In 2014 "The Past <Still> Matters Today" was published as the statewide historic preservation comprehensive plan.  Every five years this plan is reviewed, revised, and updated as needed.  A crucial part of this effort is obtaining the ideas and opinions regarding the current plan as it relates to your own efforts, as a property owener, public official, non-profit volunteer or as an interested individual.  Your responses will help us understand the current historic preservation climate in West Virginia and determine the goals for the next five year.  Thank you for your input.

Prior to completing this survey, you may want to view the current plan, "The Past <Still> Matters Today" -

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1. There were five goals in the 2014 Plan:
1.  Education - West Virginians will have access to information and training for historic preservation techniques, resources and skills.

2. Awareness - West Virginians will recognized and understand the value of our state's historic resources.

3. Identification - West Virginians will identify, evaluate and designate historic resources.

4. Community and Economic Development - West Virginians will incorporate historic preservation into economic and community development to maintain a sense of place.

5. Stewardship - West Virginians will safeguard and sustain historic resources in their communities and rural areas throughout the state.

Do these goals still represent the areas where the historic preservation community should focus their attention?  Should goals be added or taken off this list?  What are they?

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2. Do local leaders in your community believe in the benefits of historic preservation?

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3. Historic Preservation local districts are important to guide downtown and neighborhood development.

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4. Current state and local preservation programs effectively protect WV's archaeological, historic, and cultural resources.

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5. What do you think are the biggest threats to archaeological, historic, and cultural resources in West Virginia and in your community?

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6. What resources in your community are most important to protect?

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7. What resources in your community are most threatened?

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8. Have you used the following SHPO services?

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9. What tools or activities would be most effective in your community for preserving historic resources over the next five years?

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10. Do you own a National Register listed resource?  Are you a member of a historic landmark commission (HLC), a member of a historical society, or are you a member of state or local government?

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11. What has been you most significant accomplishment in the last five years, as either a private property owner or as an organization?  What has been your most significant disappointment?  What has been the greatest dificulty to overcome?

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12. Which county in West Virginia do you reside?  (Out of state residents answer N/A)

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13. Any other comments regarding historic preservation in West Virginia.

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