National Park Service Awards $500,000 in Grants to Protect Four Significant Civil War Battlefields
Contributed By: National Park Service
WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced more than $500,000 in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve land at four of America’s Civil War battlefields threatened with damage or destruction by urban and suburban development. The grant projects are at the Bentonville (N.C.), Kelly’s Ford (Va.), Rappahannock Station (Va.) and Shepherdstown (W.V.) battlefields.
“Setting aside important parts of these battlefields will ensure all Americans have an opportunity to journey back in history and better understand how the Civil War was fought and how it affected our nation’s history and culture,” Jarvis said. “The grants also demonstrate the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has made it possible for states and local communities not only to safeguard and preserve Civil War battlefields but also to undertake more than 40,000 outdoor recreation and conservation projects across the country.”
In making the announcement, Jarvis underscored President Obama’s call for full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, through which a small portion of revenues from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf is dedicated to helping states and local communities create ball fields, bike trails and other recreational facilities, expand hunting and fish access, preserve battlefields, and undertake conservation projects.
The program, which only been fully funded at its $900 million authorized level once in its 50-year history, is set to expire this year without action from Congress.
“Next week we celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing into law the legislation to establish the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” Jarvis said. “There is no better time for Congress to guarantee all the oil and gas revenues that are supposed to be used for recreation, conservation and battlefield preservation are in fact be used for that purpose rather than siphoned off to other purposes.”
The battlefield grants are administered by the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program, one of more than a dozen programs administered by the NPS that provide states and local communities technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities. Consideration for the Civil War battlefield land acquisition grants is given to battlefields listed in the National Park Service’s Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields(CWSAC Report).
Grants are awarded to units of state and local governments for the fee simple acquisition of land, or for the non-federal acquisition of permanent, protective interests in land (easements). Private non-profit groups may apply in partnership with state or local government sponsors. Complete guidelines for grant eligibility and application forms are available online at: http://www.nps.gov/abpp
For further information, contact Elizabeth Vehmeyer, Grants Management Specialist, at 202-354-2215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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