The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), today announced that efforts to update Maryland's State Historic Preservation Plan are underway. The goal of the preservation plan is to gain a full understanding of the issues facing historical and cultural resources in Maryland and to identify innovative strategies for their recognition, long term care, and enhancement.
Rodney Little, Maryland's State Historic Preservation Officer, commented "We intend for the plan to be a useful implementation tool serving diverse stakeholders - from planners, developers and heritage tourism organizations to economic development and preservation advocates across Maryland."
This year-long plan update process will rely upon public participation throughout 2013. Outreach efforts begin with an online survey currently underway. This spring, MHT will conduct interviews with major stakeholders and then, during May and June, will host public forums at various locations statewide. Following the analysis phase over the summer, the plan will be published later this fall.
State historic preservation plans are prepared periodically, in part, to comply with National Park Service requirements. Plans must be updated in order for state historic preservation offices to remain eligible to participate in the national historic preservation program. The previous plan was published in 2005.
You may visit the MHT website for a more detailed description of the planning process and many of the key issues that will be covered by the plan here . or "like" us on Facebook at PreserveMaryland. To participate in the online survey, visit the MHT website or click here. Contact Tim Leahy at (410) 514-7625 or email@example.com with questions and comments.
Did you know? The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is a state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland's past. Through research, conservation and education, the Trust assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage. The Trust is a division of the Maryland Department of Planning and serves as Maryland's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.