The NHPA – Celebrating 50 Years of Stewardship of America’s Heritage
June 1, 2017 § Leave a comment
Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin has built the firm that bears his name into a leader in cultural artifact management and preservation, handling both terrestrial and nautical archaeological efforts. Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin and his team have worked for more than 35 years to provide solutions that successfully balance the needs for critical infrastructure with historic preservation, assuring compliance with regulations such as the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended.
After generations of support for the idea from the American public, the United States Congress passed, and President Lyndon Johnson signed, an act in recognition of the importance of safeguarding the treasures of the country’s heritage from unchecked development. A report entitled “With Heritage So Rich,” prepared by a coalition of American mayors, was a landmark document in the field of historic preservation, and its ideas formed the nucleus of the NHPA.
The Act formally put in place the now widely praised National Register of Historic Places, which lists nearly 100,000 sites. The National Historic Landmarks Program, also established by the NHPA, oversees more than 2,500 culturally significant locations based on referrals from the public and the National Park Service. On the occasion of the law’s 50th anniversary in 2016, the Preservation 50 campaign highlighted the achievements of the NHPA.