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ACHP Endorses Tourism MOU

ACHP vice chair Castro signs the MOU (photo: DOI)Feb. 24, 2004, Washington, DC—Bernadette Castro, Vice Chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on behalf of the ACHP that seeks to increase and improve cooperation among Federal, State, and private sector tourism entities in the southeastern United States.

The session was held at the Department of the Interior headquarters building.

Interior Secretary Norton signs the MOUAmong other signatories and participants were: Gale A. Norton, Secretary, Department of the Interior; Steve Johnson, Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency; Mark Rey, Under Secretary for Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture; Douglas B. Baker, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce; Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers, Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Emil Frankel, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, Department of Transportation; and Bill Hardman, President and CEO, Southeast Tourism Society.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has four principal purposes:

  • First, to create better understanding between public and private sector tourism interests.

  • Second, to encourage cooperative projects to improve recreation and tourism within the 11 states encompassed by the Southeast Tourism Society.

  • Third, to urge cooperation and coordination among federal agencies to improve management and promotion of recreation and tourism opportunities.

  • Fourth, to promote the exchange of information and coordinate planning and development of recreation facilities and service offerings.

A similar MOU covering western states is already in effect.

An independent Federal agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) promotes historic preservation nationally by providing a forum for influencing Federal activities, programs, and policies that affect historic properties, advising the President and Congress, advocating preservation policy, improving Federal preservation programs, protecting historic properties, and educating stakeholders and the public. For more information, visit the ACHP's Web site at, or contact Bruce Milhans at 202-606-8513 or

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Updated March 2, 2004

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