|National Park Service Awards $200,000 to Protect Two Civil War Battlefields
WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced more than $200,000 in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve land at two of America’s Civil War battlefields threatened with damage or destruction by urban and suburban development. The grant projects are at the South Mountain (Md.) and Appomattox Court House (Va.) battlefields.
“These grants will help states and local communities safeguard and preserve Civil War battlefield as symbols of individual sacrifice for present and future generations,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. “Preserving these sites enables all Americans to better understand how military conflicts have impacted important social and political changes throughout our nation’s history.”
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 202-354-2215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Natural Resources, Maryland
South Mountain Battlefield, 42.5 acres (Fee Simple)
Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia
Appomattox Court House Battlefield, 2.81 acres (Fee Simple)
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