Amache Special Resource Study
*****UPDATE August 4, 2020*****
The National Park Service study team is working on determining a path forward for additional civic engagement for the Amache SRS given the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic on the planned project process. Input from the stakeholder community is valuable and we want to take the time needed and proceed appropriately. The comment period has been extended until the end of October for now. Thank you for your continued interest in the project. Please stay tuned for updates.
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**UPDATE 9 July 2020**
The National Park Service (NPS) Amache Special Resource Study (SRS) team is excited to announce that we have been invited to conduct three virtual public meetings in partnership with TADAIMA! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage, an online event hosted on the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP) organization website. Virtual meetings will take place during the following dates and times:
• Thursday, July 16th: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT)
• Saturday, July 25th: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm MDT)
• Saturday, August 1st: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm MDT)
Please click on 'Meeting Notices' on the side menu bar for more information. Links to join meetings will be posted under 'Meeting Notices' as they become available, along with general information and instructions on how the virtual meeting will work.
Due to the COVID-19 response, public meetings remain cancelled, and we will provide updates regarding public meetings as they become available.
**UPDATE 26 May 2020**
Due to the COVID-19 response, public meetings previously for this project have been cancelled.
We are working to determine a civic engagement strategy and will update the public once a new pathway is known.
The public comment period has been extended to accommodate for a longer timeline.
Please check back periodically for additional information.
ARVADA COLORADO PUBLIC MEETING POSTPONED - 3/18/20
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, the National Park Service has decided to postpone the public meeting in Arvada, Colorado on April 9, 2020, that was being held as part of the Amache Special Resource Study. The NPS will notify stakeholders and the public once a new date for the public meeting has been identified.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on the study website.
You have all been an integral part of planning these essential meetings and I want to express my sincere gratitude for all of your efforts to assist the NPS team, to publicize the meetings and to prepare for providing us with meaningful input. The Denver based study team will continue to work with you as we determine when to reschedule the meetings. We would welcome your assistance in sharing this message with the Japanese American Community.
These public meetings are incredibly important, and we look forward to having the opportunity to hold them at a later date. We greatly look forward to meeting you in the future.
CALIFORNIA PUBLIC MEETINGS POSTPONED - 3/10/20
Based on recommendations from federal, state and local health authorities, the NPS has decided to postpone the public meetings in California that were being held as part of the Amache Special Resource Study. The NPS will notify stakeholders and the public once new dates for the public meetings have been identified. The NPS will continue to curtail travel to certain destinations, or postpone or cancel events should the CDC issue additional advisories or local health authorities issue recommendations intended to slow the spread of the virus.
On March 6, the San Francisco Department of Public Health issued a health advisory announcing aggressive recommendations to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, including social distancing. On March 7, the State of California issued similar guidance.
In order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the most vulnerable, including the elderly and people with underlying conditions, the NPS is following guidance from the CDC, state and local health officials, and OPM to cancel or postpone large gatherings (defined as 50 or more people), minimize person-to-person contacts, and reduce non-essential travel.
These public meetings are incredibly important and we look forward to having the opportunity to hold them at a later date.
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INTRODUCTION TO AMACHE SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY
As directed by Congress in 2019, the National Park Service is preparing a special resource study at Amache to evaluate its potential for inclusion within the National Park Service system. The Amache Special Resource Study focuses on a site in southeastern Colorado that is known as "Amache", "Camp Amache" and "Granada Relocation Center", and was one of 10 relocation centers where Japanese Americans were incacerated during World War II.
The criteria used by the NPS to determine eligibility for establishment of a potential unit of the national park system include: national significance, suitability and feasibility of inclusion within the system, and the need for NPS management. Please use the "Links" tab on the left to find additional information on the criteria used to evaluate new national parklands.
The purpose of this special resource study is to gather information about the sites through historical research and public input and evaluate the sites' potential for inclusion into the NPS system. 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). Details on specific meeting times and locations are being confirmed. Please use the "Meeting Notices" tab on the left to find meeting notices with additional detail.
Special resource studies can take place over a three-year period, depending on the findings. At the conclusion of the special resource study process, the NPS, through the Secretary of the Interior, will submit its findings to Congress. Congress will then determine whether Amache should be added to the national park system. New units of the national park system can only be established by an act of Congress or by Presidential Proclamation.
There are multiple ways to participate:
1. Here online. Select 'Document List' on the left and review the newsletter and answer the topic questions before May 31, 2020
2. At a public meeting (see below for more information)
3. By mailing written comments to the following address:
National Park Service
12795 West Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver CO, 80225-0287
See the public meeting list by selecting 'Meeting Notices' on the left. This list will continue to be updated as meeting logistics are finalized.
The purpose of the public meetings are to:
1. Increase understanding of the study, why it's conducted and the study process
2. For the NPS to learn from participants about resources and issues.
3. For the NPS to hear participants' goals and vison for the study and outcomes.
-Welcome and introductions of study team
-Short presentation on the study
-Question and answers about the study process
-Small group discussion of the topic questions for participants to provide input.
Your thoughts and ideas are important to us. Thank you for your interest and participation!
Thank you for taking the time to learn about and comment on this study effort.