April 26, 2005

 

 

Senator George F. Allen
Russell Senate Office Building, Room 204
Washington, DC 20510
 

Senator John W. Warner
Russell Senate Office Building, Room 225
Washington, DC 20510

Rep. Thelma Drake

District 2
Longworth House Office Building, Room 1208
Washington, DC 20510

 

Rep. Virgil H. Goode, Jr.

District 5
Longworth House Office Building, Room 1520
Washington, DC 20510

Rep. Eric Cantor

District 7
Cannon House Office Building, Room 329
Washington, DC 20510
 

RE:  REJECT CHANGES TO SECTION 106 OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT

 

Dear Elected Representatives:

 

We are Virginians who care deeply about the historic resources of our County and the Commonwealth. We have learned that the U. S. House of Representatives, Committee on Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks is currently considering proposed changes to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act as it currently stands. We urge you to reject the changes to Section 106 as proposed and support the reauthorization of the National Historic Preservation Act. While the proposed changes in language appear to be minor, in our opinion the ramifications are significant. In particular, we are concerned about the impact that removing the process of identifying and evaluating historic sites from professionals at both the local and state level will have on Albemarle Countyís cultural resources.

 

We believe that to exclude the local and state level preservation community from the determination of eligibility status would have a disastrous impact on historic resources in Albemarle and throughout the Commonwealth. Many historic sites that are known at the local level but not yet documented or evaluated may be lost as a result. Survey is one of the primary means of identifying and evaluating our regionís cultural resources. In Virginia, as elsewhere across our nation, less visible historic resources such as African American, Native American and battlefield sites, and all types of archaeological resources, are under-represented. To discontinue identification and evaluation efforts at the local level would be to place the future of these types of sites in jeopardy.

 

Albemarle Countyís history and Virginiaís history, in many instances, is our nationís history. The National Historic Preservation Act has served Virginia and its citizens well. It is a sound federal policy of accountability that provides reasonable guidance and structure to historic preservation efforts at the state and local levels. We urge you to reject the changes to Section 106 as proposed and support the reauthorization of the National Historic Preservation Act.

 

Sincerely,

  

 

Sara Lee Barnes, Chairperson

for the Albemarle County Historic Preservation Committee

  

cc:

 

Rep. Devin Nunes
Subcommittee on National Parks, Chairman
Longworth House Office Building, Room 1017
Washington, DC 20515

Rep. Richard W. Pombo
Committee on Resources, Chairman
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2411
Washington, DC 20515

 

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