George W. Bush Childhood Home Special Resource Study
As directed by Congress in 2019, the National Park Service is preparing a special resource study of the George W. Bush Childhood Home located at 1412 West Ohio Avenue, Midland, Texas, to evaluate its potential for inclusion within the National Park System. The Bush family—which includes two Presidents, a First Lady, and two Governors—lived in the house from November 1951 to November 1955. The National Park Service will use this website to display public information throughout the course of this study.
INTRODUCTION TO THE GEORGE W. BUSH CHILDHOOD HOME SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY
The purpose of this special resource study is to gather information about the George W. Bush Childhood Home through research and public input, and then to report these findings to Congress. The special resource study will evaluate the potential for inclusion of the property in the national park system based upon whether it meets established criteria for national significance, suitability, feasibility, 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.
Applying these criteria consistently helps the National Park Service weigh the relative merits of potential park units and to ensure that only those most deserving of designation are included within the national park system. The special resource study may also analyze other management options.
In 2012, U.S. Congressional Representative K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) requested that the National Park Service conduct a reconnaissance survey of the George W. Bush Childhood Home in Midland, Texas to provide a preliminary evaluation of the property as a potential new unit of the National Park System due to its association with President George W. Bush. The survey found that further analysis through a Congressionally authorized special resource study was warranted. Please use the "Links" tab on the left to visit the reconnaissance survey project website and find an electronic copy of the completed survey.
In March 2019, Congress passed Public Law 116-9, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. The 2019 Act directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the George W. Bush Childhood Home. Based on this legislated directive, the National Park Service has initiated the process of analyzing the property for its potential inclusion as a new unit of the national park system.
Public input is an important part of a special resource study. 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. 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health officials, and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to cancel or postpone large gatherings (defined as 50 or more people), minimize person-to-person contacts, and reduce non-essential travel.
On January 26, 2021, the NPS held a virtual, online public open house for the George W. Bush Childhood Home special resource study. Please click on the "Meeting Notices" link on the left to find a link to the video recording of that meeting. A public comment period was open from December 28, 2020 through February 28, 2021.
We welcome your participation throughout this process. This website will be updated regularly with information to keep you informed, as well as to request feedback as needed. We hope you will be engaged as we move forward with this special resource study. Thank you for your interest.
Carrie Miller, Project Manager
National Park Service
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Denver, CO 80228