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 qualifies for such a designation.
The Special Resource Study has four criteria that must be met:
- National Significance: Does the site contain nationally significant natural and/or cultural resources?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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 judged to be a site that only replicates the history of incarceration as already represented by other sites, it will not qualify.
Public meeting locations and times:
Future meetings have been POSTPONED in order to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The NPS will notify stakeholders and the public once a new date for the public meeting has been identified.
|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
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Japanese American Citizen League Headquarters
1765 Sutter Street
San Francisco, California 94115
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Enmanji Buddhist Temple – Memorial Hall
1200 Gravenstein Highway South
Sebastopol, California 95472
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Buddhist Church of Sacramento
2401 Riverside Boulevard
Sacramento, California 95818
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 North 5th Street
San Jose, California 95112
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Merced County Library
2100 O Street
Merced, California 95340
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Pacific Renaissance Plaza
388 Ninth Street, Suite 290
Conference Room #4
Oakland, California 94607
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
Two presentations will be offered, at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute – Rm 202 & 203
1964 W. 162nd Street
Gardena, California 90247
|TBD||TBD||TBD||Simpson United Methodist Church
6001 Wolff Street
Arvada, Colorado 80003
You can also provide written comments directly to NPS.
Comments must be received by May 31, 2020 to be considered part of the study.
More information is available on the NPS park planning site.
AHSII created a special newsletter with more detailed information about how Amache may meet the criteria and the types of information you might consider submitting.