The Maryland Historical Trust is seeking comments on its draft plan, Preserve Maryland. The plan was informed by months of outreach where participants expressed concerns about the perception of historic preservation in Maryland, citing a need to reach out to constituents with educational opportunities and positive messages. They also said it was challenging to navigate the regulatory process and suggested that government entities find ways to make saving historic places easier.
PreserveMaryland calls upon state agencies and commissions, local governments, private organizations and individuals involved in preservation to improve upon Maryland’s current commitment through five key goals:
- Connect with Broader Audiences
- Improve the Framework for Preservation
- Expand and Update Documentation
- Build Capacity and Strengthen Networks
- Collaborate Toward Shared Objectives
For each goal, plan authors developed a series of action steps, many culled from a series of listening sessions and survey responses. PreserveMaryland envisions a one-three year timeframe for most actions, while a few key long-term recommendations will take place within five years.
The Maryland Historical Trust is a division of the Maryland Department of Planning and serves as Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office. Trust staff will finalize the draft plan in November and send it to the National Park Service. Learn more about PreserveMaryland and offer comments on the draft.