Mid-Atlantic Regional Office: Accomplishments

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  • December 2013 - Thanks to an anonymous donor, a coalition of preservationists purchased four acres of lands to incorporate into Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, saving hallowed ground from the threat of inappropriate development. This victory caps more than a decade of work to protect land significant to the site’s Civil War and civil rights history.
  • June 2013 - NPCA releases a report, "National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing:  Balancing Energy Needs, Nature, and America's Natural Heritage," that examines the possible repercussions of fracking on our national parks.
  • April 2013 - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signs into law HB 797 which promotes safe recreational fishing, canoing, and kayaking access to waterways along Maryland's bridges and roads. Freedom to Float helped advocate for this legislation with partner Chesapeake Conservancy.
  • March 2013 - Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad and First State National Monuments are established.
  • March 2013 -  Restoration of Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg National Military Park occurs after the demolition of the Cyclorama Building.
  • February 2013 - Freedom to Float Initiative launches.
  • July 2012 - Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is officially opened.
  • November 2011 – NPCA releases a report, “Protecting Our Chesapeake/Protecting Our National Parks,” to contrast natural resource health in the Chesapeake today with the natural abundance experienced by Indians and early European settlers. The report makes policy recommendations to improve the health of the Chesapeake and that of the more than 50 national parks in the watershed.
  • November 2011 – President Barack Obama designates historic Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, as a national monument, the president’s first use of his executive powers under the Antiquities Act to protect extraordinary places for future generations. NPCA provided essential leadership in a diverse advocacy network including local and national groups to ensure that a park at Fort Monroe would preserve its natural beauty and rich history.
  • September 2011 – NPCA releases the Making Connections report, Colonial National Historical Park Enhances Economic Vitality in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, to advance understanding of the economic benefits of this significant national park in southeastern Virginia, the opportunity to establish a new national park at Fort Monroe, and threats to the integrity of protected areas from the proposed 1500 megawatt Cypress Creek coal-fired power plant only a few miles away.
  • September 2011 – NPCA hires its first Civil War Associate to add capacity to our initiatives to leverage public awareness of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary (2011 – 2015) to protect Civil War sites.
  • August 2011 – NPCA and other concerned nonprofit organizations file suit against the federal Army Corps of Engineers and the Delaware River Basin Commission over proposed fracking gas development regulations that threaten national parks along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • July 2011 – NPCA and our partners at the New River Clean Water Alliance in West Virginia release the Lower New River State of the Watershed Report and lead a series of river trips during the summer of 2011 with business owners and other local community leaders and NPS staff.
  • April 2011 – The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board denies an application to operate a casino near Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. NPCA was a leader in the campaign to protect Gettysburg’s historic character and family-friendly atmosphere from a casino.
  • March 2011 – NPCA helped defeat an amendment to a funding bill that would have eliminated federal funding for key clean water programs in the Chesapeake Watershed.  NPCA is a leader in the Choose Clean Water coalition, which advocates for policies and funding for clean water programs to benefit the streams and rivers throughout the Chesapeake watershed, home of more than 50 national parks including Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
  • January 2011Walmart abandons its plans to build a superstore on a privately-owned portion of the Civil War’s Wilderness Battlefield. NPCA was a leader in the Wilderness Battlefield Coalition to ensure protection of the battlefield and its historic character.
  • November 2010 – NPCA releases the Making Connections report, Linking Outdoor Recreation, Open Space & History at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Nearby Communities, to promote local economic development compatible with the national park, and to advance understanding of the economic benefits of the park and the threats to its integrity.
  • September 2010 – The NPS and the American Revolution Center complete a land swap, resolving an extended controversy over locating the Center’s proposed museum/conference center complex on part of historic Pawlings Farm on private land inside Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania. NPCA and local residents led the campaign to protect Valley Forge’s historic character.
  • October 2010 – NPCA cosponsors “Reaching the Summit,” a conference to focus New River Gorge area stakeholders on how to manage development and other results sparked by the Boy Scouts of America’s new national “High Adventure” camp and permanent National Jamboree site next to the New River Gorge National River.
  • January 2010 – NPCA releases the Making Connections report, Building a healthy future for Shenandoah National Park and its gateway communities, to promote partnerships between the park and its Virginia neighbors, and to advance understanding of the economic benefits of the park in the community and the threats to the park’s integrity.
  • June 2008 – The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approves an air pollution permit for the Dominion Virginia Wise County coal-fired power plant in southeastern Virginia, with significantly lower pollution limits than originally proposed. Along with members of the Virginians for Healthy Air Network and other nonprofits, NPCA was a leader in advocating for the most effective pollution control technology and plant design.
  • July 2007 – NPCA works with local business leaders in a successful campaign to persuade Charles Town and Jefferson County, West Virginia, officials to deny proposed commercial re-zoning of more than 400 acres rich in history and natural beauty, and virtually surrounded by Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
  • January 2007 – NPCA successfully advocated for the National Park Service to abandon its plan to construct a permanent 7-foot security fence around historic Independence Square in Philadelphia.
  • December 2006 – The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board denies an application to operate a casino near Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.  NPCA was a leader in the campaign to protect Gettysburg’s historic character and family-friendly atmosphere from a casino.
  • May 2006 – NPCA opens a West Virginia field office.
  • April 2006 – Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich signs into law the Healthy Air Act, the strongest state legislation in the nation to require existing coal-fired power plants to reduce sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury, and carbon dioxide pollution.  Because of the unhealthy air quality in many of the national parks in Maryland, NPCA was a leader in the diverse Healthy Air Coalition which advocated successfully for the bill’s enactment.
  • January 2006 – NPCA opens a Pennsylvania field office.
  • December 2005 – NPCA opens a Virginia field office.
  • September 2004 – President George W. Bush signs a bill to protect key lands connected to America’s Civil War history by expanding the boundary of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. NPCA was a leader in the campaign to attract bipartisan Congressional support for the expansion, and subsequently to secure $7.9 million in federal grants to protect almost all the lands included in the expanded boundary.
  • June 2004 – The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board requires the proposed CPV-Warren gas-fired power plant near Shenandoah National Park to take additional steps to reduce its emissions contributing to the region’s unhealthful air.  NPCA organized local businesses to express concerns about the impacts of pollution from the proposed new power plant.
  • June 2004 – The National Park Service adds the historic Waggonseller Farm in Pennsylvania to Valley Forge National Historical Park. NPCA was a leader in the campaign to protect the park from a proposed Toll Brothers luxury housing development, and successfully advocated for $7.5 million in federal grants to purchase the land at risk.
  • November 2003 – Congress approves almost $1 million for upgrades and repairs at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, thanks to NPCA’s advocacy for increased funding. In February, NPCA released a report outlining $2 million in maintenance projects needed to preserve Mr. Douglass’s last home. Born into slavery, Mr. Douglass became a renowned orator and advocate for equal rights for all. 
  • November 2003 – NPCA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office creates the Virginians for Healthy Air Network, a network of civic organizations and Virginia businesses that market the state’s natural abundance, scenic beauty, history, and healthy outdoor opportunities. Members include wineries, bed and breakfast inns, organic farms, and children’s camps. More than 100 members signed a letter to Governor Mark Warner, asking him to set a moratorium on approvals of new power plants in the state, following a rash of more than 30 proposed new or expanded power plants in the wake of deregulation.
  • November 2003 -- President George W. Bush signs a bill to establish a new national veterans’ cemetery in southeastern Pennsylvania after the Veterans Administration identifies an appropriate site. NPCA and one of its members, a local WWII veteran, led the successful campaign to defeat legislation specifically aimed at taking up to 200 acres of established parkland inside Valley Forge National Historical Park for the new cemetery.
  • October 2003 – A key committee in the U.S. Senate zeroes out funding for the NPS’s proposed underground 20,000- square-foot visitors center for the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., including a 500-foot-long  tunnel and security screening facility. NPCA generated more than 10,000 comments against the proposed plan.
  • March 2003 – The Spotsylvania County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors votes to deny a rezoning application necessary to construct 2,000 houses plus commercial development on the 800-acre “Mullins Farm,” site of Day One in the May 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville, and adjacent to Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. Much of the land proposed for development was ultimately preserved by the Civil War Trust. NPCA was a leader in the Coalition to Save Chancellorsville Battlefield.
  • December 2002 – The NPS adds the historic Murphy Farm along the Shenandoah River in West Virginia to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.  NPCA was a leader in the campaign to protect the Murphy Farm from a proposed 200-unit housing development. Murphy Farm was the site of maneuvers key to the Confederate victory in the September 1862 siege of Harpers Ferry, and site of a 1906 pilgrimage by early civil rights leaders to John Brown’s Fort, temporarily located on the Murphy Farm.
  • September 2001 – NPCA and two partners publish Power that Pollutes, a coalition report on existing under-controlled coal-burning power plants in Virginia that contribute to unhealthful smog and damaging acid rain in Shenandoah National Park and in local communities.
  • January 2001 – NPCA opens a Mid-Atlantic Regional Office in Washington, D.C.

 

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