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National Park Service Awards $525,000 to Protect Four Civil War Battlefields
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WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced more than $525,000 in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve more than 120 acres of land at four of America’s threatened Civil War battlefields.  The grant projects are at the Mill Springs (Ky.), Bentonville (N.C.), Appomattox Courthouse (Va.), and Aldie (Va.) battlefields. 

“America’s Civil War battlefields are places where we can learn about democracy, sacrifice, heroism and hope in the very places where those concepts shaped our history,” said Jarvis.  “These grants will allow future generations to walk these hallowed grounds and understand the sacrifice of former generations that helped define us as a nation and a people today.” 

The grants are from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program, one of more than a dozen programs administered by the National Park Service 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/history/hps/abpp. 

For further information, contact Elizabeth Vehmeyer, Grants Management Specialist, at 202-354-2215or elizabeth_vehmeyer@nps.gov.  


Posted: February 28, 2014
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