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The National Trust frequently turns to grassroots supporters to help effect change at the local, state, and federal level. This includes advocating for preservation funding, saving historic places and influencing key legislation that protects our country’s heritage. Join us in saving places that tell the story of America!

Advocacy Priorities

Help Save the Historic Tax Credit

HTC Thumb For more than 30 years, the federal historic tax credit has rehabilitated more than 39,600 buildings, created 2.4 million jobs and leveraged nearly $109 billion in private investment nationwide. Now a draft plan to reform the tax code has repealed the historic tax credit. Ask House leadership to retain the historic tax credit in a reformed tax code. Learn More >> | Take Action Now >>

Support the Antiquities Act to Preserve America’s Cultural and Natural Heritage

Antiquities ShareableSince 1906, the Antiquities Act has enabled 16 presidents from both parties to swiftly protect historic sites and culturally important lands, ranging from the Statue of Liberty, to the Grand Canyon, to sites associated with Cesar Chavez. Now it is under threat on Capitol Hill. Join us in calling on Congress to support this vitally important preservation tool. Learn More | Take Action Now >>

Keep Preservation in our Federal Transportation Policy

Transportation ThumbFederal transportation policy safeguards historic resources through environmental protections, and provides essential funding for projects that preserve communities’ historic character and cultural resources. Opponents on Capitol Hill are mounting their attack on the preservation’s place in transportation policy and advocates need to be prepared for action. Learn More >>

Protect Public Lands

Public Lands ThumbThe National Trust is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of cultural and historic resources on federal public lands. We are focused on ensuring federal land management agencies recognize and honor their stewardship responsibilities for cultural and historic resources. Our priceless public lands need your help. Learn More >>

Advocacy in Progress

Learn about some of the National Trust’s major advocacy efforts in recent years, including protecting Chimney Rock, a sacred site in Colorado; saving a Civil War battlefield from development by Wal-Mart; and earning national monument protection for a giant in the American civil rights story, Fort Monroe.