(1) historic properties significant to the State's heritage are being lost or substantially
altered, often inadvertently, with increasing frequency;
(2) historic properties are a vital part of our community life and development and
cannot be replaced if lost or destroyed;
(3) it is in the public interest to preserve the State's heritage and enrich present
and future generations with the cultural, educational, inspirational, social, and
economic benefits of the past;
(4) increasing knowledge of our historic resources, establishing better means of identifying
and administering them, and encouraging their preservation will assist the economic
and cultural growth of the State; and
(5) the State's heritage has been enriched by accomplishments and contributions of
the State's private preservation organizations, and their continuing activities are
in the public interest.
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