Ted Alvarez has written an article on Backpacker.com welcoming the new Interior Department submissions for consideration for the World Heritage List.
Last year, the Interior Department developed a new list of potential UNESCO World Heritage sites to submit to the committee in hopes of inclusion. Also, after allowing our contribution to the World Heritage fund to drop to zero in 2001, we've finally upped our donation to $700,000 last year.
New nominees for World Heritage sites include the Petrified National Forest, White Sands National Monument, San Antonio's Franciscan missions, the ancient Native American Serpent Mound and Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in Ohio, Civil Rights movement sites in Alabama, and the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright. They would join current U.S. World Heritage sites like Olympic National Park, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Redwoods, the Statue of Liberty, the Everglades, Independence Hall, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Mammoth Cave.