Congressman Mike Turner, co-chair of the Historic Preservation Caucus, released the following statement after the House passed the National Park Service Centennial Act, which includes the National Historic Preservation Amendments Act, legislation he authored to reauthorize the Historic Preservation Fund: 

“Today, the House acted to advance legislation that is critically important to preserving our nation’s historic places, parks, and sites for future generations. I have championed the reauthorization of the Historic Preservation Fund, and am proud that it has passed the House. 

“The Fund helped to establish the Wright-Dunbar Village Historic District, the West Dayton neighborhood that was once home to the Wright Brothers and African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Fund has been and will continue to be vital to state, local, and tribal historic preservation programs nationwide with today’s reauthorization.”

Historic Preservation Fund (HPF):

Created in 1976, the Fund derives its funding from Outer Continental Shelf leases rather than taxpayer dollars. The HPF achieves its preservation mission of documenting, preserving and utilizing America’s legacy of historic sites by providing funding to State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and through, at times, competitive grants to identify and rehabilitate historic resources. This essential support spurs job-creating economic development and community revitalization, making it an excellent dollar-for-dollar investment to foster economic growth.