Tuolumne County Profile - Community Indicators Project 2008
Tuolumne County Profile Introduction Health and Safety Education and the Arts Natural Resources and Recreation Economy and Infrastructure Appendices Conclusion Acknowledgements

Heritage Assets

Source(s): Office of Historic Preservation

Historic Building

Why is this important?

Efforts to promote cultural tourism begin with preservation of historic as well as other unique assets of the area.

California's rich Gold Rush history surrounds us and is a vital part of our lives. Many residents live in historic communities or have livelihoods dependent on tourism associated with the Gold Country. The Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, with thousands of acres in the county, have heritage sites maintained and interpreted by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service.

Historic buildings and heritage sites are valuable for the past that they represent and for education and recreational opportunities available to local residents and to our many visitors. Countless individuals identify with this heritage and are committed to preserving knowledge and evidence of times past.

What is the measure?

Some property owners listed their buildings on historic registers. Others have taken advantage of the Mills Act,26 a property tax reduction program. We also delineate the number of buildings more than 50 years old that are demolished.

How are we doing?

Nine of Tuolumne County's historic communities have Cultural Resources Surveys completed. Local land use planning has historic preservation goals and implementation measures designed to encourage the continued presence of our heritage resources and their rural settings.

The Historic Preservation Review Commission, tribal committees and citizens' groups advocate for historic preservation.

Many buildings that would qualify for historic designation are yet to be inventoried or listed.

26 The Mills Act Program is administered and implemented by local governments. Mills Act contracts are between the property owner and the local government granting the tax abatement. Each local government establishes their own criteria and determines how many contracts they will allow in their jurisdiction. For answers to specific questions such as local eligibility criteria, application procedures, and contract terms, contact the city or county official for your jurisdiction.

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