National Historic Preservation Act Law and Legal Definition

The National Historic Preservation Act (“Act”) is a federal legislation enacted for preserving historical and archeological sites in the U.S. The Act is codified at 16 USCS prec § 461. The following are the purposes of the Act:

1.Protecting historic properties that are significant to the nation's heritage;

2.Preserving irreplaceable heritage for maintaining the legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic, and energy benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Americans;.;

3. Increasing knowledge of historic resources in the U.S.;

4.Establishing better means of identifying and administering the historic resources;

5. Encouraging the preservation of historic resources in order to improve the planning and execution of federal and federally assisted projects for the purpose of enhancing economic growth and development.

The Act requires both private agencies and individuals, to play a vital role in the preservation of historic resources. The Act also provides maximum encouragement to agencies and individuals undertaking preservation by private means in order to expand and accelerate the historic preservation programs and activities.