In 2006 the White House launched a major initiative called Preserve America. It was timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, and its intent is to chart a new course for national historic preservation. It’s a gigantic initiative that encompasses the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 12 major governmental agencies, and prominent non-profit preservation partners, like the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Parallel to this, albeit on a much tinier scale, is an event I coordinated on August 12-13, 2008 on the use of surveillance equipment for remote archaeological site surveillance. Using funds provided by the Louisiana Army National Guard, NCPTT brought together as many major land-managing federal agencies as we could for two days to talk about how everyone is using this technology (or not). Believe it or not, in its own humble fashion this little cog actually helps turn the enormous Preserve America wheel.
—David W. Morgan (NCPTT, A&C, blog 1)