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West Virginia Historic Preservation
Goals and Objectives For 2002-2006



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West Virginia Historic Preservation Goals and Objectives for 2002 - 2006


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The following goals and objectives were created and refined based upon public and professional input. While they are numbered, this does not indicate prioritization or reflect upon a goal’s significance. All goals and objectives are viewed as being equally important. They will be used to guide preservation activities for the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office over the next five years. Others involved in historic preservation in West Virginia are encouraged to use these goals and objectives as a model to create their own preservation plans or to make and act on decisions affecting historic resources.

1. GOAL: Educate West Virginians about the wealth and value of our state’s heritage, the resources that embody it and the opportunities that historic preservation offers our communities

1.1 Bring West Virginia’s heritage and historic resources to the forefront of the classroom
1.2 Impart the importance and opportunities that preservation offers to the general public
1.3 Educate West Virginia’s elected and appointed officials
1.4 Use a variety of media to foster a positive image about historic preservation

2. GOAL: Promote historic preserva- tion as an economic development tool, and create economic incentives to further preservation efforts

2.1 Foster a preservation-friendly environment for development projects
2.2 Support and initiate efforts to establish and further historic preservation incentives such as tax abatements and easement programs
2.3 Promote the use of existing incentive programs such as federal and state income tax credits and preservation easements

3. GOAL: Encourage and support efforts to identify, evaluate, study, and designate significant structural and archaeological resources

3.1 Continue to work with the public in nominating properties to the National Register
3.2 Continue with survey efforts around the state
3.3 Explore different ways to accomplish surveys in areas of the state where there is no Certified Local Government/Historic Landmark Commission support
3.4 Continue the development of historic context statements
3.5 Explore the creation of a State Archaeologist position
3.6 Explore and evaluate ways to create a State Register of Historic Places
3.7 Explore ways to increase archaeological survey efforts around the state

4. GOAL: Identify, increase and provide financial resources to assist preservation efforts

4.1 Continue to provide money to support historic preservation activities across the state
4.2 Continue to provide technical assistance about historic preservation grant programs
4.3 Cooperate with state agencies and support their efforts to protect historic resources in their ownership
4.4 Identify, expand and diversify alternate historic preservation funding sources, and publicize their availability

5. GOAL: Support and strengthen preservation activities of federal and state agencies, local governments and community organizations, and encourage the inclusion of historic preservation in planning efforts

5.1 Foster and support Certified Local Governments so that they become active, viable organizations
5.2 Continue to carry out Section 106 responsibilities and maintain good relationships with agencies and cultural resource managment professionals
5.3 Increase community involvement in historic preservation efforts
5.4 Expand and strengthen the network of preservation partners
5.5 Encourage the inclusion of historic preservation in planning efforts of federal, state and local agencies
5.6 Continue to provide survey and planning grant money to support preservation activities

6. GOAL: Encourage protection through appropriate management and treatment of historic resources

6.1 Assist federal, state and local agencies in becoming responsible stewards of those resources in their care or those that are affected by their activities
6.2 Promote the use of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties, particularly among property owners and those in the building industries
6.3 Promote imaginative solutions to help protect abandoned or underused historic resources
6.4 Continue to provide development grant money for the rehabilitation of historic properties to ensure that efforts meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and other appropriate guidelines
6.5 Continue building solid working relationships with organizations such as the Archaeological Conservancy to help protect resources
6.6 Promote individual responsibility for the protection of statewide archaeological resources