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|NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AWARDS GRANTS FOR PROTECTION OF BATTLEFIELD LANDS
For Release: June 12, 2001
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) announced today that it has awarded $348,230 in grants to 14 projects in 12 states to support partnership projects that lead to the protection of battlefield lands.
"We are extremely pleased to support battlefield preservation efforts by awarding these grants," said Paul Hawke, Chief of the American Battlefield Protection Program. "Projects like these will, in the long run, make the difference in preserving many of this nation's historic resources."
Grant projects and recipients include: site investigation of the Battle of Big Dry Wash, Coconino National Forest, Arizona; preservation and identification of major portions of Revolutionary War fortifications in Ebenezer, Georgia, by the LAMAR Institute; preparation of a National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nomination for the 1862 and 1864 Battles of Cynthiana by the Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky; management plan preparation for the recently-designated Maryland Civil War Heritage Area, Washington County, Maryland; development of a Geographic Information System for the Monmouth Battlefield, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; archeological investigation of the site of the Battle of Cieneguilla, Carson National Forest, New Mexico; nomination of fifteen documented Civil War shipwrecks to the NRHP, Department of Cultural Resources in Raleigh, North Carolina; study of ships sunk off the Rhode Island coast during the American Revolution, Rhode Island Marine Archeology Project; development of interpretive programs focusing on South Carolina's role in the Revolutionary War and the need for battlefield preservation; development of comprehensive strategic plan for Camden Battlefield, Palmetto Conservation Fund, Columbia, South Carolina; underwater archeological survey of the Battle of Valcour Bay, Vermont; development of an interpretive booklet about the 1st and 2nd Battles of Kernstown, Virginia; identification of public and private strategies for preserving lands at the Cross Keys and Port Republic battlefields, Virginia; and the identification and preservation of areas of engagement at the 1866 Fetterman Battlefield and the location of the Fort Phil Kearny Quartermaster's Corral Site, Banner, Wyoming.
The ABPP works to protect significant battle sites associated with wars fought on American soil. The program provides assistance to private organizations and state, local, and tribal governments for battlefield preservation and management projects. The ABPP awards grants yearly to assist local battlefield stewards in effectively protecting historic resources in their communities. Since 1990, the ABPP and its partners have helped protect and enhance more than 100 battlefields by co-sponsoring more than 150 projects in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
The American Battlefield Protection Program is located in the National Park Service's Heritage Preservation Services Division, 1849 C Street, NW, NC330, Washington, DC 20240, (202) 343-3449. Additional information about the ABPP can be found at www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/.
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