|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||March 15, 2012|
|Contact:||Perry Wheeler, NPCA Senior Media Relations Coordinator, P: 202-419-3712|
San Antonio Missions Have Tremendous Opportunity for Nomination to UNESCO World Heritage List
Statement by NPCA Texas Regional Director Suzanne Dixon
“The San Antonio Franciscan Missions again encounter a significant opportunity for the city, the State of Texas and our country with the potential nomination of the site to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Missions, including our treasured National Historical Park as well as San Antonio De Valero/The Alamo, are internationally significant and deserve this world-class designation. They not only document an important era in American history, but also preserve the story of European colonization and expansion.
“The National Parks Conservation Association fully supports the Missions’ addition to the World Heritage List. With this designation and passage of the pending boundary adjustment bill for San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the city of San Antonio can continue to build and expand its credentials as an international tourist destination. We look forward to the additional protections and recognition that this could bring our great Missions.”
Background: The San Antonio Franciscan Missions, along with several other national park units around the country, are currently up for public comment on potential nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Those who wish to provide comments can do so here until March 20th: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/03/05/2012-5191/us-nominations-to-the-world-heritage-list-15-day-notice-of-opportunity-for-public-comment?utm_campaign=email+a+friend&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov