National Parks Group Supports Legislation to Expand Boundaries at Minute Man National Historical Park

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   July 15, 2008
Contact:   Alison Zemanski, Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, Phone: 202.454.3332


National Parks Group Supports Legislation to Expand Boundaries at Minute Man National Historical Park

New York, N.Y.--The nation's leading voice for the national parks, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today voices support for legislation that would expand the boundaries of Minute Man National Historical Park (NHP) to include the historic neighboring Barrett's Farm. Legislation on the expansion is being heard today in Congress.

"Minute Man National Historical Park preserves the history of the battles of Concord and Lexington, known as the birth of the American Revolution. Yet some significant places in the story remain unprotected," said Darcy Shiber-Knowles, NPCA program coordinator. "Expanding the park's boundaries is critical to ensuring that important stories of America's heritage are fully preserved and celebrated for our children and grandchildren to enjoy."

Barrett's Farm played a significant role in the victorious opening battle of the American Revolution. Located just two miles from Concord, the farm was home of the Commander of the Middlesex Militia and was the destination for the British Regulars as they tried to gain control of the area to destroy all suspected caches of guns and ammunition. Yet today, Colonel Barrett's farm and farmhouse are not managed by the National Park Service because they lie outside the park's current boundaries, and the Park Service lacks federal funding to acquire the historic land. If the park boundaries are expanded, the National Park Service can acquire the lands once funding is available.

The current owners of the Barrett's Farm property want to sell it so it can be part of Minute Man, and the acquisition is also supported by the local community, preservation organizations, historians, and Senators Kennedy and Kerry and Congresswoman Tsongas. Senators Kennedy and Kerry introduced legislation to expand the park's boundaries to include the James Barrett House and farm in December 2007.

Rep. Tsongas introduced H.R. 5853 to expand the park's boundaries in April 2008, and today the House Natural Resources Parks subcommittee is conducting a hearing on the legislation. The bill is expected to be marked up by the full committee on Wednesday of this week.

"Though we applaud Congress for moving forward with this boundary adjustment legislation, their job is not finished," said Shiber-Knowles. "Now we need the federal funding Congress has historically designated for this kind of acquisition to protect this important land."

NPCA's recent report, America's Heritage: For Sale, profiled Minute Man NHP as one of 55 national parks across the country now at risk from inappropriate development on privately owned land within or adjacent to our national parks. The Park Service needs approximately $2.5 million to purchase the 3.5 acres of the Barrett's farm property, which will be included within Minute Man's boundaries if this important legislation is passed. For more information, visit: www.npca.org/landforsale.

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