On April 19, Thomas Tidwell, Chief of the United State Forest Service, lent his signature to a ground-breaking partnership among federal agencies and private sector organizations involved with youth, conservation, education, and historic preservation. The purpose of the partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), is “to document the cooperation between the parties to facilitate the planning and execution of mutually beneficial projects and activities related to preservation of historic structures, sites, artifacts, landscapes, and other resources and to conduct heritage education at the national, regional, and local levels …”
Mr. Tidwell’s signature is the culmination of several years of effort by two of the founders of HistoriCorps, Ann Alexander Pritzlaff and Ann Baker Easley. They brought federal agencies who manage public lands containing thousands of significant historic resources together with private sector organizations who have the wherewithal to preserve these resources.
For all our friends of HistoriCorps, this is exciting news, and we look forward to working with our new partners to introduce more and more people to the wonderful world of preservation, and doing it in some of the most beautiful places on earth. You can read the full MOU here.