top that this year!

Donate an Auction Item

This is our largest fundraiser of the year and the proceeds from this event are used to assist the education and training, advocacy, and programs of the Preservation Action FoundationWe are currently seeking donations of auction items like hotel stays, tours of historic sites and other unique experiences. This is a great way to highlight your organization and city/state to an active and interested group of people. Download the 2018 Auction Request Letter and Donation Form and check out our website for more information.

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