In preparation for its approaching 100th anniversary in 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) has published A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement (PDF, 5.8MB) to help chart a path for our second hundred years. Working through the parks and our partners, the NPS Cultural Resources programs seek to provide leadership to a national historic preservation program, engage all Americans with the places and stories that make up our national identity, and serve as a model for the stewardship of historic resources throughout the world.

As part of A Call to Action, we will be working with our partners in several areas, including the stewardship of cultural resources, technical guidance, science and scholarship, and the national preservation program. Action 25 of the plan calls for NPS to “modernize historic preservation methods and technologies, show how historic structures can be made sustainable, and support efforts to rebuild the economic vitality of rural and urban communities by updating the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties in consultation with historic preservation partners.” NPS hopes to strategically focus its efforts and align its existing resources on actions that advance these goals.

As we look to establish priorities and focus our efforts on areas likely to have the most impact, we invite your suggestions and comments on Action 25 or any other components of the plan pertaining to Cultural Resources. Please take a moment to review the plan and provide your feedback below. Also, please consult this site for additional information and opportunities to be part of A Call to Action as we work through this process with our partners.