US/ICOMOS The National Park Service invites qualified property owners to submit Applications for possible inclusion in a new “U.S. Tentative List,” a list of candidate sites that may qualify for nomination to the World Heritage List. The Applications must be completed and returned by April 1, 2007.   The U.S. Department of the Interior will then consider those sites for nomination over the ensuing decade (2009-19).

Matters concerning World Heritage in the United States fall under the auspices of the National Park Service, Office of International Affairs, which maintains the World Heritage List of sites in the United States, nominations (by the Secretary of the Interior through the Office of International Affairs) of U.S. sites to the World Heritage List, and the “Tentative” or “Indicative” List of sites that may be nominated by the U.S. to the World Heritage List.

Any property for which an Application is filed must satisfy at least one of the World Heritage criteria, among other requirements.  U.S. law also requires that the property be nationally significant (i.e., formally designated as a National Historic Landmark or a National Natural Landmark, or be a Federal reserve of national importance, such as a National Park, National Monument, or Wildlife Refuge) and that all owners consent to the proposal and be willing to agree to protective measures for the property.

Applications will be reviewed to determine whether the properties meet the legal prerequisites for World Heritage nomination and other requirements, including stakeholder support. After additional reviews, a draft U.S. Tentative List will be forwarded for approval to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and then transmitted by the U.S. Department of State to the World Heritage Centre by February 1, 2008. An accompanying report will explain how the sites were selected.

NOTE:  Inclusion in the Tentative List or subsequent inscription on the World Heritage List does not affect the legal status of a property.  Only U.S. laws remain applicable to it.


The Application must be completed and returned by April 1, 2007.  It can be downloaded at the following websites, where general information on the World Heritage Program and details about the U.S. Program may also be obtained from:

National Park Service Office of International Affairs

IUCNUS (International Union for the Conservation of Nature)

US/ICOMOS (U.S. Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites), and

the George Wright Society.

A copy of the Application can also be obtained by writing to:

U.S. World Heritage Tentative List Project
Office of International Affairs
National Park Service
1201 Eye Street NW (0050)
Washington, DC 20005

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