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The National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000 (NHLPA), 16 U.S.C. § 470w-7, an amendment to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, provides a mechanism for the disposal of federally-owned historic light stations.
NHLPA recognizes the cultural, recreational, and educational value associated with historic light station properties by allowing these to be transferred at no cost to federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit corporations, educational agencies, and community development organizations. These entities must agree to comply with conditions set forth in NHLPA, and be financially able to maintain the historic light station. The eligible entity to which the historic light station is conveyed must make the station available for education, park, recreation, cultural or historic preservation purposes for the general public at reasonable times and under reasonable conditions.
Only those light stations that are listed, or determined eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places, can be conveyed under this program. The nomination for listing, or determination of eligibility, is prepared by the USCG following guidelines set forth in 36 CFR 60.9(c) and 36 CFR 63 respectively, as part of their responsibilities prior to the property being transferred to the GSA inventory for disposal. Light stations that are not eligible for listing will be disposed of through other processes.
Prior to the NHLPA, historic lighthouses could be transferred to state or local agencies through the National Park Service’s Historic Surplus Property Program or the Federal Lands to Parks Program.AGENCY ROLES IN PROCESS
Administering NHLPA involves several federal and state agencies that play different roles in transferring surplus historic light stations to new owners:
Through the NHLPA Program, nine historic light stations were excessed during the pilot phase in Fall 2001 and nineteen were excessed during the national phase in Fall 2002. Of these twenty-eight light stations, the NPS has recommended that twenty be transferred to new owners including other federal agencies, state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations.
The “pilot” and “national” phases of the program were managed by the NPS Maritime Heritage Program in Washington, DC. The program was transferred to the NPS regional offices on April 29, 2004.
General questions regarding the program should be addressed to james_gabbert[at]nps.gov
To sign up to receive electronic updates on the NHLPA program see the GSA Office of Property Disposal web site.
Under NHLPA, lighthouse recipients are required submit detailed annual reports to the National Park Service. These reports outline the recipients' activities and include information about maintenance/preservation, finances, and other issues or problems.
While each light station is unique and presents its own challenges, there are many issues that are common for all stewards. Posted on this page are monitoring reports from NHLPA light station recipients. The reports are presented as searchable pdf documents, to make it easier for anyone to research specific problems or solutions.
Click to view the NHLPA monitoring reports.