Peter F. Blackman is currently a defendant in a civil lawsuit brought by the United States over the application of a preservation easement covering his farm property in Virginia. The easement is held by the National Park Service in conjunction with others as part of a historic landmark district; the group of easements may be the only of their kind held by the NPS, as they are not neighboring any other government holdings.
Earlier this year, he testified before the House Resources Subcommittee on National Parks over proposed revisions of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
Mr. Blackman has practiced law in New York City and worked as a legal and banking journalist, including on The New York Law Journal. He is currently completing a book on Brienzerware: Antique Swiss Woodcarvings, which is due to come out in 2006. Mr. Blackman graduated from Yale College, Columbia Law School and the Wharton School of Business.