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February 8, 2014

Contact:  Melvena Heisch
Oklahoma Historical Society
Office:  405-522-4484

Time for Public Comments on the Preliminary Draft Statewide Preservation Plan

The Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) invites the public to comment on the preliminary draft of "Tomorrow's Legacy:  Oklahoma's Statewide Preservation Plan 2015." The State Plan highlights Oklahoma's archaeological and historic resources, discusses threats to them, provides a vision for the future of the statewide historic preservation program and includes the goals and objectives for implementing this vision from January 2015 through December 2019. The preliminary draft is now available for comment at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/stateplan.htm (see Draft 2015 State Plan in PDF) or request a hard copy from the SHPO. All comments received by 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014, will be considered as the SHPO develops the second draft of the document. Emailed comments are preferred, but submission via regular mail is also acceptable (see below). 

The preliminary draft reflects input from federal, tribal, state and local governments; nonprofit organizations; preservation professionals; the business and development community; and individual citizens. The SHPO received these views through a survey (distributed at the 2013 Statewide Preservation Conference and made available online), a public meeting, three roundtable discussion sessions and the October 2013 meetings of the Historic Preservation Review Committee and the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors, Historic Preservation Committee.

The SHPO greatly appreciates the time and thoughtful participation of everyone who has helped with the process so far. The response to requests for input was extraordinary, and every effort has been made to incorporate as many of the ideas presented as possible. It is the objective of the SHPO that the State Plan accurately reflect the goals of Oklahoma's entire preservation community. The second draft will be made available for comment in May.

To submit comments (e-mail preferred), ask questions or request a hard copy of the preliminary draft State Plan, contact Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Melvena Heisch at 405-522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org.

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