Alaska's Historic Preservation Plan Update

Saving Our Past: Planning for the Future

In 2016, OHA began making preparations to revise Saving Our Past: Alaska’s Historic Preservation Plan 2011-2017. The plan was developed with input from our preservation partners, stakeholders, and the public. We appreciate all of you who participated in the planning process by responding to our plan revision survey, attending one of our public meetings, or providing review comments on the draft plan. The final plan was approved by the National Park Service’s historic preservation planning program in December of 2017. Alaska’s Statewide Historic Preservation Plan guides the actions and sets the priorities for historic preservation activity in the state through 2023. We are currently working with State Parks Interpretation and Education division to develop our final version of the plan for publication. Stay tuned in late winter 2018 for the final version of the plan. The vision and goals can be found below.


A vision for Historic Preservation in Alaska

Alaskans respect our collective heritage. We view historic preservation as an essential strategy to promote our communities unique identities and as an important component of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Alaskans are empowered with the knowledge and tools needed to advocate for an inclusive approach to preservation that is appropriately balanced with development. Alaska's preservation community includes a network of people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and disciplines. We work in partnership to identify, preserve, protect, an interpret the state's cultural, historic, and archaeological resources ensuring that our heritage is passed on to future generations.


Goal 1  Increase knowledge and understanding of the state’s heritage and historic preservation in Alaska.

Goal 2  Identify new and strengthen current partnerships to preserve and protect, educate and advocate for Alaska’s cultural resources.

Goal 3  Identify, document, and designate Alaska’s cultural resources.

Goal 4  Preserve and protect Alaska’s cultural resources.

Goal 5  Increase awareness of the environmental, social, and economic benefits of historic preservation.

Goal 6  Strengthen local preservation efforts.

Goal 7  Strengthen and expand financial incentive programs for historic preservation.