Amache National Historic Site Foundation Document

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The National Park Service is preparing a foundation document to guide future planning and management of Amache National Historic Site. The National Park Service welcomes all interested persons to participate in this effort.

On March 18, 2022, President Biden signed the Amache National Historic Site Act into law, starting the process to establish Amache as a new unit of the national park system. Amache, located near Granada, Colorado, was one of 10 incarceration camps established by the War Relocation Authority during World War II. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, leading to the forced removal of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans from their homes on the West Coast to a system of incarceration sites.

The new legislation directs the National Park Service to preserve and protect Amache and to interpret Amache's history and continuing relevance for current and future generations.

As the National Park Service works toward establishing Amache as a new unit of the national park system, one of the first steps is developing a foundation document. A foundation document identifies a national park unit's core purpose and significance, its most important resources and values, and the key interpretive themes or concepts that tell its unique story. Foundation documents also identify important issues to be addressed in future planning and data collection efforts.

A foundation document is not intended to provide specific recommendations for how the park will be managed but will instead inform future decision making by documenting what is most important about Amache and what efforts are needed to protect and preserve its resources. Foundation documents are a required first step before comprehensive management and development planning.

This website will be used to share information on NPS's progress on the development of the Amache's Foundation Document. Please check back often for opportunities to comment and provide feedback on draft content of the plan and to learn about opportunities to meet with NPS staff during public meetings in California and Colorado.

Contact Information

Charles Lawson 303-969-2436