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Historic Preservation Funds to Revitalize Pennsylvania's Natural Heritage

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Bill Shuster is pleased to announce that Pennsylvania will receive over $1 million in historic preservation grants from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Historic Preservation Fund (NPF).

The over $1 million allocated for Pennsylvania is a part of a $46.9 million package introduced by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. The funds, which are supported by revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, will be administered by the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS will provide matching grants to State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, who are appointed by the Governor of each state.

The funding can be used by states, tribes, local governments, and eligible nonprofits to fund projects including survey and inventory, National Register nominations, architectural planning, and other needs. The HPF allows each state the flexibility to shape a program according to its needs, as long as they are meeting overall responsibilities outlined by Congress.

"I am pleased to see the continual preservation of Pennsylvania's rich natural heritage," Shuster said. "These funds will go a long way in sustaining and revitalizing communities all around the Commonwealth."

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