|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||July 19, 2007|
|Contact:||Erin St. John or Joy Oakes, NPCA, 202.329.6815|
National Parks Conservation Association Applauds County Vote to Protect Harpers Ferry
Statement by NPCA Field Representative Erin St. John:
"Today's vote reflects deep and broad support for protecting the historic character and natural beauty of Harpers Ferry. Commissioners Frances Morgan, Rusty Morgan, and Jim Surkamp made the right decision.
For decades, leaders from West Virginia and across the country have worked together to protect America's Civil War, civil rights, and industrial history at Harpers Ferry. We are grateful that its remarkable history and natural charm will be preserved and protected for present and future generations to enjoy.
Jefferson County has many more appropriate options for building intense commercial growth than along the historic eastern gateway near Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Building incompatible development on high-value historic lands could make the area less attractive to heritage tourists, who provide an ongoing boost to the region's economy.
We look forward to working with all involved in this debate to protect the Old Standard Quarry's history, and to restore its beauty."