Preservation Action is the voice of grassroots advocates across the nation and, because of that, we want to hear from you. When you speak, we listen.

For nearly 40 years, together, we have fought to make historic preservation a national priority and advocate for resources for historic preservation. Stories of preservation successes and challenges allows Preservation Action to raise awareness and impact public policy. In addition to requesting continued support for the Historic Preservation Fund and Historic Tax Credit programs, this year, our members asked us to speak to Congress about Flood Insurance Reform, the Hardest Hit Fund, and World Heritage Funding.

Working with members and partner organizations, we are meeting with Congress and working to fix skyrocketing flood insurance rates for historic homeowners resulting from the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform legislation passed in 2012. We secured an amendment in the Senate Foreign Operations Appropriations bill to allow funding for World Heritage. Our members on the ground secured cultural resources reviews in Michigan prior to Hardest Hit Fund Demolitions.

As the first session of the 113th Congress winds down, preservation programs and funding continue to face threats. Federal agency budget cuts, looming tax reform, and an increasingly polarized Congress, puts the historic preservation funding and incentive programs the preservation community relies on at risk.

As we map out Preservation Action’s legislative agenda for 2014, we look to you, Preservation Action members and friends, to help shape our policy targets and priorities. We invite you to participate in our annual grassroots survey and give us feedback and a heads up on any issues you feel important to the future of historic preservation. We also invite you to encourage friends and colleagues to participate in the grassroots advocacy survey.

* 1. Are you a Preservation Action member?

* 2. In your opinion, what is the most important current federal policy issue concerning historic preservation?

* 3. Please rank the following federal preservation policy subjects in order of importance (with 1 being most important, 13 being less so):

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Protecting the Federal Historic Tax Credit from elimination
Improving/enhancing the Federal Historic Tax Credit
Pressure to bypass or weaken preservation laws and project reviews
Increasing the diversity in the historic preservation program and movement
Funding for State/Tribal Historic Preservation Offices via the Historic Preservation Fund
Brick & mortar funding opportunities for historic preservation
National Heritage Area funding or program language
Implementation of the new transportation law
Funding for disaster recovery
Funding for public lands/battlefields/monuments
Sustainability - energy efficiency
Challenges of a growing tribal historic preservation program
Funding for UNESCO/World Heritage
Preserving the D.C. Height Limit
Expanding the American Battlefield Protection Program to Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefields

* 4. Please rate your understanding/knowledge level on the following policy subjects:

  Very Knowledgeable Knowledgeable Somewhat Knowledgeable Not Very Knowledgeable
Historic Tax Credits - How They Work & Their Impact
Preservation Funding Provided via the Historic Preservation Fund
Preservation Funding Provided via Federal Transportation Law
Section 106 Project Review
NEPA Review Process
The Structure of the Federal Historic Preservation Program
National Heritage Areas
State Historic Preservation Offices
Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
State and Local Historic Preservation Laws & Ordinances
Preservation of Landscapes or Traditional Cultural Properties
The World Heritage Program

* 5. What federal preservation policy areas would you like to learn more about?

* 6. Please rate the following advocacy tools/services provided by Preservation Action:

  Excellent Very Good Fair Needs Improvement Not Familiar
Weekly Legislative Update
Action Alerts
Website – Action Center
Talking Points
Direct Lobbying on the Hill
Advocacy Within Federal Agencies
Special Reports & Projects(Ex.: Federal Historic Preservation Program Task Force)
Ability to contact Preservation Action staff directly with questions on policy issues

* 7. If Preservation Action could provide you with any additional tools for lobbying/advocating to your legislators, what would they be?

* 8. Please tell us if there are any other national historic preservation policy issues that we should be considering, or if you have any other comments in the space below.

Please tell us some information about yourself. (Remember this is an anonymous survey so it will not be personally identifiable.)

* 9. In what capacity are you involved in historic preservation? (Check All That Apply)

* 10. If you are a student, please indicate your program and school.

* 11. How old are you?

* 12. What State/Territory are you from?

* 13. If you have participated in Preservation Action's Advocacy Week in the past 2 years please indicate your satisfaction with the following sessions and events on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being "Completely Satisfied" and 1 being "Dissatisfied."

  Dissatisfied Somewhat Dissatisfied Neither Satisfied Nor Dissatisfied Somewhat Satisfied Completely Satisfied N/A
Preservation Action Annual Meeting
Advocacy Luncheon
Congressional Landscape Briefing
Advocacy Training: How to Lobby
Advocacy Training: This Year's Legislative Issues
State Caucus Meetings
Hill Reception
Grab and Go Breakfast with Q & A
If you are interested in becoming a member of Preservation Action, please visit our website at If you are unsure of your membership status, feel free to give us a call at 202-463-0970.

This year's survey was graciously supported by the Preservation Action Foundation.