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Cesar Chavez
Special Resource Study

Study Process

A special resource study is a National Park Service (NPS) study of specific areas or natural or cultural resources to recommend whether they are eligible to be designated as a unit of the national park system, and to consider a range of approaches to resource protection and public use and enjoyment.

The U.S. Congress directed the NPS to conduct such a study of sites that are significant to the life of Cesar Chavez and the farm labor movement in the western United States.

The legislation authorizing this study specifically tells the NPS to:

  • study sites in the State of Arizona, the State of California, and other states that are significant to the life of Cesar E. Chavez and the farm labor movement in the western United States;
  • determine whether any of the sites meet the criteria for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, designation as a national historic landmark, or inclusion in the national park system;
  • determine appropriate methods for preserving and interpreting the sites;
  • consult with the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, the United Farm Workers Union, and the state and local historical associations and societies, including state historic preservation offices; and
  • submit a report to Congress on the study's findings and recommendations.

Study Process and Schedule:

Research on sites associated with Cesar Chavez and the farm labor movement 2010 - 2011
Public start-up of the study process - newsletter, public meetings, public comments April - May 2011
Analysis of resource significance, suitability, feasibility, and development of alternative management proposals May - June 2011
Analysis of environmental impacts, writing and printing of draft study report July - September 2011
Public review of draft study report October 2011
Final study report transmitted to Congress October 2013


updated 10/24/13