Special Resource Study

In 2019, as part of the “John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act“, Congress directed the National Park Service to conduct a Special Resource Study to determine whether Amache meets the criteria to become a new unit of the National Park System.

This is the first step to determine whether Amache could become a new national park.

There are four criteria that must be met:

  1. National Significance: Does the site contain nationally significant natural and/or cultural resources?
  2. Suitability: Does the site represent a natural or cultural resource that is not already adequately represented in the national park system or is not comparably represented and protected for public enjoyment by another land-managing entity?
  3. Feasibility: Is the site (1) of sufficient size and appropriate configuration to ensure long-term protection of the resources and visitor enjoyment, and (2) capable of efficient administration by the National Park Service at a reasonable cost; important feasibility factors include landownership, acquisition costs, life cycle maintenance costs, access, threats to the resource, and staff or development requirements?
  4. Need for NPS Management: Is direct NPS management required as clearly superior to management by other agencies or the private sector (e.g., continued management in perpetuity by Amache Preservation Society)?

The National Park Service will be holding a series of public meetings to provide information about the process and hear from you how Amache enhances and expands the broader incarceration story.

If Amache is seen as simply duplicating the incarceration story already told by the other sites, it will not qualify. The NPS needs your input to understand Amache’s unique contributions to the story of Japanese-American confinement.

Public meetings will be held in Granada CO (February 11, 2020), multiple locations in California (March 16-19, 2020), and Arvada CO (April 9, 2020). 

Confirmed meeting locations and times:

Date Start Time End Time Location
02/11/2020 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Granada City Complex
103 S. Main Street
Granada, Colorado 81041
04/09/2020 1:00 PM 3:00 PM Simpson United Methodist Church
6001 Wolff Street
Arvada, Colorado 80003

You can also provide written comments before May 31, 2020.

More information is available on the NPS park planning site.