WHAT IS A SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY?
A Special Resource Study investigates the eligibility of an area for designation as a new unit of the national park system. Four congressionally-established criteria serve as the basis for evaluation, including: (1) national significance, (2) suitability, (3) feasibility and (4) the need for NPS management. All four criteria must have positive findings in order for an area to be considered eligible for inclusion in the national park system. More information about the study process is available under the 'Plan Process' tab on the left menu bar.
The study process takes approximately 3 years to complete, and begins with gathering information about Amache through research and public involvement. At the conclusion of the study, the NPS will submit its findings to the Secretary of the Interior, who then makes a recommendation to Congress. New NPS units can only be established by an act of Congress or by Presidential Proclamation.
An important aspect of the Special Resource Study is gathering information from the public about Amache, including determining the level of local and general public support, and identifying any issues or concerns associated with an area's potential inclusion in the national park system.
One public meeting was held in Granada, Colorado, on February 11, 2020. Other public meetings originally scheduled in California and Colorado had to be postponed, and subsequently cancelled, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Three virtual public meetings were held in July and August of 2020 as part of the Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage online event hosted by the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages and the National Park Service. To expand public involvement opportunities, the National Park Service hosted three additional virtual public meetings on May 22, 26 and 27, 2021.
You can watch a recording of the presentation given by the NPS study team during the virtual public meeting hosted on May 26, 2021 at the link below. The presentation provides historical background information on Amache, as well as discusses the study process, key upcoming dates and next steps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2toYDC_06Y
Public input is an important aspect of the Special Resource Study process. The comment period for this study concluded June 30, 2021.
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The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to announce the commencement of a Special Resource Study (SRS) of the Granada Relocation Center, commonly known as Amache, to evaluate its potential for inclusion within the national park system. Located about a mile southwest of Granada, Colorado, Amache was one of 10 incarceration sites established during World War II under the War Relocation Authority to illegally detain Japanese Americans forcibly removed from the west coast of the United States under Executive Order 9066. The Amache Special Resource Study was directed by Congress in 2019 under the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (P.L. 116-9).