Protection and Community Resources

The Congress finds and declares that...

...the historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people…the preservation of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest so that its vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic, and energy benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Americans...

— National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended.

The National Register of Historic Places designates properties that are worthy of protection, but with few exceptions, does not protect those properties from alteration, neglect or destruction.  In Maine, protection for historic properties is articulated in laws and regulations, administered by towns and municipalities, and implemented through preservation agreements and easements.  Protection of historic resources is also pro-actively encouraged through thoughtful and informed planning at all levels.

Laws & Regulations

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Local Preservation