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Lonoke County comment sought

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has scheduled a “listening session” to gather information for the next Arkansas Historic Preservation Plan. The session, focusing on Lonoke, Pulaski, Perry, Saline, Faulkner and White counties, will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Room 170 of the Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock.

Although the five counties are targeted, the session is open to everyone and is one of a series being used by AHPP to gather information, suggestions and comments from Arkansans interested in preserving the state’s history.

Among the discussions: What types of properties are being preserved well? Are there property types being overlooked? Are there properties being overlooked as worthy of protection? What are the biggest threats to historic preservation?

The information will be compiled into the third “user friendly” Arkansas Historic Preservation Plan published by AHPP. The Preservation Plan serves as a guide for preservation efforts by state agencies and grassroots work by communities.

Other listening sessions will be held on later dates at Russellville, Paragould, Pine Bluff, Batesville, Hot Springs and West Memphis.

AHPP, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is responsible for the identification, evaluation, registration and preservation of the Arkansas’ cultural resources.

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