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Partnering to Promote Heritage Tourism in Local Communities: Guidance for Federal AgenciesarrowHeritage Tourism Requirements of Executive Order 13287


Heritage Tourism Requirements of Executive Order 13287

Executive Order 13287 advances the protection, enhancement, and contemporary use of Federally owned historic properties and promotes intergovernmental cooperation and partnerships for the preservation and use of historic properties. Key to this effort is partnering with non-Federal parties to make more efficient and informed use of historic resources for economic development. The role of the Federal government in encouraging economic development through heritage tourism is specifically addressed in three sections of the Executive Order.

Section 3(a). As part of their baseline assessment of the state of their historic properties, Federal land managing agencies must include an assessment of how the types of historic properties they manage can contribute to community economic development, including heritage tourism.

Accurate information on the state of Federally owned historic properties is essential to achieving the goals of this order and to promoting community economic development through local partnerships. Each agency with real property management responsibilities shall prepare an assessment of the current status of its inventory of historic properties required by section 110(a)(2) of the NHPA (16 U.S.C. 470h-2(a)(2)), the general condition and management needs of such properties, and the steps underway or planned to meet those management needs. The assessment shall also include an evaluation of the suitability of the agency's types of historic properties to contribute to community economic development initiatives, including heritage tourism, taking into account agency mission needs, public access considerations, and the long-term preservation of the historic properties. No later than September 30, 2004, each covered agency shall complete a report of the assessment and make it available to the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (Council) and the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary).

Section 5(a). The Department of Commerce, working with Federal agencies, is called upon to help non-Federal parties promote the use historic properties for heritage tourism. Such efforts will address strengthening heritage tourism as it relates to Federally owned properties.

To the extent permitted by law and within existing resources, the Secretary of Commerce, working with the Council and other agencies, shall assist States, Indian tribes, and local communities in promoting the use of historic properties for heritage tourism and related economic development in a manner that contributes to the long-term preservation and productive use of those properties. Such assistance shall include efforts to strengthen and improve heritage tourism activities throughout the country as they relate to Federally owned historic properties and significant natural assets on Federal lands.

Section 5(b). Federal agencies are called upon to partner with the tourism programs of non-Federal parties by using Federally owned historic properties in conjunction with such programs. Agencies are directed to coordinate and cooperate with tourism officials.

Where consistent with agency missions and governing law, and where appropriate, agencies shall use historic properties in their ownership in conjunction with State, tribal, and local tourism programs to foster viable economic partnerships, including, but not limited to, cooperation and coordination with tourism officials and others with interests in the properties.


Updated March 3, 2006

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