As a component of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Resilient America program, Preservation Maryland has been engaged in broad national conversations about resiliency, hazard mitigation and the critical impact on cultural and historic resources.

The recent convening, which was hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, brought together experts and community representatives from across the United States to engage in an interactive discussion focused on solutions and actions for mitigating and building resilience to flood risks. Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding represented the organization and the broader historic preservation community at the convening.

Community representatives from Charleston, South Carolina, Biloxi, Mississippi, and Ellicott City, Maryland were in attendance and participated in the facilitated discussion and panel presentations.

For Maryland, the impact of an increasingly volatile climate and changing weather patterns presents real and dramatic challenges for communities across the state – especially historic resources which are often located in vulnerable locations.

Since the 2016 Ellicott City flood, Preservation Maryland has supported and engaged in conversations and projects focused on increasing the resiliency of historic resources in Howard County and beyond. Participation in this convening is the next step in the organization’s ongoing commitment to Maryland’s historic resources.

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